Wednesday, May 31, 2006

New Challenge (5/31/06) – Spherical Design

This week's challenge is to create an original design into a sphere of your choice. You can create a glass org, a snowglobe, a bubble...whatever you wish! However, the end result MUST look like a 3D sphere!

Here are some examples of creations I have done in the past:

Here are some tutorials to get you started!

Here is how I created the Sunlower Sphere image above:
  1. After duplicating my first layer...I used the ellipse selection tool to create a perfect circle around the part of the image I wanted to be inside the sphere/globe. To make a perfect circle, hold down the SHIFT key when clicking and dragging.
  2. I then used the Distort Filter, Spherize, at 100% on the normal mode.
    After the sphere was creating, I simply added highlights using different lens flare filters.
  3. I added more highlights by using the dodge and burn tools (Highlights Range on the Dodge and Midtones Range on the Burn). The dodge was used to brighten up areas, and the burn was used to darken.
  4. Just try to visualize what a true bubble or glass orb would look like when you add in your highlights. Also, remember to darken the edges with the burn tool to give it a better 3D effect. Add any other highlights you wish to create the effect you are trying to reach.

Have fun with this, and see what unique creations you can come up with! Have a great week!


Blogger Tammy said...

I got to play this week! I altered a photo and a couple pieces of my own artwork. It was fun to play with and I think I'll probably try a few more things too!

Mimmsical Creations


Thursday, June 01, 2006 8:25:00 AM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Wow- very cool examples! I'mmana try and get a sphere in by the deadline-- but I sphere I may not have time-

Saturday, June 03, 2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

wow - these are quite wonderful

Sunday, June 04, 2006 9:00:00 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

That was WAY fun. Have I told you yet how much I love this site? The tutorials you link to are teaching me so much.

my family floating away in bubbles

Monday, June 05, 2006 9:37:00 AM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Sphere is my try at it so far. Nice learning exp.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Great idea for a blog! I came across it earlier and couldn't resist the challenge, it's great to have a topic to practice on. My attempt is posted here.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 3:25:00 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

I am very late submitting my entry due to being a bit under the weather...grrrr!

Here is my submission! What fun!

Floating Away

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 9:35:00 AM  

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