The effect of bending on photos in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create a bend effect on the image, as if it were folded in several places.

Final result:

To create this effect, I will use this image:

Step 1

Open the “Landscape with the car” image and create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N).

You will not see any changes, since the new layer created is empty.

Step 2

To create a bend effect, we can not do without the guides, which we place in those parts of the image where we plan to make a bend. To get started, turn on Rulers (Ctrl + R), from which you will pull out the guides.

Rulers appear on the left and on the top of the image:

Step 3

Left click on the ruler, which is on the left side of the image and, without releasing the mouse button, pull the guide out of the ruler. This will be a vertical guide. Move this guide about a third of the image and release the mouse button.

Pull another vertical guide out of the ruler, and place it as shown in the figure:

Now pull the horizontal guide out of the top ruler and position it in the middle of the image. In total, you should have two vertical and one horizontal guides dividing the image into six equal parts:

Step 4

From the toolbar, select the tool Rectangular area(Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M).

Step 5

With the selected tool, draw a selection of the upper left square along the guides.

Step 6

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G).

Step 7

With the selected tool, right-click anywhere in the document – it will open Gradient editor. Select a black to white gradient.

Step 8

Gradient tool (Gradient Tool) (G), draw a gradient line inside the selection you created earlier:

Step 9

Choose a tool Rectangular areaselection (Rectangular Marquee Tool) and drag the selection from the first square to the next.

Step 10

Select tool again Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G) and in the selected second square draw a black and white gradient, only this time the direction of the colors should be in the other direction (for this, they need to be swapped in the color palette).

Step 11

In the same way, fill the remaining squares with a gradient. Press Ctrl + D to remove the selection from the square.

Step 12

We will no longer need guides, so you can hide them. Press the Ctrl + H key for this, or enter the menu View> Show> Guides (View> Show> Guides).

Step 13

For a layer with gradient squares, change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Soft light (Soft Light):

Thanks to this blending mode, the folds in the image are already visible.

Step 14

In order to make the bends in the image deeper, use the filter Cellophane packaging (Filter> Imitation> Cellophane Packaging) (Filter> Artistic> Plastic Wrap):

In the opened Filter Gallery (Filter Gallery), configure this filter.

Click OK to apply the filter. Fold lines are now visible even stronger.

Step 15

Create a new layer. It should be located above the gradient layer.

Step 16

Enhance the bend effect on the image with the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B).

Step 17

Choose a tool Brush(Brush Tool) (B) and right-click anywhere in the document: the brush selection palette opens. Select a brush from it.Spatter 59 pixels in size:

Step 18

After you select a brush, press F5 to open the brush palette and set up a category Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape): Form (Roundness) – 10%, Intervals (Spacing) – 50%.

Step 19

Customize category Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics): Size Jitter – 100%, Angle Control – Direction.

Step 20

Customize category Double brush (Dual Brush): select Spatter brush, size 27 pixels, change blending mode to Multiply, Diameter (size) – 55 pixels, Spacing (Spacing) – 55%. After all categories are set up, press F5 again to close the brush palette.

Step 21

Next, we will paint with a white brush, so make sure that the foreground color in the color palette is white.

Step 22

Click the brush at the top of one of the bends, and then press and hold Shift, and click the brush at the very end of the bend – a smooth white line will be created on the bend.

If you didn’t manage to draw a line the first time, press Ctrl + Z to undo this action and draw again. To make the fold more intense, draw another line on the one you’ve drawn earlier. When re-drawing a line, slightly increase the size of the brush by pressing the “]” key, and to decrease the size of the brush, use the “[” key.

In the same way, draw all the vertical and horizontal folds in the image. If in the process of drawing you need to zoom in on an image, press Ctrl +, and if you want to zoom out on an image, press Ctrl-.

Step 23

Brushed white lines look bright and slightly unnatural. To make them more realistic, lower the opacity of the stripe layer to 70%.

That’s all! The bend effect on the image is ready!

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