Egg-cellent Element – Part Two

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowIn Part One of the Egg-cellent Element tip, I showed you a quick and easy way to create a custom egg shape in Photoshop by using the Marquee Tools.

This tip will show you a quick way to take any linear object — such as a ribbon or stitches — and give it a little “warp.”

It will help give your object a rounded look as it wraps around your egg.

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Step 1: Open Egg Template

  • Open (File > Open) the PSD Egg template that you made in the previous Tip of the Week.
  • Save As (File > Save As). Now you are working in a new, identical version of the original egg file. (You may want to make more than one decorated egg, and this way, the original file will always be there to go back to.)

Step 2: Add Background Paper

  • Open a background paper and use the Move tool to drag it onto the egg template.
  • Make sure the paper covers the egg shape completely.
  • Choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask to clip (group) the paper to the egg shape.

Step 3: Add an Arced Ribbon

Adding a straight ribbon would look okay. However, adding an arced ribbon will give the look of the ribbon actually being wrapped around something round.

  • Open a ribbon and drag it onto the template.
  • Choose Image > Rotate > Layer 90 Left.
  • Choose Filter > Distort > Shear.
    • Click Defaults to reset the filter — it has a sticky memory.
    • Choose the Wrap Around radio button.
    • Click in the very center of the grid to place a point. See second image below.
    • Click on the point and drag it slightly to the left to warp the ribbon. See third image below.
    • Click OK.

  • The ribbon should now resemble the third of the egg images below.
  • Choose Image > Rotate > Layer 90 Left.
  • Use the Move tool to reposition the ribbon as shown in the fourth egg image below.

  • Clip (group) the ribbon layer to the egg layer as before.

Step 4: Wrap the Ribbon

  • Get the Burn tool. It is nested with the Dodge and Sponge tools.
  • Open the Brush Picker and choose a small soft brush. I chose Soft Mechanical 35 pixels.
  • Make sure the Exposure is set to around 50%.

  • Zoom into one of the ends of the ribbon.
  • Click and drag over the end once or twice as shown in the image below.
    Less is more in this case, so try not to overdo it.

  • Zoom back out by pressing Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) and then repeat with the other end of the ribbon.
  • Add a drop shadow to the ribbon layer.

Step 5: Finish Decorating

  • Repeat to add additional ribbons and straight elements. (Make sure to always clip them to the egg shape.)
  • Add elements that will not be clipped to the shape.

Step 6: Save Your Creation

  • In the Layers panel, turn off the visibility of the white background layer by clicking on the ‘eye’ icon.
    You should now see transparent pixels behind your decorated egg.
  • Activate the top-most layer in the Layers panel.
  • Press Ctrl Alt Shift E (Mac: Cmd Opt Shift E) to get a merged copy of all the visible layers in the Layers panel.
  • Save the document as a PSD file.
  • Drag the merged layer to your scrapbook page.

Credits
Tip of the Week – by Jen White
Kit – Project 365/4 Seasons by Micheline Martin
Software – Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0

Download a PDF version of this “Egg-cellent Element — Part 2” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Open Egg Template

  • Open (File > Open) the PSD Egg template that you made in the previous Tip of the Week.
  • Save As (File > Save As). Now you are working in a new, identical version of the original egg file. (You may want to make more than one decorated egg, and this way, the original file will always be there to go back to.)

Step 2: Add Background Paper

  • Open a background paper and use the Move tool to drag it onto the egg template.
  • Make sure the paper covers the egg shape completely.
  • Choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask to clip (group) the paper to the egg shape.

Step 3: Add an Arced Ribbon

  • Open a ribbon and drag it onto the template.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transformation options.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Warp mode icon as shown in the image below.

  • Click on the Warp drop down menu and choose Arc. The ribbon should resemble the second egg image below.
  • Enter -25% for the Bend value. The ribbon should now resemble the third egg image below.
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

  • Clip (group) the ribbon layer to the egg layer as before.

Step 4: Wrap the Ribbon

  • Get the Burn tool. It is nested with the Dodge and Sponge tools.
  • Open the Brush Picker and choose a small soft brush. I chose Soft Mechanical 35 pixels.
  • Make sure the Exposure is set to around 50%.

  • Zoom into one of the ends of the ribbon.
  • Click and drag over the end once or twice as shown in the image below.
    Less is more in this case, so try not to overdo it.

  • Zoom back out by pressing Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) and then repeat with the other end of the ribbon.
  • Add a drop shadow to the ribbon layer.

Step 5: Finish Decorating

  • Repeat to add additional ribbons and straight elements. (Make sure to always clip them to the egg shape.)
  • Add elements that will not be clipped to the shape.

Step 6: Save Your Creation

  • In the Layers panel, turn off the visibility of the white background layer by clicking on the ‘eye’ icon.
    You should now see transparent pixels behind your decorated egg.
  • Activate the top-most layer in the Layers panel.
  • Press Ctrl Alt Shift E (Mac: Cmd Opt Shift E) to get a merged copy of all the visible layers in the Layers panel.
  • Save the document as a PSD file.
  • Drag the merged layer to your scrapbook page.

Credits
Tip of the Week – by Jen White
Kit – Project 365/4 Seasons by Micheline Martin
Software – Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Egg-cellent Element — Part 2” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.