Creating a superplastic effect with color lines – Part II

Today, colored lines are one of the most malleable effects that you can easily create in Photoshop. They are easily adaptable, anywhere, and they look great.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create these fantastic multi-colored effects using only Photoshop. I will show you how to draw an illustration with these effects. So let’s get started!

Preview of the final result

Let’s take a look at the image that we will create.

In the last part of the lesson we stopped here:

Now let’s pokreativim.

Step 18. Select the “p_line fills” layer (fill line), then take the tool Lasso (Lasso) and create a selection around some broken lines (the first image below). Now right click and select Copy layer (Layer Via Copy). This action will allow you to copy the piece we have selected, along with the layer style. Now right-click on this copy of the layer and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object). After that, create about 4-5 duplicates (Command / Ctrl + J) and distribute them around the pink line. Make a few turns using Edit> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform).
The reason we used the parameter Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object), is to prevent these pieces from being pixelated. As long as they are smart objects, you can resize and expand them as many times as you like, without losing quality. But do not increase their size, it is not a vector object.

Step 19. Go back to the “Blue line” group and apply the same effect as in the previous step. You can do this with each line you create. I recommend playing with the colors of these lines, you can achieve very interesting results. Try to fit them to the lines with which they are connected.

Step 20. Now we will create larger effects. People used to create such type of shapes in Illustrator (note Adobe Illustrator program), and then exported to Photoshop. Since not everyone knows how to use Illustrator correctly, I will show you how to create these shapes in Photoshop. The only negative is that these figures are raster objects, but that’s okay, since they are easily restored.

First, create a new group above all others, name it “blue drops” (blue drops). Inside this group create a new layer and name it “b_drop” (c_drop). Switch to Brushes Palette (Window> Brushes (Window> Brushes)). Select Shape Dynamics and apply the settings listed below. Then make sure the settings Brushes (Brush) mounted on Stiffness (Hardness) 100% and Push (Flow) 100%. AT Brushes Palette select Brush Tip Shape (second image below) and apply the settings again. Make sure that Spacing set to 1%. As for the size Diameter (Diameter), then it depends on how large you want to create. But for this tutorial, I recommend following all the settings below.
Then select the tool Ellipse (Ellipse) (u) and holding down the Shift key, draw a circle of approximately the same size as in the image below. Then select the Pen tool, right-click and select Circle the path (Stroke Path).

Step 21 Switch to Blending Options layer “b_drop” (s_kaplya) and play with the settings. This is important because the standard layer style gives a very flat look. To avoid this, make sure that your shape has matching colors of highlights and shadows.

Step 22 Now that you have created a three-dimensional shape, it’s time to duplicate it (Command / Ctrl + J) several times to fit the main blue line. Remember, you should always leave one shape as a spare (note. In the event that something goes wrong, you will not need to re-create this shape, you just use this one), so make one of these duplicates invisible (you never know when it can come in handy). As for the remaining copies, it all depends on what you want to do, we will leave some of them as ordinary objects, and some will transform into smart objects (smartobjects).
In the previous steps I explained how to use smart objects (smartobjects). Here I applied it to only one shape (right click on the layer > Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object)) because I was looking for a good position for the figure and turned it many times (Editing> Transformation> Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate)). As for the rest of the objects, I did not convert them into smart objects, because I wanted to save their layer styles. And as soon as you reduce the size of a regular object, the layer style remains unaffected. You can see in the image below that small shapes are darker. For example, Inner Glow has the same meaning, and the object has become smaller.
At the end of this step, if you want to make these figures look as if they are in motion, flying away in small droplets, turn them in different directions. It is better to arrange them all in different directions from each other.

Step 23 As you remember, we called this layer “b_drop” (c_drops) (the word blue begins with the letter b (c)). And I mentioned that you leave the backup layer b_drop “(s_kaplya). So, make a copy of this untouched layer and rename it to” g_drop “(s_kaplya). Create a new group, name it” green drops “(green drops) and put it on her g_drop layer (z_kaplya). Then change Blending Options this layer. Set all colors to different shades of green. Also play with Embossed> Shading (Emboss> Shading) (second image below).
Then repeat the same process from the previous step. Make a few duplicates (Command / Ctrl + J) of this green drop and give them dynamics (use Editing> Transformation> Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate)).

Step 24 Same here. Since we made three lines, and each of them has its own color, we need to make drops of exactly those colors. Therefore, repeat the previous steps of creating drops and apply this technique to create now pink drops.
You constantly need to find the right colors. Start experimenting with them, and you will see how important the settings are. Blending Options, than any other options. Try to devote as much time as possible to this, so that everything will work out.

Step 25. After you have finished working on all the lines and drops, it’s time to adjust the background. Just take the tool Brush (Brush) (B), set its diameter to a sufficiently large size, change Stiffness (Hardness) by 0%, but Push (Flow) set about 12-15%. Create a new layer above the background layer and name it “background color” (background color). Change your colors as shown below and just draw.
Do a very light touch on the brush parameter Push (Flow) reacts to pressure. If you click too many times in one place with the mouse, the color will become very intense, so work only with light clicks. Do not hold the mouse button while drawing.

Note: You can create each color on a new layer, and then play with it. opacity (opacity).

Step 26. So, the background looks fantastic, it is deep and balanced. Now we can move on. Open the ball image and cut it with the tool Magic wand (MagicWand) (W). We use this tool, because the ball is easy to select. It was probably already cut out and placed on a white background. Place it in your main document, reduce its size and flip horizontally (for this, use Editing> Transformation (Edit > Transform)). Rename it to a green balloon and apply some color corrections. You will find them below:
– Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation) (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation).
Image> Adjustment> Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast)
– Image> Adjustment> Selective color (Image> Adjustments> Selective Color)
– Image> Adjustment> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels).

Step 27. Put the red ball in our main document again and duplicate it (Ctrl / Command + J). Name the first layer “pink ball” (pink balloon), and the second – “blue ball” (blue balloon). For pink ball use only Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation) (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation), because it is red, and we are achieving something between purple and pink. For the blue ball, use:
Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation) (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation).
– Image> Adjustment> Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast)
– Image> Adjustment> Selective color (Image> Adjustments> Selective Color).

Step 28. Now go back to the brush settings from step 8. Create two new layers, then name them “Blue Rope” (blue rope) and “Green Rope” (green rope). Then draw a curve contour under each ball. Make sure the brush size is set to 1 px, and push (flow) at 100%. Right click and select Circle Outline (StrokePath). Use blue and green to stroke the outline. You can also copy layer styles from previous line / drop layers and paste to layers with ropes.

Step 29. Now we come to my favorite part of this lesson. You might like it too. Create new group (newgroup) above the background layer, name it “Effects” (Effects), and now work in it. Take the tool Arbitrary shape (CustomShape) (U), set its parameter to Layer-shape (ShapeLayer) and select the shape of your choice (the settings are shown in the first image below).
Find some empty space in our illustration and work on it. Create a contour (you can hold down the Shift key to create the perfect shape). It will automatically be filled with foreground color, which may be white. Name this layer “Orange” (Orange), then go to Blending Options and apply an effect to it.
I tried to pick up different shades of orange: from brown to yellow. But the location of the shadows is not so important. The only thing you need here is a good combination of variations of the same color (using different shades).

Step 30. Now we have a nice vector shape, and it is editable. Go to Editing> Transformation> Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp), then bend and twist this shape to get the desired result. I just adore this step, you can experiment with these figures. After each transformation, press Enter, and again go to Edit> Transform> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp).
All the twisting below is done in this way deformation / enter / deformation / enter and so on, to achieve the best results. The good thing is that this shape remains a vector, even despite the transformation.

Step 31 This is what we came up with with this wonderful figure (still a vector one), and now we can put it anywhere. Repeating this process, we can decorate the whole background behind the girl, using different variations of the figures. Now, using this technique, make more similar figures, then place them behind the girl. Use the options for copying and pasting layer styles every time you create a new shape. Do not use them again each time manually, otherwise you will lose a lot of time.

Here’s what you have to remember: although it is a vector shape, it can sometimes become too sharp. When you twist the shape too much, it turns into a thin line on which uneven edges can appear. So be careful, if suddenly something like this happened to you, start working with this figure again. Or rasterize the vector object (right-click on the layer, select Rasterize Layer). Then, use the tool Eraser (Eraser) (E) with Stiffness (Hardness) 0% and Push (Flow) about 80-100% to erase the extra points.

Step 32 With the little figures we are done. Now let’s take care of the big lines. To create the line that you see in the first image below, I used the same technique. Then, I rasterized this layer (right click and select Rasterize layer (Rasterizelayer), and with the tool Eraser (Eraser) (E), I erased a few points. A small guide to the images below:
– In the second image below, I placed these lines behind the ball.
– In the third image below, I created a new shape using the same technique.

In the next image, I duplicated (Command \ Ctrl + J) these curved lines. Rasterized the layer when I needed it (right click> Rasterize layer (Rasterizelayer)), and applied the tool Eraser (Eraser) (E). To place these lines, use Editing> Transformation> Rotate (Edit > Transform > Rotate). The whole process of placing the lines took me about 30 minutes, because I changed them 10 times. So don’t give up, the more you put in the effort, the better it will look.

Step 33 Well, now just repeat steps 29, 30 and 31, but now with green. Using the same technique, create a few green shapes and place them behind the girl, and also mix them with orange shapes.

Step 34 I think now I will show you something interesting. Since you have created some thin lines, the green shapes, like in the first image below, use again Editing> Transformation> Warp (Edit > Transform > Warp). Now try to pull them into a curve (the second image below).
Now go to Editing> Transformation (Edit > Transform) and rotate this shape so that it fits with the other parts of the green line (the third image below). Go again to again Editing> Transformation> Warp (Edit > Transform > Warp) and bring the line to mind. After that, click on the layer with the right mouse button and select Rasterize layer (RasterizeLayer), take the tool Eraser (Eraser) (E) and erase unwanted areas.
Also, if some edges have bumps, use the tool Smudging / Finger (Smudge) (R) with Intensity (Strength) 12%. Now spread the edges straight along the line (you can see this in the 5 and 6 images below).

Step 35 So now let’s apply the final touches. Take the tool Brush (Brush), set Stiffness (Hardness) by 0% and Push (Flow) about 10%. Change the foreground color to # 481e39, create a new layer above the “Pink balloon” layer and name it “p_drop shadow”. Then start painting under this drop to create a beautiful shadow stroke.
Then select the layer with the drop (shown in the image below), use the keyboard shortcut Command \ Ctrl + J to make a copy of this layer. Look at the third image below: in Blending parameters (BlendingOptions) resize internal luminescence (InnerGlow) for a copy with a drop. Then lower opacity (opacity) and place the layer under the p_drop (p_drop shadow) layer to create a reflection.

Step 36 To give this illustration a certain meaning, I decided to put some funny thing in it, like this bear. I thought that since there is a little girl, a lot of flowers, I have to add something else funny.
Therefore, we cut the bear out of the original image using the tool Pen (Pen) (R). Put it in our main document. Name this layer “Teddy” (Teddy) and place it over all the layers. Now let’s do some color correction using Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation), and then Image> Adjustment> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels).
Duplicate the bear layer using Command \ Ctrl + J and now select this copy. Change it Blending Mode (Blending Options) on Soft Light. Go to menu Image> Correction> Black and White (Image> Adjustments> Black and White) and give this bear a deep color and a bit of contrast.
I still think that the bear needs to add more color. Therefore, I hold down the Command \ Ctrl key and click the left mouse button on the thumbnail of the bear layer to load the selection. Then I created a new layer on top of all the layers. Changed it Blending Mode (Blending Options) on Overlay. Then I set the foreground color to # fbc83a, took the tool Brush (Brush) (B) with very soft edges and painted a little bit on the inside of her selection.

Step 37. Since your selection is still active, press Command \ Ctrl + Shift + C (copy and merge layers), then double-click on Command \ Ctrl + V (paste). Place these cubs as you see in the first image below. Then take one of them and place it behind the Green balloon and make it so that its hand is in place of the leg.
Now create a reflection with the second bear. To do this, select another copy of the bear and go to the menu Editing> Transformation> Distort (Edit> Transform> Distort) and make this bear flatter (second image below). Place it under the original with the bear to make it look like a reflection. If you have some overflowing edges, erase them using the tool. Eraser (Eraser) (E).

Use the same technique to create a reflection of the legs (as you can see in the 4 images below).
Then load the selection of the “Green balloon” layer (Hold the Command \ Ctrl key and left-click on the thumbnail of the “Green balloon” layer). Now create a new layer under the Teddy layer and change the foreground color to # 212b04. Take the tool Brush (Brush) (B), set the brush settings to very soft with Hardness 0% Push 10-15% and paint under the bear to create a shadow. Press Command \ Ctrl + D to deselect.

Step 38 So we come to the end. Press Command \ Ctrl + A to select the entire canvas, then press Command \ Ctrl + Shift + C (copy and merge). Go to the layers panel and press Command \ Ctrl + V to paste it all. Name this layer “final colored” (final colored) and set Blending Mode (Blending Mode) on Soft Light. Now go to Image> Adjustment> Gradient Map (Image> Adjustments> Gradient Map) and pick the right colors to balance the colors in this illustration. Below are my colors. I added them and lowered them a bit. Opacity this layer.

Conclusion
That’s all, a cool colorful illustration with lines and shapes is ready. You need to be very careful when creating your own selection of colors. The selection of colors separates good art from bad. When you understand how they work, all your work will look like that of professionals. Never forget to maintain overall balance. This is all that is needed for high-quality illustration. Also do not forget about the shadows. Objects look good when they are based on reality.
Thank you for reading the lesson. You can see the final image below or in a larger version here.

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