I've been thinking about making this tuorial for a while , so here it is. [color=red]What are we going to learn: [/color][color=black]How to make a simple and cool-looking glass effect using layer blending , dodge and burn and gradients[/color] [color=red]What do you need to know: A basic knowledge about dodge and burn can help , but i've tried to keep it as simple as possible so beginners should be able to do this too[/color]
[color=black]I am using a dutch version of Photoshop CS , but i tried to translate the terms as good as possible[/color]
[color=black]Glass orb effect , by Vince'05[/color] -First make a new file. I use 500x500 pixels because i'm fine with that but take any settings you like. Background should be transparent -Name your first layer "orb". Draw a circle marquee and fill it with any color you like (To make a perfect circle , hold shift while pulling a circle marquee) I filled it with white as an example , but i'll use the color teal -An orb needs an edge. Take "edit" -> "Edge line" (Omlijnen in dutch). Again k use any color you like. Set the width to minimal 4 Px. I'll use teal because it will blend in nicely later. Use a color related to your orb color (ex: red orb , orange edge. Not red orb green edge) Now your base is ready. -Create a new layer and name it "Shine". This is where we will make the primary glass effect: Shine. ON this layer pull an oval circle marquee Set your foreground color to white , and grab your gradient tool. Select "foreground to transparent" Now pull a gradient at the side of the oval like this. Remeber: The further from the side you pull your oval , the longer and thicker the gradient will be
When done correctly , it should look like this:
Now resize the gradient so that it nicely aligns the edge of your orb (Remember: To resize something , press CTRL+T) In this picture , I also changed the transparency a bit. Feel free to do the same. Now take out your dodge and burn tools. Explained below
Now switch back to your orb layer and dodge and burn In a motion like explained below. Remeber : use fade (the waterdrop) to blend if you can see the lines of the dodging and burning
When done correctly , this should give depth to your orb.I also added some more detail here
Now type some text in the orb in your favorite font. Change the text's layer transparency to 80% or less so it looks like its in the orb.
[color=lime]Congratulations! You have succesfully made an orb[/color]
[color=black]This was my first tutorial. CandC please[/color]
Great first tutorial, and i couldnt do better but no offence, the effect is not that great.
The burning and dodging killed the effect. I'd use an inner glow on the edge, black, and set it to burn. It's more even and works better than doing it manually. Also, the text could be on top and spherized, to look like it's on the orb itself. Very good for beginners, but it needs a part 2 for advanced users. :)
Thanks for the CC. This effect is indeed simplistic but meanth for beginners. There are many ways to make something look glassy , varying from beginner to advanced effects. My method is one to get the newbies into photoshop with the same kind of tutorials that got me in (Press this button , press that button , press this one and cool effect). I could have made it more advanced but I still have a lot to learn about layer blending modes