Making a Cool 3D Sphere in Photoshop
press D and fill the document. Then add a lens flare filter with settings [Brightness: 100%, Lens Type: 105mm Prime], now for the position of the Flare, you want it kept at default. To reset your lens flare position, Hold down Alt and you will notice the 'cancel' button changes to 'reset'. Click it then it resets. Then click Ok.
3. Here's the tricky part. Select the elliptical marquee tool, and you want to make a circular selection around your sphere. hold Shift for a perfect circle. My selection diameter was 155 pixels. Now inverse your selection, Press D, then fill. Then inverse once more so your back to the circle.
4. Now create a new layer and name it 'shadow'. Press D and fill the layer with black. Then hold Shift and press the up arrow once, and the right arrow once. Press delete, then hold shift and press the down arrow once, and the left arrow once. Create a new layer, name it 'highlight', and press X then fill with white. Hold shift and press the down arrow once, then the left arrow once. Press delete, then hold shift and press the up arrow once and the right arrow once.
5. With the selection still active, set the 'highlight' layer blending mode to 'overlay'. Then apply a gaussion blur, with settings [Radius: 4px]. Now select the 'shadow' layer and apply a gaussion blur as well with same settings as before, then change the opacity of the 'shadow' layer to about 70-80%. There you have it, a neat lookin sphere. I however moved my shadow down three pixels and left three pixels, to make the shadow blend in more. I also added color, by making a new layer, I dragged it to the top of the layers window, made its blending mode 'color' and filled with it with a blue.