Make a realistic wax print in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic wax seal model. Thanks to the smart objects that will be used in this work, you can easily replace the design of this print with your own logo and use it whenever you need it!

1. Remove the white background from the wax image.

Step 1

Load the print image and open it in Photoshop.

Step 2

First of all, we have to duplicate our image of the wax seal, to do this, press the key combination Ctrl + J. If you take a look at the palette Layers (Layers), you will see that you have two layers containing the same image. The original photo will remain safe because it is on locked background layer (“Background”), and accordingly, all editing work will be performed on the duplicated layer. Rename the duplicated layer by double-clicking its name directly in the palette. layers (Layers). Call it, for example, “Wax Seal”.

Step 3

Next, we will need to select and delete the entire background using the Tool. “Quick selection” (Quick Selection Tool). Select it by clicking on the icon in the palette. Instruments (/ lessons / tools), or press the letter W on the keyboard.

To start a selection, move the cursor of the selected tool, starting from the upper left corner, and then move it as if you were working with a brush, continue until the entire white background is highlighted. As you drag the cursor, the program constantly analyzes the area, comparing color, tone and texture, and tries, as accurately as possible, to determine what you are trying to select at the moment, and, as a rule, with very good results.

If you look in the toolbar settings panel, which is located along the top of the screen, then you will see a series of icons that allow us to switch between the three tool modes. “Quick selection” (Quick Selection Tool). From left to right: New selected area (New selection), Add to selected area (Add to selection), Subtract from selected area (Subtract from selection) .Option Add to selected area (Add to selection) is already selected by default (middle icon), since the ultimate goal of this tool is to add to the selection of image areas until everything that you need is selected.

Then try using a brush directly along the edges of the object until the entire white background is highlighted:

Step 4

As soon as you select the entire background, delete it using the command Editing – Cut (Edit> Cut) in the main menu of the program, or just press the key combination Ctrl + X.

Do not forget to deselect with the command Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect), or by pressing the key combination Ctrl + D.

Be sure to turn off visibility background layer (Background) to evaluate the result.

2. Add paper texture

Step 1

In the main menu, select the command Image – Canvas Size (Image> Canvas Size.), Or press the key combination Alt + Ctrl + C.

We set the size of our canvas: Width (Width) 2000 pixels, Height (Height) 1400 pixels.

Step 2

Load the paper texture and open it in Photoshop. Next, unlock the layer by applying the following sequence of commands. Layers – New – Layer from the Background (Layer> New> Layer from Background) and click OK.

Select texture through menu commands Selection – All (Select> All), or simply by pressing the key combination Ctrl + A. Now copy the contents of this layer via the command Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy), or simply by pressing the Crtl + C key combination.

Step 3

We return to our document with a seal and select it. background layer (Background). Now, paste our newly copied paper texture using the main menu command Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste), or simply by pressing Ctrl + V.

This texture is large enough for our canvas, so it is necessary to reduce it. To do this, go to Editing – Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform), or simply press Ctrl + T, and drag the anchor points to reduce the size of the texture. To make the resizing proportional, hold down the Shift key while dragging the corner anchor points.

Rename the texture layer to, for example, “Envelope” by double-clicking the layer name in the palette Layers (Layers).

Step 4

Duplicate the “Envelope” layer via the command Layers – New – Copy to New Layer (Layer> New> Layer Via Copy), or simply press the key combination Ctrl + J, then rename this copy by double-clicking on the layer name in the palette Layers (Layers). Name the layer, for example, “Flap”.

Next, select the Tool. “Polygonal Lasso” (Polygonal Lasso Tool). By default, this tool is immediately after the simple Lasso (Lasso Tool) in the toolbar. In order for us to access the desired tool, click on the corresponding icon in the toolbar and hold until a pop-up menu appears in which you will see which additional tools are available to you. Select “Polygonal Lasso”(Polygonal Lasso Tool) from the list.

Start by clicking on the canvas in the upper right corner, then release the mouse button. This will add a point to our document, which is called the anchor (“anchor”) point (1). As you move the tool cursor “Polygonal Lasso” (Polygonal Lasso Tool) from this point, you will see a thin straight line connecting the mouse cursor and the reference point. Click again (2), then at point (3), and then return to point (1) again to complete the contour. As a result, you should have this triangular shape:

The program converts all these straight lines into a selection outline. Then in the main menu, apply the command Editing – Cut (Edit> Cut) to remove the selected area.

Step 5

Now, double click on the “Flap” layer to open the palette. Layer Style (Layer Style). Select an option from the list. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).

For option Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow) set the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Colour (Color): White (White) #ffffff
  • Opacity (Opacity): 52%
  • Angle (Angle): -90
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global coverage (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 1
  • Tightening (Choke): 100%
  • The size (Size): 0

Add effect Shadow (Drop shadow).

Specify the following characteristics:

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Colour (Color): The black (Black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 30%
  • Angle (Angle): 101
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 5
  • Swipe (Spread): 1
  • The size (Size): 4

Step 6

Click on the small icon at the bottom of the palette. Layers (Layers) and select a fill layer Gradient (Gradient)

Press D on the keyboard to set Main (foreground) and Background (background) colors are black and white respectively. Click on the small window Gradient (Gradient) and edit it.

Click on the small gear and select Restore Gradients (Reset Gradients) to reset all previous settings. Now, select the second preset gradient called From Primary to Transparent (Foreground to Transparent) and click OK.

Go to the palette Layers (Layers) and rename the layer you just created to “Shadow”, and then set the value Opacity (Opacity) for it at 5%.

Next, select the “Shadow”, “Flap”, and “Envelope” layers. To select multiple layers, click on them while holding down the Ctrl key. Next, right-click on any of the selected layers, and select the option in the pop-up menu. Group of layers (Group from layers), we give the name of this group the name “Envelope”. Click OK to confirm.

3. Add Shadow Effects to Wax Print (Only Photoshop version CC 2015 and higher)

Starting with Photoshop SS 2015, we have the opportunity to apply multiple effects for layers (Stroke – Stroke, Shadow – Drop Shadow …) from one dialog box Layer style (Layer Style). If you use the version of Photoshop SS 2015 or higher, continue reading this chapter, otherwise, you can immediately go to the 4th part.

Step 1

Select the “Wax Seal” layer and double click on it to open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style).

Add effect Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Colour (Color): The black (black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Angle (Angle): -90
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 4
  • Tightening (Choke): 0
  • The size (Size): 0

Step 2

Add effect Shadow (Drop shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Overlap (Overlay)
  • Colour (Color): The black (Black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 39%
  • Angle (Angle): 66
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 7
  • Swipe (Spread): 7%
  • The size (Size): 13

Step 3

Next to the effect panel Shadow (Drop shadow) you will see a plus (+) icon. Click on it to add another effect. Shadow (Drop shadow).

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Overlap (Overlay)
  • Colour (Color): The black (Black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 58%
  • Angle (Angle): 66
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 7
  • Swipe (Spread): 7%
  • The size (Size): 13

Step 4

Add another effect Shadow (Drop shadow) by clicking on plus (+).

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Colour (Color): The black (Black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 27%
  • Angle (Angle): 86
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 11
  • Swipe (Spread): 6%
  • The size (Size): 18

Step 5

Finally add the last effect. Shadow (Drop shadow):

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Colour (Color): The black (Black) # 000000
  • Opacity (Opacity): 10%
  • Angle (Angle): 86
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 27
  • Swipe (Spread): 6%
  • The size (Size): 101

4. Add Shadow Wax Effects (Photoshop CS 4,5,6 only)

The following steps are recommended for users of versions CS4, CS, and CS6:

So, we need to add multiple effects. Shadows (Drop shadow) to our layer Wax Seal. Older versions of Photoshop allow you to apply only a single effect (Stroke, Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, etc.) Layer Style (layer style) to this layer. For example, you can add only one Shadow (Drop shadow) to layer. As for Photoshop versions of SS (Photoshop CC), then these restrictions have been removed, so we have the opportunity to add the same layer style many times to one specific layer. Therefore, my advice is to upgrade your Photoshop to the latest version.

One way or another, if you are a user of versions of Photoshop prior to versions of the CC (Photoshop CC), i.e. CS4, CS and CS6, then you still have a workaround to solve this problem:

Duplicate the “Wax Seal” layer three times through the main menu command Layers – New – Copy to New Layer (Layer> New> Layer Via Copy), or simply press Ctrl + J three times. In the palette Layers (Layers), select these three copies of the layer, and set the level in each of them. Fillings (Fill) 0%.

Apply the effects described in Steps 1 and 2 of the previous chapter to the “Wax Seal” layer.

Now, apply the effects described in steps 3.4 and 5 of the previous chapter to the remaining three copy layers.

5. Create an imprint design.

Step 1

Create a new document sized 600 * 600 pixels.

Take the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool). By default, this tool is immediately behind the tool. Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool,) in the toolbar. In order for us to access the desired tool, click on the corresponding icon in the toolbar and hold until a pop-up menu appears in which you will see which additional tools are available to you. Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) from the list.

Click in the upper left corner of the canvas (do not release the mouse button), hold down the Shift key on the keyboard, and drag the mouse cursor to the lower right corner. When you are very close to the corner, you will see the cursor catch on the canvas. Release the keys at this point. The result should look like this:

Step 2

Go to the palette Properties (Properties). If at the moment, you do not see this panel, open it through the main menu command Window – Properties (Window> Properties).

In section Figure Information (Shape Details), install Fill Type (Shape Fill Type) transparent (Transparent), Stroke Figure Type (Shape Stroke Type) The black (Black) and Stroke Shape Thickness (Shape Stroke Width) 15 pixels. Make sure that the size is exactly 600 * 600 pixels, and the positioning on both X and Y axes is 0.

As a result, you should get this ring:

Step 3

Stand on the “Ellipse” layer and to copy it, select the command in the main menu Layers – New – Copy Layer Shape (Layer> New> Shape Layer Via Copy). Give this copy layer a name. “Path” (Circuit).

Go to the palette Properties (Properties). In section Bounding box (Bounding Box) set Width (width) and Height (height) 516 pixels. The values ​​along the x and y axes are 42 pixels and then change Stroke Figure Type (Shape Stroke Type) on transparent (Transparent).

Step 4

Download the Rubikik font, which is free for commercial use. Install the font on your computer, we will need it soon.

Now, we are ready to add text along our drawn outline. Activate the tool Horizontal Text (Horizontal Type Tool).

On the top toolbar, select the Rubik Bold font, set the size to 62 pixels, text alignment (Text Alignment) by left edge (Left) and Colour (Color) the black (Black).

Also, install Tracking (tracking) for characters in the amount of 500 in the palette Symbol (Character). If you do not see the palette Symbol (Character), open it through the command Window – Symbol (Window> Character).

Step 5

Move tool cursor Horizontal Text (Horizontal Type Tool) above the edge of our contour. The cursor changes to an I-beam with a wavy dotted line passing through it. Click where you want to place your text.

The place you clicked on is the starting point of your text, and as you continue typing, the text will follow in the direction of your outline (clockwise).

Type the following text: “WAX SEAL STAMP MOCKUP”. When you finish typing, press ENTER on the keyboard.

Step 6

Now, we will need to position our text along the outline. Select Tool “Contour selection” (Path Selection Tool) on the tool palette.

Move the cursor of the Path Selection Tool to any place above the text. You will see the cursor change from a black arrow to an I-beam with a small arrow on the side pointing either to the right or to the left.

Just click on the text and pull it slightly down through the outline – the text will turn over and will be located on the inside of the outline.

Step 7

Select again tool Horizontal Text (Horizontal Type Tool). Move the cursor to the upper left corner of the canvas. You will see how the cursor has changed and now looks like an I-beam with a square of dots around it. Click and type the letter “W”.

In the palette Properties (Properties), select the Rubik Regular font, set the size to 383 pixels. Then, position the letter on the axes. For the X axis, set the value to 136 pixels, for the Y axis, 68 pixels. Make sure the fill color is set. The black (Black).

Now, the design of your wax print should look like this:

Step 8

In the palette Layers (Layers) select four layers. In order to select several adjacent layers at the same time, you must first click on the first layer, and then hold down the Shift key and click on the last one.

Mouse over one of the selected layers, right-click and select in the menu that appears Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object).

Now, select the tool Move (Move Tool (V)), click and hold down the left mouse button on the image of the print (not in the layers palette, but on the image itself), then drag the cursor to the tab header of the previous document (meaning the document with the red print ), wait a second while the document view changes (i.e., it will switch to the document with our print, until you release the left mouse button). Then move the mouse cursor to this document (with printing) and now you can release the mouse button, the print image will be copied into your printed document. (To center the print layer in the center, hold down the Shift key while dragging).

Rename this new layer to “Smart Object Effect 01” by double-clicking on its name in the palette Layers (Layers).

6. Transform Reprint

Now, the design of our print is ready. It’s time to integrate it into our wax seal. At this point, your work should look like this:

Step 1

Select a command in the main menu. Editing – Transform – Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate). On the top toolbar settings panel, set the rotation angle to 33 degrees. Do not press Enter to confirm yet, as we still need to convert our design.

Step 2

If we look closely, we will see a thin bounding box around the image of our print. We can also see small squares in the centers at the top, bottom, left and right, and the same squares in each of the four corners. These little squares are called handle tags (“handles”) (well, or simply “levers”), and we have the opportunity to transform an object that is within this restrictive framework, simply using these same “levers.”

In this step, it is critically important that the transformation of our print is carried out by using only those “levers” that are located along the centers of each face of the bounding box. In the image below, these same “levers” that we will use for the transformation are indicated by arrows.

First of all, move the mouse over the “lever” on the right side, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard (the cursor turns into a small white arrow), then click on the “lever” and drag to move the right side of the black circle of our print into the space wax seal.

Keep moving the “levers” until the print completely fits into our seal (remember: never use the angular “levers”). Make sure that an equal distance between the outer border of the print and the inner edge of the “rim” of our seal is left around the perimeter of the circle.

When you find the result of the transformation satisfactory, press Enter. The end result should look something like this:

7. Give a 3D Effect to Impression Design

Step 1

Select the “Smart Object Effect 01” layer, and then in the palette Layers (Layers) set a level for it fillings (fill) 0%. Duplicate this layer using the main menu command. Layers – New – Copy to New Layer (Layer> New> Layer Via Copy). Rename this layer copy to “Smart Object Effect 02”.

Step 2

Select the layer “Smart Object Effect 01” and double click on it to open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style).

Now add the effect Stamping (Bevel Emboss). Make sure to enter the parameters as shown in the screenshot below:

  • Style (Style): Inner bevel (Inner Bevel)
  • Methods (Technique): Smooth (Smooth)
  • Depth (Depth): 100
  • Direction (Direction): up (up)
  • The size (Size): 2
  • Softening (Soften): 6
  • Angle (Angle): 70
  • Uncheck checkbox Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Height (Altitude): 30
  • Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Linear (Linear)
  • Uncheck the checkbox Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Darkening basics (Color burn), Colour (Color): # 440303, Opacity (Opacity): 20%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Linear dimmer (Linear burn), Colour (Color): # 7b0000, Opacity (Opacity): 85%

Now, add effect Shadow (Drop Shadow).

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Linear dimmer (Linear burn)
  • Colour (Color): # 5e2831
  • Opacity (Opacity): 25%
  • Angle (Angle): 80
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 5
  • Swipe (Spread): 0
  • The size (Size): 5

Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog box. Layer Style (Layer Style).

Step 3

Next, select the command Filter – Distortion – Ripples (Filter> Distort> Ripple) and set the settings as in the screenshot below:

  • amount (Amount): -40%
  • The size (Size): Average (Medium)

Click OK to confirm the changes, and close this panel.

Then, go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) 0.6 pixels. Click OK to confirm the changes, and close this panel.

Step 4

Select the layer “Smart Object Effect 02” and double click on it to open the dialog box Layer Style (Layer Style).

Now add the effect Stamping (Bevel Emboss). Make sure to enter the parameters as shown in the screenshot below:

  • Style (Style): Inner bevel (Inner Bevel)
  • Methods (Technique): Smooth (Smooth)
  • Depth (Depth): 50
  • Direction (Direction): up (up)
  • The size (Size): 10
  • Softening (Soften): 2
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Uncheck checkbox Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Height (Altitude): 76
  • Check the checkbox Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Linear clarifier (add) (Linear Dodge (add)) Colour (Color): # ffffff Opacity (Opacity): 17%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Multiplye (multiply) Colour (Color): # 000000 Opacity (Opacity): 0

Now, add effect Shadow (Drop Shadow).

  • Blend mode (Blend mode): Linear dimmer (Linear burn)
  • Colour (Color): # 602532
  • Opacity (Opacity): 40%
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Uncheck the checkbox Use Global Lighting (Use Global light)
  • Distance (Distance): 3
  • Swipe (Spread): 10%
  • The size (Size): 6
  • Noise (Noise): 5%

Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog box. Layer Style (Layer Style).

Step 5

Next, go to Filter – Distortion – Ripples (Filter> Distort> Ripple) and set the following settings:

  • amount (Amount): -20%
  • The size (Size): Average (Medium)

Click OK to confirm the changes, and close this panel.

Then, go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) 0.8 pixels. Click OK to confirm the changes, and close this panel.

Congratulations, you have completed your work!

In this lesson, we learned how to create a realistic wax print layout using smart objects and layer styles. I hope you liked this lesson, and you learned something new for yourself.

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