In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful picture with babies pandas, as well as how to create realistic text from bamboo. Brushes, styles, and the shape of the bamboo text will help you to complete this lesson.
Create a new document (Ctrl + N) in Photoshop with the following dimensions: Width (Width) 1200, Height (Height) 696, resolution 72 pixel / inch (pixels / inch). Layer style settings will depend on the size of the document and the shape of the text.
Move the image with the background to our working paper. If the background image size is smaller than the size of your working document, then you can arrange two layers of the background image so that the entire document is completely closed, then merge the two layers with the background, select the area between the two images and then go Editing – Run Fill – Run Fill with Content (Edit> Fill> Content-Aware).
Create a new layer, then add a white spot in the center of the image using a soft brush. Set the settings for the brush, which are shown in the screenshot below:
Select the lower part of the spot, and then remove it to create an edge, as shown in the screenshot below.
In order to create the effect “Text from Bamboo”, you can download my text form (available in the archive). Add a text form to our working paper. Or you can create your own text using the settings below.
Type the text, this form is most suitable for bamboo stalks. Use a large font size for a capital letter. Also between the letters, leave more space.
Next, add an effect to the text. Outer stroke (Outside Stroke), stroke size 5px, so that the text was bold. The stroke color is the same as the text color.
Next, rasterize the text layer (right-click on the text layer and in the window that appears, select the option> Rastrirovat (Rasterize), and then merge the text layer with a new blank layer to get the text with a stroke effect.
Split the text (bamboo stalks) into sections on a separate layer using the tool Line (Line Tool). This layer is temporarily used.
Create a new layer on top of the text layer. Choose a small brush, draw a contour resembling bamboo stalks. Do this with each section of text.
The result should be as in the screenshot below. Once you have created the bamboo stalks, remove the temporary layer with the white lines.
Merge the layer with the contour of the bamboo stalks and the layer with the text. You will get the 1st layer with bamboo text. For this layer, apply layer styles. Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).
Duplicate the 1st layer with the text from bamboo, to duplicate the layer, set the value Fillings (Fill) = 0%, and also apply the following layer styles:
Duplicate the bamboo text layer for the 3rd time. Apply the following layer styles to this duplicate layer. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).
You can download Circuit (Contour) here.
Create a new layer, load the active text selection. To make the bamboo texture uneven, download the Splash Brushes, and then fill the active text area with small patches.
Change the blending mode for a layer with small patches to Multiplication (Multiply), Opacity (Opacity) layer 40%.
Create a new layer. Without removing the active selection from the text, use the same brush, draw new blotches, but this time set the brush color to a light green tint.
Change the blending mode for this layer with small patches to Overlap (Overlay), Opacity (Opacity) layer 70%.
Once again create a new layer, do not remove the active selection from the text. Paint over the sections between the sections of the bamboo stalks with a small brush. These areas between the bamboo sections should not have a smooth or sharp contour. Use any color shade.
Set the value Fillings (Fill) = 0%.
To this layer add layer styles that are shown in the screenshots below.
The result of all previous actions.
Group all the text layers. Duplicate the created group, and then align the group to get the merged layer with the text.
After creating the merged layer, you may have dark spots on the outside of the text. To remove these spots, load the active selection of the original text layer. Next, invert the active selection, and then remove the extra dark spots.
Place each letter of the combined text layer on a separate layer. Using tool Polygonal Lasso ( Polygonal Lasso Tool), select each letter in turn. Select one letter, go Editing – Cut – Paste (on a new layer) (Edit> Cut> Paste).
Once you have arranged all the letters on separate layers, move the letters to each other. Some letters can be superimposed on each other.
Let’s add shadows that create the front letters when stacked on top of each other.
To add a shadow that falls from the letter “O” to the last letter, duplicate the layer with the first letter.
On the duplicate layer with the first letter, right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Create clipping mask (Clipping Mask).
Apply the value to the layer with clipping mask. Fillings (Fill) = 0% and then add layer styles Shadow (Drop Shadow). Repeat the same for the letters “b”, “n”, “m”, “a”, “B”. When overlaying, the front letters must be placed on top of the following letters – the letter “b” above the letter “o”, the letter “m” above the letter “b”, etc …
Open image with bamboo leaves. Move this image to our working paper.
Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range)> click on the white background with the eyedropper.
Next, go Allotment – Inversion(Select> Inverse). With the help of inversion, you get the active selection of bamboo leaves instead of a white background.
Let’s go Selection – Refine Edge (Select> Refine edge) to adjust and smooth the outline of the active selection.
The result should be as in the screenshot below. Using the eraser, hide the lowest part of the stem with bamboo leaves. Adjust the size of the stem with leaves with the tool Free transformation (free transformation), let’s go Editing – Transformation – Free Transformation (Edit> Transform> Free Transformation).
Correct the color of the stem with bamboo leaves, we go Image – Correction – Color Balance (Image> Adjustments> Color Balance).
To create a second stem with bamboo leaves, use the same image, but this time reduce the size of the stem. Additionally, cut the upper part of the stem, further, reflect this part of the stem horizontally, and then shift it to the lower part of the stem.
The result of all previous actions.
I created a simple panda silhouette using a few simple details, as well as 8 shades of gray, white and black.
Sleeping panda on a real photo.
You do not need to draw a panda, you can use any photo with a panda. Simply separate the image of the panda from the background.
To the panda layer, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 3-5px. The background should be transparent.
Download Hair brushes. Choose a tool Finger (Smudge Tool) by setting the brush hair. Set the value Intensity (strength) for the finger tool 70%. Tool movement should go from the inside to the outside edge of the panda image. Try to vary the brush size to find the best option for different parts of the panda image.
After adding the fur, add a few precise details. You can paint the nose using a small brush or simply copy / paste the nose using a photo of a panda or any other animal image with similar anatomy of the nose.
Using tool Oval area (Ellipse Tool), draw panda eyes, and then add the layer styles to the painted eyes by downloading a special layer style for the panda’s eyes at the beginning of this lesson.
Draw small claws using a standard brush of small diameter (2-4px).
Place the pandas on top of the text.
Group all layers except for the background layer and the white spot layer. Duplicate the group layer. Align the layer with the duplicate group. Next, go Editing – Transformation – Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical).
Move the merged layer down to create a reflection. Place this layer below the group with pandas and text, but on top of the layer with the background and white spot.
To the created layer with reflection, add a layer mask. Apply black and white Linear gradient (linear gradient).
Reduce value Opacity (Opacity) up to 30% for a layer with reflection.
Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer mask layer to load the white gradient mask area. Next, go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse Selection) to highlight the bottom of the reflection. Click on the thumbnail of the reflection layer to make it active (so that the main layer is active, not the layer mask).
Apply filter Motion blur (Motion Blur filter) to the selected reflection area.
Duplicate the reflection layer. Change the blending mode for this duplicate layer to Multiplication (Multiply) value Opacity (Opacity) layer 100%. Fill the layer mask of this duplicate layer with a black and white gradient, but only at the very top.
Duplicate previous layer with overlay mode. Multiplication (Multiply), remove the gradient layer mask. To this duplicate layer, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur Filter).
Squeeze this layer vertically, reducing by 50% -60%.
Add layer styles to this layer. Color overlay (color overlay), overlay color is dark green.
Play with Opacity (Opacity) layer to get the most appropriate natural shadow: