Ok lets begin by making a small pattern to make our "holes" in the ball
to do this you will need to create a document size 20 by 20 pixels, Then use the elliptical shape tool and draw a small ellipse.( all in the same layer) * Remember you can enlarge the backgound to see your image.
Now in the layers panel double click the layer to get to the layers styles panel and give it settings as shown below. View settings
I made a a nice dark red background for the hole because we will do a Red background color for the ball.* But you can choose and use whatever color you want . Now take your paint bucket and fill your selected circle with the overlay color you choose. (deselect your circle) Now we need to create a background layer making sure its white, and combine the two by.----
Go to layer palette and open the menu as shown below and merge down.
Now we will define the pattern and save it, so go to edit -> define pattern and give it a name you can remember.
Make a new document, 400 by 400 and give the background layer a red color or gradient (same as the inner part of our small hole pattern). Then make a new empty layer for us to work in
.Go to edit -> fill and locate the pattern we just made, and hit ok, now you should have an image like this.
Now with the circle selection tool drag out a circle on the stage , now go to edit -> fill and locate the pattern we just made, and hit ok, now you should have an image like this
While still holding the selection go to filters -> distort -> spherize and set it to 100 percent so you get a ball like this.
I hope it works...E-mail me for source file