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Glass Sphere Tutorial by gusti-boucher Glass Sphere Tutorial by gusti-boucher
Hi folks! I thought it would be a nice idea to have a tut on how to make a glass sphere with a nice refraction effect like in my former deviation here: [link]. Honestly I couldn't figure out exactly how I did it, but I think it's quiet close to it. If you have any questions about this tut, just send me a note or comment here (I LOVE COMMENTS :D)

The download link provides the original PSD-file of the sphere. Check it out if you feel uncertainties about my description.


PS: Of course you could use a 3D programm instead, but that's not cool ;-)

[This tutorial is released under a Creative Commons license. You can use and and distribute it freely. You are not allowed to charge money for it.]
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:iconquasihedron:
quasihedron Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! :clap:
Well done! :D
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:iconkoui:
Koui Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   General Artist
very helpful thanks!
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VMenFangirl Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Useful! Thank you!!! :D :iconbwavoplz::heart:
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:iconazzedar-san:
Azzedar-san Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Thank you very much! :hug: 
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey that's really cool OoO
How would you do that to a glass jar? Because I have picture where I would like to use this...I'm not that good with PS but perhaps I'll get it somehow :D
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:iconchildren7:
Children7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome! This is great.....
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:iconstuart-dillon:
Stuart-Dillon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awsome tut
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dorkycats Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. :iconmeowdanceplz:

'just tried experimenting with my blue bubble: [link]
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:icondenwyn:
Denwyn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You tutorial was very helpful to me [link] thanks :D
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:icondenwyn:
Denwyn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tutorial was very usfull to me: [link] Thanks :D
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Travail-de-lame Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing :glomp:
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GumNutBunny Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
i don't under stand the mask layer bit its kinda of like your missing part of the tutorial there ^^;; sorry also yeah its kinda hard to read the writing i'm sorry
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issabissabel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I cannot read it either xD
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GumNutBunny Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
heh ^^; if only how to make layers masks were in there and it was possible to read i'd have no problem with this :<
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issabissabel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I managed to make out some of it, but certain words were... unreadable.
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GumNutBunny Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   General Artist
yeah I can make out the most of it but key words and such I cant make out I mean I got half way though guessing those key words till I got it right but yeah when it came to mask layers he didn't explain this bit he just said make a mask layer like this one.... .-.
yeap thats when i got lost.. :<
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issabissabel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes :C Pretty much the same here.
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GumNutBunny Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   General Artist
yeah :<
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Project-Imago Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Me too ;~;
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PostBoxRomance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This was really helpful, thank you!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :-)
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Berryfox Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
thank you for this nice TUT *O*
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:iconnuei:
Nuei Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This will be very very useful one day! :D
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Jiyuria Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   General Artist
How helpful indeed!
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Deathdahorse3 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
i made the sphere :0 but i cant do the glowing edges though idk about it, if u want to see it look here [link]
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Otokoyo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By far the best Orb Tutorial in all of Deviant art. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure i'll use this someday XD
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for your nice words! I know there are some bugs in my description, so please ask me if you get stuck. Take care.
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist
Nice :wow:
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xoxog0ss1pg1rl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Eurgh I sound like I'm the only one having problems with the layer mask. I have no idea what to do. I click it, nothing happens, I try to edit it, it gets ugly xD if you could help I'd really appreciate it.
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how to make lensflare? O.o
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You'll find it in the Render-Filter menu. You must have a dark background color in the same layer to make it work best. Then set the layer blending mode to hrd light, color dodge or overlay to make it work with the layers beneath.

Good luck!
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:iconinghelene:
Inghelene Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really know where that menu is, but I'll try looking for it. :)
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Otokoyo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK... i think i'm too dumb to follow your instructions...
You say to make a new layer before making the 2nd lenses flare, but i get message saying i cannot make a flare on an empty layer... then.... you say cropt.. and i can only seem to cropt squares/rectangles...
but for now i have come up with an alternate way of doing this.... too many layers tho xD

This is an awesome tut tho
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KingCharEdCoal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you very much for making this :D I'm trying it out right now!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. Sometimes my description is a bit vague and fuzzy. If you experience any problems, don't hesitate to ask.
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Ishyhara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
how do you go to polar coordinates?
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
In PS you'll find it in the "Filter" menu, Section "Distort".

Good luck!
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MikesDesigns155 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
freaking awesome!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, man!
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Gagalooo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, this helped me alot<3 It's also useful if you wanna make bubbles too xD
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Glad you liked it :-)
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Xiao-Ninie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Bonjour,
j'ai utiliser votre tutoriel pour ce montage [link]

merci pour ce stock :)
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WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Err sorry I've run into another problem, when I added the new layer to add the second lens flare I filled it with black, set it to screen and it worked but every time I go to add the layer mask, it just hides the second flare and I don't see the 'sphere' shape that I should get
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there. First, let me ask if you already downloaded the PSD-File. If not please do so and try to find the layer where I did it. There you can see, how I cut out the shape witgh the layer mask. I think this will explain more than I can do in a few words. If you still experience problems, just let me know and I'll try to guide you through the jungle ;-).

Cheers!
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WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I downloaded the PSD file already I'll take a look at it, thanks!!
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WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I love this tut and it works well but I've run into a small problem.

You say to put the second lens flare on a new layer, but every time I try to put a flare on the new layer it always says "Lens Flare cannot be done because the selected layer is empty"

What do I do?
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, an old problem with my description :-)
It's because I forot to mention that you have to fill the layer with black and set it to screen mode. Then add the lens flare.
I'm really sorry 'bout this.
Hope this was helpful.

Cheers.
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:iconwolftendragon:
WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay no prob thanks!
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Very helpful tutorial! :clap:
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Hope everythink came out clear enough :-)
I know there are some vage passages ...
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