In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a delicious Jinji sand cake in Photoshop using standard patterns, textures, and layer styles.
Christmas is already knocking on the door, and I made gingerbread cookies, they looked so cute that I decided to create one little man in Photoshop, the result looks quite tasty. So let’s get down to the baking process.
Step 1. Texture Cookies. Part 1
Before we create the sand man Jinji, we need to create a cookie texture. First, let’s create a cookie texture. To do this, create a new document in Photoshop, my document sizes are 500x500px. Next, fill the background with a light brown tint # D28F41.
Create a new layer, fill this layer with white color. Next, apply the filter Noise(Noise), for this we go Filter – Noise – Add noise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise), install quantity noise (amount) 25% option Distribution(distribution) select by Gauss(Gaussian), check the box Monochrome(Monochromatic). Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), reduce Fill (Fill) layer up to 25%.
Create a new layer, fill this layer with white color. Next, apply the filter Noise (Noise), but this time install amount of noise (amount) 150%. Next, perform an inversion of color on this layer, for this we go Image – Correction – Invert (Image – Adjustments – Invert). Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) reduce Fill (Fill) layer up to 5%.
Step 2. Cookie texture. Part 2
Create a new layer, fill this layer with white color. Next, apply the filter Clouds (Clouds), for this we go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds). Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), reduce Fill (Fill) layer up to 20%. So, the texture is ready. Select the entire document, for this we go Selection – All (Select – All), then we go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit – Define Pattern). We use this pattern later in this tutorial.
For the second texture, just copy / save the texture shown in the screenshot below, then open this texture in Photoshop, and then save it as a pattern.
Step 3. Torso. Part 1
Now let’s create a torso for our cookies. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), with the help of this tool, draw the left side of the body of the sandman when you are satisfied with the result, duplicate the drawn figure. Next, apply the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to Flip horizontally (Flip it Horizontally). Right-click on the document and in the menu that appears, select the option Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal). Next, shift the duplicate layer to the right side to create a full body shape for the cookie.
Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), with this tool, draw the shape of the head. Combine all 3 created shapes, and then rasterize them. Go Layer – Shave – Figure (Layer – Rasterize – Shape). Duplicate the shape of the sand man, temporarily hide the appearance of a duplicate layer, we use this duplicate later.
Let’s add color and texture to the created shape using Layer styles (Layer Styles), as well, using the first pattern we created. Apply the settings below:
Step 4. Torso. Part 2
Turn on the visibility of the duplicate layer with the figure of a sand man, then apply Layer styles (Layer Styles):
Step 5. Sugar icing. Decoration. Part 1
Our cookie looks baked, now we can decorate our cookies by adding sugar icing. Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U), draw eyes and buttons, then, with the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), draw the mouth and decorative stripes on the arms and legs.
To the created jewelry, we will add Layer styles (Layer Styles) to create a Sugar Glaze effect, feel free to experiment, play around with the settings, you can have a great result.
Step 6. Sugar icing. Decoration. Part 2
Our icing looks great, however, we can add lighting effects using a filter Cellophane packaging (Plastic Wrap Filter), duplicate the layers with icing sugar (decorations), then select duplicate layers + press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + E), once you have created a new merged layer, let’s go Filter – Filter Gallery – Imitation – Cellophane Packaging (Filter – Filter Gallery – Artistic – Plastic Wrap), apply the values shown in the screenshot below:
In the end, just lower the value. Fillings (Fill) for a new layer up to 50% and add any background at your discretion, I added the texture of the Tree, placing below the layer with cookies.
We have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, now you can create cookies of any shape using this technique.