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In this Photoshop Tutorial i will show you how to use pen tool, gradient, transform tool and brush to create a very lovely 3D like butterfly.

By pureromance88, on March 05, 2011, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

In this Photoshop Tutorial i will show you how to use pen tool, gradient, transform tool and brush to create a very lovely 3D like butterfly.

 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
 

Step 1:

 

Create a new document (1280x1024) and fill it with white.

Choose Pen tool to create a shape:

 

Hit Ctrl+Enter to make selection then choose Radiant Gradient:

 

Drag a line from top to bottom:

 

We get the shape of under wing.

 
 

Step 2:

 

Make a new layer, create a new shape again:

 

Choose Linear Gradient

 

Drag from bottom to top:

 

Lower Opacity to 50%, then add Layer Mask to erase selected part we get:

 
 

Step 3:

 

New layer, use Pen Tool to draw some paths on under wing.

Stroke them with hard brush 3 px, color ffadd6

 

Setthis layer to Soft Light 50%.

 
 

Step 4:

 

Create a new layer, use hard white brush, 32 and 12 px to create spots at the lower end of the wing:

 
 

Step 5:

 

New layer again, continue with Pen Tool to make the upper wing. Make a shape, create selection then apply Linear Gradient:

 
 

Drag a line from left to right:

 
 
 

Step 6:

 

New layer, continue using Pen Tool to create a shape again:

 

Make selection, apply Linear Gradient then Lower Opacity to 80%. Choose Gaussian Blur with 0.3 px. Add Layer Mask, use Soft Black Brush to erase selected part:

 
 
 

Step 7:

 

New layer, use Pen Tool to make a shape on upper wing, then hit Ctrl+Enter to make selection, fill it with Linear Gradient with settings like step 6, then Lower Opacity to 40%:

 
 
 

Step 8:

 

New layer, create a shape, make selection and fill it with Linear Gradient with settings like step 6 again:

 

Lower Opacity to 60%:

 

Add Layer Mask to erase selected part:

 
 

Step 9:

 

New layer, make a shape and selection like the pic below:

 

Fill it with white and Opacity 20%:

 
 

Step 10:

 

Create a new layer, make a selection:

 

Fill it with color fac7f5, Opacity 20%. Add Layer Mask to eraser its bottom:

 
 

Step 11:

 

New layer, use Soft White Brush, Opacity 60% to paint on the shape in step 9.

 
 

Step 12:

 

New layer, use Soft Brush, color fee0f7, 270 px to paint on upper wing:

 
 
 

Step 13:

 

New layer, use Soft Brush, color f686d3, opacity 40% to paint on selected part:

 
 

Step 14:

 

New layer, create some paths:

 

Stroke them with Hard Brush 3 px, color 9e0450, then set it to Soft Light 80%:

 
 

Step 15:

 

New layer, use hard brush 18 px, color 9e0450 to paint on upper wing, set to Color Burn 100%:

 
 
 

Step 16:

 

New layer, use Hard White Brush, 12 and 18 px to paint on upper wing, lower Opacity to 80%:

 
 

Step 17:

 

Click to choose all wing part layers. Press Ctrl+G to make group for them. Right click it, choose Duplicate Group. apply Flip Horizontal we have:

 
 

Step 18:

 

Now we will make butterfly head. New layer, draw a circle between two wings by Elliptical Marquee Tool, then apply Radiant Gradient:

 
 
 

Step 19:

 

New layer, use Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a circle, then apply Radiant Gradient:

 

Duplicate this layer, apply Flip Horizontal, move it to another side of the head. We get butterfly eyes:

 
 

Step 20:

 

Create a new layer, make a path like smilling mouth shape, then stroke it with Hard Brush, color 71085a:

 
 

Step 21:

 

Create a new layer, use Soft Brush, color 71085a to paint to make "cheeks", set it to Soft Light 100%:

 
 

Step 22:

 

To make her antena, create new layer again with a shape:

 

Stroke it with Hard Brush 3 px, color 71085a then place this layer under head layer:

 

Duplicate it and use Flip Horizontal, move it to other side:

 
 

Step 23:

 

New layer, use Hard Brush, color 71085a to make club of antena:

 
 

Step 24:

 

New layer, place it under head layer. Make a selection like the pic below:

 

Fill it with Radiant Gradient like step 19.

We have her neck:

 
 

Step 25:

 

New layer, use Soft Brush, color 71085a to make head shadow :

 
 

Step 26:

 

New layer and place it under neck layer. Make a shape of body then fill it with color fd6fdd:

 
 

Step 27:

 

New layer and set in under neck layer. Use Soft Brush, color 71085a to make neck shadow:

 
 

Step 28:

 

New layer, use Soft White Brush to paint on body top:

 
 

Step 29:

 

New layer, use Soft Brush, color c814a1 to paint along butterfly body, set to Soft Light 100%. This step is to create 3D effect:

 
 

Step 30:

 

New layer, set it under body layers. Use Soft Brush, color 71085a, Opacity 40% to create body shadows that reflect on wings:

 
 

Step 31:

 

Create a new selective color:

Reds: -79, 40, 0, 0

Magentas: -63, -12, 20, 0

Whites: 0, 0, 0, 30

 

Then click to choose all butterfly part layers, press Ctrl+T to transform it.

 
 

Final Result: