Signalnoise tutorial: The O series

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  1. Interesting outcome/tutorial. Although when the light gets more intense the colors start to clash a little (if you know what I mean). You should also show the readers what it would look like with a different background.

  2. Eli, I’m a fan of amping up my highlights using multiple overlays, which does cause a high contrast in the overall range, if that is what you are referring to. The tutorial is built so you can nullify that on the layers palette according to your taste. Thanks a lot for the feedback.

    Grant and Starlight, I have another tutorial on the way and will be sure to announce when it is available.

  3. waoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    This i sreally interesting, wat agreat result 4rm cul and chanllenging process.
    keep it on my Lecturer.

  4. Hey James;

    Ran across your website for the first time yesterday and enjoyed your articles very much. Nice to see fellow Canadians designing stuff at this level. Awesome tutorial!



  5. Hi James,

    I tried switching the mode to 16-bits/channel, though it didn’t seem to smooth out the banding problem… I’m new to Photoshop, would you care to explain why? I found some tutorials using noice to fix it, but don’t like grainy look…



  6. Hey James,

    thanks for sharing your technique, it’s great. Always wonderful to see, that it’s absolutely possible to create something really outstanding with relatively simple methods.

  7. When I make white circles I can’t make them transparent. I can set the gradient overlay to go black to white but not white to transparent.

  8. hey james,

    very nice tut…i hope i’ll get the same result.

    i have a question. do you use RGB or CMYK mode?
    because i have problems with th first step.

    thanks for answering

  9. Eiche, I use RGB mode. You might have to apply the gradient a few times on the layer mask to get a more distinct fade.

  10. Im such a noob, Im stumped on step 1 where it says “apply a radial gradient layer mask” I dont know how to get my layers palette the same way as yours (underneath the sphere folder in pic #1)

    Anyways, epic artwork man!

  11. Gus, select the layer with the circle and click the ‘Apply Layer Mask’ button on the bottom of the layers palette (should have an icon of a square with a circle in it). This will add your layer mask shown as a separate pane, like mine above. Simply add your gradient to that additional pane.

    Hope that helps :)

  12. Your explanation skills lack. I couldn’t get the same result as yours. I tried so many gradient styles with white gray and black, i kept editing the stops of the gradients and nothing. The result is this. God i was so pissed. Be more explicit next time, will ya!?


  13. i tried this tutorial a month couldnot finish it but now after some training and experience I DID IT perfectly am sooo happy the thing i was missing i guess when he shadowed the O drop the opacity of the brush to like 25 that will help u to shadow the O without printing on the sphere
    thank you for ur effort of this tutorial hoping for something new interesting and tweaking like this one

  14. I finally got a chance to try this out. And experienced a few things:
    1.) I was not able to get the radial gradient to be as soft as James’. I tried multiple passes with the gradient on the adjustment layer. In the end, I had to take a soft brush to punch out the middle
    2.) I got the most odd effect on that 3rd layer when we set to Color Dodge. It looked like a big paint splotch in the middle of my circle, with hard edges. So I had to move that circle around till that funny effect dissipated
    3.) When I did the adjustment layer, my whites really blew out so i got a not so nice end result

    I think, as James says, it takes a lot more playing around with things to achieve the look. I loved this peek inside the work-flow to at least get a feel for the steps to take. I’m going to try again tomorrow to see what sort of magic (if any!) I can create with fiddling about a bit more.

    Very kind of you to share your technique here with us James!

  15. Great tutorial. I had some issues but after playing with the highlights and shading got some great results!

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