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How to Draw a Basketball Using Photoshop

Updated on January 20, 2013
If you learn how to draw a sphere in Photoshop, you can draw a basketball, globe, or soccer ball easily
If you learn how to draw a sphere in Photoshop, you can draw a basketball, globe, or soccer ball easily | Source

How to Draw a Sphere in Photoshop

To draw a basketball in Photoshop, first of all you have to learn how to draw a sphere and fill it with pattern. Once you learn how to create spherical objects, you can draw a basketball or soccer ball, if you like.

Create a document of square size.

Select Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold Shift and draw a perfect circle.

Click ‘create a new fill or adjustment layer’ icon on the bottom of layer palette. Fill will solid color.

Go to Layer Style by clicking the icon on the bottom of layer palette or double clicking the layer.

Select Gradient Overlay and check Reverse. Choose Radial Gradient style, and click gradient bar. A dialogue box will appear. To choose gradient color, click the pointers at the bottom of the bar. Color box will be activated. Click the box to pick gradient color.

In the main dialogue box, click Inner Shadow tab. In the Inner Shadow dialogue box, change the angle around 60 degree and size about 40 pixels. Hit OK.

You can also check Drop Shadow, Inner Glow and Outer Glow and play with different settings.

If you want to write text on the sphere, select text tool and type the text, and then go to Filter→Distort→Spherize. You can add strokes to the text or fill with gradient.

A sphere drawn in photoshop
A sphere drawn in photoshop | Source
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A globe in Photoshop | Source

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How to Design a Globe in Photoshop

After you have drawn a sphere and added gradient overlay, you can draw vertical and horizontal lines inside the sphere. These lines will give an impression of longitudes and latitudes on the globe. To insert these lines, first of all you have to create a pattern of lines. You also need a photo of world map.

To make a Pattern, create a new document with transparent background. Make sure the document is very small.

Select Pencil tool and draw a vertical line on one edge of the document, and then draw horizontal line, from the corner of the vertical line, on the bottom of the document.

Go to Edit→Define Pattern and hit OK.

Now return to the sphere document. Go to the sphere layer.

Hold Ctrl and left click and select the area.

Create a new layer. Go to Edit→Fill or simply click Shift F5. Select Patten and choose the pattern you have created. Make sure you have unchecked Preserve Transparency. Hit OK.

Go to Filter→Distort→Spherize

Double click the pattern layer. A dialogue box will appear, select Bevel and Emboss.

Press Ctrl Shift E to merge the layers

Open the world map photo. Click Ctrl A to select and Ctrl C to copy. Paste this photo (Ctrl V) in your sphere document.

Go to Filter→Distort→Spherize. Set Amount to 100.

Go to Blending options and select Screen as blending mode.

If your map is out of the range, resize it. Click Ctrl T to resize the map and press Enter.

Merge the layers and save the vector image.

Basketball in camera
Basketball in camera | Source
Basketball in Photoshop
Basketball in Photoshop | Source

How to Draw a Basketball Using Photoshop

Create a new document of square size. Draw a circle

Click ‘create a new fill or adjustment layer’ icon. Select Pattern.

Choose the Pattern which is a cluster of dots. In most of the cases, you have this Pattern in your program. Set the scale around 50 percent and hit OK.

Hold Crtl and left click to select the circle.

Click ‘create a new fill or adjustment layer’ icon. Select Solid color.

Turn down the opacity of color fill layer around 50 percent.

Create a new document about 70 by 74 pixels with transparent background. Choose black color and draw a thick vertical line using Pencil tool. Go to Edit→Define Pattern and hit OK.

Return to the basketball document.

Click ‘create a new fill or adjustment layer’ icon and select Pattern. Fill with the pattern you have just created. Set the Scale around 300 percent.

Go to Layer Style, and click inner shadow, set angle around 60 degree. Check Bevel and Emboss.

Merge the layers. (Ctrl Shift E)

Go to Filter→Distort→Spherize.

You can give finishing touch to the basketball by using adjusting Curve (Ctrl M) Hue/Saturation (Ctrl U), and Brightness and Contrast.


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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Peggy, thanks for taking so much interest in my photoshop tutorials.

      You have been a great supporter.


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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your tutorials on how to use Photoshop are great! Someday I will have to do nothing else except study your various hubs on the subject and see if I can do something similar. I really liked the example of the globe as well as the basketball. Thanks! Up, useful and interesting votes.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas and well done on explaining how to draw a basketball.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal








      Thank you my dear friends for your generous comment. These photoshop tutorials are for beginners, I these instructions will help anyone wanting to learn Photoshop.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I'm bookmarking this. I think I'll start a folder for Vinaya How To's! You choose great topics and give such easy to understand directions. Thanks Vinaya, pretty soon we'll all be using the great tricks in Photoshop!

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Your knowledge is surpassed only by your compassion, V! I loved this 'fairly' simple instructional hub, as the thought of beginning to use photoshop actually makes me break out in hives..

      I'm going to keep your hub up and do it - step by step by step...

      i hope..

      i have absolutely no use for a basketball, but - i need to start learning my way around..

      Be well, V...Namastexx

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Vinaya, your talent is endless and I am learning so much from your posts. My son uses photoshop to touch up his photos, I am going to have to ask him more questions on getting this program. I am going to try GIMP this week. Looks like that basketball is real! Voted up+++

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      6 years ago from Indonesia

      I always try to use Photoshop and have learned one of its uses in this hub. Thank you for informing.

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      6 years ago

      Wow great job Vinaya....ball looks so real! I use photoshop for most of my drawing or editing stuffs! neat job here!

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      wow interesting that you choose the basketball voted up bro :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting my friend. I have never used Photoshop. Maybe it's about time I tried it.


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