photoshop creative

Turn objects metallic (part 1)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
September 5, 2015

Create an awesome metallic cherry this weekend!


1. Open the image


Find a cherry image online. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Name the new layer Cherry. Now hit Cmd/Ctrl+T. On the Toolbar, link to maintain aspect ratio and set the Width to 130%.

2. Create a path


Grab the Pen tool (P) and create a path around a cherry (Elements users use the Quick Selection tool). On the toolbar, click Make Selection, leave the Feather Radius at 0 pixels, check Anti-aliased and click OK.

3. Refine edges


Now hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Name it Metal Cherry. Hold Cmd/Ctrl and click on the layer’s thumbnail to select it. Now go to Select>Refine Edge. Set Smooth to 5, Feather to 0, Contrast to 0 and Shift Edge to -100, and click OK.

4. Make adjustments


Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and set Saturation to -100 or press Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+U. Now go to Layer>Adjustment Layer>Levels. In the New Layer window, check ‘Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask’ and hit OK. Set the Input Levels to 0; 1.75, 120.

5. Create the chrome effect


Place a landscape over your project so far and hit Return/Enter. Now go to Layer>Rasterize>Smart Object (Elements users must go to Layer>Simplify Layer). Hit Cmd/Ctrl and click on the layer’s thumbnail to select the image.

6. Apply the Distort filter


With the Landscape layer selected, go to Filter>Distort>Spherize. Set Amount to 100% and hit OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl+F to apply the effect again. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+D to deselect and grab the Elliptical Marquee (M). Hold Shift and drag the selection from the top-left to bottom-right.

7. Resize it


Hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer and name it Chrome. Now delete the Landscape layer. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+T to open the Free Transform tool and resize the Chrome layer to about the same size of the Metal Cherry layer and press Return/Enter.

8. Style the layer


Now go to Layer>Layer Style>Inner Shadow. Set the blend mode to Multiply, Colour: #508711, Opacity: 85%, Angle: -90, check Use Global Light, set the Distance to 300px, Choke: 0%, Size: 5px, and Contour: Rounded Steps.

9. Rasterize the layer style


Go to Layer>Rasterize>Layer Style. Now go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask or press Opt/Alt+Cmd/Ctrl+G. Click on the Metal Cherry Copy layer in order to make it active and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Apply.

Come back tomorrow for part 2!