Pin It

Create Your Own Christmas Balls

Advertisement

Create Your Own Christmas Balls

Here I’ll show you how to make funny colorful Christmas balls using Photoshop techniques.

First of all, you should create a new document about 500×500 pixels and fill it with white color. After that select the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create selection as on my picture below. Fill selected area with color of #580001 on the new layer.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 01

Ok, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create another one selection and fill it with the same color.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 02

Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Now, time to bring some ornament to the ball. I used this ornament or you can use another one which you want. Open up this file and copy ornament to the main canvas. After that apply the Color Overlay layer style to the layer with ornament.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 03

You can mix current picture a couple of times. The result should be next:

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 04

Select the ball shape (Ctrl + left click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette) and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection, after that press Delete to clear selected area.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 05

Remove selection with Ctrl+D and continue to create ball’s texture. Create a new layer and fill it with black color. After that apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with following presets:

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 06

Change layer opacity to Screen now and use Ctr+T to reduce the noise texture.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 07

Now, we need to clear area out the ball again. Select the ball shape one more time (Ctrl + left click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette) and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection, after that press Delete to clear selected area.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 08

Deselect area with Select > Deselect. After that use the Sharpen Tool to sharpen noise layer.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 09

Now, merge all layers except background layer in one. After that use Select > Load Selection to select ball again and apply Filter > Distort > Spherize to make the ball volume:

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 10

Remove selection with Ctrl+D and use the Sharpen Tool again to sharpen centre of the ball a little bit more.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 11

Time to add glares. Use the Dodge Tool (Brush: 100px, Range: Highlights: Exposure: 50%) to create bright spot on the ball as on my picture you can see below.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 12

Create another one glare in the same way.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 13

Then select the Burn Tool (Brush: 100px, Range: Shadows: Exposure: 20%) to add the dark glare.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 14

Now, create a new layer and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create round selection. Fill it with white color.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 15

Remove selection using Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 16

See the result below.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 17

Merge this layer with previous. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create selection like mine and use the Dodge Tool again to make little dodge-work.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 18

Ok, remove selection with Select > Deselect. Time to add the top to our ball. How to do this? In the beginning create new layer above, then select Polygonal Lasso Tool to create selection as mine and fill it with color of #a09c95.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 19

Deselect current layer (Ctrl+D). Now, use the Dodge Tool (Brush: 45px, Range: Highlights: Exposure: 50%) to add a little glare to the top.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 20

Merge current layer with previous and use Ctrl+T to reduce the ball about 20%.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 21

And the last one thing left. Select the Line Tool and set foreground color as #2f1e00. Draw two lines about 1 pixel as on my picture below.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 22

Ok, we are done for now! I added two different colors balls more. Please don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and techniques.

Create Your Own Christmas Balls 23

Advertisement


  • Tanya

    They’re called ornaments NOT CHRISTMAS BALLS!

  • Venus

    balls, ornaments…doesn’t matter…dude this tutorial was excellent! Thank you very much!
    My results were soooo realistic!
    Keep up the great work!

  • Ruby Rose

    I loved this tutorial!!! Why anyone would be rude over your tutorial is beyond my understanding. I am very grateful for your willingness to write this tutorial and share it freely.

    Ruby Rose

  • http://www.animexroads.com Ronnie

    This is a great Tutorial. I’m going to use this for a Holiday Gift Guide that I am working on for my site. Hope it comes out as good as in your tutorial.

  • Sam

    Yeah, I got stuck at “You can mix current picture a couple of times.”

    That makes no sense to me. It seems I would need a degree in Photoshop to understand some of the instructions in these tutorials.