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.
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.