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Create a Sphere - Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Recently we were working on a logo redesign job for a client. They had three circular objects with a light source in the top corner - but what they wanted was the three circular objects to be a 3d realistic looking spheres.

This is actually quite a simple and quick thing to do, and as it's fairly common that someone might want to make a 3d circular object, ball or sphere shape we decided we'd share this with you.

You can watch our video tutorial sourced from our YouTube channel, or read the instructions below.

Firstly you want to open Adobe Photoshop and open a new blank canvas to the correct dimensions that you want your sphere to be.

Drop the colour you want your sphere to be onto the canvas.

Now go to the Photoshop menu at the top of the application and go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare

Select rightness at 100% and 50-300mm zoom. On the preview also place the light source in the top left, not too far out though (this you can experiment with a bit).

Now go back to the Photoshop menu at the top of the application and select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates

Leave these Polar Coordinate settings how they are, just select the Polar to Rectangle option.

Back to the Photoshop menu again and select Image > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Vertical

Now back to the Photoshop menu for the last time and select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates

Again leave the settings as they are, except this time make sure Rectangle to Polar is selected.

Now you have your sphere shape on your canvas, to take this out of the canvas so that it can be used elsewhere simply select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and have a fixed size with the dimensions the same as your original canvas dimensions.

Select the circular object which now looks like a 3d sphere. Copy the shape and now drop it onto the canvas where you want the sphere to be.

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