Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Silver Blue Bird



In this tutorial I'm going to create a bird from scratch, sitting in a tree.

The shiny surface source image of the silver fence contest gave me the idea of creating this imaginary blue bird. No other sources were used in its making, just the image provided for the contest, everything else is done in PS.


End result:
Create a Beautiful Silver Blue Bird Final Image

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avatar George55

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Practice tutorial

Tags:beautifulbirdbluesilver

Step 1

We will start by giving a look at the original image, provided by pxleyes. This image is the beginning of our journey into making a fantasy blue bird. The bird can be made of any texture. I decided to use the shiny texture of the metal.


Step 2

Open a 600 x 800 new document.

Use black as foreground.
Use Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).
Make a selection as shown.
Copy (C), Paste (V).
Name new layer, "Metal".


Step 3

Follow the directions given in step 3.

We will work on the body, neck, and head of the bird.

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool M.
Make three selections. (These selections will make a new layer every time you copy and paste them).

Name new layers, "Belly", "Neck", "Head".


Step 4

We'll work on the belly of the bird.

Filter - Liquify. (Shift + Ctrl + X).
Warp Tool (W).
Brush Size: 125
Brush Pressure: 50

Start pulling the belly down a little, not to much.


Step 5

Merge down layers, "Neck", "Head". Name new layer, "Neck".

Use Liquify and Warp Tools as you did for the belly.
Brush Size: 125 (try a smaller brush here, 75, 50)
Brush Pressure: 50


Step 6

Put all the pieces together to form the body. Merge the two layers, "Belly" and "Neck" down. Name new layer. "Body".

Use the Burn and Dodge Tools (O) to give shadows, and highlights to the body of the bird.


Step 7

Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), make a jagged edges selection on top of the body to form the wing.

Copy (C), Paste (V) selection. Name new layer, "Wing".

Use the Smudge Tool (R).
Spatter Brush 24, change size to 12.
Start smudging down to the right, to soften the feathers.


Step 8

Follow the settings given for this step please.


Step 9

You should have something like this by now.
Add the wing to the body. Smudge as much as you can, try to soften the brush to a 75 or 50 opacity. Feathers are soft!

Add a layer style, drop a shadow to the wing.
Opacity: 53
Angle: 30
Distance: 4
Spread: 11
Size: 9
Merge down the layers, "Wing", and "Tail".

Coloring the wing and tail.
Image - Adjustments - Color Balance.
Cyan: -100
Blue: +80












Step 10

Use Smudge Tool (R).
Spatter Brush 24. Make it smaller: 15 will work well.
Start pulling up the feathers to form a kind of "crest".
You can merge the layers for the body, wing and tail, to form a new layer. Name new layer, "Bird".

The color for the body is a stronger blue.
Image - Adjustments - Color Balance.
(Midtones only)
Cyan: -85
Blue: + 90


Step 11

This step is described below. Follow directions carefully.


Step 12

Read this step careful. Directions and suggestion to achieve a good work are given below.


Step 13

Here is our bird!
Be careful placing layers. In this way you will have everyting in its place.

To draw the curved small lines forming the feathers.
Use a very small brush, hard 3 or even 1 will work well.
Magnify the area for the lines.
Use the Burn Tool (O), and start drawing the lines.

Make a shadow underneath the wing. Use a hard 9 - 13 brush. Opacity 75 - 80.


Step 14

This is a simple Radial Gradient (G).
Choose two nice blue colors, one darker and other lighter.
Darker blue, (foreground).
Lighter blue, (background).
Draw a diagonal line from center to right top corner of frame.


Step 15

This is practice step. Look at suggestions below, to achieve a nice shape for your foliage. You will add your foliage on top of the branches of the tree.

It will open a new layer. Name layer, "Foliage".


Step 16

Look into the green areas of your image source. (Step2).
With Polygonal Lasso Tool make some selections for the branches. Copy (C), Paste (V). Name new layers, "Branch1", "Branch2", etc... It is up to you how many branches your tree will have. After working with Liquify Tool. Use the Image - Adjustments - Hue - Saturation, to give the
branches a brownish, greenish look.


Step 17

Thank you for following the steps of this tutorial. I hope you enjoyed the making of this beautiful blue bird. Here is the final image.



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31 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Clearly explained -- nice job

(5 years and 1919 days ago)
avatar ladybug
ladybug says:

Great Tutorial, Thank you!!! The bird looks beautiful...this makes me realize how much of a beginner I still am but I love learning new things and these step by step tutorials are so valuable!! Thanks again!

(5 years and 1917 days ago)
avatar Eladine
Eladine says:

nice tutorial

(5 years and 1917 days ago)
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mangoa says:

awesome tutorial, thanx a lot!

(5 years and 1917 days ago)
avatar Akassa
Akassa says:

Very nice tutorial, you explain well how to proceed.

(5 years and 1917 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank you for comments on this tutorial. Ladybug: Do not be dissapointed about you being a beginner. Life starts with one step, have you seen babies trying to stay up and not fall down? Learning PS is the same. One step at the time makes a great difference for all of us. I have learned by looking at pxleyes tutorials. I am so happy that there are here in the site such talented artist who will to share a tutorial with us. You will be fine, and I will be happy to see you winning some contests too!

(5 years and 1916 days ago)
avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

Nice tutorial.

Ladybug remember : PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT

(5 years and 1916 days ago)
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Guest says:

just speech less..............

(5 years and 1909 days ago)
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Guest says:

very very good tutorial

(5 years and 1901 days ago)
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Guest says:

NOT BAD

(5 years and 1901 days ago)
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Guest says:

Terrific tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!

(5 years and 1899 days ago)
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Guest says:

Amazing step by step tutorial!Thanks alot!

(5 years and 1896 days ago)
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Guest says:

great

(5 years and 1896 days ago)
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Guest says:

OMG THIS IS gorgeous and so wonderfully explained too

(5 years and 1895 days ago)
avatar devangel
devangel says:

beautiful

(5 years and 1890 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow =) Thank you for tutorial. it looks great =)

(5 years and 1888 days ago)
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Guest says:

very helpful tutorial. thanks!!!!!!!!!

(5 years and 1860 days ago)
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Guest says:

GoooooooooooooooooWwwwD WoooRk .. . !

(5 years and 1841 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow, thanks! I'm a beginner too, this was so helpful. most tutorials are vague about techniques, so its hard for me to follow along, but you explained everything really well. The bird is beatufiul!! =D

(5 years and 1818 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow, thanks! I'm a beginner too, this was so helpful. most tutorials are vague about techniques, so its hard for me to follow along, but you explained everything really well. The bird is beatufiul!! =D

(5 years and 1818 days ago)
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Guest says:

Its good

(5 years and 1808 days ago)
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Guest says:

Good creative Idea

(5 years and 1797 days ago)
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Guest says:

HI THIS IS VINU THANKS FOR THIS TUTORIALS REALY THIS IS VERY VERY NICE ....
BEAUTY OF NATURE

(5 years and 1765 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is too common..
every beginner can done this without problem..

(5 years and 1717 days ago)
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Guest says:

gud wrk..and nice explain..

(5 years and 1637 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanksssssssssssssssssss. Zahid

(5 years and 1606 days ago)
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[banned] says:

its just mind blowing.......
ausum work

(5 years and 1525 days ago)
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trebor says:

beautiful bird, also a very good tutorial. Thanks

(5 years and 1436 days ago)
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swan10 says:

It's something more than superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(5 years and 1373 days ago)
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Guest says:

wrealy thanks

(5 years and 1281 days ago)
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Guest says:

Yup, that souhld defo do the trick!

(5 years and 653 days ago)


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