Draw a donut in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a mouthwatering donut in Photoshop.

For the lesson we need several additional materials:

Step 1. First you need to draw a simple sketch of what we will create. No need to try hard and detail it. You can upload my own.

Step 2. Create a new document with a size of 1024×1024 pixels and import the thumbnail into Photoshop File – Place (File – Post).

Step 3. For this work, I created a color palette that you can download above (the .ACO file). On the color swatch palette, go to the menu and select the item Replace Swatches (Replace samples) to upload new samples.

Step 4. Let’s start from the bottom. Via Pen tool (Pen) (P) draw a donut as shown below. Then choose cream color on the palette. For convenience, group the layers.

Step 5. Next, draw the chocolate glaze brown color from the palette.

Step 6. We draw one more detail for the bitten off part. Use color e6d5b0.

Step 7. Draw a contour to highlight the thickness of the donut. Use the same color as the bottom. After that, you can hide the sketch layer by clicking on the small eye on the layers panel.

Step 8. Double click on the layer with the bottom of the donut to apply Layer style (Layer styles). Remember that parameters Inner shadow (Inner shadow) depend on the light source.

Step9. Now create a texture for the bottom. Create a new layer and fill it with white. Move on Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) and select a value of about 20%. Then go Filter – Stylize – Emboss (Filter – Styling – Emboss) and set the parameters, as in the screenshot below.

Step 10. Rename this layer to “Texture” and convert it to clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G). Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer to 5% and set the blending mode to Linear light (Linear light). You can transform a layer like mine to repeat the donut shape (CTRL + T). We do this for the rest of the lower parts. You do not need to create a new texture every time, just duplicate the existing one (CTRL + J).

Step 11. On a new layer of soft brush (B) black color draw a shadow, as shown below. Set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Try lowering the layer opacity. Each shadow must be on a separate layer.

Step 12. Next, apply the layer styles to the bitten off part. Note the gradient parameter Angle (Angle). It should be at the same angle as the bitten off part.

Step 13. Now we will create the texture for the bitten off part. This time I used the reference as a finished texture, which you can load above. Move it to the working document and duplicate it (CTRL + J) two times. Convert the first two copies to a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G) and set Opacity (Opacity) at 30%.

Step 14. Select the third copy of the texture and press CTRL + SHIFT + U to discolor it. Then press CTRL + L to open the Levels window and increase the contrast by dragging the external sliders to the center. Next, set the blending mode to Screen (Clarification) and convert the layer to a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G). If you want, you can slightly correct the edges of the soft using a layer mask. brush (B) black to make them softer.

Step 15. Now let’s work on the chocolate icing. Apply layer styles.

Step 16. Here we come to the most difficult part of the lesson. Load the selection of glaze. To do this, hold down the CTRL key and click on the layer thumbnail. Create a new layer and fill it with 50% Gray (Gray), for this we go Edit – Fill (Edit – Fill) and click OK. Set the layer blending mode to Linear light (Linear light).

Step 17. Activate Dodge (Clarifier) ​​and Burn (Dimmer) (O) and set the parameters as shown below. We start working with these tools in order to achieve a result like mine. To quickly and easily change these two tools, simply hold the ALT key. Try to devote enough time to this step, since the result will depend on how well the donut looks in the final. You can also experiment with layer opacity.

Step 18. Repeat steps 16-17 for each donut detail.

Step 19. Let’s look at the Before / After versions.

Step 20. Now, with a brush, add a little caramel inside the chocolate. Create a new layer and activate Brush tool (Brush) (B). Open the brushes palette Window – Brush (Window – Brush) or F5. Choose a standard soft brush and set these options.

Step 21 On a new layer, draw this brush with colors from the palette. Set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the opacity of the layer to give a softer effect. Experiment with different brush sizes (1-4 pixels).

Step 22 Create a new layer and draw with a soft brush (B) in black under the donut. Then apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 30 pixels. Reduce the opacity of the layer to get a nice soft shadow.

Step 23 Duplicate the group with the donut and merge the copy into one layer (CTRL + E). Then go Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast) and set the radius to about 3 pixels to highlight more details. Set the layer blending mode to Linear light (Linear light) and, if necessary, reduce the Opacity (Opacity).

Final result

I also created a rich pink background and added some text.

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