This page lists various tools that can help creating your own planets.

Planet Creation Tools

Addons for Kopernicus

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
KittopiaTech BorisBee, Thomas P. Windows, Mac, Linux KittopiaTech is a plugin for Kopernicus that can edit the stats of planets at runtime, via a user friendly Graphical Interface. Forum Thread

Planet textures

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
Space Engine Vladimir Romanyuk Windows Space Engine is a free space simulation program that a lot of users use to export textures from the engine and use them to create planets using Kopernicus. Space Engine

Image Editing Software

Free Software

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
GIMP The GIMP Team Windows, Mac, Linux GIMP can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter. GIMP
Pixlr Autodesk Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Web Pixlr Editor is perfect for editing images. With a huge range of filters to change the look of the image, a sidebar chocked full of all the tools you've come to recognise in Photoshop, and layering options that are up to the same standard. Pixlr
Paint.NET dotPDN Windows Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. Paint.NET
PhotoPlus Starter Edition Serif Windows This is a free version of Serif's PhotoPlus image-editing program, and it's a great way to get started without serious hands-on image-editing without paying a thing. PhotoPlus SE
PixelMator Pixelmator Team Mac Pixelmator uses Mac OS X libraries to create fast, powerful image editing tools, which allows the software to integrate seamlessly with the likes of iPhoto and Aperture, as well as iCloud. PixelMator

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
PhotoShop Adobe Windows, Mac Adobe Photoshop has been the grand daddy of the imaging world for years and its blend of tools make photo retouching, image creation from scratch and straight-up image editing the complete package for keen amateur photographers and professionals. PhotoShop
PhotoPlus Serif Windows Create stunning imagery with amazing effects, crop and enhance, remove imperfections and print in just a few clicks. Enjoy all this, and so much more in our most powerful and easy-to-use photo editor to date! PhotoPlus

Plugins for PhotoShop

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
NVIDIA Texture Tools for Photoshop NVIDIA Windows, Mac A collection of texture tools generating normal maps, texture compression, mip map generation and cube map formatting. It can also save your textures into DDS format. NVIDIA Texture Tools for Photoshop
Spherical Mapping Corrector Richard Rosenman Windows, Mac This is a plugin for Photoshop that distorts the texture map using spherical mapping correction, making it possible to minimize and even compensate for the polar distortion. Spherical Mapping Corrector
How to Make a Map Fit a Globe Astrographer Windows, Mac A tutorial about how to make a flat texture look good on a sphere using Photoshop. How to Make a Map Fit a Globe

Other Tools

Title Developer Operating System Description Link
Universe Sandbox² Giant Army Windows, Mac, Linux Universe Sandbox² is a physics based space simulator. I use this program myself to simulate my created planets to see if their orbits are stable or if they will collide with each other. Universe Sandbox²