Volume vector circles

This lesson describes how to create vector circles with a volumetric effect, as if they protrude from the image.

Step 1. First, open a new document. File – New (FileNew) any size (in my case – 640×480 pixels.). Fill it with black (Editing – Fill – Color (EditFillColor)) and select tool Ellipse / Oval (Ellipse).

Step 2. Use this tool to start drawing a circle (hold down the Shift key each time you draw a circle, to maintain perfect proportions). All circles, as you can see, were created in different sizes. Thus, drawing circles one above the other, we get the effect is the same as in the image.

You must create each circle on a separate layer and set the desired color. I used similar tones.

Step 3. Create a new group by clicking on the icon in the form of a folder, which you will see at the bottom of the layers palette. (Create a new group (Createanewgroup). Include all the layers you previously created for the circles (just select and drag them one by one into the folder you created).
The next thing you need to do is merge all the layers. To do this, select the folder, click on the window with the layer parameters and select Merge / merge group (MergeGroup).

Step 4. In this step, we will create reflexes that will give our circle of glare, as well as some depth. To begin, click on the layer thumbnail while holding the Ctrl key, we see that we have selected the contents of the layer (circle).

Without removing the selection, create a new layer (place it above the layer with the circle); on it we will create reflexes.

Step 5. Take the tool Gradient (Gradient) (G) and apply your parameters (the important part): you will see a line with a gradient, click on it twice to open the gradient window.

Create our gradient will be easy. Simply use two white gradient points at the beginning and end of the gradient line. Note that the white point at the end opacity (opacity) reduced to 0% (To reduce the opacity of the gradient point, click on the indicator located above the color selection indicator, this is opacity (opacity)).

Step 6. This time we will transform our gradient. On the new layer that we created above the layer with our circle, draw a gradient from top to bottom.
Remember that circle selection must be active.

Step 7. Now reduce opacity (opacity) this layer is up to 84% and fill (fill) up to 89%. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser) and brush with stiffness (hardness) 100% and 100% opacity (opacity) erase part of the gradient as shown in the image below.

Step 8. In conclusion, let’s give a circle of depth and volume. We will achieve this by applying the effect Stamping (BevelandEmboss).
Double click on the circle layer (just next to the name, not the name itself), and a window will appear layer styles (layerstyles). Select option Stamping (BevelandEmboss) and apply the following settings:

We have come to the end of the lesson. Now you know how to create vector circles with a volume effect and can apply them to your next work.
To create the final image, you just need to group (combine into a group) a layer with a circle and a layer with a highlight. Then duplicate the group several times and change the location and size of each circle. I leave it to your discretion.
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