Create a Magic Crystal Ball

February 12th, 2009 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In this tutorial we will learn how to create some cool effects, really easy and simple to do it. We will create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands.

Let’s create a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi, applying there the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to give it black color.

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Next we’ll download a set of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: Brushset_VI_by_mystcART and Vector_Flower_Brushes_by_Yasny_chan. Create a new layer and use here the brushes that we have to represent an ornament. The color chosen in this case is #89C5DF

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Click several times more to repeat the same ornament:

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Select then the Brush Tool (B) (Opacity 50%) to dark out the picture’s borders, applying black color.

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Find in Internet a picture having represented on it the human hands. For this tutorial, I used this picture from SXC. I would like to thank the author of this picture.

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Cut them out and insert the element on our picture:

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a mouse click on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on the selection Create new fill or adjustment layer>Hue/Saturation

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Alt button and make a mouse click between the effect’s layers Hue/Saturation and the hands’ layer (on the layers’ panel).

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer and use there a standard brush with the Opacity of 20% to represent a kind of luminescence. Apply the brush above the fingers and between them. The brush’s color is #37698C

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Color Dodge

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Alt button while clicking between the luminescence layers and the previous layer on the layers’ panel:

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Next we’ll choose the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent a circle which must be placed under the hands’ layer:

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Set the next shown parameters by making a mouse click on the layer we work with, on the layers’ panel: Fill 0%, Blending Options>Outer Glow

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Blending Options>Inner Glow

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Gradient’s parameters:

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Blending Options>Pattern Overlay (select the pattern out of the set, entitled Texture Fill 2)

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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  • Cel

    09/10/2009

    This is beautiful!!!

  • jenny linsel

    11/10/2009

    Wow! What a great tutorial.

  • longmay

    15/10/2009

    all of your tutorials so great and awesome, i refer those tutorials frequently! it’s help me a lot in my project! thanks a lot!! ^^

  • alsaga

    22/11/2009

    Read very cool

  • Madhavi

    23/02/2010

    WOW…!!!! This was d bst..!!

  • seby

    01/05/2010

    hey I’m doing it now but instead of the ball im adding the earth :D ty 4 the tutorial

  • Pineapple

    27/05/2010

    I think the tutorial is fantastic but the final product lacks depth. The hands seem to be in front instead of at the same level as the ball.

  • Irina

    30/05/2010

    do you have a PDF version of this?

    PS this is the best of all! thanks for sharing with us!!!

  • FranK

    24/09/2010

    Huuuu its great what a nice tut congratulations you are a good artist

  • Heather

    24/01/2011

    Ugh! I can seem to get the crystal ball right. I ‘ve done this tutorial 2 or 3 times and the ball just doesnt want to show up? Any tips?!

  • crystal

    07/02/2011

    ugh! the brushes just dont want to show up…heelppp! (mac user)

  • Tigh

    20/03/2011

    HELP!
    im up to the
    The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Color Dodge
    step… how do i make it glow like his? how do i do this??

  • Ashley

    13/01/2012

    That was easy to watch but It was hard to do for a beginner like me. I wish I could do the same thing that you do. Thanks for the tutorial, this is very big help for me. Keep posting!

    ~Ashley