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Sphere Ring Tutorial
SPHERES Create a new Layer. Use the Circle Marquee Tool to make a circular selection (hold the SHIFT key down to restrict the selection to a perfect circle). Choose the Default Colors [ D ] . Invert this so that black is the background and white is the foreground. Double-click the Gradient Tool. Choose Background to Foreground. The Type will be Radial. Click and hold the mouse in the top right area of the circular selection (this is where the highlight will be). Drag to just past the lower left edge of the selection and release.
Repeat the Sphere section of the tutorial to create the remaining spheres. It is best to make the 'front' Sphere first and progress backwards. As you make each sphere the size will obviously change according to its relative position in the ring. What is not so obvious is as the spheres are placed further 'back' in the ring the angle from the 'light source' will change. The spheres in front should have a gradient angle of about 45 degrees (upper right to lower left, as described above). But as you go 'back', change the angle to be progressively shallower (when using the gradient Tool change the release point to be just a tad higher). When I got to sphere in the back the gradient angle was almost horizontal. If necessary, change the order of the Sphere Layers so they overlap correctly.
SHADOWS Create a new Layer beneath a Sphere Layer. This Layer will be that Sphere's shadow. CTRL-Click the Sphere Layer (this selects the sphere shape) but be sure the new layer is still the active Layer. Fill the selection with Black. Deselect [ CTRL-D ]. Gaussian Blur - Radius 3-4 Adjust the Opacity to less than 70%. Move the shadow an appropriate distance to the left and downward (follow the same angle you used with the gradient tool for that sphere). CTRL-Click the Layer that contains the Sphere BENEATH the shadow. Invert the selection [ CTRL-SHFT-I ]. DELETE.
Repeat the Shadows section of the tutorial to create the remaining shadows. Some spheres in the back of the ring may not have a sphere beneath them to cast a shadow onto.
COLORS Create a New Layer and place it at the bottom of the layers list (just above the Background Layer). While holding the SHIFT button, CTRL-click each Sphere Layer (not the shadows) until you have one large selection that encompasses the shapes of all of the Spheres. Fill this selection with Black [ EDIT , FILL , Black ]. Deselect [ CTRL-D ]. [ SHFT-CTRL-T ] brings up the Layer Transform window. Click the Retain Proportions box and change the height and width to 70 percent. Move the layer to its correct position in the image. Gaussain Blur - Radius 6. Adjust the Opacity to less than 70%.
Choose a Sphere Layer. [ CTRL-U ] brings up the Hue/Saturation window. Click the Colorize box and drag the hue left to about -125 (this changes the Sphere to Blue). Click OK. Repeat for each Sphere Layer.
Create a New Layer and place it at the top of the Layer stack. Change the Gradient Tool Type to Linear. Drag and release from the bottom right to the top left. [ CTRL-U ], Colorize. Leave the color Red. Click OK. Change the Layer Effects from Normal to Soft Light.
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