We draw a beach ball in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a simple plastic beach ball with colored stripes using shapes, layer styles and some filters.

The final image.

Step 1. Creating a new document and main shape

Create a new document with dimensions of 1250 x 1250 px with a transparent photo. Fill the layer with white Edit> Fill> White (Edit – Run Fill – White).

Choose a tool Ellipse Tool (U) (Ellipse) and create a circle shape of 850 x 850 px in black.

Add a layer style to this layer. Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay), colors from #DBDBDB to # F3F3F3.

Now we will create color stripes on our ball. Choose a tool Pen Tool (P) (Pen) mode Shape (Figure). Choose a bright color of your choice and create a shape of an oval triangle, as shown in the image below.

Download the black circle selection. To do this while holding Ctrl click on the layer thumbnail. With the selection active, go to the triangle layer and create a layer mask by going to the menu Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection (Layer – Layer – Mask – Show All).

Add a layer style to the triangle layer. Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) from #FFFFFF c Opacity (Opacity) 0% to #FAFAFA with such parameters.

Select Pen Tool (P) (Feather) and on the top of the ball create a new triangle of a different color, as shown below. I chose blue. Add a mask to this layer just as you did above for the first triangle shape.

Add a layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) from #FFFFFF c Opacity (Opacity) 0% to #FAFAFA with such parameters.

Tool Pen Tool (P) (Feather) create the third, last triangle shape. I chose a pink color. Add the same layer mask as you did for the first two triangles.

Add a layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) from #FFFFFF with Opacity 0% to #FAFAFA with the parameters shown below.

Select all the layers with the shapes of triangles and place them in the group (Ctrl + G). Rename the group to Stripes.

Step 2. Top plastic part

In this step we will create the top part of our ball. Choose a tool Ellipse Tool (U) (Ellipse) and create an oval, color #EBEBEB. Via Free transform tool (Free transform) (Ctrl + T) rotate the shape as shown below.

Add a layer style Drop shadow (Shadow) and change Opacity (Opacity) layer at 35%.

Tool Ellipse Tool (U) (Ellipse) create a new smaller oval. Add layer styles Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay) and Drop shadow (Shadow).

Translator’s Note: duplicate the layer with the oval created above, then zoom out (Ctrl + T). Change the opacity of the layer to 100%, change the shadow style settings and add a gradient overlay style.

In the center of the created ovals, create two more ovals smaller than those created earlier – the second oval is smaller than the first. The color for the first small oval is # C3C3C3, for the smaller one the color is # 9E9E9E.

For the first little oval add style Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

For the smallest oval, also add style. Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Select all layers with ovals and place them in a group (Ctrl + G). Rename the group to Plastic top.

Step 3. Glare

Now on our ball, we will create a few highlights. Tool Ellipse Tool (U) (Ellipse) create a white circle with the same dimensions of 850 x 850 px as the base of the ball.

Translator’s Note: duplicate the layer with the shape of the base of the ball, move it above all layers and change the color of the shape to white.

Choose a tool Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval selection) and create a selection as shown below.

With active selection on a layer with a white circle, add a layer mask Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection (Layer – Layer – mask – Hide the selected area). Change Fill (Fill) of this layer by 5%.

Apply filter Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) radius 2.5 px.

Tool Pen tool (P) (Feather) on the left side of the ball, create a shape, as shown in the image below.

Change Fill (Fill) layer by 5% and add layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) from #FFFFFF c Opacity (Opacity) 0% to #FAFAFA with the parameters shown below.

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). Choose a soft brush (Brush Tool (B)), color white, diameter 750 px and paint a spot. Load a selection of the base of the ball and with the active selection on the layer with a white spot add a layer mask. Decrease Fill (Fill) layer up to 15%.

Again create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and with a soft white brush with a diameter of 500 pixels draw a spot on the top part of the ball. Change Fill (Fill) layer up to 15%.

Translator’s Note: for this layer, the author also added a layer mask.

Tool Ellipse tool (U) (Ellipse) create two black circles of size 850 x 850 px. Change Fill (Fill) for both layers at 0%. Put them in a folder (Ctrl + G) and rename it to Shadow top.

Translator’s Note: duplicate the layer with the shape of the base of the ball twice, move them above all layers and group them.

For the first layer, add a style. Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) black to transparent with the parameters shown below.

For the second layer also add a layer style. Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay) black to transparent with the parameters shown below.

Step 5. Blur

In the layers pane, select all layers except the background one and press the Ctrl + Alt + E key combination, thus creating a merged layer of all the selected layers of our ball.

Apply a filter to this layer. Filter> Blur> GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) radius 2.5 px. Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and Fill (Fill) up to 20%.

Step 6. Shadow

Now we need to add a shadow under our beach ball. Tool Ellipse tool (U) (Ellipse) create a shape measuring 750 x 25 px. Place this layer above the background layer. Apply a filter to this layer. Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) radius 50 px.

Duplicate the shadow layer (Ctrl + J) twice. For the first copy, install Fill (Fill) by 25%. For the second copy, use Ctrl + T (Free Transform) and reduce by 50%.

Translator’s note: on the top panel in the W (Ш) and Н (В) windows, enter the value 50%. Press Enter to accept the transformation.

Layer order.

The final result.

So you created a plastic beach ball. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Using only shapes and highlights, you can create interesting objects.

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