In this section we will introduce you how to create a mirror ball. The beaming dots look as if they are from the real mirror ball.
In this tutorial we will start by making dot pattern using the example from How to Create a Seamless Pattern (Photoshop CS5).
We will combine filters to make the mirror ball glow. You can make it easier than you think.
Create a new layer using the setting above to make a pattern.
Using the example from How to Create a Seamless Pattern (Photoshop CS5), create a dot pattern and save.
Draw a precise circle sized 43px x 43px using the Ellipse Tool. The dot pattern will me the mirror ball beam.
Create a new file with the setting above to make the sphere.
Open a dialog box [Edit > Paint Bucket]. Select the pattern created in Step02 and fill the layer.
This is a dot pattern filled image.
Create a precise circle using the “Ellipse Selection Tool” (Shift + Drag). Make sure the blue dot to be the center of the circle as shown above.
Keep selecting the circle, set the preference using the example above [Filter > Transform > Sphere] and transform only the selected part into sphere.
Clip the image roundly to make it into a mirror ball.
If you clip it as it is you would clip the selected part as well. In order to avoid this, inverse the selection [Selection > Inverse Selection] and remove outside of the sphere (Ctrl + X).
We will start creating the beams here.
Copy the layer created in Step07. Let each dot beam by [Filter > Blur > Radial Blur > Repeat 3 Times].
Sharpen the beams created with the Blur Filter a little.
Do it by [Filter > Sharp > Smart Sharp] one each from different angles.
This is how the smart sharp effect looks like.
You can see that the blurred, dull beams transformed sharp and rough.
Smoothen the smart effect rough beams. [Filter > Blur > Radial Blur x1]
Now you have mirror ball beams.
The beam lines are clear after being smoothened as we used the Blur Filter after the smart sharp effect.
Change the background color to match the mirror ball. Select the background layer and pick black [Edit > Paint Bucket > Black]
You are done! With the dark background, the mirror ball beams stand out and look realistic.
The “Blur Filter” dull beams transformed into sharp ones with the help of “Smart Sharp Filter”.
There are many types of filters and you can create various effects by combining them. Be creative and try different filters for unexpected effects.