I’ve Been Working On My Sphere Of Influence

multi-coloured sphere against a multi-coloured background

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.


  1. This is very inspiring!


  2. Rebekah M says:

    This is very nice ๐Ÿ™‚
    I used to make lots of spheres, like this, in my early days of PhotoShop. When there was nothing on TV, I made spheres …

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    1. I would say you’re both very well-rounded ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Did I mention well-rounded and very well developed? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Fairly bursting with colour ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Tamara says:

    Clever manipulation, mind-bending shades: Looks ‘groovy,’ David – in fact, now I’m thinking of white go-go boots and dizzying psychedelic posters too! Bring it on, eh?? Sweet! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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    1. You read my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ – I was thinking of glitter balls casting slivers of coloured light on the disco floor.

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      1. Tamara says:

        A la ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and the young John Travolta dancing until all hours in his flash white suit I am now thinking because of your reply here, David ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


  5. David, this would be totally amazing when viewed underwater.


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