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Create a Magic Crystal Ball

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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