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Learn about orb special effects while converting an ordinary orb into a fantasy art piece in this Adobe Photoshop tutorial.

Create a new file (File>New) that must have 1024×768 px and 72 dpi.

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Select now the Rectangle Tool (U) and represent the background of the picture to be next:

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Take the Ellipse Tool (U) now and try to make the primary layer, reserved for the small ball:

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform option to make several corrections on the element’s shape, making the copy of black color:

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Shadow

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Blending Options>Inner Glow

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Next stage includes downloading from Internet a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop: Faux Finish Brushes and try to install them. Create after that a new layer, (Create new layer), and use the installed brush on it:

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Press on the Alt button and make a simultaneous click between the brush’s layer and the ball’s one for the brush’s layer to be applied in the ball’s limits:

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Create another new layer (Create new layer) and use on it a standard brush with blurred edges and the color #6B9801, just for painting the ball:

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Apply the earlier described method: keep pressed the Alt button and make a mouse’s click between the layers:

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Apply the next parameters for the layer: Blending Mode-Color

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Try to represent one more new layer for the ball, selecting for the beginning the Ellipse Tool (U) and the color #6A9700

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The layer’s parameters: Fill 25%
Blending Mode-Hard Mix

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Using the same instrument, try to represent the next layer reserved for the ball:

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The layer’s parameters: Fill 0%
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Choose the same instrument, Ellipse Tool (U), for picturing the next layer reserved for the ball, but this time of white color:

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The layer’s parameters: Fill 20%

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Take the Ellipse Tool (U) and represent the shadow, situated under the ball. It should have the black color.

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The shadow’s layer needs to be placed lower than the ball’s layers (on the layers’ palette).
The layer’s parameter: Blending Options>Outer Glow

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Try to download again from Internet a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop: Grunge Flowery set 2 and use it on our picture (behind the ball’s layers) on a new layer (Create a new layer). Apply the brushes presented here: Flowery_12, Flowery_13

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We need to apply for these brushes’ layers the same layer’s parameter shown below: Blending Mode-Overlay

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Download again from Internet a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop: Levy Things Borders. Create a new layer and select the next brushes: Sampled Brush #19 (diameter 125), Sampled Brush #35, Sampled Brush #39, Sampled Brush #34. The brushes’ layer should be placed under the ball’s layers.

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Apply the next presented layer’s parameter the same way described earlier: Blending Mode-Overlay

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Create a new layer again and select for it the Sampled Brush #5

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Apply the next layer’s parameter: Blending Mode-Overlay

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Select now different brushes, downloaded from Internet also: Coffee_Stains on a new layer. The brushes may be used those we want:

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Apply the next parameter for the layers: Blending Mode-Overlay

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One more downloaded set of brushes from Internet needs to be used on a new layer (Create a new layer). The brushes’ layer should be placed lower than the ball’s layer. The brushes are entitled: Tiny Flower Elements by ca_pris

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Apply this parameter for the brushes’ layer: Blending Mode-Overlay

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The picture is finished!

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