You can easily create a visually appealing image of flour in Adobe Photoshop using a few key tools. Learn to create an image and modify it into exactly the picture you see in your mind. Experiment with different tools to achieve the most realistic aspects. Whether designing for print or for online use, utilise the steps in this article to sift through Photoshop's features, and transform that boring picture into a stunning visual image.
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Use the tool box to select the desired background colour. Type "CTRL" and "N" on a PC or "CMND" and "N" on a Mac to open a new document. In the new document dialogue box, give the document a title. Input the width and height needed for the final image. For online use, input 72 pixels per inch resolution and RGB colour mode. For print use, input 300 pixels per inch and CMYK colour mode. Select background colour as the "Background Contents." Save the document.
Use the "Layers" pallet to add a new layer named "Base." On the base layer, type "D" to return the foreground and background to the default colours of black and white, followed by "X" to reverse them and make white the active colour. Type "L" and use the pullout on the toolbox to select the "Lasso" tool (not the Polygonal Lasso or Magnetic Lasso.) Draw an irregular, ink splotch shape the desired size of your flour image.
Use the "Edit" pull-down menu, or press "SHFT" and "F5" to bring up the "Fill" dialogue panel. Select the foreground colour ("White") and Blending Mode ("Dissolve"). Set opacity at 85%. Add a new layer named "pattern" by clicking the "Create New Layer" button on the "Layers" pallet, and use the fill tool to fill the space with the pattern. Using the flyout menu on the "Fill" dialogue box, load the "Texture 2" pattern swatches and choose "Sparse Fill." Leave "Blending Mode" at "Dissolve," and adjust the "Opacity" to 55%.
Type "CTRL" and "T" on a PC or "CMND" and "T" on a Mac to access the transform tool. Grab the corner of the transform rectangle, and then hold down the "SHIFT" key. Drag the new shape so that it is slightly smaller and fits neatly and evenly inside the border of the first white layer. Make a copy of the "base" layer, and use the layers pallet to drag on top of the "pattern" layer. Use the transform tool again to shrink the copy of the base layer just a bit. Access the "Layers" dialogue panel, and reduce the opacity of the pattern layer to 63%.
Press the "SHFT" key and select the base layer, the pattern layer and the copy of the base layer. Type "CTRL" and "E" on a PC or "Cmnd" and "E" on a Mac to merge the three selected layers. Select the eraser tool, set it to the spatter brush, and work around the shape to make a more realistic flour edge. Use the "f/x" button on the "Layers" pallet to turn on the "Drop Shadow" effect on this layer. Set blend mode to "Multiply" at 27%, with an angle of 120 degrees. Copy this layer by clicking the layer and dragging it onto the new layers button in the layers pallet.
Use the "Transform" tool to shrink your image by about 25%. Copy the image and shrink it. On the third and top layer, open the "f/x" pallet and add a pattern overlay. Use the "Shredded Plastic" pattern at approximately 700% its normal size. Set the blending to "Normal" and the opacity to "27%." This will create realistic looking dimples in the pile of flour. Flatten the document using the flyout menu on the layers pallet, and then click "Save."
Tips and warnings
- When using the eraser tool, position it at the edge of the pile and drag outward. Release and then move to the next spot for a more realistic look.
- Experiment with patterns on the background layer to achieve a certain type of surface for the flour, such as built-in rock patterns that resemble granite, marble or wood countertops.
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