Transparent glass ball and magic sphere

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How to draw transparent glass ball in paint.net.

Example #1

Example #2

Plugins not needed

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!

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

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looks good although we have lots of this sphere tuts.

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

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

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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
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The glassiness of these sphere is unmatched. Great effort!

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April Jones, 2012

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• 2 weeks later...

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

Edited by Blissful Chaos

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

It was just great! Although you saved on the highlights

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Enjoyed this one. Here is mine -

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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

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

nice job man!

Edited by Skitzo

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

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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...

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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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April Jones, 2012

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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
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looks like the balls from gmod...

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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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April Jones, 2012

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

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• 2 weeks later...

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

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My other try. This time I tried to stay true to tutorial but still wanting to add a little creative of my own with the tutorials. Three tutorials combined into one.

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Wow!! Cool!!

But I would add a shadow to bangles links. It would look more realistic. So it seems to me...

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Thanks, xmario. The picture was part of my 10 min drill. This exercise was mainly about using gradients (linear mostly). I'd would give myself ten minutes to make something and usually I don't finish the whole picture because I'm still too slow.

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I saw your message about the bomb here.

Give you an idea how to create a glass bomb. Here's my version. I think it will be easy for you to do so, if you like it.

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Very nice, thanks.

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