A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked how to create a 3D sphere in Photoshop. I did not know how to do it, but it intrigued me, so I decided to try it. I knew to use a filter Spherization but did not know how to do it.
So in this tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful 3D sphere in Photoshop using basic tools and a filter. Spherization. This whole lesson will not take more than 30 minutes, but the technique is really useful, especially for creating badges and logos.
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Step 1. Open Photoshop, create a new document of any size, and then use Rectangle tool (Rectangle) (U) create a rectangle and then duplicate it (Ctrl +J), until you get 7 columns. Use Distribute Horizontal Centers, to make the distances the same. (To do this, select all the layers with rectangles, take the Move Tool and in the options settings click on . Then duplicate all 7 rectangles and rotate them 90 degrees to create a grid.
Step 2. Via Elliptical Marquee Tool (Oval area) (M) create a circular selection like in the image below.
Step 3 Go to Filter> Distort> Spherize. (Filter> Distortion> Spherization) With parameters: Quantity – 100% and Mode – normal.
Step 4. Cut the selection and paste it to get the front side of the sphere. (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +V and hide all previous layers).
Step five. Go to Layer> Layer Styles> Gradient Overlay (Layer> Style Layer> Overlay Gradient). Apply a gradient from dark red to light blue in a linear style. You can also try in the radial style.
Step 6. Duplicate layer (Ctrl +J) and rotate it 45 degrees. Change the color of the gradient to light red at the top and dark blue at the bottom (Or just click in the Invert gradient options). This will create a 3D effect.
Step 7. Select a background layer and go to Layer> Layer Styles> Gradient Overlay (Layer> Layer Style> Gradient Overlay). Use colors # aa616b and # 2c354d, Style – Radial and 143% for scale. Position the center of the gradient slightly above the center of the sphere. (To do this, simply click on the background and move the gradient to any point convenient for you while you are in the properties of the Overlay Gradient).
Step 8. Select both layers with a sphere and duplicate them. (Ctrl +J). After that go to Layer> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers). You will have one layer with a sphere. Go to Layer> Layer Styles> Color Overlay (Layer> Layer Style> Color Overlays). Use black color. After that go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Blur radius – 15pix. Then resize and move under the sphere, change the opacity to 20%. This will create a shadow effect.
Step 9. Select the front of the sphere and edit the layer styles. Set the parameters for the inner shadow: Color – white, Blend mode – Brightening the base, Opacity – 60%. Also change the angle to 104%, the distance to 3 pixels and the size to 7 pixels.
Step 10. Then you get a good light effect in your area.
Step 11. Select all layers and duplicate them. (Ctrl +J). After that go to Layer> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers), to make one layer. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Blur radius is 20 pixels.
Step 12. Change the blending mode to Overlay, and you get a nice light effect.
Now just add the desired text, and you can also apply a texture. The idea of this lesson was to show how to create a beautiful 3D sphere using only Photoshop, this is a good method for creating logos and icons.