We are waiting for Christmas time and excitements is everywhere. People think about the gifts, costumes, home, and Christmas trees decorations etc. Let us not fall behind.
Many of those who is a beginner and slightly mastered in Photoshop, loves to pamper their loved ones with greeting cards, painted with their own hands.
In a previous lesson I already mentioned how to create an element known as an ice text. Now I want to share the process of creating of Christmas balls.
As always, let’s open Photoshop and create a new document with white background. I have the one with dimensions of 800 ? 600 pixels. The large canvas we do not need today, and that suits well within the whole size of the monitor.
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). With a Elliptical Marquee Tool [M], hold down Shift, select area and fill it with a dark blue (# 00146e).
In the layer_effects let’s add an inner glow, with parameters as in the screenshot.
Let’s create a new layer and using blue brush with soft edges and a large diameter, put a trace. If the color turned to be intense, play with the transparency.
In the same way lighten the top and bottom of the ball.
Change the color of your brush to dark-blue and make a few blackouts.
Now add the highlight. In order to make it let’s select the oval area, as shown below.
Create a new background and with the gradient [G] then fill this part from white to transparent, from the top to bottom. Reduce the opacity to 20%.
Taking brushes of different diameters, with soft edges, draw a few highlights. Each highlight is better to put on a new layer, and then, if you wish, play with the level of transparency.
Now let's draw that little thing, I do not know how you call it, through which the ball rests on the tree. Using a Pen Tool [P] draw here this flourish.
Apply to this layer effect of «Gradient» with the following settings, as shown on the screenshot
And here it is the result.
On the top of it let’s draw a little oval.
Apply the following effects
Gradient overlay from black to white
Let’s create a new layer. Draw the lace. Between this layer and layer with oval let’s make one more layer, where with dark-colored brash with soft edges will put two points — the holes where lace goes out. Before the layer with “holder” in step #9 make a new layer and draw with dark-blue brush a soft line creating a slight shadow under it.
Don’t forget to add images and shadows. Note that the shadow is not black but slightly bluish, as we have half transparent ball and light has to pass through it. In order to achieve the effect of glass let’s put on the “back” side of our ball little noticeable pattern too. That is all, ball is ready.