Draw a pen in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a realistic fountain pen.

The result of the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document with the following settings:

Step 2. Create a new group of layers and name it “Pen”. Choose a tool Pen (P) and draw the shape as shown in the image below. Before creating a form, do not forget to choose “Layer-Form“from the function line at the top. Name this shape as the base and in the layer settings select the item Gradient overlay. You can see the settings of this function in the figure below.

Step 3. Draw another shape with Pen and name the layer with it “body”, or as you prefer.

Step 4. Create a new layer, then select the “body” layer, fill the selection on the new layer with white color. Click Ctrl + T and reduce the width of the new layer by 75%. Now go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur, Click OK after making the settings shown below. Finally, reduce the layer opacity by 50%, and in the layer settings, select the item Gradient overlay.

Step 5. Use the tool rectangle (U) or Pen (P) to draw a shape, as shown below, and name it “neck”, or as you prefer. Make the settings layer as shown in the picture.

Step 6. Set the same settings to the “neck” layer as to the “body” layer, but at the same time, change the opacity of the first layer to 75% and the duplicate layer to 100%, keeping the proportions while reducing the size.

Step 7. Use Pen (P) and make a shape with a curved strip, as shown below.

Right-click on the shape layer and select Rasterize from the menu. Now apply these filters to the layer:
Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Radius = 0.5 px)
Filter> Edge Sharpness

Layer style settings with a strip, see below.

Step 8. Create a new layer (let’s call it “shadow”), place it under the stripe layer. Pushing Ctrl and with the left mouse button select the layer with a stripe and perform the Selection> Modification> Expand, In the settings, specify 2 px and click OK. Now fill the selection with black (Alt + Delete) on the “shadow” layer. Then apply Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Radius = 0.5 px).

Part of the shadow goes beyond the contour of the handle. To fix this, you need to select the BODY layer (Ctrl + click on the body layer minimization in the layers palette), then select the NECK layer Ctrl + Shift + click on the neck layer minimization in the layers palette. Then, Select> Modify> Compress, Set to 1 px and click OK. After that, press Ctrl + Shift + I and click “Delete.”

Step 9. Create a form as shown in the image below using Pen (P) and in the layer settings, select the “gradient overlay” option, the settings are the same as with the stripe layer (in step 7).

Step 10. On a new layer, create and fill the selection with black using the rectangular and elliptical selection tools, as shown in the figure below. Execute Layer> Add Layer Mask> Show All. Apply a black and white gradient to the layer mask as shown.

Step 11. Use the description for creating stripes and shadows in steps 7 and 8 to create a strip under the pen.

Step 12. Right-click on the “Pen” layer group and duplicate it. Remove the visibility of the “Pen” layer group (this will be as a backup), then click Ctrl +Shift + E, to merge all visible layers. Execute Editing> Transformation> Rotate, rotate the layer 45 degrees clockwise. Finally, make the layer style settings as shown in the image below.

That’s all. Hope you learned something new from this tutorial.

Author: Asher Abbasi
Translator: Getmanenko Gleb
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