Blender 2.72 and Photoshop CS4, 1280×800 wallpaper version- here
I was thinking about Io, the very volcanic moon of Jupiter, when I designed this moon. It seems like it would be interesting to explore a place like that. Io looks a lot different though. The texture of the moon was done in Blender using only generated textures and a lot of nodes.
The gas giant in the background was modeled after Saturn, but it wasn’t actually meant to look so much like Saturn. The textures for that and the rings were done in Photoshop, as was the final assembling of the different objects and some color touchups. I rendered them individually because my computer starts overheating before the end of a “long” render at that size, even though I only set it to 80 samples.
The background photo of stars is one that I took. I may have blurred and greyed it a little too much, but I wanted the moon to be in focus rather than everything being completely sharp.