As one of the premier graphics programs on the market, Adobe Photoshop is most often used to edit or alter existing images. But the tools in Photoshop can also be used to create images from scratch. An example of this would be using the program’s tools to create 3D objects such as boxes or spheres. You might have thought this would require the skills of a professional graphics artist, but you can quickly create a sphere yourself in Photoshop.
1. Open Photoshop. Select “File” and click “New.” In the dialog box that opens enter the width and height in pixels or inches for your document. If you want the object to be placed against a background change the background to “Transparent.” Click “OK.”
2. Click on the “New Layer” icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Select the “Elliptical Marquee” tool from the toolbar. Change the “Foreground” color to what you want for the sphere.
3. Hold down the “Shift” key and draw a circular selection on the canvas. Select the “Paintbucket” tool and use it to fill the selection with the color.
4. Select “Filter,” then “Render” and click “Lighting Effects.” In the dialog that opens move the “Spotlight” so it shines from the bottom. Adjust the “Intensity” until you like the preview. Click “OK.”
5. Click on the “FX” icon at the bottom of the “Layers” panel to bring up the “Blending Options.” Select “Drop Shadow.” In the dialog that opens, adjust the angle of the shadow so it stretches above the sphere. Click “OK.”
6. Select “File” and click “Save.” Name your file, select the location you want to save to and save it as a high resolution JPEG.