We draw a billiard ball in Photoshop

The lesson is very simple, but informative. I hope you learn new tricks as you progress through it.

In order to get a beautiful 3D effect, you need to learn how to create shadow and highlights. After you master these techniques, your work will have an amazing view!

In the final of this lesson you will get approximately the following result:

Step 1

The first thing to do is to create a new document in Photoshop, and then fill the background layer with the new color # bdc68d.

Step 2

Now, you need to combine a colored background with a grunge texture.. Opacity of texture lower to 50% .

Step 3

The background is ready and you can start working on the ball.

I will create a golden color ball – # b79e3a. I will use the tool to draw the outline. Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool). Activate this tool on the panel. Next, you need to draw a smooth circle contour.

Then we paint the round contour using Gradient (Gradient Tool). In the gradient settings, set the type of drawing to Radial gradient (Radial gradient). Fill the round area as shown in the figure below.

Step 4

The golden base for the ball is ready. Add volume.

To do this, without removing the selection, go to Selection> Modification> Compress> 20 pix. (Select> Modify> Contract> 20 Pixel).

Step 5

After compression, create a new layer above the golden ball layer. Switch to the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool). Set the settings for the gradient as shown. To fill with a gradient, use the color from black to transparent.

Translator’s Note: Gradient Type – Linear

Step 6

To get a soft shadow at the bottom of the ball, use: Blur> Gaussian Blur> 5 pixel radius. (Blur> Gaussian Blur> 5 pixel)

Step 7

The shadow we created, now add a highlight on the surface of the ball.

To do this, create a selection and place it at the top of the ball, as shown in the example below.

Step 8

Fill the new selection with a light color using Radial Gradient (Gradient Tool). As a result, you should get a picture, as shown below.

Step 9

Now remove the extra part of the flare.

To do this, hold down the key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the gold ball layer. Now hold down the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + I – this will allow you to quickly invert the selection and cover the area around the ball. Now remove some of the white flare.

Translator’s note: to delete, click Delete.

Step 10

Now I invite you to work on fixing the material and using the acquired skills to add more highlights on the upper part of the ball:

– draw a thin bright arc

1) for this, create a selection along the contour of the golden circle and using Compression (Contract) reduce the selected area by 6 pixels. Fill the circle with white and set the opacity value for the layer with the white circle to 80%;

2) then repeat the same set of actions, but set the value for compression to 8 pixels.

Remove the obtained second circle from the area of ​​the first circle (Delete);

3) activate the tool to get an arc Eraser (Eraser Tool) and remove the excess part of the thin ring;

4) if necessary, add a blur and correct the opacity value for the white-arc layer;

5) add more highlights if desired. When working, you can focus on my result (picture below).

Step 11

If you want to add a shadow under the ball – nothing is easier! It is enough to draw a black ellipse under the golden ball.

To draw use the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool), as well as a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool).

To get a soft shadow under the ball, go to Blur> Gaussian Blur> Radius 6-8 pixels. (Blur> Gaussian Blur> 6 – 8 pixel).

Step 12

Add the final touch.

Draw a white circle and write a number on it. Place the circle with the number approximately in the center of the ball.

Step 13

Duplicate all layers with the ball. Change the primary color of the ball. Move the duplicate layers and create the desired composition.

I hope you enjoyed the lesson and inspired you to create other 3D objects! Thanks for attention.

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