I discussion about the Moon recently prompted me to have another look at how you can create a Moon instead of using the Bryce default Moon (which as I've recently found out, you can not alter the brightness of).
For this tutorial, we are going to use the moon found here in Wikipedia: Download this picture to your hard drive
This is a good one to use because it doesn't need any any work in a photo editor, it will just load as is into Bryce.
Picture 1: So we create a document, delete the ground plane and add a 2D round plane
Picture 2: Set up a suitable background. I'm using the plain Starfield
Picture 3: Select the 2D round plane and click on the 'M' button in it's mini menu to take you into the Material editor.
A; Click in channel A in the Diffuse row to create a 'dot', the A channel nano preview now opens.
[note: ignore the fact mine has already got a moon in it, if yours is the very latest version of Bryce, yours wont have. I'm having to do this in a slightly older version because I am on a Mac and getting pictures into the ME in the latest version doesn't work).
B; Click the little button with a 'P' on it (at this point the latest version of Bryce will load the DaVinci man picture)
C; Click the button directly above it to take you to the picture loading window
Picture 4: Again ignoring that mine has got a Moon in there already, you need to click one of the blank squares in the bottom on this window.
Picture 5: Navigate to the place on your hard drive where you saved the Moon picture you downloaded, select the picture and click the 'open' button.
More to follow as we can only attach 5 pictures at one time. :)