Click the image to see a bigger version. Then read how I made this in Photoshop. I didn’t know what I was going to do as I worked on it and the result is from following my nose.
It’s pretty typical that I will be thinking of something else or working on something and I need a break. Or something starts as a project and then acts as a kind of relaxation therapy.
First I daubed little rectangles of colour with the Brush tool. I covered a part of the area and then duplicated the coloured area and copied it until the whole frame was covered.
Then I duplicated the image and used the Find Edges tool on the top layer. Then I flattened the image and duplicated it again.
I wanted to use the Distort/Spherize Filter tool, so I copied the top layer to a fresh file and converted it to 8-bit so that I could use it.
Then I copied the spherized layer back onto the file from which I had copied it.
I beefed up the contrast of the top layer and then added a layer mask.
Finally, I cut back around the sphere so that the background around the sphere would be less dominant. Then I blended the two layers to get this result.