Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS
Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

1. Create a New Document 400×400px and apply gradient to diagonal from left with color #FE0000 to right with color ##8E0000:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

2. Go to the Filters>Render>Lighting Effects and make 3 light sources:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

Results:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

3. Apply Fliters > Pixelate > Crystalize:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

4. Use Smudge Tool with radius brush - 17, Strength - 60% and smudge the edges:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

5. Draw a rings using Circle Thin Frame from Custom Shape Tool and apply blending mode Soft Light for layers with ring:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS
Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

6. You can experiment more and more
I duplicate layers with rings and apply Gaussian Blur with Radius - 2px, try to playing with Smudge Tool. My final result:

Create an Atom in Photoshop CS

Good luck, and be sure to check out our other Photoshop Tutorials!