Easter gifts

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Since it’s nearing Easter time, here’s how you can use some Photoshop techniques to paint Easter Eggs.

Start working by creating a new file (File>New) that would have 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi

Next we shall use the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the background of the picture we’ll get in the end.

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Set the next indicated parameters on the layer we work with by making a click on this layer under process on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Using the same instrument, try to represent the next layer belonging to the background too. The layer’s color is #D0B659.

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Next we’ll select the Custom Shape Tool (U) to represent the rays on the picture. Press Alt button while using the Rectangle Tool (U) to erase the unnecessary rays from the top and from the bottom.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Using the Rectangle Tool (U), try to represent the flatness along the upper edge.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Blending Options>Stroke

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Make a copy of the line’s layer and select Free Transform option to situate it on the lowest edge of the rays’ layer. Change also the layer’s parameters:

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Blending Options>Stroke

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Using the Ellipse Tool (U), try to represent the primary layer of the Easter egg. Select then the Convert Point Tool to make the appropriate corrections on the egg’s shape. Its color is #D20100

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Inner Shadow

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Blending Options>Inner Glow

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Make two copies of the last made layer and apply again Free Transform option to place the copies as it is demonstrated next image, setting also different parameters for the new copied layers.

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The parameters for the green egg’s layer are shown below: Blending Options>Inner Shadow

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Blending Options>Inner Glow

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Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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The parameters for the blue Easter egg may be seen below: Blending Options>Inner Shadow

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Blending Options>Inner Glow

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Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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Next we have to find and download out of Internet a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named Floral ornaments. On this stage we’ll create a new layer and apply the mentioned above brushes, situating each layer containing the ornament above the Easter egg’s layer (on the layers’ panel).

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the ornament of white color above the blue egg Placing the ornament’s layer on the egg’s one, pressing CTRL and clicking on the layer itself (on the layers’ panel), we’ll get a kind of marked zone around the egg.

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Don’t move off the marked zone, but press on the ornament’s layer CTRL+SHIFT+I and the DELETE button.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Overlay

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Do the same operation for the ornament reserved for the red egg. The ornament’s color this time is #FFFF00.

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Hold on Alt button and make a mouse click between the ornament’s layers of the red egg and the layer belonging to the red egg itself (on the layers’ panel).

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Use the same method described above for introducing the white ornament on the last green egg.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Overlay

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On the next layer we’ll apply the standard brush for drawing the grass. Its color is #FAF594.

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The layer with the grass should be situated lower than all the layers belonging to the Easter eggs.

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Make a copy of the layer with the grass and select then the Free Transform option to turn over the copy, positioning it above the layers containing the Easter eggs. Choose the Free Transform (warp) solution to change the layer’s perspective.

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Make several copies of the new layer we’ve got and choose again Free Transform option to turn over the copies for representing the nest the eggs will be situated in. This operation needs applying the Burn Tool (O) and the Dodge Tool (O) for darkening out the layers or lighting them too to get a more real effect.

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For getting the best result, it’s necessary to combine in a group all the nest’s layers, placed above the eggs’ layers (press CTRL button to mark out the corresponding layers and then hold on the left mouse’s button to take the marked layers on Create a new group solution). Put together the group’s elements (CTRL+E) and apply the Free Transform option to give the new layer a rounder shape.

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The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

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Take the Ellipse Tool (U) to draw a lot of small white circles.

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Using the same tool, try to make several more circles, colored with #B58B41

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Choose the Pen Tool (P) this time to draw a radial star of white color too.

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The new star’s layer needs to be copied four times and then applying Free Transform solution we need to change the copies’ sizes and their inclination direction.

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Create a new layer for using on it the Brush Tool (B) (Opacity of 20%) of white color to draw the stars’ illumination.

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The Easter picture is finished!

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