In this tutorial, I will tell you how to draw a flower in a pot from scratch in Photoshop. For drawing we will use various techniques.
Step 1. Start by creating a new document sized 450 by 600 pixels. Using tool GradientTool (Gradient) Create a gradient in bright colors on the background layer.
Step 2. Create a layer group and name it. Pot (Pot). Inside this group create a new layer, name it Top (Top). Using the tool EllipseTool (Ellipse), draw an oval that will become the top of the flowerpot. To fill the area, use any color (I chose # 5b5b5b).
Translator’s note. Here and in the next few steps, vector shapes are used for drawing, and the screenshots show raster layers. To do this, you can use the shapes in the Outlines mode, after creating the outline, convert it to the selected area (click Ctrl + Enter), and then fill the selected area with the desired color. Another option is to use shapes in the Layer-shape mode, and then rasterize the desired layer.
Step 3. Create a new layer, name it. Band (Bezel) and place below the layer Top. Use tools EllipseTool (Ellipse) and RectangleTool (Rectangle) to create a rim of a flower pot. Take another shade of gray.
Translator’s note. If necessary, use the transformation (Ctrl + T) to give perspective.
Step 4. Create a new layer, name it. Base (The foundation) and place below the layer Band. Use a similar technique to create the shape of the base of the pot.
Step 5. Create a new layer, name it. Color (Colour), position above the layer Base. Create a selection in the form of a rectangle overlapping the entire flower pot, and fill this selection Gradient (GradientTool) with the specified parameters. Add noise – Filter > Noise > AddNoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise), effect value 0.8%. Create a clipping mask for this layer – to do this, make Alt + click between the layers on the layers palette.
Step 6. Duplicate layer ColorTwice and paste the copies above each piece – part of the pot. For each copy of the layer Colorcreate a clipping mask. After that, change the location of each color layer so that its shape better matches the shape of the pot, use for this Transform (Transform) – Ctrl + T.
Step 7. Switch to the color gradient layer above the layer. Base. Use the tool BurnTool (Dimmer) to create shadows and give depth.
Step 8. Create a new layer, name it. InnerCircle (Inner circle). Create an oval shape selection and fill it with gray. Create another layer above this layer. InnerColor (Inner color) and add a clipping mask to it. Fill the layer InnerColorgradient with the specified parameters, dark colors correspond to the colors of the shadows inside the pot.
Step 9. Make the flower pot smoother. To do this, go to the layer InnerCircle, and using the tool BlurTool (Blur), Blur slightly the upper (far) edge. Then create a new layer called Edge (Edge) and using soft Brush (BrushTool) and the color of the light clay (I used #E2B398), draw around the outer edge of the rim of the pot. In the screenshot, the area on which to draw is shown in green. Set the blending mode for this layer. Screen (Screen / Lightening) and Opacity 78%.
Step 10. Now we will draw the earth in a pot. We need to create another layer with a clipping mask. To do this, go to the layer InnerColor, and press Ctrl + Shift + N, this will open a dialog box for creating a new layer. Check the box “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask”. Name this new layer Dirt (Earth).
Step 11. To create a land, first draw an area of suitable shape, use a dark brown color. Add to this layer noise in the amount of 30% – Filter > Noise > AddNoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise). Then apply the filter Filter > Noise > Median (Filter – Noise – Median) with a radius of 1 pix. Add more noise in the amount of 25% – Filter > Noise > AddNoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise). Then duplicate this layer (make sure the clipping mask is created for the copy) and set the copy mode for blending. Multiply (Multiplication). Use tools DodgeTool (Clarifier) and BurnTool (Dimmer) and being on the original layer Dirt, add earth light and shadow.
Step 12. Go back to the layer InnerColor, and using the tool Burn Tool (Dimmer) add a shadow from the ground on the inside of the pot.
Step 13. Now draw a stem. Create a new layer group and name it. Flower (Flower). Inside this group, create another group called Stem (Stem). Create a new layer, take the tool BrushTool(B) (Brush) and draw a green stem. Add layer style to layer BevelandEmboss (Embossed). Using the tool BurnTool(Dimmer) add shadows below and above the stem. Erase the excess stem from the bottom.
Step 14. Set the foreground and background colors to black and white. On the new layer create a white rectangle, then apply the filter Filter > Render > Fibers (Filter – Rendering – Fibers) with the specified settings.
Step 15. Warp the fiber layer so that they repeat the shape of the stem, use Edit >Transform> Warp(Editing –Transformation – Warp). Create a clipping mask for the fiber layer. Set the layer blending mode Overlay (Overlap) and Opacity 28%.
Step 16. Now we will create a flower. To do this, first create a new layer group. Petals (Petals). Inside the group create a new layer, name it SinglePetal (Separate petal) and draw a shape in the shape of a petal, use a light lilac color.
Step 17. Create a new layer above the layer. SinglePetal, Add a clipping mask to it. Take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and at the top in the parameters of the tool, set the Dissolve mode (Damping / Dissolving), select a soft brush. Using a darker purple color, draw some noise along the edges of the petal. Then apply a filter to this layer. Filter > Blur > Motionblur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion), set the values of Angle (Angle) 90 degrees and Distance (Offset) 51 pix. Add noise to the layer – Filter > Noise > AddNoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise) in the amount of 4.8%, and then apply the filter Filter > Blur > GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 1.2 pix.
Step 18. Transform this layer (Ctrl + T) so that the texture repeats the shape of the petal. After that, merge these two layers, make sure that the resulting merged layer is called SinglePetal.
Step 19. At the moment, the petal looks a bit flat. Fix it. Make a copy of the petal layer and discolor it – Image > Adjustment > Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor) (Ctrl + Shift + U). Then apply the filter Filter > Stylize > Emboss (Filter – Styling – Emboss) with the specified parameters. Set this layer overlay mode. Overlay.
Step 20. Go back to the layer SinglePetaland, using different shades of purple, draw an additional texture – streaks on the petal (be guided by the screenshot below). Merge the layers for the petal together to get one single layer with the petal.
Step 21 Make multiple copies of the layer. SinglePetal and rotate them to form a flower from the petals. To speed up layer duplication, you can, with the tool active. Move (MoveTool) Alt + Click on the petal and, holding the left mouse button, move it to the side. Do not worry about the resulting emptiness in the middle, we will fix it later.
Step 22. Merge all layers with petals into one and name the resulting layer. Flower (Flower). Use Transformation Edit >Transform > Skew (Edit –Transform – Tilt) to distort the flower according to perspective. Move the flower to the right place.
Step 23 Use filter Filter > Liquify (Filter – Plastic) to distort the edges of the flower to make it look more natural. I also finished a piece of the back of one petal so that it curls out.
Step 24 Use tools DodgeTool (Clarifier) and BurnTool (Dimmer) for adding glare of light and shadows on the petals. The screenshot below shows which areas need to add light and shadows.
Step 25. Now fill the middle of the flower, for this with the tool PolygonalMarqueeTool (Polygonal lasso) select, cut and place the top and bottom of the flower on two separate layers. Then use the filter Liquify (Plastic) to pull down the center of the flower. Using tool BurnTool (Dimmer) add shadows to give depth, and then again combine the two layers with the flower into one.
Step 26. Let’s start creating stamens coming from the center of the flower, to do this, first create a new group of layers and name it Stamen (Stamens). Inside the group create a new layer, take the tool BrushTool (Brush), select a small brush, set a light yellow color. Draw several lines as shown below. Using tool BurnTool (Dimmer) add shadows at the base of the stamens. Then add a layer style. Bevel and Emboss.
Step 27. On the new layer, repeat the previous step, add more stamens to get a more voluminous composition. Erase the excess protruding stamens from below to create the effect that they grow from the middle of the flower.
Step 28. Now create the tips of stamens (in botany are called anthers). Create a new layer named Anther (Anther) and draw elongated droplets of a light yellow color.
Step 29. Add to layer Antherlayer styles InnerShadow (Inner shadow) and Bevel and Emboss.
Step 30. In conclusion, we will create a sheet. First duplicate the group of layers with the stem Stem. Right-click on the group copy in the layers palette and select MergeGroup (Merge group). Position the resulting layer below the original layer group. Stem. Select from the menu Edit > Transform > FlipHorizontal (Editing – Transforming – Flip Horizontal), and then Scale (Scaling) and Warp (Deformation), give the desired shape and position this layer as shown below.
Step 31 Create a new group of layers, name it Leaf (Sheet). Inside the group, create a new layer and draw a shape in the shape of an inverted heart, use green. Duplicate this layer and using Levels (Levels) (Ctrl + L), brighten the copy.
Step 32 Take the tool EraserTool (E) (Eraser) and on the layer with the clarified copy of the sheet, erase the areas in the form of curved lines to create veins on the sheet. After erasing in place of these lines, you will see through the bottom layer with a darker sheet. Add a layer style to the top layer with a sheet. BevelandEmboss (Embossed).
Translator’s note. The author uses a standard texture. Photoshop, which is called “Metal Landscape” (MetalLandscape) and is in the Texture Patterns group (Patterns).
Step 33 Merge both layers for a sheet, name the layer MergedLeaf (Combined Sheet) and arrange it as follows (use transform Ctrl + T – Rotate (Turn), Scale (Scaling) and Skew (Incline)).
Step 34. Using Filter > Liquify (Filter – Plastic) warp the edges of the leaf, as we did for the flower petals.
Step 35. Use tools DodgeTool (Clarifier) and BurnTool (Dimmer) to add light and shadows to the sheet.
Step 36 Cut and copy a piece of the sheet, paste it on a new layer, which you will place below the layer MergedLeaf. Use this piece to create the effect of a folded sheet, part of which we see on the reverse side. Use a tool if necessary. EraserTool (E) (Eraser), to erase extra edges.
Step 37. Add a little shine to the sheet. Create a new layer above the layer. MergedLeaf and add a clipping mask to it. Fill this new layer with white. Double-click on the layer in the layers palette to open the window LayerStyles (Layer styles). Being on the tab BlendingOptions (Overlay Settings), move the sliders in the rows of Blend If (overlay if) as shown below. By moving the sliders in the Underlying Layer row, you can control how strongly you want the top white layer to appear above the dark or light areas of the bottom layer with the sheet.
Translator’s note. To move the slider into two parts, hold Alt.
Step 38 To complete the sheet creation, take the tool. BurnTool (Dimmer) and add extra shadows to the sheet.
Step 39. In conclusion, the work will add a shadow under the pot and a reflection. To create a shadow, use the tool EllipseTool (Ellipse), To draw a black ellipse under the base of the pot, rasterize the layer. Then apply filters. Motionblur (Motion blur) and GaussianBlur (Gaussian blur) for blur shadows. Adjust the opacity of the shadow layer. To create a reflection, duplicate a group of layers with a pot, merge it into one layer and reflect it vertically. Arrange the layer with the reflection in a suitable place and adjust its Opacity (Opacity).
Author: Stephen Petrany
Translator: Elena Vinogradova