Draw a pumpkin in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw the indispensable attribute of a Halloween pumpkin with a threatening face, a pumpkin lantern with slotted holes in the shape of eyes, nose and mouth. First we will draw the basic shape using the Pen tool, and then continue to draw by hand using the old reliable Brush tool.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document. File – New (File> New). Install the following sizes 2500 px? 2000 px. I always start with a large document, it allows me to focus on the details, and in the end I reduce the size. We will start with the base figure of a pumpkin using the tool Pen (Pen Tool). In the tool settings, select the option Layer layer (Shape). Color # f88207.

Step 2

The figure looks flat. We need to add a little shadow to simulate the lighting effects. Double click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the layer styles Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below. Set the lighting angle to -138 degrees to position the light source in the upper right corner.

Result.

Step 3

Using tool Pen (Pen tool), draw a few curved lines on the pumpkin. Lines do not have to be within the image of a pumpkin. When creating curves, switch instrument settings from the option Layer layer (Shape) on option Contours (Path).

Step 4

Continue to draw curved lines until you succeed, as in the screenshot below.

Curves with all reference points.

Step 5

Create a new layer, then select the tool. Brush ( Brush tool). Set the foreground color to # b95e00. In the settings, select the appropriate brush size. Draw a few strokes to see the result. If you are satisfied with the strokes, then press the keys (Ctrl + A), and then press the (Delete) key to delete the drawn strokes.

Step 6

Right-click on the contour of the curved lines and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path). As a tool, specify a brush, and then click OK.

Step 7

To the layer with the painted strokes, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply a sufficient radius to soften the lines.

Step 8

As you can see, the ends of our lines extend beyond the outline of the image of a pumpkin. We do not need to remove extra portions of curved lines. We will hide them on the layer mask of the group. Create a new group, then hold down the (Ctrl) key + click on the thumbnail of the pumpkin image layer to load the active selection. Next, add a layer mask to the layer with a group through the bottom toolbar.

Step 9

Move the layer with the curved lines inside the new group. The line segments located outside the contour of the pumpkin image should disappear.

Step 10

To layer with lines, add a layer mask. Paint over with black brush on the layer mask to hide separate fragments of lines.

Step 11

We added dark lines to the surface of the pumpkin. Now, we need to add light lines to accent lines. Create a new layer. Set the brush color to # ff9a37. Just as we did earlier, select the tool. Brush (Brush tool). Experiment with the diameter of the brush. As soon as you are satisfied with the result, delete all experimental lines. Make sure the layer is empty.

Step 12

Right-click on the drawn curved lines and in the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path). Set the brush as a tool.

Step 13

Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften light lines.

Result at the moment.

Step 14

The lines we drew with the tool Pen (Pen tool) look too smooth and unnatural. We need to add a curvature to the lines. Let’s go Filter-Plastic (Filter> Liquify). Use all available tools to modify the lines.

Step 15

Try experimenting with other filter tools. Plastics (Liquify).

The result after applying the filter Plastics (Liquify).

Step 16

Add a layer mask, and then hide the extra line fragments with a black brush.

Step 17

Repeat the previous step, but this time use the brush color darker than # b94000, and the brush diameter is larger.

Step 18

Add a layer mask, and then hide the extra line fragments with a black brush.

Step 19

Add more lines, but this time set the brush color much darker.

Step 20

Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the lines, and then hide the individual line fragments.

Step 21

Create a new layer. Dim the pumpkin in the lower left, brush color # e05f01.

Our pumpkin at the moment.

Step 22

Create a new layer. Over the top of the pumpkin, paint with a soft brush, the color of the brush # ffc13d to add light highlights. If you think that the highlights are too saturated, then lower the layer opacity.

Step 23

Draw shadows on pumpkin wedges. Use a soft brush, brush color # a74001.

24

Right-click on the working document and in the brush settings window that appears, select the next brush ‘Round Fan Stiff Bristles’. This type of brush gives a natural touch of the brush, it also looks like a real brush with coarse bristles.

Paint over each slice of pumpkin to add a 3-D effect to the surface of the pumpkin.

Step 25

Add more thin curve lines, stroke color # aa4a00.

Step 26

Add a layer mask, and then hide the extra line fragments with a black brush.

Step 27

Create a new layer and then add a thicker curved line, color # b24f0b. Next, select the tool Move (Move tool) + press the arrow key several times to shift the lines and create a 3-D effect. Add a layer mask, and then hide the extra line fragments with a black brush.

Result at the moment.

Step 28

We still need to add light highlights to the pumpkin so that the pumpkin gets a realistic 3D shape. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool), then click on the working document and in the window that appears, select the ‘Dry Brush’ dry brush.

Step 29

Create a new layer, and then paint the highlights on the pumpkin. Brush color # f7b279.

Step 30

Once you have added enough glow to the pumpkin, apply a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the glow.

Step 31

Add light highlights to the top of the pumpkin to make this part lighter. The color of the brush is # f9c68b, and also reduce the opacity of the brush so that the effect is kept gentle. Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the glow.

Step 32

Change the blending mode for this layer with glow to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 33

Create a new layer, draw the shadows in the bottom of the pumpkin. Use a soft brush, brush color # 652501. We will not use absolutely black color, because Light-colored pumpkin adds its color to the shadow.

Step 34

Add another layer with a shadow, this time increase the diameter of the brush, but reduce the opacity of the brush.

Step 35

Create a new layer. Place this layer below the pumpkin layer. Using tool Ellipse (Elliptical Marquee tool), create an elliptical selection, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 36

Cancel active selection (Ctrl + D). To the layer with the shadow, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the shadow.

Step 37

Reduce the opacity of the layer to make the shadow effect soft.

Step 38

Add another layer with a shadow, this time increase the diameter of the brush, but reduce the opacity of the brush.

Step 39

Keep adding shadows under the pumpkin.

Step 40

Let’s draw a pumpkin stalk. Using tool Pen (Pen tool), draw a basic stalk shape. You can use any color, it does not matter.

Step 41

Add layer styles Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) to make the stem darker.

Step 42

On top, draw another darker shape.

Step 43

Create a new layer on top of the layer with the stem and transform this layer into a clipping mask. Thus, everything that you draw on this layer will apply only to the underlying layer.

Step 44

Draw shadows around the edges.

Step 45

Open the wood texture. Place the wood texture on top of the main stem shape. Scale the texture until you get the best texture pattern on the image of the stem.

Step 46

Transform the tree texture layer into a clipping mask to the stem layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + Alt + G). The texture of the tree will take the shape of the stem.

Step 47

You can always re-transform the texture of the wood to match the texture of the figure to the stem. To do this, press the keys (Ctrl + T). Next, right-click on the selected area and in the window that appears, select the option Deformation (Warp) for a more complex transformation.

Step 48

Create a new layer on top of the layer with the stem. Convert this layer to a clipping mask to the layer with the stem. Draw light highlights in white on the stem.

Step 49

Change the blending mode for the highlight layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 50

Create another layer. Draw shadows at the base of the stem. Repeat the process until you have a realistic stem shape.

At the moment, what we have.

Step 51

Create another layer. Draw a shadow on the pumpkin from the stem. Use a soft black brush.

Step 52

So, we drew a pumpkin. Next, we need to draw a face on the surface of the pumpkin. Using tool Pen (Pen tool), draw the shape of the face on the pumpkin. The fill color # 8d3a0e is not a stroke color.

Step 53

Apply layer styles Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) to add lighting effects to the face.

Step 54

Create a new layer on top of the face layer. Next, convert this layer to a clipping mask. Draw dark shadows (# 562308) inside the face.

Step 55

Duplicate the layer with the drawn face, and then move the duplicate layer to the top, placing it on top of the layer with the shadow and the original face layer. Change the color to a light yellow shade (# 562308).

Step 56

Add pivot points with the tool Pen (Pen tool), as shown in the screenshot below. Next, transform the additional points with the tool Angle (Convert Point tool), arranging them so that you get the inside of the face of a pumpkin.

Repeat actions, applying them to other parts of the face.

Step 57

Create a new layer and then convert it into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). Draw shadows and highlights on fragments of pumpkin faces. To create light highlights, use a light yellow shade, and to create shadows a dark yellow shade. When working with a brush, make sure that the brush is low opacity.

Step 58

The result we got.

Step 59

Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer with fragments of the face to load the active selection. Next, go Editing – perform a stroke (Edit> Stroke), set the stroke width to 2 px, stroke color # 2c1205.

Step 60

Press the keys (Ctrl + D) to cancel the active selection. Next, apply a filter to the stroke. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur filter) to soften the stroke.

Step 61

Add a layer mask to the layer with a stroke and using a black brush, hide separate fragments of blurred lines.

Step 62

As for the teeth, we need to make them look sharper. Create a new layer and then select a tooth segment with the tool. Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso tool). Paint highlights and shadows with a low opacity brush.

Step 63

Keep repeating the same steps until you get the following result.

Step 64

Create a new layer. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer with fragments of the face to load the active selection. Next, go Editing – perform a stroke (Edit> Stroke). This time apply the stroke color to white.

Step 65

Soften selected areas of the stroke with a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) and then add a layer mask. Hide individual fragments with a black brush stroke.

Step 66

Next, we will add texture to the surface of the pumpkin so that the pumpkin looks more realistic. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer with the base pumpkin shape to load the active selection around the pumpkin image. Create a new layer.

Step 67

Fill the active selection with black. Make sure that the black fill does not overlap the stem.

Step 68

Next, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).

Step 69

Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 10%.

Step 70

Experimentally, I found that the texture of the paper is well suited to the surface of the pumpkin. Open the paper texture. Move this texture to our working paper by placing it on top of the pumpkin. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer with the base pumpkin shape to load the active selection around the pumpkin image. Without removing the active selection, add a layer mask to hide the extra areas of the texture.

Step 71

Change the blending mode for the paper texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply), and lower the opacity of the layer.

Step 72

In conclusion, we are almost at the last step of this lesson. Fill the background with the color shade # ae4e02.

Step 73

Add a new layer on top of the layer with the background, and then select the bottom area of ​​about 20% of the entire image with the tool. Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool). Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient tool) and with this tool, fill the selection with a gradient, the colors of the gradient are # a99a95 and # 441e11. Cancel active selection (Ctrl + D). Next, hide the top of the gradient to create a smooth transition with the background. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 74

Add a glow from the pumpkin to the floor. Brush color # d27113. Do not forget to create a new layer, so you can easily reduce the opacity of the layer so that the effect is gentle.

We have completed the lesson. In the screenshot below, you can see the final result. As you can see, we combined the drawing technique, Gaussian Blur filter and Stroke. At first glance, it would seem strange to paint a picture in this way. But this is exactly the way I do it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and you learned about the new technique.

Final result

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