# Transparent glass ball and magic sphere

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### #1 xmario

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 11:35 AM

How to draw transparent glass ball in paint.net.

Example #1

Example #2

Plugins not needed

Description of this tutorial in Russian

Step #1.

1.1. Create a new image in paint.net.
1.2. Fill in the background gradient from black to white.
1.3. Create a new layer. Select the oval or circle area.
1.4. Fill the selection with the linear gradient of the dark colors.

Step #2.

2.1. Create a new layer above the layer with the black circle.
2.2. Select the oval or circle area, but smaller than the size of the black circle.
2.3. Fill the selection with the linear gradient. Primary color #0096FF Secondary color #00F9FF.
2.4. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 2.

Step #3.

3.1. Create a new layer above the layer with the blue circle.
3.2. Draw a white oval.

3.3. Use the linear Gradient transparency mode.

3.4. Select the oval or circle area.

3.5. Delete the selection - DEL.
3.6. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 2.

Step 4. We’ll make shine

4.1. Create a new layer between black and blue circles.
4.2. Draw a line and a small oval. Use the most vivid color from the colors on the ball. In this case #00F9FF.

4.3. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 4.
4.4. Apply effect Glow twice. Radius 20.

Step 5. We’ll make shine

5.1. Create a new layer above the layer with a blue ellipse, but below a layer with white crescent.
5.2. Draw an oval. Use the most vivid color from the colors on the ball. In this case #00F9FF.

5.3. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 10.
5.4. Apply effect Glow three times. Radius 20.

Step 6.

6.1. Just as we did in step # 5, make another shine behind the ball.

6.2. Just as we did in step # 5, make another shine below the ball.

7.1. Create a new layer below all layers, but above the background layer.
7.2. Draw a black oval.
7.3. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 100.

That's all!

Description of this tutorial in Russian

You can create a new layer above all аnd add an any transparent image. Then you get the magic sphere.

Edited by xmario, 04 June 2010 - 06:56 PM.

### #2 pipp92

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:15 PM

looks good although we have lots of this sphere tuts.

### #3 Goonfella

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:31 PM

Yes there are plenty sphere tuts but I think this one gives one of the nicest finishes of them all, especially in red.

### #4 xmario

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

looks good although we have lots of this sphere tuts.

Yes! At this forum published many tutorials about balls and glass. Because the sphere is a basic element of many images. In the case of this tutorial objective was the glass transparent Green Apple.

How is it done? The basic principles described in this tutorial. In addition I have used other lessons in this forum, which we have lots of this sphere.

Edited by xmario, 04 June 2010 - 04:57 PM.

### #5 chrisco97

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 04:12 PM

I agree with goonfella, your's has the best outcome!

### #6 xmario

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:49 AM

I agree with goonfella, your's has the best outcome!

Thank you!! The outcome will be even better if you apply a Gaussian blur and gradients. But it is impossible to write a universal tutorial. It's all very individually.

These are some examples that are made only Gaussian blur

Edited by xmario, 04 June 2010 - 04:58 PM.

### #7 barbieq25

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 08:40 AM

The glassiness of these sphere is unmatched. Great effort!

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### #8 Blissful Chaos

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:09 PM

^great tut, real simple, heres my go at it

Edited by Blissful Chaos, 16 June 2010 - 11:10 PM.

Multicectipy

### #9 xmario

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:35 AM

^great tut, real simple, heres my go at it

It was just great! Although you saved on the highlights

### #10 Goonfella

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:15 PM

Enjoyed this one. Here is mine -

### #11 xmario

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 06:59 AM

This is great! Thank you Goonfella! I realized what is missing in this tutorial.

Last step.
Create a new layer above.
Select an area on the new layer that covers up the ball.

Use Paintbrush tool and draw a shadow, like so.

Do at the selected area a Gaussian Blur at a 50px radius.

So it looks more realistic

### #12 Skitzo

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:34 PM

выглядит так здорово! Это руководство, безусловно, лучшее из всех остальных.

nice job man!

Edited by Skitzo, 18 June 2010 - 03:35 PM.

### #13 Goonfella

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 05:57 AM

Thanks for using my orb and adding those extra steps at the end. Definitely looks even better now.

### #14 xmario

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

Thanks for using my orb and adding those extra steps at the end. Definitely looks even better now.

Thank you! The outcome will be even better if experiment with Gaussian blur. But it's all so individually.

Eh... It's a great pity that the paint.net doesn't have a free transformation tool... it would easy make a transparent human head, if it be...

### #15 barbieq25

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:23 PM

Just love this tute. Easy to follow & a great outcome! Thanks so much for writing it.

Here are two of my efforts:

I think the second one could have had a bit brighter highlight on the top left.

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### #16 xmario

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:13 PM

Thanks for the feedback!!

If you are interested in my opinion, I really liked the first ball. The second ball has no shadow.

If interested, I developed the glass theme. I won a glassy human.

Edited by xmario, 25 June 2010 - 07:26 PM.

### #17 GCFuture

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:16 PM

looks like the balls from gmod...

### #18 barbieq25

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:00 AM

looks like the balls from gmod...

gmod? what are we talking about here?

XMario - yes you are correct. I didn't put it in since it is not sitting on the blue but rather floating in front of it. Most definitely interested in you honest opinion. Thanks I might try putting a shadow in & see how it looks. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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### #19 Pixey

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:50 PM

Ohhh - I really enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you - I'm a fan of glassy things and want to practice more.

### #20 hexratt

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:52 AM

Excellent tutorial, xmario. I kind of went in a different direction with my result to use as an example in another post.

Edited by hexratt, 07 July 2010 - 12:53 AM.