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Turn objects metallic (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
September 6, 2015

Part 2 of our beautiful cherry tutorial!


10. Use the Warp tool


Click on the Chrome layer to make it active and press Cmd/Ctrl+T to open the Free Transform tool. Click on Warp mode. Click and drag the handles to adjust the ‘chrome’ around the Cherry and hit Return/Enter.

11. Go to Layer mask


Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. Press D on your keyboard to set the default Foreground/Background colour. Press Shift+X to switch the Foreground colour to black. Now grab the Brush tool (B), choose a soft tip, Size 150, and paint on top of the cherry.

12. Add reflections


Click on the Cherry layer. Grab the Pen tool (P), and create a path around the cherry on the left side. On the toolbar, click Selection and then click OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer, and name it Cherry1.

13. Apply Free Transform


Deselect the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+D). Drag the Cherry1 layer on top of the Chrome layer. Now hit Cmd/Ctrl+T, resize the image around 80% and click Return/Enter. Now go to Filter>Distort>Pinch, set the Amount to -100 and hit OK.

14. Create Clipping mask


Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Set Opacity to 60%. Place the image around the edges. Select the Cherry1 layer and go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. In the New Layer window, check ‘Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask’, and hit OK. Set the Lightness to -30.

15. Repeat the steps


Now repeat steps 12 through to 14 to create the reflection on the other side. Grab the Elliptical Marquee tool (M) and select a piece of the leaf, move on top of the layer stack, and set the blend mode to Multiply. Use the Free Transform and warp to adjust the size and distortion.

16. Bevel and emboss


To refine the effect, click on the Metal Cherry Copy layer and go to Layer>Layer Style>Bevel & Emboss. Set Style to Inner Bevel, Smooth, Depth to 100%, Direction to Down, Angle to -80, check Use Global Lights, Altitude to 30, Highlight to a red, Opacity to 100% and Shadow to green. Click OK.

17. Add finishing touches


Click on the very top layer in your Layers palette. This is where you can add a sunburst or a lens flare. Add any adjustments you see fit, too.