Change a regular sports photo into something special!
Open your image.
Now, cut out the entire image you wont be using. This can be done using the pen tool, eraser tool, and/or magic wand.
Go to blending options, check Color Overlay, and set the color to black.
I ended up deleting some of the top of the net, and fixing that part later.
To fix the top, I added a circle for the basketball, made the lines white (which I will smooth out and fix later), and added the top of the net, I just used the ellipse tool for this, and drew in some extra net lines with the brush tool.
Now go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Of course, you can do whatever colors you like however you like. These were my settings:
So it looks like this so far:
To make better basketball lines, instead of taking my pen tool and drawing them out myself, I found a picture of a cartoon basketball, deleted the orange parts with the magic wand tool, and did a color overlay to turn the black lines white. And there you have it, a perfectly smooth outline of the ball. I also lowered the opacity of that layer so its not as quite as bright.
Lets add a few more lighting effects. Select your silhouette layer, go to Layer > Add Layer Mask > Reveal All. Take a soft brush, whatever size you wish and lower the opacity. Brush on some light wherever you want.
You should have something similar to this:
Now, to do my lines on the sides, I first set my brush to just a pixel of 1, and a really dark blue. Next, I took my pen tool and made my lines. Then I clicked on the Path Selection tool right above the pen tool, and with my mouse I right clicked the line I just made. I went to Stroke Path, picked the brush, and checked the simulate pressure box.
I did this on the sides and one white line above the basketball.
Now I wanted to add text on the bottom. I needed to add some extra space to work on. To do this, go to Image > Canvas Size. I added a couple extra inches to the bottom:
I added my text. I used these text settings:
And I added a stroke and bevel and emboss.
And here is my final image:
You could also add a stroke: