Draw a ribbon in Photoshop

In this simple tutorial, you will learn how to create a special ribbon for a website.

Necessary materials

Chunk five font

Screenshot PSD Tuts +

Step 1. Create a new document and call it “Tape”. This tutorial uses 600×600 pixels.

Step 2. Create a new layer and call it “Background Texture”. Fill it with some light color (I used #cccccc). Then go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise) and add some noise to give a texture to the layer. I used these settings:

Amount (Quantity): 10%
Distribution: Gaussian (Gaussian)
Monochromatic (Monochrome): Active

Reduce the opacity (opacity) of the Background Texture layer to 15%.

Step 3. Now create rectangle , in which we will draw the tape. I used the Rectangle Tool (Rectangle) (U) with a fixed size of 300×200 pixels.

Place the shape in the center of the canvas and call the layer “Clipping Mask”.

Step 4. Apply layer styles to the “clipping mask” to add shadow and stroke.

Step 5. Take any image (I used a screenshot of the PSD Tuts site) and place it in the center of the working canvas above the “Clipping Mask” layer, then go Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer – Create Clipping Mask).

Step 6. Now we have the image on which the tape will be placed. Tool Rectangle tool(Rectangle) (U) draw the base for the ribbon. Turn it 35 degrees. For this we use Free transform (Free Transofirmmation). This function can be activated by shortcut keys. CTRL + T or through the menu Edit – Free Transform (Editing – Free Transformation).

Make sure the edges of the ribbon extend beyond the rectangle.
The color of the ribbon at the moment does not matter, as we later apply the gradient fill. Call this layer “Ribbon.”

Step 7. Now we will create a mask for the “Ribbon” layer, which will hide the extra areas. Do the following:

1. Hold down CTRL and click on the thumbnail of the “Clipping Mask” layer. This will load the selection rectangle.
2. We need the ribbon to slightly go beyond the boundaries of the rectangle, so we expand the selection by 4 pixels with the command Select – Modify – Expand (Allocation – Modification – Expand).
3. Next, select the “Ribbon” layer and create a mask. You can do this in two ways:
but) Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection (Layer – Layer Mask – Show Selected Areas)
b) Click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel

Step 8. Let’s add some layer styles for the ribbon to add shadow, light and texture.

Drop shadow (Shadow) (outer shadow)
Inner glow (Internal luminescence) (testure)
Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss) (light on the edges)
Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap) (ribbon color)
Stroke (Stroke) (gives the edges of the tape clarity)

We get the following result:

Step 9. Now we have to create curved corners on the tape. Remember how we extended the selection by 4 pixels?

1. Create a new layer “Corners” and place it above the “Background Texture” layer and under the “Clipping Mask”.
2. Choose a dark color (I used # 240500).
3. We take brush(B) approximately 9 pixels in size with 100% hardness.

Use this brush to draw small circles at the corners of the ribbon. Since the layer is under the clipping mask, we will see only the dark part near the corners.

To better understand this moment, look at the image below. This is how our document will look like if we reduce the opacity of all the layers above the Corners.

Step 10. Let’s add some text. I used the following parameters:

Chunk Five Font
Letter spacing 75
Color # 240500

Place the text on the ribbon and rotate 35 degrees (using transformation (CTRL + T), as in step 6). Now add layer styles for the text.

You should have something like this:

Step 11. Now we will add stitches on the ribbon. Take Text tool(Text) (T) and write the dotted line of hyphens. Then change the text parameters:

Chunk Five Font
Spacing between letters 200
Color # 700404
Text layer opacity: 50%

Place the text on the ribbon and rotate it by 35 degrees, as we did in steps 6 and 11. Then add layer styles to make the stitches realistic.

Duplicate the text and move it to the bottom of the tape. We get the following result:

Step 12. The last thing we need to do is apply a stitch mask so that they do not extend beyond the edges of the ribbon. To do this, duplicate the mask layer “Ribbon” and move it to the layer with stitches.

Repeat these steps for both layers to get something like this:

Final image
It’s all! Now you know how to create a simple ribbon in Photoshop. You can experiment with other parameters and change the color. Or create rounded edges on the ribbon. This can be achieved by Pen tool(Feather) (P) and layer masks. Good luck!

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