Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Night Flower Tutorial

I had created this art long time ago and due to boredom, I decided to create a tutorial for this piece of art. Hope this can attract more and more people into this blog.

Night flower is a effect in photoshop which use simple technique like polar coordinate and color balance. The result? A flower that glows gracefully only at night.

This tutorial are suitable for beginner to intermediate photoshopper. Although it may be hard for beginner, you may always ask me on some steps that you don't understand.

Let's start. I will use a Web canvas size of 800 px X 600 px.

1) Path out a curve using the pen tool.

2) Create a new layer. Select a size 13 round hard brush. Right click on the canvas with the pen tool selected and choose Stroke Path. Choose brush and tick Simulate Pressure. Click OK.

3) Duplicate your Layer with the stroked path and rotate it. Push it slightly upwards so the intersection is a bit to the top. Merge the layer by pushing CTRL + E or Layer > Merge Layer.

4) Duplicate the layer with 2 stroked path and rotate it again. Push it upward so the intersection meets. Merge to create only a single layer.

5) Now we have a background black layer and a layer with 4 stroked paths. Rename the stroked path layer to Layer 1.

6) Duplicate the Layer 1 and hide it. We will use Layer 1 copy. Apply Polar Coordinate. (Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinate) Rectangular to Polar. Then Rotate 90 degree Clockwise and apply another Polar Coordinate.(You can use the Keyboard Shortcut for previous Filter Applied, Ctrl + F)

7) Duplicate Layer 1. For Layer 1 copy 2, we are going to Flip Horizontal then Apply Polar Coordinate, then flip vertical, and lastly apply Polar Coordinate again.

8) Repeat and we have Layer 1 copy 3. Use Rotate 90 degree counterclockwise and apply Polar Coordinate.

9) Duplicate Layer 1. Use Layer 1 copy 4. Rotate 45 degree clockwise, apply Polar Coordinate, rotate 90 degree clockwise and apply Polar Coordinate.

10) Duplicate Layer 1. Use Layer 1 copy 5. Flip vertical, Polar Coordinate, Rotate 180 degree, and Polar Coordinate.

11) Layer 1 copy 6, Move it to the right and use Polar Coordinate.

2) This are all the layers that we modify from a single layer which is Layer 1.

The main point here is to play with free transform and polar coordinate. There are no strict rules to follow here. So each time the flower comes out will be different.

You only have to duplicate the Layer 1 for 6 copies and apply what you want.

13) Arrange all your layers to meet intersection with intersection. Our flower still look horrible.

14) Rotate your layers one by one to rearrange you flower so it looks nice. Remember to drag the middle point of the transform to the intersection so ease your rotation.

15) Final job. Don't really looks nice. So we need to create another 6 new layers of Polar Corrdinates. But here, we are just going to use this.

16) Merge all the layers of strokes and rename it Layer 1. Make 3 duplicates of the layer.

Apply Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to all the duplicates. Value 3 for Copy, Value 6 for Copy 2 and Value 9 for Copy 3. Keep Layer 1 untouched.

17) Current view. You may ask why not use outer glow for the glowing effect? I will answer, "Well, you may try but I prefer this method".

18) On layer 1 we apply Stroke. 1 Px, Inside, Black Color. (You may choose center if you like)

How to bring out this window? Double click on Layer 1 and tick Stroke.

19) Now listen. Turn off Layer 1. Create a new layer and use Apply Image (Image > Apply Image). Blow this blurred layer to 200 %.

March 1st, 2009 Edit: Quite a number of reader don't know blow. I am sorry for the language, I meant enlarge. Use Ctrl+T to Free Transform and enlarge it to 200% from the Option Bar.

20) Move our blown layer to a suitable position. This layer we are going to use as the blurry effect at the background.

21) Apply Liquify. (Filter > Liquify). Use the Brush value I used.

22) Move the layer again to choose a suitable position. Set this layer's opacity to 10 % only and move this layer to the bottom of Layer 1.

23) This is currently our Layer Palette.

Layer 1 copy 3: The flower layer Gaussian Blurred Value 9
Layer 1 copy 2: The flower layer Gaussian Blurred Value 6
Layer 1 copy : The flower layer Gaussian Blurred Value 3
Layer 1: The Flower layer, applied Stroke
Layer 2: Applied layer with flower layer turned off, Blown 200 % and Liquified.

24) Create a new adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance). Set the value I used. Make sure the Adjustment Layer is above all layers.

25) On the adjustment layer, use Clouds (Filter > Render > Clouds). Use Levels (Image > Adjustment > Levels). Push both black and white tab to the side of the 'mountain'. Click OK.

26) Now, duplicate the adjustment layer. Double click on the Arrow head to alter the Color Balance.

27) Use the value I used. You may wonder why it appeared Blue? Nevermind.

28) On the copied Adjustment Layer. Press Ctrl + I (Image > Adjustment > Invert). And have this effect.

We are not quite done yet.

29) On top of all layers, create a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map). Click on the Gradient and Choose the Preset of Violet to Orange. Click OK.

30) Set the Mode to Difference and Opacity 20 %. And I repeat, 20%, not 30 % as shown.

31) We have here. Now, create a New Layer on top of all Layers and Apply Image (Image > Apply Image)

32) Set the new layer to Overlay and Opacity 90%.

And we are done.

33) This is another sample of other arrangement of layers.

These are some further effects you can apply.

Here is the end of night flower tutorial. Hope you enjoy and I really do hope you show off your work here.

PSD file is provided. If you want it, please leave your e-mail in the comment box and I will personally send the link to you. For free.

Tips: Combination of colors could do great for your art.



ZARA said...



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Anonymous said...

19) Now listen. Turn off Layer 1. Create a new layer and use Apply Image (Image > Apply Image). Blow this blurred layer to 200 %.

how do i "blow" the image?

khinhooi said...

sorry for being not detail. You need to use free transform. Use CTRL+T to jump into the free transform and type in 200% for both width and height at the option bar.

MrCai said...

That was a really brilliant Tutorial, the first thing i've attempted in Photoshop ever!

My attempt:

My one problem, part 1 and 2 didn't understand, couldn't work out how to get the pen to do Simulate Pressure, would be ideal if you could provide further screenies.

But still 10/10!

khinhooi said...

MrCai, you need to have a path on the canvas first, then you need to have the pen tool selected. then right click on the canvas and click on Stroke Path. The dialog on Number 2 will appear and tick on the Simulate Pressure check box.

I cannot seems to view your creation. Sorry about that.


Chris said...

Nice feathering action!

Carla said...

Im having a using cs4 and it says i cant use color balance b/c its not available on a grey scale...i unno what to do

khinhooi said...

Carla, most probably you started with a Greyscale canvas. Try swithcing to color mode by Image>Mode>RGB or CMYK.

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