Easy Glass Orbs Tutorial Title
Glass Globes

For this tutorial you will need the following:
Paint Shop Pro, I use version 9.  You can download the latest PSP demo versionhere

If you use PSP7, please clik here  for the version 7 tutorial.

My two gradients.  Unzip and place in your gradient folder.
Download the gradients forPSP9 here.
Extract - drive C - Program Files - Jasc Software Inc - Paint Shop Pro 9
or where you keep your PSP files.
Shortcuts keys are shown in parenthesis.

STEP 1.  Start a new image
New Image

(Ctrl+N) File - New - Width 432 Pixel or 6 Inches - Height 432 Pixel or 6 Inches -Resolution 72 Pixel/Inch - Raster - 16 Million Colors.  It is big, but I like to work with big files and then resize later.  Save your new file.

STEP 2.  On the Materials palette set the Foreground to Transparent and the Background to any color.

Ellipse Color Pallet Ellipse Tool

(Q) Using the Ellipse Tool , with Anti-alias checked, hold down the Shift key, start in the upper left and, somewhere around x44 y44, click you mouse and draw down until you have a large circle that is almost centered.

STEP 3.  Make a selection from your vector circle.  (Ctrl+Shift+B) Selections - From Vector Object.
Save your selection to Alpha Channel.  Selections - Load/Save Selection - Save Selection To Alpha Channel.  It is always a good idea to save your selections, if I don't, I always somehow manages to loose them.

Orb Selection

Save your file.  Right click on your Vector 1 layer on your Layer palette and delete.  Right click on your Layer 1 and rename it Red.

STEP 4.  Using the (F) Flood Fill Tool, with the Foreground color on your Material Palette set to Gradient tj_RedOrb, fill the selection.  Time to save your file again.

Red Gradient

STEP 5.  Make a new Raster Layer and name it White.

New Layer

Using the (F) Flood Fill Tool with the Gradient set to tj_WhiteOrb, Style is Linear, Angle and Repeats to 0.

White Gradient

Fill your selection on the white layer.  Selection - Select None.  Now that you have both your layers filled, save your file again.

STEP 6.  (D) Using the Raster Deform, move each side in (see red arrows) until the white is similar to the one in the picture.

Raster Deform

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur with a Radius of 1 to soften the white slightly.  Lower the opacity of the white layer a bit, something between 80% - 90% or whatever looks good to you.  Just left click on the little arrows and slide a little to the left.  Definitely time to save your beauty now.

Opacity setting for white layer

I made mine a little smaller at this point.  (Shift+S) Image - Resize - 75% - Resize using Smart Size.

STEP 7.  Make some different colors.  First you need to make you canvas quite a bit longer.  Image - Canvas Size - Width 972, Height 324.
Merge the layers, Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.
Select your Move Tool and click the orb and move to the left.  Right click your Merged layer and rename it Red.  Right click your Red layer and Duplicate it twice.  Using the Move Tool, move the orbs so they are evenly spaced.
Make sure the layer, Copy of Red layer is highlighted.   (Shift+H) Adjust - Hue and Saturation - Hue/Saturation/Lightness.

Hue Adjustment

You only need to move the Hue slider til you get a color you like.  But also play a little with the Saturation and Lightness.  Click OK when happy.  Right click on the layer you just did and rename it Green or whatever color you made it.  Select the last Copy (2) of Red and adjust the hue for that orb also, then rename that layer.
Make sure it is saved as a PSP file so you can make more layers for other colors later.  I then merged visible layers, then Exported to Picture Tubes. File - Exported - Picture Tube - Cells across 3, Placement Mode Continuous, Selection mode Incremental.  Leave the other options as is.  Now try your new tube out and have fun.

Please write me at lvtrolljenta@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

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This tutorial was created on November 19, 2004.
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