We draw a theater curtain in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create red curtains using filters, vector objects, and layer styles. You will learn how to create realistic textures, draw beautiful ropes, create shadows and work on the shape of vector elements.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1000×1000 pixels.

Step 2

Set the default colors (D), create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and apply Fiber filter (Filter> Rendering> Fiber) (Filter> Render> Fiber).

Step 3

Apply filter application (Filter> Imitation> Application) (Filter> Artistic> Cutout).

Step 4

Apply Filter Blur in motion (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur).

Step 5

Double click on the layer with the resulting texture to open the style window. Apply style Color overlay(Color Overlay): Mode – Multiplication.

Step 6

Create a copy of the texture layer (Ctrl + J) and hide the original by clicking on the layer’s eye thumbnail. Tool Rectangular area ( Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M) select the left half of the texture, cut it from the layer (Ctrl + X) and paste on a separate layer (Ctrl + V). You will notice that after insertion the red color will disappear. To add color again, copy the color overlay style from the previous layer through the context menu and paste it onto a new layer.

On a layer and a half of the texture, activate Warp mode (Edit> Transform> Warp) (Edit> Transform> Warp) and change the shape of the texture as shown in the screenshot.

Place the resulting curtain on the left edge, and then create the same on the right one.

Step 7

Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) and draw the bottom of the curtain as shown below. Reduce the opacity of the layer to change the curvature of the bottom edge. The color of the shape is not important.

Select the drawn shape (holding Ctrl, click on the layer thumbnail). Go to menu Editing > Clear (Edit> Clear).

Change the bottom edge of the other curtain.

Step 8

Go back to the original texture layer and create a rectangular selection. Copy it on a separate layer (Ctrl + J). Position the texture horizontally using the Free transform (Ctrl + T), activate the deformation mode, select the type of deformation Arc below (Arc Lower) and set the Bend to 70%.

Resize the new part of the curtain and center it on top. Create two copies and place them on the sides.

Step 9

Now we create brushes for curtains. Select the color # ecc242 as the main one. To draw ropes we need to prepare a brush. Create a new document in Photoshop 200×150 pixels with a transparent background. Tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) draw this shape:

Apply the following styles to this shape:

Stroke (Stroke): Position – Outside, Mode – Normal, Stroke Type – Color.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Multiplication.


Go to menu Editing> Define Brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset) and save the brush as “Rope”. Return to the main document, open the brushes panel (F5), select the created brush and set it up like this:

Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) in Paths mode and draw a line as shown in the screenshot. Right click on it and select Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

In the window that appears, select Brush (Brush) and the outline will be circled with a previously tuned brush.

Step 10

Select all layers with ropes and merge them (Ctrl + E). Apply the following styles to the resulting layer:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Multiplication.

External glow (Outer Glow): Mode – Lightening, Method – Soft.

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Multiplication.

Step 11

Select for tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) Shape mode. Draw two elements as shown below.

Apply the following styles to the bottom element:

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Overlap.

Gloss (Satin): Mode – Overlap.

Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Multiplication.


Apply the same styles to the top element, except for the style Gloss (Satin). Create a copy of the two elements, rotate them to the other side (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally) (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal) and position on the right curtain.

Step 12

Create a new layer under the top curtains. Choose a soft brush with 20% opacity and paint the shadows below them.

Step 13

Now create the shadows from the side curtains. Create a copy of the left curtain layer and lower it under the original. Apply style Color overlay (Color Overlay): black color. In warp mode, slightly change the shape of the shadow.

Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to 30%. Then do the same with the right curtain.

Step 14

In the same way create shadows from brushes. Use the tool to draw a shadow on the floor. Pen (Pen Tool) (P). The opacity of shadows on the floor – 30%.

Step 15

All existing layers put in a group (Ctrl + G). Merge the group on one layer (Ctrl + E) and apply the filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 5 pixels.

Final result:

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