Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Ultra-Realistic Tea Cup From Scratch



In this tutorial, I am going to design a realistic looking tea cup, filled with black tea.
I made it by only using very simple techniques in Photoshop:
1. Basic shapes, Pen tool
2. Brushes, Burn/dodge tools
3. Gaussian blur.

We will be starting from scratch on a simple white canvas!
Let's go.



End result:
Create an Ultra-Realistic Tea Cup From Scratch Final Image

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avatar hereisanoop

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Practice tutorial

Tags:cuprealisticscratchtea

Step 1

Start making the sketch of tea cup.
figure 1. Make an ellipse from the basic shapes.
figure 2. Copy the ellipse and move down.
figure 3. Use the pen tool to join the two ellipses.
figure 4. Draw the handle with pen tool.
(Making the sketch tip: After creating the paths, make pencil in selection and reduce the radius to 1 or 2 and right click >stroke path)


Step 2

Now we are going to color the sketch.
Feel free to use your own color combination to the cup.


Step 3

We are going to make the top of the cup.
Make selection of the layer 'cup top' and transform it to W-96% and H-90%. In a new layer fill color and name the layer cup inside.


Step 4

Make a copy of the layer 'cup inside' and fill it with 'AD4D01'. Name the layer 'tea' and move down as shown in the figure.


Step 5

Still the 'tea' layer in selection, 'Ctrl+click' on the 'cup inside' layer.


Step 6

Press 'Ctrl+Shift+I' to inverse the selection and delete the tea out side of the cup.


Step 7

Let's have a look at the layer pallet. We should have our layers arranged like this.


Step 8

Now we are going to use brushes over the cup. Make new layer between cup side and cup top layers. Colorize as shown in the figure.
(If you use your own colors try to brush brighter at the center.)


Step 9

Our light is coming from the left top.
Now we are going to shade the inside of the cup.
Select the 'cup inside' layer and pick the burn tool with soft edged brush and exposure around 20. Use burn tool over the left inside of the 'cup inside' layer, and use dodge tool with same opacity and brush pressure at the right inside of the same layer.


Step 10

Now we need to create a reflection in the inside of cup.
Create a new layer under 'tea' follow the step 4 (Same steps used for making the layer 'tea') and move down as in the figure . Fill it with 'B67431', name the layer 'tea reflection'.


Step 11

Apply Gaussian blur with radius 15. ( you can reduce the opacity of the 'tea reflection' layer so that it will look more convincing)


Step 12

Still the 'tea reflection' layer in selection. 'Ctrl+ click' on the 'cup inside' layer and inverse the selection. (ctrl+shift+I) Delete the rest of the reflection that is out side of the cup.


Step 13

Copy the layer 'tea' (ctrl+j). Fill it with white color and apply Gaussian blur with a radius 6.


Step 14

Put the white filled layer under the 'tea' layer. Select the layer 'tea' and apply a Gaussian blur with radius 6.
Now move down the 'tea' layer a little that we can see a narrow edge of the white that is under the 'tea' layer.
Now merge the 'tea' layer with white filled layer and again ctrl+ click on the 'cup inside' layer. Select inverse and delete. Name layer 'tea'.


Step 15

Take the burn tool with Exposure 20 and use it at the left side of the layer 'tea', as shown in the figure


Step 16

Make sure the foreground color is white.
In a new layer over the layer 'tea' use a soft edged brush with a very small radius ( opacity around 80-90). Start making some dots as in the figure. This will make our tea glowing.


Step 17

Select the 'cup top' layer and dodge with a soft edged brush and exposure 80. (check the figure)
Also paint the cup inside layer as shown in the figure.


Step 18

Fill color to the handle. And more shading on the 'cup side' layer. Link 'tea', 'tea reflection' and 'cup inside' layers and transform again (W-96%, take a look at the change in step 17 and 18).


Step 19

Use burn/ dodge tools to modify the handle as shown in the figure.


Step 20

Painted again at the cup side layer with a gray color.


Step 21

Take a soft edged brush, select the foreground color white, draw some reflection over the 'cup side' Layer, as shown in the figure.


Step 22

Use a low opacity soft brush again.
Change foreground color into gray (k-30).
Make a new layer under the teacup ( This should be the bottom layer) paint shadows, until you get convinced.



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60 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

With the level of detail you have given here, even I may be able to get a result that resembles a tea cup. This has the level of well explained detail that all tutorials should have. Super job.

(5 years and 1239 days ago)
avatar shaadow
shaadow says:

I have already wondered with the sbs of this tea cup, once again I am wondering that it is so simply explained here that a beginner can make this as it is. cant believe the is not real with seeing these steps.
Amazing tutorial and amazing result. Very well done author.

(5 years and 1239 days ago)
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Guest says:

its very well described and by follwng this steps anybody can make this thnx fr this type tutorials

(5 years and 1238 days ago)
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Guest says:

EXCELLENT...

(5 years and 1238 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wonderful tutorial. Congratulations! hugs directly from Brazil, Zetti

(5 years and 1238 days ago)
avatar ikrumon
ikrumon says:

Simple and excellent......... I am going to try this one.

(5 years and 1237 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow..its very nice tutorial...
Great to have one...

(5 years and 1237 days ago)
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Guest says:

That is a VERY NICE cup of tea!!!

(5 years and 1237 days ago)
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Guest says:

Absolutely wonderful! Thanks so much!

(5 years and 1237 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome tutorial!

(5 years and 1236 days ago)
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mangoa says:

really realistic!

(5 years and 1236 days ago)
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Guest says:

wonderful; you are a guru.

(5 years and 1235 days ago)
avatar PhotoRepair

Excellent tutorial! Very photo realistic! However the cup has a warm earthy glow and in step 19 so does the handle, after that the warm brown tone disappears from the handle, did you upload the wrong version? I now think the handle looks a little odd compared to its visual continuity in step 19.

(5 years and 1235 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

I painted the whole cup with a gray color.. you can see the color change for the cup too.. I did it because I came to know that color is more convincing in a white back ground.. thanks for the comment...

(5 years and 1235 days ago)
avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

Nothing other than a handful of thanks for sharing the tea with us. You are an excellent writer.

(5 years and 1235 days ago)
avatar IDt8r
IDt8r says:

Not only is the end result wonderful, how to get there is too! Thank you!

(5 years and 1234 days ago)
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Guest says:

outstanding tutorial, amazing result, by Riya

(5 years and 1234 days ago)
avatar selina
selina says:

This tut explanation shows the talent of you Author, Thx

(5 years and 1234 days ago)
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Guest says:

perfect tutorial, nice description's and tool usage.

(5 years and 1233 days ago)
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Guest says:

perfect tutorial, nice description's and tool usage.

(5 years and 1230 days ago)
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Guest says:

Another way to make coffee! (yah yah.. I had to say it)

(5 years and 1229 days ago)
avatar sophia
sophia says:

a nice and well explained tutorial and the result is amazing

(5 years and 1228 days ago)
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Guest says:

aweesome.. inspires me to make more like this.. maybe try something more interesting like coke bottle

(5 years and 1227 days ago)
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Guest says:

naw, its too much on a higher level for me, need to give directions more. Don't you think so???

(5 years and 1225 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Nice, easy to follow, and well explained tutorial. Congratulations! Outstanding work!

(5 years and 1224 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very well explained. A tad advanced but I expected that from the example.
Thanks!

(5 years and 1222 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very well explained. A tad advanced but I expected that from the example.
Thanks!

(5 years and 1222 days ago)
avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

Great tutorial and great result. Congrats! Anoop

(5 years and 1219 days ago)
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Guest says:

just want coffee now

(5 years and 1216 days ago)
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Guest says:

great job

(5 years and 1215 days ago)
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Guest says:

Well explained and well illustrated, hence easy to do and enjoyed.

(5 years and 1214 days ago)
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Guest says:

Amazing ..
Keep it Up ..

(5 years and 1213 days ago)
avatar 04mehul
04mehul says:

Very Good and simple explain all things.You are very good tutor.

(5 years and 1207 days ago)
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Guest says:

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO DO THE STEP 5. How to make the layer still? I don't know how to do that. Please

(5 years and 1206 days ago)
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Guest says:

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO DO THE STEP 5. How to make the layer still? I don't know how to do that. Please

(5 years and 1206 days ago)
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akilnayak says:

very good

(5 years and 1206 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

its not about 'still' just select the layer you want crop and ctlr+ click the cup inside layer (to load selection)

(5 years and 1205 days ago)
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Guest says:

I would like to say Thank you

(5 years and 1202 days ago)
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Guest says:

I would like to say Thank you

(5 years and 1202 days ago)
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Guest says:

I don't know how to do it but l think it's better if you show all layer aside the details.
thanks

(5 years and 1196 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very Good.

(5 years and 1192 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hey, this is a great job. Thank you.

(5 years and 1163 days ago)
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Guest says:

its amazing.

(5 years and 1161 days ago)
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Guest says:

I like it veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery much.

(5 years and 1156 days ago)
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Very nice tutorial........Thanks.

(5 years and 1122 days ago)
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Guest says:

Shugoyeee.....ari gato ...

(5 years and 1119 days ago)
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Guest says:

its so nice..thanks for this kind of tutorial..its so helpful and encourage me to start creating some designs. : )..user friendly . 2 thumbs up w/ u guys.

(5 years and 1111 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is so kool tutorial

(5 years and 1098 days ago)
avatar niks1351
niks1351 says:

thats beautiful......great tutorial

(5 years and 1048 days ago)
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[banned] says:

GrEaT WoRk

(5 years and 1041 days ago)
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[banned] says:

i think very beautiful tutorial.great work.thank u for sharing.

(5 years and 964 days ago)
avatar steed
steed says:

well explained tutorial !

(5 years and 963 days ago)
avatar locale
locale says:

Nice 1. Thanks for the tutorial. easy to understand steps...

(5 years and 954 days ago)
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jay [banned] says:

Thanks for this great and wonderful tutorials even beginners like me can really learn how to use and blend things quicker in photoshop. Thanks.

(5 years and 940 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This tut explanation shows the talent of you Author.
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(5 years and 781 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awesome tut!!!!

(5 years and 762 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome

(5 years and 558 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I don't use photoshop very often, preferring Paint Shop Pro instead. Because I'm not used to working with photoshop, I actually recreated this cup, making adjustments as I followed your tutorial...and came out with a pretty decent looking cup of tea for having never done it before.

(5 years and 541 days ago)
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IMrAn says:

well explained great job

(5 years and 390 days ago)
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Guest says:

BIG THANKS

(5 years and 372 days ago)


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