Spherised Text Effect


One Fell Swoop Font from dafont.com


Help with creating the glass orb came from www.idigitalemotion.com


This will be the finished result:

Spherised Text Effect

Click on the image for full size view


Open a new file 800 x 800, 72px resolution

Fill the background with black

Create a new layer and fill with black

Filter>Render>Lens Flare – use the following settings:

Lens Flare Settings

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates – set to Polar to Rectangular, click OK

Image>Rotate Canvas>180°

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates – set to Rectangular to Polar, click OK

Your orb should look like this:


Select the Ellipse Marquee Tool, hold down the Shift key and starting very close to the top left-hand corner, drag out a circle that completely includes the sphere:

Ellipse Marquee Selection

Select>Inverse – hit the delete key

Reduce the fill opacity to around 70%

Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation – apply the following settings (do not check the colorize box):

Hue/Saturation Settings

Image>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Make the background layer active

Select the Text Tool, One Fell Swoop font, size 150pt, foreground colour white or any light colour

Type the first required word (this should appear on a new layer just above the background)

Right click on the layer in the layers palette, click on Rasterize Type

Apply the second word in the same way

Double click on either of the text layers to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay and Stroke settings:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Stroke Settings

Apply the same settings to the other text layer

With layer containing the word that is at the bottom of the sphere active

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates>Rectangular to Polar – click OK

Image>Rotate Canvas>180°

Make the layer containing the word at the top of the sphere active

Filter>Polar Coordinates (at the top of the drop-down box, this will apply the same filter again)

Image>Rotate Canvas>180°

Using the Move Tool and the arrow keys, move the text layers into place as required

Spherised Text Effect

The finished project. Click on the image for full size view


2 Responses to “Spherised Text Effect”

  1. Pradip Chowdhury Says:


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