Tutorial By: Rob Fouquet.
How - To make a seemingly 3 dimensional bug.
note* For this intermediate tutorial I will be using Photoshop CS
- basic knowledge of tools and toolbox.
- have some knowledge of layer creation. layering and how to order layers.
- blending options.
Make Sure of a few things, such as your navigator window is open, as well as your layers window,
if not simply select Window, then find Navigator in the list, and select it. do the same for the
Layers window, or simply hit F7. After those windows are open, proceed to step 2.
File > New > Document Size 500pixels by 500pixels Background color F4F4F4,
after you have set the BG to F4F4F4 make a new layer.
select your ellipse tool.
after you have selected your ellipse tool, draw an oval similar to the following. then continue to step 4.
|note* color does not matter, as we will be changing this through blending options.|
now right click on the layer you made the oval and select Blending Options like the following picture
after you click that a new window will pop up. that looks like this.
check the Drop Shadow option on the left side and input these settings.
after you have set those move on and then check the Inner Shadow option and input these settings.
after you have finished up with these settings, then check the Gradient Overlay Option and input these settings.
for the Gradient Colors, click on the colored part next to the word "Gradient" and a
new window will pop up that looks like this.
to change the colors of the gradient you just have to click on the bottom slider tab, at either end, then below
the bar is a section called "Stops" some options on it will become available, click the one that says color
and use E90000 for the Foreground or Left End and use AC0000 for the Background, or Right Color.
after you have set those values, and the gradient looks like the above sample, type in a name for it,
and click the New Button, it will save the gradient for future use. now move on to step 5.
and draw a T on the bugs back like this. make sure it goes off the sides a bit, so you have some room to rearrange if needed.
now, after you get it just how you want it... hold CTRL and click on the layer with the ellipse. and it should select
the oval, now do CTRL + SHIFT + i and it will select the inverse. now make sure you are on the layer with the
lines drawn on it.. and hit backspace. and it will delete the unwanted lines. now proceed to step 6
now that you have the bugs shape down,make another layer on top of all of the current layers. then make some
small circles on the bugs back, with the elliptical marquee tool . just on 1 side of the line. like this.
now duplicate the layer by right clicking on the layer and selecting duplicate layer. a window will pop up, just hit
enter. then do Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal
after you do that you will end up with something like this...
now, grab your Move Tool by hitting V and hold down Shift as you Drag the dots to the other side of the line so
you were to get something like this. then proceed to step 7
**holding down shift will keep it from straying to far up or down, it holds it inline.**
now, make a new layer below everything except your background layer like this.
and get your elliptical marquee tool again and draw an oval behind the bug body and fill it black
so it were to look like this.
after you have drawn the ellipse add some Drop Shadow to it by right clicking the layer and selecting
blending options. use these settings. after you add those settings move to the next step. 8.
now we are going to create the shine on the lady bugs back. so lets make a new layer in front of all of the
current layers we have. so click the top most layer then hit the add new layer button and it will create it
where it needs to be... now set your Foreground color as White #FFFFFF. then use your ellipse tool,
and make a selection similar to this.
now while the ellipse is still selected... grab your gradient tool, and use the Foreground to Transparent
now while holding shift click about an inch above the selection, and in the middle, then click and drag
down, to about a half of an inch to the bottom of the selection, you should get something like this.
after you have done this proceed to step 9.
Make a new layer below the shine. now, we are going to make the head. so grab your Rectangular
Marquee, and make a large black box on the top of the T, keep in mind it's ok if it goes off the
sides we can always select inverse to delete what we don't need, after you do that... you should
end up with something like this... notice layer order.
now, CTRL + Click the bug body layer then Shift + CTRL + i, make sure you are on the large box layer and
hit backspace. and you should get something like this. after you have done this proceed to step 10.
now it's time to make the legs eyes, and feelers. lets start by making a new layer, below the bug body.
now continuing with the legs and feelers. grab your line tool again, but this time make sure it's a 3 px
line instead of a 1 pixel line. and draw out some legs like the following.
after you have done that... duplicate the layer, and again do Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal, hold
shift and drag them to the other side. so they are pretty symmetrical.
after you do that you will have this. or at least something like it.
after you do that, we are going to link then merge the 2 leg layers, by selecting 1 layer. then click the
box to the right of the eye, on the other leg layer and hit CTRL+E
** When you click in the little box right of the eye you will see a little chain link **
now we are going to add a little drop shadow to the legs. by again right clicking on the legs layer,
and clicking blending options. and checking drop shadow, use these settings.
after you finish adding the shadow, continue to step 11.
now it's time to draw the eyes and feelers, so firstly lets make a new layer above the legs layer, for our feelers.
after you have done that draw something similer to this... use a 1-3 px brush doesn't matter because we will
be making it smaller with the free transform tool.
no click edit > free transform and hold shift and make it slightly smaller like this.
** Note if your free transform option is unavailable, hit V to select your Move Tool, and then go back to
Edit>Free Transform and Continue. **
now we are going to be mirroring the feeler just like we did with the dots, and just like we did with the legs,
Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. then merge the layers, just like before. after you do that move onto step 12.
it's time for the final step, the eyes!
to make the eyes, make a new layer on the very top, then make a very small circle with the elliptical
marquee tool . like this. note if you can't see the circle so well, use the navigator to zoom in like i have.
after you have done this, make your foreground color white, and select the foreground to transparent gradient,
and do something like this.
then, duplicate the layer, then Just hold shift and drag it to the other side, and you are done!
here is my final result!