Fabulous flowers

These are the fabulous flowers I “discovered” in the program PhotoShop CS3

I suggest that you also try to draw one of them, and also come up with your own, charming and magical … :)

1 step

Create a new document size 500 x 500 pixels, resolution 200 ppi / inch Fill it with a gradient from top to bottom of the included sets:

Get about this arrangement of colors

2 step

Add distortion in the form of waves Filter> Distort> Wave (Filter – Distortion – Wave). In this example, I used these settings:

To get something like the following:

3 step

Now the most difficult. Draw a flower petal. Using the Pen Tool in the contour mode, we draw a kind of egg, but upside down, something like this:

You can correct the contour using the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow)

Click on the shape contour, the nodal points will appear with which you can change the shape contour. The distance from one nodal point to the next is called a segment. If you click on a nodal point, guides will appear with which you can change the curvature of the segment (pull the small arrows coming out of the nodal point)
When you finish editing the outline, right-click on it and select Make selection (Make a Selection), shade on 2 pixel

4 step

Now we select the necessary part of the gradient color transition for the petal.
Turn on a rectangular selection (or any other selection tool), place the pointer inside the selection and move the selection outline to the gradient area that you like best.
For example:

Then, Edit – Copy (Edit / Edit – Copy) Edit – Paste (Edit / Edit – Paste)
After this operation, we have a layer with a petal. The background can be hidden for a while by clicking on the “eyes” icon. Go to the layer with a petal.

5 step
Using the Burn Tool (Darken) we darken the top, bottom + slightly towards the center and the edge of the petal. (Areas marked with red ovals)

A tool Dodge Tool (Brighten) and the specified parameters carefully lighten other areas.

Using the third tool of this group – the Sponge Tool (Sponge), you can add “juiciness” petal. To do this, simply move Sponge over the petal in Saturate mode.

6 step
Turn on the Eraser (Eraser) and pick up the shape of the tool so that you can “break” the edges of the petal, just gently erasing unnecessary parts of the picture.

7 step

Add a new layer, take a soft brush, select a light color and make a smear on the petal.

Add distortion Filter> Distort> Ripple (Filter – Distortion – Ripple), approximately with such settings:

8 step
Select the top two layers, except the background (You can click on the layers while holding Shift), then merge the selected layers: Layer> Merge Layers (Layer – Merge Layers, or Ctrl + E)
Then add a shadow to the resulting layer – double-click on the layer (on the layers palette), or click on the desired layer, then press the fx button at the bottom of the layers palette. Set the following settings:

9 step
Duplicate the petal layer as many times as there are in the flower, simply by dragging the layer to the “new layer” icon, which is at the bottom of the palette.

10 step
Well, the most interesting …
Hide all the petals, leave only the one that will be visible visible.
Edit – Transform – Warp … (Edit / Edit – Transform – Deform) and start pulling out the shape of the petal using a grid and anchor points with guides. If you have not yet used this operation, it will be difficult at first to understand how to manage the mesh. However, patience and work – all a little bit
For example:

After the curvature, the Petal can be positioned in the right place using the move tool, as well as the free transformation (Ctrl + T). Remember to press Enter at the end of the transformation!
Next, “open” the next petal and distort it to the desired look, etc.

For “pestles and stamens”, the same deformed petals can be used, with the inversion of the colors of these layers (Image – Adjustment – Invert or Image – Adjustment – Invert)

After that, go to the background and fill it with black: press D to set the default colors (black – work, white – background), and then Alt + delete to fill the background with black.
And here he is, the magic flower:

11 step

When all the petals are ready and the flower is composed, select all the layers except the background and merge them, as in Step 8.
Add Inner Glow Style:

Changing the gradients and the imposition of waves + what is in the head, you get quite good pictures, for example, mine are:

The drawing technique in this lesson is represented by the “Long Way”, however, by drawing other flowers, I found an easier way, but no less effective and of high quality :)
For those who have PhotoShop CS and PhotoShop CS2 or an earlier version, instead of Warp distortion, you can use the Liquify filter, and instead of the Wave filter, try to distort with the tool
Smudge tool

I hope you will succeed.

Lessons about the lesson, as well as your “Magic Flowers” ​​that you have obtained, can be sent to [email protected]

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