Hours of fun can be had and shared making globes as you will have all discovered over the past week. *G*

Learning to use others globes first- the premade types - are the easiest way to learn how to 'fill' a globe - but the fun in making your own in varying shapes and size - is even better! ....Follow me....

Open up a transparent image in PSP measuring 300 x 300.

Select your shapes tool from the sidebar menu.

Open up the tool option palette and look for a shape you like the look of - I'm a romantic at heart - so naturally.....LOL

Use the settings I have here, and also make sure you only have a foreground colour selected on your colour palette.

Almost totally fill the image area with the shape you have chosen. Then add two layers - you can rename them in the layer palette to keep them straight if you like? For this tut its easier to lock down your layer pallete as you'll be working back and forth continuously. Just click the little black arrow, until it shows as in this diagram.

Once your shape is drawn - use your magic wand and select the outer area of the shape (on the vector layer) and then go to 'Selections | Invert Selection'. Until all the ants are marching around the outer rim of the shape - as in the diagram here.

Then click on your first shadow layer to activate it - and go to 'Effects | 3D Effects | Cut Out'.

Follow the settings I have used in the diagram below and click OK.

Click on the second shadow layer in the layer palette, to make it active, and then go back to 'Effects | 3D Effects | Cut Out'. When the box appears change the first two settings ('Offset' vertical and horizontal) to '-10' and click ok. You should have the effect below on the shape you chose. (Almost there! **dances**)

Now go to your layer palette and delete the vector layer. Then go to 'Layers | Merge | Merge Visible' you should have one layer titled Merged now - you can change the name if you want to to keep everything clear.

Create a new layer and move it to the top of the layer palette - title this one highlight (if you want to). Now click on your spray can and use the following settings.

I've added an extra bottom layer here and coloured it in, so you can see where I've sprayed the highlights - if it makes it easier for you add a contrasting colour layer to your image - just remember to place it at the bottom of the layer palette - and then go back to the 'highlight' layer to add your highlight with the spray can.

 Now with your 'finger' tool *rolls eyes* - use the settings as shown here.

Smooth over the higlights you have created on the new layer, until you have the look you want. See mine below:

Using your wand - right click and delete the ants. Go to the coloured layer (if you added it) and delete it. Then go to 'Layers | Merge | Merge Visible'. You should have one merged layer only now. Go to 'Effects | Noise | Add Noise | 4'.

You should now have a blank globe that looks like this...

...all you need to do now is find some nice tubes to decorate inside and out ;o)

I was lucky to have found some lovely photo's in my email box to decorate a few of the globes with! Here's what I came up with...

Aimee & Bobbie (My Kids)
Lady Love
Kute Shay


To add the gold/coloured border around the edges:
  • On your globe layer, click on the outside of the globe with your wand tool. Settings on the tool options palette should be:
    • Tolerance 0
    • Feather 0

  • Go to 'Selections | Invert Selection' then add a new layer and drag it below the Merged layer.
  • Go to 'Selections | Modify | Expand | 4'. Then 'Selections | Modify | Feather | 1'
  • Flood fill the selection with your chosen colour or fill texture. Then go to 'Selections | Modify | Contract | 6', and hit the delete key on your keyboard. (Make sure you are on the correct layer at all times!!)
  • De-select the image by right clicking with your wand.
  • Hide all layers except your active layer (the one with the border colour).
  • Select inside and outisde of the frame you have now, then go to 'Selections | Invert Selection'. All the ants should now be surrounding your image both inside and outside the selection.
  • Go to 'Effects | 3D Effects | Outer Bevel' and use these settings:

    Hit OK and you have your border...*G*

    You can then merge all the visible layers and start adding your own pictures to your globes!!

    On to Animations

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