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How to draw transparent glass ball in paint.net.

Example #1

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Example #2

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Plugins not needed

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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.

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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.

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Step #3.

3.1. Create a new layer above the layer with the blue circle.

3.2. Draw a white oval.

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3.3. Use the linear Gradient transparency mode.

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3.4. Select the oval or circle area.

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3.5. Delete the selection - DEL.

3.6. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 2.

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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.

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4.3. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 4.

4.4. Apply effect Glow twice. Radius 20.

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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.

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5.3. Apply effect Gaussian Blur. Radius 10.

5.4. Apply effect Glow three times. Radius 20.

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Step 6.

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

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

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Step 7. Shadow.

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.

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That's all! yahoo.gif

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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.

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.

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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. ae.gif

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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. pardon.gif

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

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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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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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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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