In this tutorial, you will learn how to create various geometric shapes using 3D layers, drawing tools, various glowing highlights, and more!
To work you need the program Photoshop CS5 Extended (extended version).
Step 1. Create a new 11×17 inch document. For this, let’s go File – New (File> New), select in line Set (preset) US paper size (U.S. Paper), then select Tabloid in the line The size (Size).
Step 2. Create a new gradient fill layer, let’s go Layer – New Fill – Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient). Apply the settings as shown in the screenshot below.
A new layer will appear above the background layer.
Step 3. Create one more layer-gradient fill, go Layer – New Fill – Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient). Create a gradient like in the screenshot below. Click on the gradient to change it.
At the beginning, select the default gradient Black and White. Then click on the left slider and apply the color tone value # FF00FF. Then click on the right slider and apply the color value # 0000FF.
This layer should be above the layer with a black and white gradient fill.
Step 4. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place), select the image of the girl and click OK.
Scale the image with the girl, then press the Enter key to apply the transformation.
A new layer with a girl should appear on top of all layers in the layers palette. In the lower right corner of the thumbnail you will notice the icon . This icon indicates that the layer is converted to Smart object (Smart Object), i.e. this means that the original image data is saved, so you can correct the image as much as you like without degrading the image quality. The disadvantage of using smart objects is that some tools and filters will not work. The correction of our image will not be so large as to use smart objects, however, the use of smart objects is always a good practice.
Step 5. Create a selection of the girl. There are many ways to select objects and the most successful technique depends on the photo you are using. As for our image, the background is very simple, so we just use the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand tool). Start by highlighting the background.
Next we go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse) to invert the selection.
Next, select the tool Rectangular region (Rectangular Marquee tool) and holding the Alt key, create a rectangular selection to deselect the top. Repeat the same operation for the bottom of the image. Now you will have a dedicated girl only.
Step 6. Press the button Refine edge (Refine Edge) to improve the quality of the selection. You can find this option in the top settings panel when any of the selection tools is activated.
If you look closely at the hair, you will notice that the hair is not selected qualitatively. First, change View mode (View Mode) on Overlap (Overlay). Choose a tool Refine Brush (Refine Radius tool), then go through the hair.
Note: tool Refine Brush (Refine Radius tool) is only available in Photoshop CS5 or higher. You can adjust the size of the brush by pressing the square brackets.
This is how the selection should look like after brushing your hair. Press the OK key to apply the correction.
Step 7. In the lower tool palette, click Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask). This option will add a layer mask using the selection you just created.
Step 8. Now we will create a brush. Create a new layer. Layer – New Layer (Layer> New Layer) or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N. Place this layer on top of all our layers. Note: this layer is temporary, we created it to create a brush, later we will delete this layer.
Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool), next, create a rough selection, the same size as in the screenshot below.
Fill the selected area with black. You can do it through Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill) in the window Content (contents) select The black (Black), then click OK.
Next, go Editing – Transformation – Distortion (Edit> Transform> Skew). Pull the top square to the right, our black rectangle is deformed, as in the screenshot below. Do not remove the selection yet.
Next, go Editing – Transformation – Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate). Move the cursor outside the rectangle and rotate it. If you hold the Shift key while turning, then the turn step will be equal to 15 °. Rotate the rectangle as in the screenshot below, and then press the Enter key to apply the changes.
Step 9. Let’s go Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush). You can name the brush as your heart desires. I will call the brush “Diagonal Rod”. Click OK, then deselect through Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect) or press Ctrl + D.
Step 10. Delete current layer through Layer – Delete – Layer (Layer> Delete> Layer).
Create a new layer using Layer – New Layer (Layer> New Layer) or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N, and position this layer below the layer with the girl. Name this layer “Diagonal Bars”.
Step 11. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool), then select the brush we just created. Change the brush, you can simply click anywhere on the document.
Let’s go Window – Brushes (Window> Brushes) to activate the brush settings window. Check the option Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics) and set the value Size fluctuation (Size Jitter) at 100%.
Check the option Scattering (Scattering) and set the value Scattering (Scatter) at 100%.
Step 12. Make sure the foreground color is set to black. You can set the foreground and background colors by default by pressing the D key. Having selected the brush tool, apply it on the current layer, you should have it, as in the screenshot below.
This is how our layers will look in the layers palette.
Step 13. Let’s go Layer – Layer Styles – Gradient Overlay (Layer> Layer Style> Gradient Overlay). Load the Spectrums gradient set.
Select Spectrum gradient. Set the angle to –45 ° and scale (scale) by 150%. Do not click OK yet.
We will adjust the position of the gradient on our document, pinch the cursor and drag the gradient down to the right, as shown in the screenshot below, until you get a blue / pink gradient, as in the screenshot below.
Step 14. Now we will create 3D diagonal rods. Here you need Photoshop Extended (extended version) to use 3D tools. Create a new layer. Layer – New Layer (Layer> New Layer) or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N and place it on top of all our layers. Name this layer “3D Diagonal Bars”.
Set the foreground color to white. Select a brush and draw several diagonal rods, the same as we drew earlier. Do not draw too large rods, otherwise it may be difficult to process the program Photoshop. If difficulties arise, Photoshop will tell you this when you try to convert a drawing to 3D.
Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the 3D Diagonal Bars layer. You select the objects on the layer.
You can create a 3D object from the selected selection, but the edges will be uneven. To make the edges smooth, we will create a vector path. Activate bookmark Contours (Paths) through Window – Outlines (Window> Paths), in the bottom toolbar, click Make a selection from the selected area (Make work path from selection). You will create a vector path using the selection.
You will receive a new selection vector outline.
Step 15. Let’s go 3D- Embossing – Selected work path (3D> Repousse> Selected Path).
I remind you that an extended version of Photoshop Extended is required here (in the standard version there is no such option) to have access to this menu.
Tool Rotation 3D object (3D Object Rotate Tool) should already be active. Simply click on the document and drag to rotate the diagonal rods, as shown in the screenshot below.
Install Lighting (Lights) on CAD Optimized, then adjust Depth (Depth) to reduce the thickness, i.e. Settings as in the screenshot below.
This is how diagonal rods will look after applying the above settings.
Step 16. Next, go Layer – Layer Styles – Gradient Overlay (Layer> Layer Style> Gradient Overlay). Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), Gradient select Spectrum, and zoom in to 150%. Do not click OK yet.
Adjust the angle of the gradient in the settings so that it coincides with the angle of inclination of the diagonal rods, as shown in the screenshot below.
Click directly on the image and drag the gradient with the mouse to shift it so that the color transition of your gradient is from blue to pink.
Now select the option Color overlay (Color Overlay). Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), color tint set pink (# FF7F7F). Click OK to apply the entered values.
Step 17. We are now rasterizing a 3D object to speed up the processing performed by Photoshop. Before we rasterize the layer, set in the settings Render (Visualization) (render settings) in the window Quality (quality) option Final Tracing rays(Ray Traced Final). First you need to activate the 3D tab. You can do it through Window – 3D (Window> 3D) to display the 3D palette, then change Quality (Quality) on Final Tracing rays(Ray Traced Final). This option will improve the edges of 3D.
You will see a scanning blue grid in the center of the image. This Photoshop program reproduces the 3D scene, it may take a few minutes or more before the image looks better. You can stop the action when you think that the image already looks good enough.
Attention. If you click or use something on Photoshop while the program is scanning, the scan will pause. To resume the process, just go 3D– Resume Visualization (3D> Resume Progressive Render).
After rendering (rendering), your 3D object should have clear lines and smooth shapes, as in the screenshot below:
Let’s go 3D – Rastrirovat (3D> Rasterize) to rasterize the layer, then move this layer below the girl layer.
Step 18. Press Ctrl + G. This layer will be inside the created group. Hold the Alt + key and drag the image with the mouse, as shown in the video below, to duplicate and move the 3D diagonal bars.
Note: in order to view the video, click on the play icon)
You have a bunch of layers inside the group. Rename the group with “3D diagonal rods”.
Make sure the group of 3D Diagonal Bars is active. Choose a tool Move (Move tool) and move the 3D diagonal rods to any place you like. The screenshot shows where I shifted them:
Step 19. Next, we will adjust the brightness and contrast of the 3D diagonal lines. As you probably guessed, we can make a light correction with the tool Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). But there is a problem, it would be tedious to apply a light correction to each layer within the group, and then merge them together. Instead, we convert the group to Smart object (Smart Object). In this case, we can use a layer, as a clipping mask of the adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Now you will see how it works.
Make sure the group of 3D diagonal rods is active, then go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object).
Let’s go Layer – New corrective layer – Brightness / Contrast(Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast). Tick the box Use previous layer for create clipping masks(Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask), then click OK. A new layer will appear. If you do not see that a new layer has appeared, make sure that you create an adjustment layer through the menu.
A correction layer should be placed on top of the 3D diagonal bars. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Notice, the arrow of the adjustment layer is directed to the bottom layer? This means that the adjustment layer acts only on the bottom layer. The adjustment layer acts as a clipping mask.
In the Brightness / Contrast settings, check the box Use former (Use Legacy), set the Brightness and Contrast to 50.
Change the blending mode of the adjustment layer to Glow (Luminosity). This mode will prevent the mixing of colors with the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer.
At this point, the image should look like the screenshot below.
Step 20. Now we will create grid circles. Before we can create lattice circles, we need to create a lattice pattern. Let’s start by creating a new document 100×100 px.
Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee), in the options panel in the option Styles (style) set Preset size (Fixed Size), wide (width) up to 100%, and tall (height) up to 25px.
Create a selection as shown in the screenshot below.
Create a new layer. Layer – New Layer (Layer> New Layer) or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N. Fill the selected area with black. This can be done through Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill), set the contents of the fill – black, then click OK.
Step 21. Duplicate layer Layer– Create duplicate layer– (Layer> Duplicate Layer) or by pressing Ctrl + J.
Let’s go Filter – Other – Shift(Filter> Other> Offset). This filter is very useful when you want to move the object with high precision. We are going to move 50 px down, so in the vertical settings, set +50, then click OK.
Step 22 We are going to rotate the image 45 ° with the tool. Frame (crop tool). Before you begin, go to the menu View (View) and make sure that you have a tick in front of options Snap and Snap to – Document Borders (Snap and Snap To> Document Bounds).
Choose a tool Frame (Crop tool), then use the frame tool to select the entire image. To do this, simply pull from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.
Rotate 45 °. To do this, position your cursor outside the image and drag it to the side. During the shift, hold down the Shift key, each step will be equal to 15 °.
Pull the outer borders towards the center of the image. Binding to the edges of the document should occur.
Step 23 Next, go Editing – Define Pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). Call the pattern “Diagonal Grid” and click OK.
We created a pattern, close this document through File – Close (File> Close) without saving and switch back to our main document.
Step 24 First, make sure that you have the topmost layer active. Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse), and in the upper settings palette, click the icon next to the option Figures (Shape) and in tool parameters Ellipse (Ellipse) select the option Circle (Circle). Default styles are none (crossed out square) (Default Style (None).
Draw a circle in any place you want, where the lattice circle will be located.
You will have a new layer on top of all your layers.
Let’s go Layer – Styles layer – Options overlay(Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Install Fill opacity (Fill Opacity) at 0%. Do not click OK yet.
Next, select the option Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay). Change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen) and the pattern expose the one we just created the “Diagonal Grid”. Adjust the scale to get the result you like. Click OK to apply the settings.
This is what my lattice circle looks like at a scale of 50%. The scale will vary depending on the size of your document.
Step 25. Rename the layer to Lattice Circles. Make sure the vector mask is active. There will be a black and white line around the thumbnail, which will indicate that the vector mask is active.
Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse tool). In the top settings panel, select Add to the shape area (+) (Add to Shape Area (+). This will allow you to add additional circles to the vector mask.
Draw some more circles. If you do not succeed, just press the Ctrl + Z keys to perform the opposite action and try again. Do not draw too much, we will add additional circles later.
The circles drawn now will be in front of the girls. Additional circles that you draw further will be located behind the girl. In the screenshot you can see how I arranged my circles.
Step 26. Duplicate the “Lattice Circles” layer by pressing the Ctrl + J keys or you can Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer). Place the duplicated layer below the girl layer.
Add more circles, just like you did before. Make sure the vector mask is active at the same time. Next, select the Ellipse tool and add more circles. This is how the image should look like at the moment.
Step 27. Reduce slightly Opacity (opacity) of two layers “Grid Circles” to give them a bit of transparency. I reduced the opacity of the two layers to 80%.
The second part of the lesson you can see here.
Author: Denny Tang
Translator: Sadigaliyev Marat
Link to the PSD file of the lesson