Glossy Galaxy Ball Tutorial
Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:07 PM
1. Make your canvas 1600 x 1300 and fill it with black. I do this to see the glossies better when I draw. Remember, the larger the canvas the better outcome of the glossiness and smoothness.
2. Create New Layer--choose the Ellipse Select tool and draw a circle big enough to fit the canvas.
3. On the same layer go to Effects—Selection—Outline
Color= 255 for all (white)
4. Then go to Effects—Blur—Gaussian Blur—30px
5. Add New Layer and repeat Step 3.
6. Repeat Step 4, but blur up to 17 px.
7. On a New Layer, repeat Step 6 following the exact same settings (you should have four layers all together). After, go to Blur—Fragment Blur
Fragment count= 3
There was some confusion about Step 7. All you have to do is blur the circle 17 px (ignore the part about Step 4).
Duplicate this Fragment Layer 3-4 times and merge them all together.
Oh, and one more thing. I don’t name all my layers. So in this tutorial, only some will be titled.
8. Right above the Background Layer, Create a New Layer and Name it Select Circle. Draw a circle (a bright color) just the same size as the ones above. This will be used to select the outside of the circle instead of drawing new ones each time. You should deselect the layer.
9. Right above the “Select Circle” layer, create a New Layer and name it “orange shadow.” These are the settings:
10. Click the “Select Circle” layer and using the Magic Wand tool, click on the inside of the circle. Now, click on the Orange Layer and using your radial gradient tool, run it just slightly below the middle of the circle.
11. With the circle still selected, create a New Layer above the “orange shadow layer” and draw two lines at the bottom of the circle. The lines should be around 20 and lighter in color than the “orange shadow.” Draw the same lines for the top of the circle.
12. Duplicate Layer 7 and name it “Layer 7a” and move it down(the one with the lines). Go to –Adjustments—Black and White—Brightness/Contrast. Brightness and Contrast should both be 100.
13. Select Layer 7a and move the selected pixels just slightly below the orange lines. You should blur both Layer 7 and Layer 7a using Gaussian Blur at 1 px.
You might also notice that the white lines may be protruding from the sides. Just go to “Select Circle” and select the outside of it. Go to Layer 7a and press Delete.
Remember: I will constantly select the layer named “Select Circle” and go back to the current ones being worked on.
14. Create a New Layer above Layer 7. Now for the bottom highlight. With the circle still selected, choose Ellipse Select and Selection Mode should be: Subtract.
It should look like this:
15. Set your primary color to white and secondary to transparent. Using the linear gradient tool, draw in the highlight starting from the left side. Go to Effects—Blur—True Blur=1.64
16. Go back to Layer 7a (I forgot this step). KEEP CIRCLE SELECTED. Gaussian Blur the white lines at around 7px. If you’d like more glow, just go to about 10 px like I did.
17. On a New Layer above bottom white highlight, use the same method for the bottom highlight as done in Steps 14 and 15. It should look like this:
DON’T FORGET TO TRUE BLUR!
18. Right above Layer 7, create a New Layer. It should be Layer 11. Draw in circles using the Ellipse Tool with Draw Filled Shape selected.
You might need to do larger circles on a separate layer and smaller ones on another. I did larger one on Layer 11 and smaller circles on Layer 12. Duplicate both layers and move them below the original ones and make them glow using either Gaussian blur or Photo—Glow.
19. Above Layer 10 (for me, this is Layer 13), use the Select Ellipse tool and create a smaller circle at the to and draw in four lines using the line tool of about 9 or so. The ellipse select tool will help you keep all of the lines uniform.
20. Now, go to the gradient tool and select it. Make sure both of your primary and secondary colors are solid in the Colors Window. Then, select Linear gradient and then Transparency Mode. Your results should look like this (don’t forget to smooth the lines out using True Blur at about 1.64 px):
21. Add New Layer right above Layer 13 (the four lines). In your colors window, choose White as Primary and Transparent as Secondary. With your Ellipse Select Tool, draw in the circle down to the middle of the circle. Move your gradient tool from top to bottom. Add a New Layer and draw in a smaller circle and repeat the gradient motion. **REMEMBER: Use True blur of 1.64 radius SEPARATELY!!!
22. Finally, with your magic wand tool select the “Select Circle.” Go to the top most layer and create New Layer (this should be the very first layer in this project). Repeat the same Gradient motion from top to bottom.
Your result should be similar to this:
Flatten all layers except for the Background layer. After it’s flattened, add the black layer again.
For the shadow of the ball, skew it down and use the Transparency mode to make it look transparent. .
Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:34 PM
Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:49 AM
This is my attempt, I added some different effect but your version looks more glassy:
Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:58 AM
Nice glossies Yellowman!
Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:14 PM
I'll try to give the tutorial a go by the end of the day. :wink:
Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:28 PM
The post above probably has crappy art.. Just look past that
Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:11 PM
@Yellowman: First off, nice job on the glossies. Second, no, there are no "special" plugins except the outline plugin by Boltbait. Nice job!
@Goonfella: I've discovered that the fragment blur adds nice effects to images.
@Chris: No problem. I know how time-consuming tuts are.
@DarkShock: It's just beautiful. Really nice!
Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:17 AM
Posted 15 August 2009 - 11:08 PM
and after a few tweakles
im sooo greatful you showed us how to make your glossies helen
Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:42 AM
@Goonfella It looks like you used colour tint to change the colour of the ball. It's the sort of thing i would do but it sort of ruins it by making those white lines at the top coloured. You know what i mean? It looks great though
Yes I see what you mean. But I think it only really shows a bit on the top right hand one .I`ll still leave it as it is though as I was rather pleased with the outcome.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:14 AM