In this lesson, we will create a beautiful, very detailed illustration of the heart. We will use several stock images, develop our drawing skills in Photoshop. Do not worry, I will show you everything step by step.
Images used in the lesson:
As usual, I show the image that we will create:
Step 1: Initial Sketch
First we draw a pencil illustration on paper. It’s okay if you’re not very good at drawing, just make a sketch. Next, scan it and open it in Photoshop.
Step 2: Creating a Document
Open Photoshop and create a new document – File> New (File> New). It is important to create a large document, it will be easier to work with it. I decided to choose a size of 4500? 3000 and a resolution of 300 DPI.
Step 3: Getting Started!
Now just transfer your sketch to the created document. So you can later copy all your forms.
Step 4: Create a Color Picker
Choose a few “fun” colors that make you feel good. For example, yellow, orange, pink and purple.
Step 5: The Pen Tool is your best friend.
Pen (Pen Tool) – my favorite tool in photoshop. We will use it to create all forms.
Create a new layer and start using Pen, setting anchor points around the shape. Now right-click and from the pop-up menu choose Run Fill Path. In this way you can very easily create a simple monochrome shape.
The note: Some people have difficulty working with Pen, but this is really not as scary as you think. If you are not sure that you can use the Pen, just view this lesson (note: you can also study the lessons on the Photoshop-Master).
Step 6: Using Gradients
We need shapes with beautiful gradients. Create a two-color gradient (yellow-orange). Now take the tool Pen, create an outline around the shape, now right-click and select Create selection (Make selection). Now we have a beautiful selection, all we have to do is choose a tool Gradient and create a gradient transition inside the selection.
Step 7: Create shapes using multiple layers
Repeat the previous steps for the other shapes you drew. Make sure that each shape you draw on a separate layer is very important.
Step 8: Stroke the contours!
The shapes are wonderful, but it’s worth adding a few lines to our image.
First choose simple brush (brush), approximately 3 pixels in size. Now take Pen, draw a line following the outline of your sketch. Right click>Stroke Path. Now we have a beautiful line! Notice that I ticked Simulate pressure so that the effect looks more natural.
Step 9: Using the Elliptical Selection Tool
Take the tool Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool), Hold down the Shift key and create a selection. If you hold Shift while drawing a selection, you will get a perfect circle. Now take soft brush, set the size to about 569 pixels and start drawing inside the circle.
Step 10: Continuing Creation
Repeat the previous steps many times until you finish each shape that you drew on the outline.
Step 11: Get Some Images Of The Flowers
For our illustration, we need some flowers. Upload pictures of flowers from resources for this lesson:
Step 12: Separate the colors from the background
Now we need to separate all these flowers from the background. Open the flower image, create an outline around it using Pen. Right click>Create selection (Make selection). Take the tool Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool), Place the cursor in the center of the selection, right-click and select Layer as a copy (layer via copy). That’s all – you have a beautifully selected flower on its own separate layer.
Step 13: Placing Flowers
Move the selected flowers to the main working paper. You may have to resize or rotate them; Free Transform will help you with this: Editing> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform) (Ctrl +T).
Step 14: Build Flowers
Now we need to duplicate the flowers several times. Just right-click on the layer and select Duplicate layer (Duplicate), place the flowers where you want.
Step 15: Choose More Colors
One flower actually looks really boring, so add another 4 – 5, repeating the previous steps.
Step 16: Duplicate Colors
After all the flowers are added to the image, we need to create their duplicates and place them in the right places.
Helpful advice: to duplicate faster, you can just take the tool Move (Move tool). Hold down the Alt key, just click on the object you want to duplicate and drag it. It will automatically be duplicated to the new layer.
Step 17: Reaching the Goal
Well, half of our image is already finished. Use the Shift key to select all layers. Now hold down the Alt key, click on the shapes and start moving them. If you did everything right, you could duplicate all the layers. However, it will be difficult to handle them, so when all duplicates on the layers panel are highlighted, right-click on them and select Merge (Merge Down).
Step 18: Adding Charm
Create a new layer above the rest, select a small soft one. brushwhite, start clicking on the heart. After you finish this, right-click on the layer and select Blending Options. Apply layer style External glow (Outer Glow) size (size) 38 and opacity 75%.
Step 19: Working on the Background
Drain all layers of the big heart so that everything, except the luminous points, is on the same layer. Create a new document with the same dimensions and transfer the layer with the heart there. Duplicate this layer, place it under the original, then go to Filter> Blur> Blur in motion (Filters> Blur> Motion Blur), set the distance to 656 pixels.
Step 6: Adding Lighting
Cut the crystal from the file “crystal.jpg” (you can find it in the downloaded folder for this lesson), place it above the layer with a blurred heart. Set the crystal overlay mode Overlap (Overlay), go to Edit> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform) and rotate the crystal slightly. Duplicate it several times.
Step 21: Finishing the Background
Let’s make the background more exciting, but keep it simple. Duplicate the main heart, place a duplicate under the layer with the original. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filters> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and blur it a lot, I used a radius of 38.6 pixels.
Step 22: Color Correction
After you finish everything, right-click on the layers and select Merge image (Flatten Image). Now go to Image> Adjustment> Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves) and play with them to add contrast to the image, to make it more alive. I recommend you Output 87 and Input 128.
Step 23: Finishing Touches
Create a new layer above all the others, set its blending mode Overlay, making it really bright and sunny. Choose medium soft brush White color, click on some parts of the heart that you would like to lighten, for example, some flowers or triangles. You will see that it really looks great.
And we are done!
You can see the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I’ll be happy to hear your feedback on the technique and the final image.
You can view the original version by clicking on the image below: