Making origami from a dollar bill in photoshop

Origami – a type of arts and crafts; The ancient art of folding paper figurines, animals, flowers and many other elements. And if you ever put money into funny shapes, then you will plunge into nostalgic memories!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an origami dove in Adobe Photoshop using a combination of source images, examples of origami can be found on the Envato Market website.

The final result:

1. Create the Back Background

Create a working document in Photoshop with an equal aspect ratio. I will create a document with the following dimensions 850 x 850 px. Right-click on the background layer and select the option in the window that appears. Options overlay (Blending Options). Apply layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), set the gradient color from white to light gray. # A4a4a4, gradient type Radial (Radial), as well as set other settings for this layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below:

2. Create an Origami Shape

Step 1

Open the original image with origami dove in Photoshop. Copy (Ctrl + C) and then paste (Ctrl + V) the copied origami image onto our working document. Zoom in with the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)). It is very important that you have a ready-made origami image in order to understand how the origami construction looks.

Step 2

Create a new group for individual origami pieces on top of all other layers. Choose a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P)), as well as in the tool’s control panel, set the mode to Layer layer (Shape) with the following settings, which are listed below:

  • Fill color (Fill): White
  • Stroke (Stroke): 1 px, stroke color black

Using tool Pen (Pen Tool (P)), start to circle the origami details over the original pigeon origami image.

Make sure that each selection represents a separate detail of origami. If you use this origami dove, you can break the whole origami design into 8 different shapes.

When you’re done, turn off the visibility of the layer with the original origami dove image so that the background appears with a gradient fill.

3. Add a Dollar Note

Step 1

Feel free to use other banknotes or patterns to create this effect that you like. But for the sake of nostalgic memories, I use a one-dollar bill, like they were put in the good old days when I was a child.

Create a new layer on top of the layer with Figure 1 (Shape 1), right-click on this layer and select the option in the menu that appears. Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask) to the layer with the figure. Repeat the whole process, creating a new layer as a clipping mask for each layer with the shape.

Do not forget to convert each new layer into clipping masks to each layer with the figure.

Step 2

Open source images with dollar bills in Photoshop. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) banknotes on each layer with a clipping mask, it does not matter if it is the front or back side of the banknote. Since layers are converted to clipping masks for layers with shapes, then each note will be visible only within the shape of the layer.

Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), you can turn the banknote and place it in place. Start with the first layer that is attached to the layer with Figure 1 (Shape 1) as a clipping mask.

Continue adding banknotes to each layer attached to the shape layer. Experiment with the location of each banknote inside each piece of the figure, until they are perfectly combined with each other.

Try to understand which side of paper origami can actually be seen, for this you can study real images with origami as reference material or just trust your intuition. When you complete, the pigeon will look like the screenshot below.

4. Strengthening Realism Banknotes

Step 1

To make origami look realistic, we need to add shadows. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), make the following settings for this tool:

  • Gradient (Gradient): Linear (Linear)
  • Gradient colors: from black to transparent
  • Opacity (Opacity): 30%

Create a new layer on top of each layer with a banknote as a clipping mask to the layer with a piece of the shape. Feel free to set the blue color for each layer to distinguish them from the other layers. Name each layer with a shadow Shadow (Shadow).

Now using the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), add shadows to each piece of the figure, paying attention to the original original origami image as a reference. Continue to add shadows to the folds, as well as to the corners, while trying not to overdo it in this Step.

In the screenshot below, you can see the comparison of origami and how the shadows on the layers with banknotes should look, and also how the shadows will look if you temporarily turn off the visibility of layers with banknotes.

Step 2

Next, we turn to the final touches to make origami real! Select all the layers in the layers palette (except for the layer with the background), and then merge them together. Now the image of origami will be on a separate layer.

Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), slightly reduce the scale of origami.

Step 3

Create a new layer below the merged origami layer and using the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)), draw an oval, and then fill it with a dark green tint # 7d8073.

Step 4

Now we go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (Angle) blur 0 degrees, and Bias (Distance) at 155 px. To further blur the circle, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur 7 px. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer with a shadow of up to 28%, to get a beautiful and barely noticeable shadow.

5. Add Final Strokes

Step 1

To complete this effect, let’s add layer styles to enhance realism. Right-click on the layer with origami and in the appeared window select the option Overlay options (Blending Options). Apply the following layer styles Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), Internal glow (Inner Glow), Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay), and Gloss (Satin). Set the settings for these layer styles, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Before and after applying layer styles.

Step 2

Now create two new layers on top of the origami layer, convert these two new layers with clipping masks to the origami layer. Use the first layer to add shadows with the tool. Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), gradient color from black to transparent, gradient type Linear (Linear). Apply a gradient on the left side of origami.

Change the blending mode for the second clipping layer to Soft light (Soft light) and using the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)), paint a soft yellow tint of # fff3c8 around origami to add a light tone.

Create a third layer as a clipping mask over the top of the two light and shadow layers. We have already partially created this effect earlier using the layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow), but you may need to additionally add light highlights manually. Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)), create a thin highlighted line on the edges of the banknote. Fill the selection with a light gray tint to recreate small highlights.

Add delicate light highlights on the edges.

Step 3

Let’s increase the saturation! Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) as a clipping mask for an origami layer. Set the following values ​​for RGB and Blue (Blue) channel:

Step 4

Finally, we add a simple vignette effect. First, create a new layer on top of all other layers, fill it with a dark green tint, which we used earlier # 7d8073. Using tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)), create a circular selection in the center of the image, and then press the (Delete) key to remove the dark green fill inside the selected area. Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur 60 px. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 12% to get a gentle vignette.

Good luck!

Now you can use this world-famous old technique of folding paper figures and create your own modern interpretation! Do not be afraid to apply this technique to various origami shapes, as well as experiment with different color shades and patterns!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to leave your comments, as well as post your work.

The final result:

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