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3D Pool Balls

May 20, 2011, 16:35 (This post was last modified: May 20, 2011 16:35 by mikethedj4.)
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3D Pool Balls
Click here to view the video tutorial.

To begin this tutorial let me point out that you'll need this background image to startout with. You can make your own if you'd like, but this will just make the tutorial be a bit faster.
[Image: poolballbg.png]

Import the background image into Gimp as a new document/project. Then go to Colors/Colorize and set the Hue to 117, Saturation to 46, and the Lightness to -76.

This will just make our background image have a green tint to it.

Make a new layer (name it "ball base"), and grab your Ellipse Select Tool (E) and left click and drag. While dragging press SHIFT+CTRL so it'll be a perfect circle, and expand out where you've clicked and make it a pretty big circle to fill the canvas however not to big, cause we still need to create a shadow below it later on in the tutorial. Once you feel the selection is good enough for the base of the ball fill it in with the color #ffab33.

Right click your "ball base" layer and select Alpha To Selection. Then make a new layer (name it "main ball shadow") and go to Select/Shrink and shrink your selection by 8px.

Grab your Blend/Gradient Tool (L) (Press "D" to revert back to default colors) and set the Gradient Type to FG to Transparent. Now make a liner gradient going up kind of like what I did here.
   

Now deselect the selection by going to Select/None (SHIFT+CTRL+A) and then go to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur and give it a 60px blur. Right click your "ball base" layer and select Alpha To Selection and then go to Select/Invert (CTRL+I) select your "main ball shadow" layer again, and press delete (or go to Edit/Clear) and this will get rid of the blur that exceeds past the ball. Then bring the opacity down to about 80%.

Make another new layer (name it "main ball gloss"). Right click on your "ball base" layer, and select Alpha To Selection then grab your Ellipse Select Tool (E) Press SHIFT+CTRL and then click and drag until you get a selection like this.
   

Now grab your Blend/Gradient Tool (L) and make a white linear gradient from the bottom of it to the very top. Then go to Select/None (SHIFT+CTRL+A) to deselect your selection. Go to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur and give this a 30px blur. Then right click on your "ball base" layer again and select Alpha To Selection and then go to Select/Invert (CTRL+I) select your "main ball gloss" layer again, and press delete (or go to Edit/Clear) and this will get rid of the blur that exceeds past the ball as done before. Additionally set the opacity to around 70%.

Make a new layer (name it "light gloss") and then grab your Blend/Gradient Tool (L) once again, and set the Shape from Linear to Radial, and give it a radial gradient to the top part of the ball like I've done here. (It's kind of hard to see so the image's background was darkened so you can see where I applied the radial gradient, Additionally I also set the opacity down to 70%)
   

Make another new layer (name it "base shadow" and make sure this layer is below the "ball base" layer). Grab your Ellipse Select Tool (E), and make a selection as seen below, and fill that selection with black.
   

Now go to Select/None (SHIFT+CTRL+A) and then Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur and give it a 30px blur. Duplicate that layer by going to Layer/Duplicate Layer (SHIFT+CTRL+D) and then go back to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur and give the duplicated layer a 60px blur. Merge the layer down by going to Layer/Merge Down. Duplicate once more, set the opacity to 50%, and merge the duplicated layer down.

So far your project should look something like this.
   

Now select your "main ball shadow" layer and make a new layer above that (name this new layer "number"). Grab your Ellipse Select Tool (E) once again left click and drag in the center of where your top gloss part started and whole dragging hold SHIFT+CTRL like we did before, and fill the selection with black.
   

Grab your Blend Tool (L) make a radial gradient of white go out like so. (Ignore the new layer I created)
   

Now grab your Text Tool (T) choose Sans Bold for the font. (my size is 41, and I made the spacing -1.0) Grab your Move Tool (M) and move the text so it's in the center of the circle we created.

Set the text's layer mode to Grain merge, duplicate the text layer and set it's layers opacity to around 60%, and merge the first text layer into the number layer, and the duplicated text layer into the number layer. Now go to Layer/Autocrop Layer and use your Perspective Tool (SHIFT+P) to make it look like it's on the left side of the ball. Like so...
   

Now make a new layer (have this new layer displayed on the very top, and name it "top gloss") Now make an elliptical selection like the one seen below, and fill it in with white.
   

Now make another selection (like seen below) and delete/clear to get a look we want for the top gloss.
   

Now go to Select/None (SHIFT+CTRL+A) to deselect the selection, and go to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur and give it a 16px blur. (Don't forget to remove the blur that exceeds past the ball like we did in the beginning.)

This is what your image should look like so far...
   

We're now done, repeat the process for as many pool balls you want, and here's our final result.
   

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May 20, 2011, 16:45
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
thanks very thorough. and its green felt this time.

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May 20, 2011, 17:59
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
No problem (think I blurred the top to much, but it's a tutorial so hopefully the user will be able to make it better, as I was in a rush)

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May 20, 2011, 19:29
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
naw, it looks good.

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May 25, 2011, 22:52
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
[Image: poolballbg.png]

great vid. thanks

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May 26, 2011, 01:15 (This post was last modified: May 26, 2011 01:29 by Virago.)
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
That looks really good. The light and shadow on the ball itself are very realistic. There is one problem though. The shadow on the white circle is upside down. As it is it makes it look like that part is inset into the ball so it would go thump - thump - thump as it rolled down the table. The white circle on a real pool ball is painted on and conforms to the surface of the sphere, so it should reflect light like the sphere does. Spin it around almost 180 degrees so the highlight is at the top and the shadow at the bottom, with the curved line of the shadow matching the one on the rest of the ball and it'll look perfect.

P.S. I also just realized that on any billiard sets that I've seen, the 6 and the 9 have a line or underscore beneath them so you can tell a 6 from an upside down 9.

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May 26, 2011, 01:29
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
THANKS A BUNCH! i meant for it to look engraved, but you are right...thump,thump, thump.

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May 26, 2011, 18:03
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
Well, that could work too. Recolor the ball black and change the number to something like "Ask Again Later" and presto, a Magic 8 Ball! Tongue

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May 26, 2011, 18:37
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
haha, thats an idea! it looked really cool when i hid the color, ive been trying to come up with cool ideas for a glass ball, if i could pull it off. i was thing fire inside might just be a trip, maybe a little smoke...i might be pushing my limits a little bit though, maybe just, i dont know, glass balls looked dope though.

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Jul 28, 2012, 13:53
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RE: 3D Pool Balls
(May 25, 2011 22:52)missmacabresass Wrote:  [Image: poolballbg.png]

great vid. thanks

Hihiihhiih,that no 9 looks as though its being placed on a plane rather than spherical ball, Tongue Tongue Tongue , Vj-
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