Creating an Atom in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will describe the whole process of creating an atom in Photoshop. The main step is to use the option of ‘postcard’ in order to make an orbit of an atom. The rest are the effects to make the atom shiny. Let’s start.

STEPS

1. Create a new document of 1000*1000 pixels in Photoshop.
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2. Create a new fill layer of black-color. Layer –>new fill layer—>solid color.
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3. Select a custom-shaped tool. Right-click on the canvas and select nuclear.
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4. Draw a shape on the canvas.
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5. Rasterize the shape layer. Right-click on the layers-thumbnail and select rasterize. Grab the eraser-tool and erase the center atom.
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6. Select the thumbnail of shape-1 and give it a layer style. Click on fx at the bottom of the layers palette. Select Bevel-&-Emboss.
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7. Set the values according to the snapshot.
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8. Select inner-shadow from the left menu, and select inner-shadow.
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9. Select inner-glow and set the values
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10. Select outer-glow and set the values according to the snapshot.
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11. The atom will now be looking like this:
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12. Now, create a new layer. Press ‘Ctrl Shift N’. Rename this layer to atom. Select a hard-mechanical brush. Lower the opacity to 32%. Set the foreground color to blue (the same color of the shape). Make a circle in the center of the shape.
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13. Give this layer some layer-styles. Click on fx and select bevel-&-emboss. Set the values according to the succeeding snapshot.
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14. Click on contour right-below the bevel-&-emboss and set the following values.
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15. Now, select the inner-glow and set the values:
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16. The atom will now be looking like this:
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17. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate atom layer. Rename this layer to orbit. Move this layer to the almost top of the vertical orbit.
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18. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to enable the transformation of the shape. Make the ball little smaller. Press Enter.
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19. Press ‘Ctrl’ and click on the orbit layer. It will select all the pixels of that layer. Now, apply the layer-mask. Select the brush tool. Set the foreground color to black and use the brush at the place where the ball touches the orbit so as to make it appear it is holding the orbit.
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20. Duplicate the layer (press ‘Ctrl J’) for two times in order to make the balls appear on other orbits too.
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21. The atom is ready.
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Author: Haseeb Khan

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