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Vector Orb Tutorial Part 2

Here is Part 2, which will finish up with the Orb’s shadows (using clipping masks) and the orb’s reflection (using opacity masks).

You’ve probably seen these types of orbs around the web and now you have the chance to make your own stylish vector orb.


8. A. Draw a gray oval and make sure to give this oval an opacity of 50 %. B. Add a Gaussian Blur of 5 to it by going to Effect>Blur>Gaussian Blur. C. Draw an object on top of everything and make it obstruct the orb and the “shadow’s” intersection (see picture). Then right-click this object and choose Make Clipping Mask.

9. A. Make a circle a same size of the orb and copy the M as well. Make the M black and the new circle gray. B. Make the M into outlines by right-clicking the text and choosing Create Outlines. C. Now group these objects. D. Now scale it down so it’s on the same level as our original shadow.

9-I E. Give this object a blur of 20. F. Give this object and opacity of 50%. G. Now move this object back onto our orb. H. Draw a circle of the orb’s size and make sure it’s above our dark object.

10. Option-Drag a copy  of everything besides the 2 bottom shadows.

11. A. Open a Transparency window if one is not open already. B. Double click the area to the right of our orb’s thumbnail (see picture) and uncheck the Clip check box. B-I. Now draw a circular mask about the same size as our orb (see picture). C. Now add a linear gradient to our mask. Be sure to make it fade to black downward where black of an opacity of 100% goes to black of an opacity of 0%. D. Now check the check boxes for Clip and Invert Mask.

11-I. A. Adjust the linear gradient by pushing the side with 0% black more to the 100% side so there is more of the fade showing.

12. A. Double click the thumbnail instead of the mask to exit out the Masking Mode. B. Move the reflection under our orb.

13. A. With the reflection still selected, go to the Transparency window/tab and click the chain so it vanishes. B. Now use the Reflect Tool (O) and flip our reflection horizontally. This way, our mask won’t be effected when flipping. C. Give the reflection an opacity of 75%. D. Apply a Gaussian Blur of 10 onto the reflection.

14. Now you should have made something as close as mine.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will look forward to the next one.


Vector Orb Tutorial Preview

Sorry for not posting a tutorial sooner but I promise to give you one today. I been having computer problems at home but I finally managed to fix things. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a vector bubble/orb/sphere with some shadows, highlights, and masks. Will post the complete tutorial in a few hours.

Inner Glow Intro Tip

Today I will be introducing the Inner Glow effect, if you yourself haven’t been acquainted before that is. Inner Glow is perfect way to color around the edges or from the center of the object. In this tip, I will show you the benefits of Inner Glow.


  • Illustrator CS3/4/5
  • Inner Glow

About: I love the gradient tool in Illustrator. I use it all the time for all kinds of thing*1s. But sometimes the Gradient Tool isn’t the best tool for the job. Let’s say I made a star shape and want to darken around the edges*2 but gradients do a a poor job. The Gradient Tool only has linear and radial effects. The radial effect isn’t good enough to do the job today so let’s use the Inner Glow effect.

The Inner Glow effect is located in Effect> Stylize >Inner Glow*3. The Inner Glow effect is good when gradients aren’t enough. If you click the Inner Glow effect, a box will show up*4.  Always, always, always click the preview check box so you can see what you’re doing. The box to the right of the Mode option is your color, click it and choose whatever you want. Depending on what color your using for the effect, for the mode, choose screen if your using light colors(white) and choose multiply for darker colors (black). If you choose the wrong mode, the color (you picked) might not show. Opacity is just how transparent you want it to be. Depending on the size of the object, you may need to adjust the blur so it doesn’t cover too much or too little of the object. Inner Glow is only used to color inside an object from its edges to center or vice versa. If you cut holes inside an object*5, it will color around that area too which gradients can’t do. Plus, this effect sometimes gives a plastic appearance to an object.

Be sure to use this effect whenever you can.

Examples: Left to Right (1-5)

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