Today, I will show you how to make a glossy cutout orb. You can put any design on the orb that you like, such as a website logo, text, or just a cool shape.  Let’s get started!

Final Result

Here is what the finished product will look like:

Step 1

To begin, open up a new document in Photoshop of the size 300×300 pixels, or whatever size you need to fit your orb. Take the Ellipse Shape tool, and make a circle in the middle of the document. You can make it a perfect circle by holding shift while dragging to create it. It doesn’t matter what color the orb is, because we will be applying a color overlay to it in the next step.

Step 2

To make the circle turn into an orb, we will apply some layer styles to it. Double-click on the layer that holds the circle to bring up the Blending Options dialog, then enter these settings:

Drop Shadow

Inner Shadow

Inner Glow

Bevel and Emboss

Color Overlay

And that gives you this:

Step 3

As you can see, the orb looks much rounder and realistic. Now we will make a shape look like it was cut out of the orb by applying different layer styles to it. First off, take the Custom Shape tool, and drag out whatever shape you want – I used the flame. Center the shape to the orb, and then apply these styles to the it:

Inner Shadow

Inner Glow

Gradient Overlay

You should now have something like this:

Step 4

Now for the final touches! As the title indicates, the orb should be glossy, and to make this effect, we must add a shine effect to it. Ctrl+Click on the orb layer’s thumbnail to make a selection of it, then go to Select>Modify>Contract, and enter 5 for the amount in the dialog that pops up. Take the Ellipse Select tool, hold down the Alt key to subtract from the selection, and drag an ellipse over the lower part of the current selection. You should end up with a selection similar to this:

Step 5

To finish the shine effect, create a new layer, make sure that your foreground color is white, and press Alt+Backspace to fill the selection you made with white. Rename this layer to Shine, and lower it’s opacity to about 50%. This is a simple gloss technique that can be used on anything that you want to appear shiny.

And that’s it! You have just created a slick glossy cutout-orb that can be used for many purposes.  You can play around with each of the layer styles to achieve the effect you want – be creative!

Final Result

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, because I enjoyed writing it!  If you want more tutorials on how to create glossy designs in Photoshop, check out the Blue Glossy Button and Glowing Glossy Glass Text tutorials on this site.

Until next time, happy designing!