Orb-its


I discovered this technique on a Facebook macro forum I follow.   I use “follow” generously, as I haven’t looked at this group in months.  Serendipitously, I saw it in my feeds the other day and decided to take a look at what new items had been posted.    Wow!   I find this manipulation so much fun.   Directions at the bottom.

Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet

From an abstract of a colorful leaf

From an abstract of a colorful leaf

Dandelion Seed Head

Dandelion Seed Head

Blue Sky, White Clouds

Blue Sky, White Clouds

I discovered this technique on the Macro Abstracts/Soft Focus Flowers group on Facebook.   Looks like credit belongs to Bill Barber (Website) (Facebook Nature of Orbs Group).  Rather than repeat, I’ll just link to his Orb Tutorial.  Besides, all of his work — not just his orbs — is amazing and it deserves a visit!

Images 1 & 3 were done with little editing to the files.   Images 2 & 4 had several manipulations before & after creating the “orb”, including the addition of various textures and layers.   Although Bill’s directions are for Photoshop, I use Photoshop Elements (v 8); it works the same.   You should try out this effect.   I — like so many others — found it difficult to make only one!     I’d love to see your versions.

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20 responses to “Orb-its

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  2. Beautiful images! Sometimes I use Marblecam on my iphone to do something similar and am always amazed at what it can do.

  3. Going to try this with the students. Will let you know I will show yours and credit the inspiration.
    Very cool.

  4. billbarberphoto

    Very nice, Anne! And thanks for sharing the link to my website and tutorial page so others can learn to have fun too!

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  6. WOW is right! I have an app called Marble that does something like this. I love the second one !

  7. How beautiful! I also want to learn, they are just great pictures!

    • Follow the link to the tutorial. These are amazingly easy to do. Once you do a few, you learn how to predict what an image might look like once it is transformed.

  8. Oh, these are absolutely gorgeous Anne and thanks for the links hon. I am going to try it for sure as I love to play around with my photo’s too. I will post the link here the minute I’ve posted it. 🙂 *hugs*