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    WMP Orb

    In this tutorial l will explain how to create the Windows Media Player Orb. It's a fantastic orb that just seems to jump right off the screen. And with a few easy to follow steps

    you'll have no problem creating graphics for your interfaces, and layouts that do just the same.
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    Step 1.)
    Start a new document that is 300 x 300 in size, and fill the background with the following gradient:
    The colors used are: #84AAD9 and #A4BFEA

    Step 2.)
    Next create a new layer, and make a a selection like pictured bellow:

    and fill this selection with #FFFFFF (white)

    next set the opacity of this layer down to 31 percent, go up to "filter->blur->Gaussian Blur" with a setting of 2 pixels

    here's what you should have

    Step 3.)
    Create a new layer, get out the elliptical marquee tool hold down the SHIFT key (to make a perfect circle) and make a selection like this in the center of the canvas:

    Fill this selection with #5B87CE DO NO DESELECT

    Step 4.)
    Create a new layer. Set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF) Get out your brush, with these settings:

    now color in the bottom portion of the selection like so:

    It doesn't have to be perfect, just similar to what l've got.

    Now go to "filter->blur->motion blur", and apply these settings:

    Here's what you should end up with:

    Drop the opacity of this layer down to 85 percent. Press 'V' on your keyboard (to get out the move tool) and press the up arrow on your keyboard 4 times. This will move the blur up slightly

    Next go to "filter->blur->Gaussian blur" with a setting of 5:

    Here's what you should have now:

    Step 5.)
    Next hold down the CTRL key and click on the lay with the blur circle in it:

    This will make a selection of the circle again for us.

    goto select->modify->contract with a setting of 7 pixels

    Create a new layer on top of everything, and make a white (#FFFFFF) to transparent gradient fill on the circle like so:

    Step 6.)
    Now make a selection like so with the elliptical marquee tool. This is done basically by making a HUGE oval selection that overlaps the entire canvas.

    Step 7.)
    Now go to "select->inverse" to invert the selection, and tap DELETE on your keyboard.

    Next go to "filter->blur->Gaussian Blur" with a setting of: 1.5

    Drop the opacity of this layer down to 88 percent, this is what l've got so far:

    Step 8.)
    Now double click on the layer with the blue circle:

    and apply these blending options, the color used is #08397E:
    Drop Shadow:

    Step 9.)
    Now the only thing left to do is to add your icon onto the orb. You can put letters, symbols or whatever. Here l put a triangle to symbolize a 'play' button. I also resized the image down to 50x50 for use as an icon:

    Good luck and thanks for reading this tutorial.

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