Friday, November 02, 2007

See How Easily You Can Create Your Own Holiday Ornament Digital Art Embellishment

Creating Digital Glass Ball Ornaments

in Adobe Photoshop CS2

by Sue Kristoff, Creative Team Member

Creating a digital glass ball ornament is a fun way to play around with lighting effects in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and an easy way to learn about Photoshop filters.

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This glass ball ornament consists of three shapes: a filled circle, a crown and a ring. The filled circle I drew using the circle tool, and the crown and ring were shapes from the Custom Shapes palette.

  • Start with the circle representing the ornament. Draw a circle to the size you desire, then fill with your color of choice.
  • You will be applying two different filters to this shape to get the effect of a shiny sphere. The first filter is Filter>Render>Lighting Effects.
  • For my example, I chose the Omni light source from the drop down menu.
  • Then adjust the location and size of the reflection.
  • I also moved the sliders for Gloss and Material to the far right to represent a shiny metallic surface.

The second filter is Filter>Distort>Spherize. This filter will give your shape more of a three dimensional look.

  • The next step is to create the top of the ornament.
  • I first created a crown shape from the custom shape palette and rotated it 180 degrees.
  • I chose a bright gold color to fill the shape, then I applied the same Lighting Effects filter that I used on the main part of the ornament.
  • I then moved the crown shape into place at the top of the ornament.
  • Finally, I created the ring at the top of the ornament by using a filled ring shape from the custom shape palette, filling it with the same gold color I used for the crown, then applying the Lighting Effects filter to the ring.
  • I then moved the ring into place, and now I have a complete ornament!

If you save this image as a .png file, you now have a digital element you can add to your holiday layouts.

Layout Credits: November Sponsor April Staker Jolly Holiday kit

1 comment:

Liz said...

So simple, yet so useful! Thanks for sharing this technique. I know it's been up a while, but I'm new to the site and soaking it all in.