In this lesson you will learn how to create realistic pasta, noodles, or spaghetti using Mixer Brush Tool (Mix brush). This rather simple way can help you create various effects of pipes, tubes, laces, ropes without using 3D.
Create a new document in Photoshop size 3300h2200 px, Resolution (Resolution) 300 pixels / in. Some of the layer style effects and the thickness of the “spaghetti” depend on the size and resolution of the PS document.
Create with the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) a few laps. First, draw them each on a separate layer.
The diameter of each circle is about 30 px. You can use different small sizes to create a more natural effect.
Apply a layer style to each circle. GradientOverlay (Gradient Overlay). Using the mouse, try moving the gradient above the circles to move the bright area of the gradient closer to the edges of the circles.
Then combine the circles. You can also download the shape of circles by clicking the link at the beginning of the lesson.
Select MixerBrushTool (Mix brush) with settings: Dry, Heavy Load (Dry, a lot of paint), Wet (Humidity) 0%, Load (Filling) 100%, use the same size as the size of the entire shape of the circles. In the lesson used size 80 px. Do not put a tick on Sample all layers (All layers).
Hold Alt and click above the circle shape to select it as a brush shape.
Select Type tool ( Text) and enter the text on the new layer. In the lesson, I used the Learning Curve font.
Create a new empty layer above the text layer.
Create with PenTool (Pen) one contour. Try to repeat the shape of the letters.
Below are shown all points of the contour.
Leave the contour shape active, right-click on the contour and select StrokePath (Run the outline of the contour).
Select MixerBrushTool (Mix brush), do not put a tick Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure), click “OK.”
And here is the result of applying MixerBrushTool (Mix brush). Do not delete the contour, leave it in the palette. Paths (Contours).
Add a new adjustment layer GradientMap (Gradient map) above the spaghetti shape layer and apply a layer style PatternOverlay (Overlay pattern).
The settings for the adjustment layer are shown below. GradientMap (Gradient map):
Apply a pattern to the spaghetti shape. Clouds (Clouds) to create a natural non-uniform texture.
To add a little shine to spaghetti, go back to the shape of the circles.
Duplicate the shape of the circles, fill with black and draw small white spots, they will create shiny / shiny lines above the spaghetti shape.
Select MixerBrushTool (Mix brush) again and try the new image of circles.
Make the circuit active again.
Create a new empty layer above the previous “Spaghetti” layer.
Right click on the contour, select StrokePath (Outline the contour) and MixerBrushTool (Mix brush), as in the previous steps.
Here is the result of applying the second brush:
Add a layer style PatternOverlay (Overlay pattern) to the created layer to add some noise. Apply the pattern FrozenRain (Cold rain).
Combine the textured layer with a new blank layer to reset the layer styles.
Apply blend mode Color dodge (Lightening the basics) to this layer.
Here is the result of all previous actions.
The spaghetti effect is complete, but there are a couple more steps left for the background.
Paste the wood texture below the spaghetti layers.
Add some layer styles to the wood layer.
Insert a plate image and add a layer style. DropShadow (Shadow)
Go back to the spaghetti layers. Select them all (spaghetti layer, adjustment layer GradientMap (Gradient Map) and Glitter layer
Convert the selected layers into a smart object (right click> select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object))
Transform the Spaghetti smart object through the menu. Edit> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform) to place it in the area of the plate.
Add some layer styles — a gradient shadow effect and a Granular pattern (small white dots).
Download Brush Salt and Pepper at the link at the beginning of the lesson and scatter a little salt around.
Install Fill (Fill) 0%, add layer styles to the “Salt” layer.
Add some black pepper using a brush from the same set.
Apply layer styles to your pepper layer.
Insert a drop of ketchup.
Insert the basil leaves. Erase the entire background around the green leaves of the Spaghetti smart object.
Add a layer style DropShadow (Shadow), very similar to DropShadow (Shadow) for spaghetti.
Insert the image of the plug. Place it under the spaghetti, but above the basil leaves.
Duplicate the layer with the fork.
Use the lower copy of the plug to create the shadow. Do not remove the background under this layer, apply only blending mode Multiply (Multiplication).
Leave the top copy of the plug as a normal layer (blending mode Normal (Normal)), but erase the entire background including the shadow.
Group the layers with a fork, add a layer mask to the group.
Select the shape of the leaves (Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the leaves). Then use a black brush to mask the layer in the selected area of the left green leaf. Make sure that part of the plant covers the fork.
And here is the result!