How to Create a Silky Ribbon in Photoshop

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How to Create a Silky Ribbon in Photoshop
Draw your own silky ribbon in Photoshop. (ribbon image by dana nicolescu from

Whether you're bragging on your website about a first-place finish, offering congratulations or demonstrating your support for a charity, you can create a ribbon in Photoshop. Photoshop is a graphics program available in the Adobe Creative Suite that allows you to draw ribbons and add custom textures such as a silky look to your artwork. With just a few minutes' time, you'll be creating silky-looking ribbons in Photoshop.

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  • Adobe Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and click "File," then "New." Name the file "MyRibbon" and set your desired dimensions, such as 5 inches wide by inches high. Pull down the "Mode," select "RGB Color" and click the "Transparent" button under the "Contents" section. Click "OK."

  2. 2

    Click the "Paintbrush" tool on the "Tools" palette on the left side of the screen, then pull down the "Brush" menu at the top of the screen and select a solid round brush head such as #13.

  3. 3

    Double-click the top left box in the "Color Picker" on the "Tools" palette, which is the two overlapping coloured squares. Select a paint colour for the ribbon, then click "OK." Hover your cursor over the "MyRibbon" box and notice it changes to a hollow, round brush head. Draw the outline of the ribbon on the box

  4. 4

    Click the "Paint Bucket" tool on the "Tools" palette, then click inside the ribbon outline to fill it with colour.

  5. 5

    Double-click the Layer 1 layer on the "Layers" palette on the right side of the screen to open the "Layer Style" window. Check the "Satin" box. (Optional) Check the "Inner Shadow" box to give your ribbon a 3-D appearance as if it is lifted off the page. Click the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Pull down the "Image" menu and select "Adjust," then "Brightness/Contrast." Move the "Brightness" slider bar to the right to increase the shine and silk look of the ribbon, then click "OK."

  7. 7

    Pull down the "File" menu and select "Save As." Choose a destination for the ribbon on your computer and select "GIF" from the "Format" drop-down menu, which allows you to save the ribbon with a transparent background.

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