okay so here are some examples: okay. here we go. Open up photoshop and make a new document with these specifications. next hit d to set fg and bg colors to black and white and then hit x to switch them. now fill the whole image with the paint bucket. Using the circle marquee tool, hold down shift(for a perfect circle) and draw a circle that looks something like this. Now hit d again and fill the circle with black. Next hold Ctr+Alt+Right Arrow to nudge the circle until it looks something like this. Now make a new layer by going to Layer>New>Layer. I dont care what you call it but if you must call it something. call it gradient. Go back to the bg layer and us the wnd tool to select te whole black area. Go back to the gradient layer. Select the gradient tool. Go to the Gradient editor by right clicking (Ctrl+click for macs) here. . The bottom of the gradient bar is the colors. Double click the bottom left slider and type in 0 for R, 0 for B, and 255 for G. Click ok. Change the opacity to 100. Do the same for the bottom right slider. Now click somewhere under the gradient bar to insert a new color slider. Set the opacity to 100 and the location to 55. Double click and give it the same numbers as the other two, but don't click ok. On the left there is the big box of color. As close to the right side of the box click about half way down to get a darker shade. Now click ok. You should have something that looks like this. Next hold SHIFT and fill the oval with the gradient to get something like this. Now make a new layer by clicking Layer>New>Layer. You can call this one highlights if you would like. The oval shape should still be selected. Click Select>Modify>Contract and enter either 3 or 4 pixels. It doesn't matter wich it's just a matter of preference. Go back to the gradient editor and change the left and the right color sliders to white. Click and drag the middle color slider away from the editor to delete it. On top of the gradient bar there should be an opacity slider. Click it and change the location to 70% and the opacity to 0. You should get something like this Hold shift and fill the selection with this gradient. You are done. YAY! +reps would be greatly appreciated and you can pm if you have any questions. Go ahead and post your results if they are interesting. I used this to make my "new nf logo contest" entry. Here it is.