In this lesson you will learn how to create in Photoshop an elegant postcard with a heart made of Valentine’s Day patterns. We will use standard Photoshop shapes, layer styles and gradients for this. You can apply these techniques and ideas to create your original postcard!
Materials for the lesson:
Let’s start by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Photoshop, the size of 1280 by 1024 pixels, RGB color mode, resolution of 72 pixels / inch. Create a new layer and using the tool Paint bucket tool (G) (Fill), fill it with color # B81220.
Click on the icon Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style Gradient Overlay (gradient overlay).
Click on the color bar to open it. Gradient Editor (Gradient Editor) and make the following settings. Click OK, to close the Gradient Editor.
We get the following result:
Create a new layer, fill it with any color, set the value Fill (Fill) on 0%. TOclick on the icon Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette, select Inner Glow (Inner Glow).
The result will be:
Now download and install a set of brushes in Photoshop Florar_and_Enchanting_II_by_Coby17
Create a new layer, take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and select the following brush from the set:
Set the foreground color to # 660A17, and make a few prints with this brush on the new layer as shown below. Use different values for the Opacity of the brush, you can also choose other brushes from the set.
Duplicate the last layer with pattern brush prints and apply a filter to the copy. Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur).
The result will be:
Take the tool CustomShapeTool (U) (Arbitrary shape), on the tool options bar, select a shape Heart.
Draw a heart shape.
Translator’s Note. Set the tool to the layer-shape mode, the color does not matter – anyone will do, hold the key to get an even shape Shift.
Set the value Fill (Fill) for this layer 0%.
Click on the icon Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style Stroke (Stroke).
We have created a temporary contour of the heart, inside which we place various shapes to create a pattern. We will use the same tool CustomShapeTool (U) (Arbitrary shape) and The following figures are for filling the heart.
Draw a small star.
Translator’s Note. Here and when drawing all the figures in the future, to fill the heart, set the layer-shape mode, any color, to get an even figure, hold down Shift.
Set the value Fill (Fill) 0%.
Click on the icon Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style Stroke (Stroke), set the following parameters.
You get this result:
To draw the next star, use the same shape, but then change its shape. You need to select the internal reference points of the star, for this use the tool Convert Point Tool (Angle / Convert Point) and hold down the SHIFT key while selecting them. Then click CTRL + T (Free Transform). Click on the icon Maintain Aspect Ratio(Keeps proportions) up nand the parameters panel (the icon in the form of chain links). Drag the central reference points of the star to the center to change its shape, to do this, pull the corner markers of the transformation grid.
Translator’s note. A similar star can be drawn in another way. Choose a tool Polygon (PolygonTool), At the top, in the tool parameters, specify the Star mode, set the depth of the rays to 70-80%.
Set the value Fill (Fill) 0% for this layer. Click on the icon Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style Stroke (Stroke), set the same parameters as for the previous figure.
Fill the entire inner region of the big heart with different patterned figures. Rotate shapes, if necessary, using free transform. (Ctrl+T).
When you finish filling the heart with figures, hide the appearance of a layer with a big heart. All layers containing patterned figures are grouped together. To do this, select all the necessary layers on the layers palette and, holding the left mouse button, drag them to the icon Create a new group (Create a new group) at the bottom of the layers palette.
Select the resulting group on the layers palette and click CTRL + E, to merge the group into one single layer containing all the shapes. Add layer styles to this layer. To do this, click on the icon. Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers palette and select a style Drop Shadow.
The result will be:
Create a new layer and fill it with white color, use the tool for this Paint bucket tool (G) (Fill). Set the Fill value for this layer. 53% and change the blending mode to Overlay.
Create a new layer, take the tool BrushTool (Brush), select a soft round brush, color black, put Opacity (Opacity) 15%.
Using this brush, slightly darken the background around the heart and around the edges of the work.
Click on the icon Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer) inbottom of the layers palette and select Curves (Curves) for a slight color correction, set the following curve shape.
We get this result.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Full size can be found here.
Translator: Elena Vinogradova