O M G- this is so much fun!



I remember trying this when I was first learning Photoshop- and then totally forgot about it until I started seeing some orbs on Flickr recently.  The link for directions was thankfully provided- I have no idea where I found them originally.  Bill Barber has them on his blog http://www.billbarberphoto.com/tutorials/how-to-make-an-orb/– thank you, Bill.  This time I made the really simple process into a Photoshop action so I can do it again.  I warn you, it is very addictive!

Bill suggests flowers with lots of stems and leaves as good subjects- and I found the same to be true.  The first photo above is a macro of a rose from my Mother’s Day bouquet.  The second is the bouquet itself with some leaves and stems and some negative space.  I like it better.  I have no idea how Photoshop chooses the color for the background to the orb!

BTW, I discovered that the filter will not work unless your image is 8-bit.  My latest Lightroom external editor settings were set to open images in 16- bit in Photoshop.  I have no understanding of what any of this means. I read or watch tutorials and reset my Lightroom/Photoshop settings constantly.  So right now- it’s 8-bit again- whatever. . .


6 responses

  1. Hi Melinda! Just FYI, if you are on Facebook there is a group for people who like orbs! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181794065304487/

    May 23, 2013 at 5:34 am

  2. Susan

    They look like paperweights! Neenah has a paperweight museum that Carol has seen :)!

    May 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. You’re right! How FUN! I just did one and will post later on my own blog. Will mention your post as well!

    May 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

  4. What fun! I’d forgotten about orbs, too. I tried them out after learning about them in a class a couple of years ago. Gotta get back into it. These are great, btw!!! And, yes, they do look like paperweights and yes, I do remember the paperweight museum.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

  5. stampncml@comcast.net

    I like them………..

    May 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

  6. Pingback: From Photograph to Orb

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