Create a beautiful fan in Photoshop – Part I

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how, using a pair of wooden beaters, create a magnificent fan surrounded by magical forms, runes and plants.
To achieve the final result, we will practice a lot of transformations, displacement maps, layer styles, various actions, and also use brushes to add amazing scattered effects and flying debris.

For the successful implementation of all stages of this lesson, we must download the original image in high resolution.

Final result:

Step 1. Open the original image of the wooden beaters. Double-click on the background to turn it into an editable layer and turn it off for now, as we will not need the original in the following steps.
Create a new layer in the layers palette and rename it to “Gradient Background”.
Go to the toolbar and change the foreground color to # a4b3b8, and the background color is # 899496.
Choose a tool Granient (Gradient Tool), install Linear (Linear) type, from the foreground to the background and draw it from the bottom of the canvas to the top.
Select the gradient layer, go to Layer – Group Layers (Layer – Group Layers) and name the new group “Background”.

Step 2. Create a new layer called “Light Spectrum” and place it above the “Gradient Background” layer in the “Background” group.
Take the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), but this time select Radial (Radial) gradient Light spectrum. Draw it from the bottom to the top, and change the layer blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 3. Take the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) and select different shapes from the background with wooden beaters. Arrange these parts so as to cover the background, leaving a small distance between each of them. Combine all the layers with these parts and name the new layer “Plastic”, as in the next step we will apply this filter. Place this layer above the layer. Light spectrum.

Step 4. After selecting the “Plastic” layer, go to the menu Filter (Filter menu) and select Plastics (Liquify). In this filter, select the tool Turbulence (Turbulence), change the brush size to 66, and leave the other settings as default. Start mixing each tile from the background, but try to leave a small space between them.

Step 5. Change the blending mode of the “Plastic” layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and lower the opacity to 59%. To soften the shuffled shapes a bit, right-click on the layer and select Layer style (Blending Options) – Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Change the settings as follows:

Style: Inner Bevel
Method: Smooth
Depth: 276%
Direction: up
Size: 51px
Softening: 16px
Angle: 30 degrees
Global coverage: included
Height: 30 degrees
Gloss contour: Linear Linear
Anti-aliasing: off
Backlight mode: Lightening Screen
Color classification: # d9c705
Opacity: 3%
Shadow mode: Multiplication Multiply
Color classification: # 000000
Opacity: 9%

Step 6. Duplicate the “Plastic” layer and save the Embossing style on it. Place the duplicate below the “Plastic” layer and name it “Plastic-Blur”. After selecting this layer, go to Filter – Blur – Blur at shallow depth of field (Filter – Blur – Lens Blur) and change Radius (Radius) to 30, all other settings leave the default.

Step 7. Create a new layer below the blur layer. Select these two layers, right-click and select Merge layers (Merge Layers). So you apply embossed style. The only inconvenience is that you have to rename the new layer “Plastic-Blur” again, because it loses its name after merging.
As you can see in the following screenshot, in the “Background” group you should have four layers: Gradient Background, Light Spectrum, Plastic and Plastic-Blur.

Step 8. Let’s take a few more steps to complete the texture of the background and the relief.
Duplicate the “Plastic” layer and rename it “Scratches”. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and opacity up to 69%.
Take Eraser (Eraser Tool), a soft brush with a size of 9 pixels and make occasional scratches. When done, right click on the layer, select Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and change in settings only Opacity (Opacity):
Increase Opacity Highlights (Highlight Color) up to 13%, and Shadows (Shadow Color) up to 12%.

Step 9. In this and the next step we are going to add to the background something like the tiny craters of the Moon.
Create a new layer, name it “Brush” and place it above the “Scratch” layer. Take a soft brush and make a few strokes on the canvas; they should be made with different size brushes, the color does not matter, as in the next step we are going to change the blending mode.

Step 10. Change the blending mode of the Brush layer to Glow (Luminosity) and reduce the opacity to 54%. Right click on the layer and select Layer styles (Blending Options) – Stamping (Bevel and Emboss): at Direction (Direction) turn on Way down (Down) set Depth (Depth) 531%, and Size (Size) 35px.

Step 11. Use the selection tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee) to highlight a piece of dark wooden beater. Place the layer with the selected rectangular part at the very top of the “Background” group and name it “Texture”. Switch to mode Free transformation (Free Transform) and increase the size of the rectangle to the size of the canvas.

Step 12. Change the blending mode of the “Texture” layer to Soft light (Soft Light).
After these steps, your background should look like the screenshot.

Step 13. Highlight the dark hammer and apply Edit (Edit) – Free transformation (Free Transform) to make the shape more narrow. Use also Transform (Transform) – Deformation (Warp) to make a curved line that will be used to simulate plants around the fan. Select also a small part of this curve and darken it with the tool. Dimmer (Burn Tool). Place both forms in the lower right corner of the canvas, as you can see in the screenshot.
The names for the layers are “Stalk 1” (small) and “Stalk 2”. On the Stalk 1 layer, change the blending mode to Glow (Luminosity) and reduce the opacity to 67%. As for the “Stalk 2” layer, leave its blending mode Normal (Normal) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 71%.
Create a new group called “Stems” above the “Background” group and place the created layers with stems there.

Step 14. Using the same tapered and bent hammer from the previous step, create another six stems, each on a separate layer.
Stems 3 and 4 should intersect with each other in the lower right part of the image. Set the blending mode for both layers. Glow (Luminosity) and opacity 71%.
Move Stem 5 to the lower right corner and using Editing (Edit) – Transformation (Transform) – Deformation (Warp), make it a little wider than the other stems. Leave the blending mode Normal (Normal), but lower the opacity to 71%.
Move the stems 6 and 7 also to the lower right side (make the stem 6 smaller and using Free transformation (Free Transform)), change the blending mode of both layers to Glow (Luminosity), Opacity (Opacity): 100%.
Place the Stalk 8 layer on top of all layers and move it to the left of the Stalk 5. Reduce the opacity of the Stalk 8 layer to 59%.

Step 15. In this step we will use the magic brush in the tool. Finger (Smudge Tool) to create the effect of beautiful splashes on the background.
First, select all the layers in the “Stems” group, duplicate them and merge duplicates. Let’s name the new layer “Stalk 9” and set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light). Duplicate this layer and change the blending mode to Glow (Luminosity). Name this duplicate “Stalk 10”.
Duplicate the Stalk 10 layer, rename the duplicate Stalk 11 and move it to the upper left of the image. Set the blending mode Normal (Normal).

Choose a tool Finger (Smudge Tool) and in the drop-down menu select a brush. Dry Brush Tip Light Flow. Set its diameter to 80 pixels and press 82%. Start working on the form until you get a nice textured spot, similar to the one in the screenshot. This brush is combined with the tool Finger (Smudge) gives really great scattered effects.

Step 16. In the next steps we are going to make more plants to fill the background. Take selection tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) and draw a flat oval selection on a dark wooden hammer. Click Ctrl + J to copy the selected elliptical shape to a new layer. Adjust the image by going to Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (hotkeys Ctrl + U) and moving the slider Color tone (Hue) to +22.
Right click on the layer, select Layer Styles – Emboss (Blending Options – Bevel and Emboss):

Style: Inner Bevel
Method: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Down
Size: 57px
Smoothing: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Global coverage: included
Height: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliasing: off
Backlight mode: Lightening Screen
Color classification: # d040bd
Opacity: 58%
Shadow mode: Multiplication Multiply
Color classification: # 9d6801
Opacity: 46%

Create a new blank layer below it, select and merge the two layers to apply Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).


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Step 17. Getting up on a layer with an elliptical shape, go to Edit – Transform – Warp (Edit – Transform – Warp) and create a form, as in the screenshot.

Step 18. On this layer, go to the palette Actions (Actions). At the bottom of this panel, click on the folder icon Create a new action (Create New Action). In the small dialog box, the name Action 1 will appear, leave it and click OK. From this point on, you begin to record every step of changing the form. Duplicate the curved shape. Switch to mode Free transform (Free Transform) and move the duplicate a few pixels to the right and rotate it slightly. I set the rotation angle to 8.3 degrees in the Settings Panel. Do not press Enter yet to apply this transformation. Switch to mode Transformation – Warp (Transform-Warp) and make the shape more subtle. Now press the Enter key. We have two more steps ahead to complete all the actions.

Step 19. At this stage we will continue our work in the Actions panel. Click Ctrl + U and move the slider Color tone (Hue) to +7. Do not turn on Toning (Colorize).

Step 20. To perform actions on the Actions panel, click Stop run / write (Stop Playing / Recording), and then click Play (Play Selection) 6 times. So you will add six more converted copies of our form. When everything is ready, you can delete this action. Simply highlight Step 1 and drag it to the trash icon in the Actions panel.

Step 21 Merge all layers with modified forms in the Actions panel. Duplicate the form, apply Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal) and place it according to the original shape. Merge both layers. Now you have a beautiful form of leaves. Duplicate it and place a copy below the original. Move it so that you can see about half of the original shape.

Step 22 Duplicate previously created forms five times. Try to arrange them on the canvas as you see in the screenshot.
Place the first three copies in the lower part of the right side of the canvas and name them: on the far left – “Lower pen”, in the lower right – “Pen 1 ″ (reduce its size using Free transformation (Free Transform)) and the bottom center is “Feather 2”. Place the other three copies at the top and name them: Top Feather, Top Left Feather, and Right Top Feather.
Select all the feather layers and go to Layer – Group Layers (Layer – Group Layers) and name the new group – “Feathers”.

Step 23 This is the last step in working with the Feathers group. Select the bottom layer of this group and change its blending mode to Glow (Luminosity). Set the blending mode for the Feather 1 and Feather 2 layers – Multiplication (Multiply). Reduce the opacity of these two layers to 53%.
Change the blending mode of the “Upper Pen” to Light replacement (Lighter Color) and reduce its opacity to 24%.
The blend mode for the “Upper Right Pen” is changed to Glow (Luminosity) and opacity at 84%.
In the “Upper left pen” we change the blend mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Opacity leave 100%.
And the final touch, smearing the Top Pen, Top right and Top left pen using a brush Dry Brush Tip Light Flow (No. 66) in the instrument Finger (Smudge Tool).

Step 24 It is time for new action. Make an elliptical shape on a light wooden hammer. Place this layer between the Feathers and Stems groups. Go to panel Actions (Action) and click on the icon New action (New Action). Leave the default name and click OK.
First, duplicate the flattened ellipse and go to Edit – Free Transform (Edit- Free Transform). In the parameter panel in the angle of rotation window, put 5.5 degrees. Do not press Enter, as we will continue converting in the next step.

Note translator: The selection on a light hammer should be similar to the selection on a dark one, from step 16.


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Step 25. Go to Transform – Distort (Transform – Distort) and move the upper left marker in the upper direction, as shown in the screenshot. Move also the bottom left marker 2-3 pixels to the left. Do not press Enter to apply the latest transformations.

Step 26. Move the already distorted form to the right and press Enter. We are done with conversion.

Step 27. Click Ctrl + U, to change settings Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Not including Colorization (Colorize), move the slider Color background (Hue) to minus 7.

Step 28. To complete the action, click Stop playback / recording (Stop Playing / Recording) in the Actions panel, and then click eighteen times Play (Play). You should have twenty layers, the original elliptical shape, its first duplicated and transformed duplicate and its eighteen duplicates. Select all these twenty layers, right-click and select Merge layers (Merge Layers).
Optional: You can slightly change the final figure with Edit – Transform – Warp (Edit – Transform – Warp).

Step 29. Place the created form in the lower right corner of the image. I preferred to apply Edit – Transform – Warp (Edit – Free Transform – Warp) and using the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool), darkened the bottom border.
Rename this layer to “Plant 1” and place it above the “Stems” group. To liven up the background more, duplicate the “Plant 1” layer and reduce it. Edit – Free Transform (Edit – Free Transform), then go to Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Edit – Transform – Transform Flip Horizontal) and place the reduced form above the original one.
Select the “Plant 1” and “Plant 1 Copy” layers and go to the layer menu. Select Group layers (Group Layers) and name the new group “Plants”.

Step 30. We are still in the “Plants” group. Change the blending mode of the two layers to Glow (Luminosity) and reduce the opacity of the “Plant 1” layer to 77%.

Step 31 Use the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) to make another selection on a light hammer. Click Ctrl + J, to copy the selected part to a new layer. For now, place this layer above the previously created Plants group. Right click on it and select Layer style (Blending Options) – Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and enter the following parameters:

Style: Inner Bevel
Method: Smooth
Depth: 93%
Direction: Down
Size: 73px
Smoothing: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Global coverage: included
Height: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliasing: off
Backlight mode: Brightening
Color classification: # eb0b6c
Opacity: 100%
Shadow Mode: Multiply Multiply
Color classification: # aa624c
Opacity: 49%

Create a new blank layer below and merge both layers to apply embossing.


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Step 32 We go into battle again. Standing on a previously created layer, go to Window – Actions (Window – Actions) and press the button Create a new action (Create a New Action). Click OK on the small action dialog box and duplicate the layer. Switch to mode Free transformation (Free Transform), while holding the Shift key, press the right arrow button three times and the up arrow button once and rotate the duplicated layer with the ellipse 8.3 degrees (8.3 degrees enter in the rotation panel in the settings panel).

Step 33 At this stage we will continue the conversion. Switch to mode Transformation – Warp (Transform – Warp) and slightly bend the ellipse. Press Enter to complete the transformation.

Step 34 Go to menu Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments -Hue / Saturation) (Ctrl + U) and change only Color tone (Hue) to +7. Click OK to close and apply Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).


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Step 35 To perform this action, click Stop playback / recording and click Reproduction (Play) nineteen times. When everything is ready, you should have a form resembling the form in the screenshot. Select and merge all these layers.

Step 36 This step is optional. I just used Edit – Free Transform (Edit – Free Transform) and Edit – Transform – Warp (Transform – Warp) to slightly cut and compress this feathery sheet shape.

Step 37. Duplicate the previously created sheet and apply Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal). Arrange the two shapes with each other and merge the layers. Duplicate this new layer, apply Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical) and align the edges of the form with the previous one. Drain these layers again.

Step 38 Switch to mode Free transformation (Free Transform), reduce the sheet created in the previous step, name the layer “Left sheet” and place it below all the layers in the “Plants” group. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 39. Grab your favorite highlighter tool to highlight the knob on a dark wooden mallet. Use Free transformation (Free Transform) to narrow, lengthen and rotate it. Holding the key Ctrl, click on the layer icon to load the selection and go to Filter – Distortion – Polar coordinates (Filter – Distort – Polar Coordinates), enable From rectangular to polar (Rectangular to Polar) and click OK to close the dialog box. From this form, we will create more leaves on the upper left side of the canvas.

Step 40. Duplicate the previously created layer seven times and apply the transform to duplicates. I used Edit – Free Transform (Edit – Free Transform) to resize the shapes and Edit – Transformation – Warp (Warp) to twist one of them. When everything is ready, select the layers, right-click on them and select Merge layers (Merge Layers). Name the layer “Brown Leaves” and place it in the “Plants” group above the layer with the right upper stem.
Change layer blending mode to Glow (Luminosity). Duplicate the “Brown Leaves” layer and change the layer blending mode to Light replacement (Lighter Color).

Step 41 Once again, using Free transformation (Free Transform) and Deformation (Warp), change the hammers, and add thinner and curvaceous stems. Add two small stems in the upper right side of the canvas. Reduce the opacity of both layers to 75% and change the blending mode to Glow (Luminosity). Name these two layers “Right upper stem 1” (place in the lower part of the “Plants” group) and “Right upper stem 2” (place in the upper part of the “Plants” group).
Add also the stems and leaves to the plant that we made in step 30 (“Plant 1 copy” layer). Name the layers “Small stem of the plant” and “Small leaf of the plant” respectively, place them below the layer “Plant 1 copy” and change the blending mode to Glow (Luminosity).

Add a longer stem from the bottom left corner of the canvas to the foliage on the “Left leaf” layer. Name this layer “Pink Stem” (when we change the blending mode, it will turn pink) and place it below the “Plant 1” layer. Change the blending mode to Replacing dark (Darken).
We will add the last two stems to the lower left side of the canvas. Name them “Left Lower Stem 1” (position below the “Pink Stem” layer) and “Left Lower Stem 2” (position above the “Pink Stem” layer). Change the blending mode of both layers to Difference (Difference).

Step 42 Create a new layer above the Plants group and name it “Cloud Filter 1”. Set foreground color # e3ebba and background color 29504f. Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee) and create a small selection (about 1/6 of the size of the canvas). Go to Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds). The effect of the filter will be displayed in the selected area. Click Ctrl + D, to deselect and go to Edit – Free Transform. Zoom into this small rectangle filled with clouds to cover the entire canvas and click Enter, to apply the transformation.

Step 43 Change the blending mode for the “Filter Cloud 1” layer to Hard light (Hard Light) and opacity at 60%. Your result should look like this:

Step 44. Now it’s time to slightly adjust the background brightness and increase its contrast. Go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast (Layer – New Adjustments Layer – Brightness and Contrast) and move the slider Brightness (Brightness) to 13 and The contrast (Contrast) to 66.

See the continuation of the lesson here.

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