Drawing candles in Photoshop – Part 2

This is part 2 of the lesson.

In the first part, we made the background, the basic forms of a candle, a flame, and some lighting details.
In this part, the cake will be added, more lighting effects, and the application of simple actions to achieve the final result.


Step 16

Open the cake image, then select the tool. Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso). In the parameters panel, set the Width (Width) to 10, Contrast (Contrast) 10%, and Frequency (Frequency) to 57.

Click anywhere on the cake, and then drag the selection, staying as close as possible to the shape you chose. Also, try not to move very quickly so that the points are added as clearly as possible.

You can click the mouse button once to add a point where required, if it is not automatically added, and then continue dragging.

You can also press Backspace, to get rid of unwanted points, one at a time.

Now we need to remove the candles and the white parts. When you return to the starting point, the tool will have a small circle next to it, if you click the mouse button, a selection will be created.

When the selection is created, move Selection-> Refine edge (Select-> Refine Edge).

A small window will open where you can improve the selection. Select the On Black view. Change the Radius (Radius) to 1.5, Smooth (Smooth) by 5 and, Shift Edge to – 50. Then click the OK button.

Move on Editing-> To copy (Edit-> Copy) and then open the document with the candles.

Step 17

Move on Editing-> Insert (Edit-> Paste) and then place the cake below the “Candles” group.

Move on Editing-> Free transform (Edit -> Free Transform (Ctrl + T), then change the size of the cake. You can press and hold the Shift key so that the image changes proportionally.

When you achieve a suitable result, click Enter, to accept changes and exit mode Free transformation (Free Transform).

Next, we are going to customize the colors of the cake. So let’s go to Picture-> Correction->Selective color correction (Image-> Adjustments-> Selective Color).

Select Red (Reds) color, then change the value of Black (Black value) to 5.

Do the same for Neutrals.

And for Blacks, then click OK.

Move on Picture-> Correction-> Color balance (Image-> Adjustments-> Color Balance). Make sure the Midtones option is selected, then change the Color Levels (Color Levels) to 30, -6, -20.

Step 18

Duplicate the cake layer (Ctrl + J), then make it invisible by clicking on the eye icon next to it. This will keep the original image, we need it later.

Activate the tool Blur (Blur Tool), select a soft round Brush (Brush), set the Strength to 50% in the parameters panel. Reduce the brush size to around 35 px. Just go brush on the border of the cake.

Duplicate the layer with the cake again (Ctrl + J), then move the copy on top of the Candles group.

Click on the icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers palette to add a mask.

Take the tool Brush (Brush), and select a hard round brush. Set the foreground color to black, and then start drawing on unnecessary parts of the cake in order to remove them.

If you have removed something extra, set the foreground color to white, and then draw them back. This is what the layer mask is for.

Just always make sure to click on the layer mask before erasing or drawing back any details.

After you’ve done the removal of unwanted parts, click on the layer thumbnail. Then, activate the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool), select a soft round Brush (Brush) 3px, set the Range (Range) – Shadows (Shadows), and Exposure (Exposure) to 100%.

Swipe tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool) around the edges of the cake to make them a little brighter. Do not follow the same part more than once to avoid any additional bright or orange lines.

Step 19

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the “Candles” layer to create a selection.

Take the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), set the foreground color to # f8e2c3, set the gradient from foreground to transparent, and click the icon Linear gradient (Linear Gradient).

Create a new layer on top of the Candles Copy layer and name it Gradient. Click and drag the cursor upwards so that the lighting is diagonally from left to right.

Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) of the “Gradient Light” layer on Overlap (Overlay), and its Opacity (Opacity) up to 65%. Then press (Ctrl + D) to get rid of the selection.

Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the “Candle Shape” layer to create a selection. Set the foreground color to # 998675. Create a new layer on top of the “White dots” layer and name it “Grunge” and then change it Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply).

Use one of the Grunge brushes (you can download them at the beginning of the lesson) to add a subtle effect at the foot of the candle.

By this we will cover the base with very thin chocolate traces.

Create another layer under the “Light 1” layer, call it “Gradient Shadow”, and change it Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply).

We use the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) with the previous settings, but change the foreground color to # c8bbac. Then click and drag the cursor from the bottom point and almost to the end of the top selection point.

This will add even more shadow. Press the key combination (Ctrl + D) to remove the selection.

Step 20

Double-click on the original cake layer to add Layer styles (Layer Style):

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Change the color to # 5e2811, Opacity (100%), and Offset (Distance) 0.

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay): Change the Blend Mode (Blend Mode) to Multiply (Multiply), choose a black to white gradient, and change the Scale to 150%.

Click OK.

Right-click on the original cake layer, select Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style), then right-click on the last copy of the layer, and select Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).

This will make a smooth transition from top to bottom.

Step 21

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) on top of the copy of the cake layer, name it “Cake Shadow”, change it Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply). Choose a tool Brush (Brush) and set the foreground color to # a1a1a1.

Move on Layer-> Create Clipping Mask (Layer-> Create Clipping Mask) so that the changes affect only the layer with the cake. Then, using a soft round, rather large brush, press once to darken some sides of the cake.

Especially emphasize the center of the cake and candles.

Step 22

Click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers palette, and select Color balance (Color Balance).

Select Tone – Middle Tones (Midtones) from the drop down menu, and set the values ​​to 20, -6, -15. Then select Sveta (Highlights), and change the value to -6.

Take a big soft round Brush (Brush), set the foreground color to # fff7e5, create a new layer on top of all layers, name it “Raisin”, change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overlay) and then add some light spots where needed.

Double-click on the copy of the cake layer, and then edit Opacity (Opacity) – Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) up to 60%, or any other value that you think fits better.

This will make the cake a little brighter. We continue to add some improvements where necessary.

Step 23

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) on top of all layers and call it Radial Gradient. Set the foreground color to # a67c52, activate Gradient (Gradient Tool), select fill from foreground to transparent, click on the icon Radial Gradient (Radial Gradient), and check whether the Inverse (Reverse) checkbox is checked in the parameters panel.

Click and drag the gradient from the center of the canvas to one of the corners.

This will be used to darken the corner.

Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) layer “Radial gradient” on Multiplication (Multiply), and Opacity up to 60%.

Step 24

Select all layers except for the “Radial gradient” layer (click on the Background layer, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last layer). Duplicate the selected layers (Crtl + J), then go Layer-> Merge Layers (Layer-> Merge Layers).

Make sure the merged layer is still selected, go Filter-> Convert for Smart Filters (Filter-> Convert for Smart Filters), and click OK.

Let’s go to Filter-> Rendering-> Lighting Effects (Filter -> Render -> Lighting Effects). Select Point from the drop-down menu, and place the center of the light near the flame at the top of the candle (by pressing and moving the point in the center).

Then, change the other values ​​as shown below. You can also try your values.

Mouse over the perimeter of the circle, and when it turns yellow, hold the mouse button down and drag the circle around the perimeter to the inside.

Click OK to check the result.

After we have completed the Transform for smart filters step, you can expand the filter list (by clicking the arrow to the right of the layer), then double-click on the filter name to change its settings if you want.

Move on Filter-> Noise-> Add noise (Filter-> Noise-> Add Noise), and use the settings as in the image below:

Step 25

Let’s create a new document 500 x 500 px, install the action, we will need this file (JJ’s Holiday Special Gift Actions by jaejunggim.atn). If you do not know how to download the action you can see here. Open the Actions panel to go to Window-> Operations (Window-> Actions), find “Precious Memories by jaejunggim”, and click the Play button.

By this we apply the action and place all its layers into the group.

Select a group and then go Layer -> Group Duplicate (Duplicate Group), select the name of the source candle document from the documents in the drop-down menu, then click OK.

Let us return to the original document and make sure that the group is on top of all other layers.

Change Opacity (Opacity) groups up to 45%.

You can then add text as you like, below the gradient layer. The yellowtail font, font size 9 px., And color # c57c55.

Our card is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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