Tuesday, December 21, 2010
How to Create Glass for a Snowglobe - Photoshop Tutorial
For this tutorial I'm going to use my Snowglobe Template (for sale in all my stores - listed to the right)
My image is 3600x3600 300 DPI so if your image doesn't match mine you'll need to adjust the settings to suit your image.
Open Your Image
First we'll want to add a highlight on the globe on the layer right above the globe.

Go to your Shapes toolbar and choose the Custom Shapes

Choose the "Raindrop" shape and make sure that your settings are the same as what I show here.
(Make sure to use White as your shape color)

Draw the shape out so that it's about 1/4 the size of the globe.

While holding down the CTRL key hit the T (Transform).
Do a right mouse click over the top of the new shape and choose "Rotate 90 Clockwise"
Hit Enter.

Do another CTRL+T, this time choose the Warp tool (see arrow on above image).

From the drop down list choose "Arc" Leave the settings as Photoshop has them. Hit Enter.

Do the CTRL+T and Rotate your highlight around until it looks like I have mine.

At the top of your menu you should see a menu tab that says "Filter"
Click on this and from the dropdown menu choose "Blur" and then "Gaussian Blur"

This menu will appear. Just click OK.

Add a blur to your highlight until it looks like mine.
I have used a Radius of 28.0

Rename your Highlight layer to Globe Highlight (1).
Choose "Soft Light" from your Blend Modes (2)
and lower the opacity to 38% (3).
(Or until your highlight barely shows)

Now go back to your Globe layer (1)
and lower the Fill to 0 (2).
You'll notice that your globe disappears. (3)
That's ok, it will be back in the next couple of steps.

Now double click on your Globe Layer Thumbnail to bring up the Blending Options.

First go to "Inner Shadow" and choose Black as your color. Use the same basic settings I have here (depending on the size of your image).
I have the Opacity at 75%
Angle at 120
Use Global Light
Distance at 5
Choke at 0
Size at 250.

Now go to the Inner Glow and change the Blend Mode to "Multiply" Make your color Black and use the settings I have.
Opacity 45%
Noise 0
Technique: Precise
Source: Edge
Choke 0
Size 250

That's it...
Here's the final image on a colored background.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at justcreations@ymail.com
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Adding Realistic Color to Cheeks - Photoshop Tutorial

Go to the layer you want to add cheeks to.
 Here I want to add them to my Nutcrackers Face on my Nutcracker Template (on sale in my stores)
so I've clicked on my Head layer (I don't want the cheeks to go over the eyes, nose or Mustache so I've chosen the layer beneath all of these.

Using your eyedropper (1) choose a color you want for the cheek.
Here I've chosen dc6767

Now choose your "Ellipse Tool" from the Custom Shapes tools.

Draw a circle on his cheek. (It doesn't matter how perfect the circle is since we're going to blur it out.

I renamed my layer to "Cheek" (because I always have many layers in my templates and I want to keep them straight)

Go to the top and choose "Filter" and then "Blur" and then "Gaussian Blur"
(My screen snapshot won't pick up the menus for some reason, sorry)

Choose a Radius that blurs out your image like mine.
Here I've used 50.5 (My image is 3600x3600 so you'll need to adjust this according to the size of your image)

Now Highlight your "Cheek" layer (1) and while holding the CTRL key click on the layer that you want the cheek color to stay on. For me it's the Head (2).
You should now see the marching ants around the layer you want the cheek color to stay on (3)

Go to your top menu and choose "Select" and then "Inverse"
Now while holding down the CTRL key hit "X" (CTRL+X). This will cut all of the cheek that is outside of the head. (If it says "Can't complete because of a computer error" don't worry, that just means that there isn't any of the cheek color that has spilled outside the head layer)

Now go to your Blend Options and choose Hard Light from the drop down menu
(You can play around with the different blend options for various effects)

Here is my final image.
(I also lowered the Opacity in the Layers Pallet to about 75%)
If you have any questions or comments please email me at justcreations@ymail.com

Thursday, December 16, 2010
For this tutorial I'm using my "Door Handle" template which can be found in my stores.
The image is 300 DPI and the size is 428x989
If your image is different them mine you'll need to adjust the settings I have to suit your image.

First open the image you're working on.
Draw out yourbasic shape of your Keyhole (1)
Rename your Layer to Key Hole (2)

Make sure your Key Hole layer is active in the Layers Pallete (1)
Go to your Fill and lower this to 0 (2)
You'll notice that the Key Hole has disappeared (3).
We wanted this to happen. It will be back after the next couple steps.

Double click on your Key Hole layer to bring up the Blend Options.
Go to your Bevel & Emboss tab and use the settings I have.
Stye: Emboss
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100
Direction: Down
Size: 5
Soften: 0

Angle 120
Altitude 30
(Check Use Global Light)
Highlight Mode: Screen (Use a lighter color then the color of the image that the Keyhole is on top of)
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply (I used black but you can use a shade that's darker then the image the keyhole is on top of)
Opacity: 75%

Now go to the Inner Glow Tab.
Change the Blend Mode to Multiply.
Put the Opacity at 75%
Leave the Noise at 0
Make sure that it says "Softer" for the Technique and "Outer" for the Source.
Put the size at 40.
I am using black for the color but you can use a shade that's darker then the image the keyhole will be on top of.

Now go to the Inner Shadow tab and use the settings I have.
Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 75
Angle 120
(Check the Use Global Light)
Distance 14
(Do not use choke)
Size 16

Here is the final image.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Start with a new image.
My image is 3600x3600 300 DPI.
Choose the color of your heart. I've chosen 8e0202

Go to your Custom Shape tool and choose the "Custom Shape Tool"

Make sure your settings are like mine. (If you don't do these, when you use the Warp tool you'll find that the edges become blurry very quickly, but leaving these settings will allow you to warp and play around as much as you like without blurring the edges).
I'm using the "Raindrop Custom Shape"

Draw out the shape as I have here.

We want to flip this shape now.
A quick way to do this is to do a CTRL+T (Transform shortcut).
Do a right mouse click over the shape and choose "Flip Vertical" from the menu and hit Enter.

Do another CTRL+T and this time choose "Warp" from the menu.

Pull the handles around until you get a shape that is fairly close to this.
It takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hand of this you'll love the warp too.

Once you have the shape you like you'll want to duplicate that layer. You can highlight the layer you're on and do a right mouse click and choose "Duplicate Layer" or you can use the shortcut key which is CTRL+J.

Now we want to filp this duplicated layer so it's opposite of our original shape.
Do a CTRL+T and choose "Flip Horizontal" from the menu. Hit Enter.

Zoom in at 100% on your image and make sure that the bottom points match up.

Your heart shape is now complete. Hightlight both the shapes in the Layers Pallet and do a CTRL+E (Merge)

Now to add the highlight. Going back to your Custom Shape tool, use the same settings we did in the earlier step, but this time make sure that your color is white.

Draw your shape out like I have here.

We need to flip the shape sideways. Do a CTRL+T and then do a right mouse click over the new shape. Choose "Rotate 90 CW" and hit Enter.

Now do another CTRL+T and choose the settings above. The first is the Warp setting and the second is the Arc from the drop down menu. Use the settings in the Arc that Photoshop has preset.

Move the highlight into the corner as I've done here.

It's a good idea to rename your layers. (Well, it is for me) :)
Now highlight  the "Highlight" layer in the layers Pallet

Go to the Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur (It will ask you if you want to Rasterize your layer, say yes)

Choose the amount of blur you want to give your highlight. I have mine 24 because of the size of my image. Adjust yours according to your image. Just make sure that it has about the same amount of blur that mine does in the example above.

Now you can go the Opacity and change that to about 75%.

Now we'll add some shading. Double click on the Heart Layer to bring up the Blending Options.

Go to the "Inner Shadow" tab and choose a color that is a little darker shade then the heart.
If your image is as large as mine, use the settings I have here. If it's smaller, adjust so it looks about the same.

Now do the same thing with the "Inner Glow" except, change the "Blend Mode" to "Multiply".

Here is the final result of my heart with the highlight.

Here I've shrunken the highlight a bit.

If you have any questions or suggestions please email me at justcreations@ymail.com

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