Creating The Highlight 

Below we have our glass orb.  Looking good but kind of drab.   Lets add some depth and give it that clear cut glass look.


 If your orb is still selected, deselect.  Add a layer. Using your selection tool draw a circle a little smaller then the orb.  Fill with white.  You should have something like the image below.

Highlight Step 1

Deselect.  Add a layer. Using the selection tool, choose circle again and this time make the selection a tad bigger then your white circle, like the example below. 

Highlight Step 2

Now move the selection until you see the shape of a crescent moon take hold. 

Highlight Step 3

Make sure that your white circle is highlighted in the layer palette and hit the delete button and deselect.  You should have something like the highlight below.  Move the highlight where you want it.  Next we want to fade those ends a bit.

Highlight Step 4

Choose the eraser brush with these settings:  Round #10, I usually use size 30 but it depends on the size of the highlight. Hardness 7, Step 10, density 100, thickness 100, rotation 156, opacity 35.  All you want to do is erase the tips at each end as in the example below.

Highlight 5

 Add a gaussian blur of 5.  If you like, you can blur it a little more.  Move the highlight where you want it. Delete the white circle that you made at the beginning of the tutorial. 

Highlight 6

At this point, I would save as a PSP image with all the layers intact.  Duplicate your image and close the original.  Merge the layers and for different effects, use the "Fisheye Distortion Correction," Barrel Distortion Correction and effects like it.  Resize to the size you need. 

This is what it looks like with a background.

Orb With Background

The orbs are great for digital scrapbooking.  Here is a Digital Scrapbook Layout
I made with several of these clear cut glass orbs.  

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

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