View Full Version : Making a Galaxy

09 September 2003, 09:43 PM
Can anyone suggest the best way to make a spiral galaxy that you can fly through? I would like it to show luminous spiral arms, dark dust lanes, some nebulosity, and star clouds.

I have seen examples on the Nova PBS show called "Runaway Universe," but they use supercomputers.

Could I make a galaxy using Maya Fluids or do I need to combine it with other modeling methods such as particles and paint? Are there any tutorials available?

Thank you.

09 September 2003, 05:25 AM
try some of the paintFX brushes. you can fly through those.
also try painting particles.

09 September 2003, 08:44 AM
Use the paint particles tools and draw a star with several branches and a draw a big core at the center. Then apply a vortex field and turn the particle's conserve attribute to 0 or something, hit play and when the particles look like a swirling galaxy just choose Initial State and delete the field.

09 September 2003, 04:08 PM

galaxy.mb (

the spirals are a tad blurry and doesn't work too well for extreme closeups and you might want to add a big glowy cluster in the middle

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