In this tutorial, we will show you that how to create a wonderful Crystal Ball with some nice light effects and filters happening. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and try it with your own stock imagery. It’s basically some lighting effects with blurs and blend modes, but the effect is awesome. Feel free and share your comments with us.

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Tutorial details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Mins

Create a Wonderful Crystal Ball in Photoshop РFinal Preview

Final Preview

Tools and Resources

Tools and resources


  • Ellipse Tool
  • Elliptical Marquee Tool
  • Gradient Overlay

Lets start to create our crystal ball in adobe Photoshop.

Step 1

Create new document (Ctrl+N) 600×500 of size.

Create New Document

Step 2

Select Ellipse Tool from tool panel and create a circle with white color #ffffff.

Create a Circle

Go to Layer > Layer Style and applying some Blending Options of this circle layer.

Inner Glow

Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

Gradient Overlay



After applying blending options we get nice result.

Get Nice Result

Step 3

Create new layer select Elliptical Marquee Tool and make a selection as like in preview.

Make a Selection Shape

Fill the selection with this color #131313 and named it Top Reflection.

Fill the Selection With Color

Go to Blending Option and applying Gradient Overlay on this top reflection layer.

Gradient Overlay

After applying gradient we get this nice result.

Get Result

Step 4

Now create new layer select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and make the complete selection around the big ball for applying the gradient as like in preview.

Make Selection

Select Gradient Tool and fill this selection with gradient remember first set the gradient style (Radial).

Fill with Gradient

After applying gradient get nice result, name it layer Bottom Reflection and press the (Ctrl+D) for the deselection.

After Gradient

Step 5

Create new layer name it layer Light go to Filter > Render > Clouds and see result.

Applying Clouds

Now go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome and set Detail (3) and Smoothness (10).

Set Smoothness

After this setting we get this result.

Get This Result

Step 6

Create a Marquee Selection of the circle layer, Hold Ctrl key and click on thumbnail of the circle layer.

Create a Marquee Selection

Go to Filter > Distort > Spherize and set Amount (100%).

Set Spherize

Now go to Filter > Brush Stroke > Sprayed Strokes and set Stroke Length (17) and Spray (7).

Set Brush Stroke

Now press (Shift+Ctrl+I) and hit delete button to delete the unneeded area.

Delete the Unneeded Area

Set Blend Mode Fill (50%) of this light layer.

Set Fill Opacity

Now I am going to applying Gradient Overlay on this light layer.

Gradient Overlay

After applying gradient overlay we get awesome effect on this light layer.

Get Awesome Effect

One thought

  1. This was terrific! I messed up the bottom reflection, but can’t wait to redo.
    Thanks, Michael.

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