Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Super Realistic Plate from Scratch

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to design a realistic looking plate from scratch, using only Photoshop's basic tools and layer effect. We will start from a simple circle, and transform it into a hyper realistic plate.
Let's get started!

End result:
Create a Super Realistic Plate from Scratch Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

Create new photoshop document of 600 x 600 pixel filled with white background and name it Plate.

Step 2

Press shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N for creating new layer and type layer name "Base Plate"

Step 3

Press M to select "Elliptical Marquee Tool" and take mouse pointer to the center of document, now press and hold alt+shift and drag mouse to create perfect circle.

Step 4

Fill Circle with color code B5B7B4.

Step 5

Duplicate "Plate Base" layer by right clicking on it and choosing command duplicate. Rename this new layer to "Plate Depth". Now both layers are identical, we will fill newly created layer with some other color. Ctrl+Click on "Plate Depth" layer and fill selection with green color. Press ctrl+T for free transform, press and hold alt+shift to reduce it size accurately

Step 6

Click on fx button and from pop-up menu, choose command "Bevel and Emboss". Make sure that "Plate Depth" is selected.

Step 7

Apply Emboss setting as shown below in picture, set shadow mode color to code 8E908D. Default is black which will dark for this tutorial.

Step 8

Result after applying emboss effect.

Step 9

Double click on effects of "Plate Depth" layer and set parameter of gradient overlay as shown below.

Step 10

In this step we will define two color for our gradient overlay, double click on small button to set their colors.

Step 11

The Basic plate is completed so far.

Step 12

Create new layer and name it highlight. Take hard brush, set its size to 2 px, set foreground to white. Select pen tool and draw path for highlight.

Step 13

The path has been successfully drawn, we need to stroke it simulating pressure. "Convert Point Tool" is still selected, right click on path and choose command "Stroke path".

If you are not familiar and comfortable with pen tool then it is highly recommend to take some time and get control on pen tool. Another way for creating highlights is to draw them by brush tool. Although creating these type of highlights with pen tool is very fast and accurate.

Step 14

Make sure to check mark "simulate pressure".

Step 15

Duplicate highlight layer, rename it "highlight 02" and place as shown in image.

Step 16

Double click on background layer to make it normal layer. Fill backgroud color with color code "353952" and "626B8A" , with the help of rectangular marquee tool.

Step 17

Create new layer above highlight02 layer, name it "Edge highlight" and draw another path for plate edge highlight.

Step 18

Stroke path with white color using simulate pressure option as we did before. Size of Hard brush is 2 px.

Step 19

Create last highlight of plate edge at right side with pen tool and stroke with 2px brush pressure with white color..

Step 20

Placement of 4 highlight.

Step 21

The plate is complete. These step are optional for making plate more beautiful and realistic. Any flower picture can also be used for decorating it. In this step I am using photoshop default shapes for this purpose.

Select custom shape tool , click on shape layer button, select leave2 shape and draw leave custom shape.

Step 22

Create another leave shape, rotate and resize with free transform tool. Shape will be fill with foreground color.

Step 23

Select both leave custom shape layers, right click and choose command "Merge layers", which will merge and rasterize both layers.

Step 24

Apply Filter - Blur - guassian blur of 0.5 radius to merged leaves layer.

Step 25

Set blending mode of leaves layer to multiply and reduce opacity to 60.

Step 26

Finally create new layer above background and name it shadow. Now draw some shadow with soft brush as shown in picture.

Step 27

Have fun!

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avatar hereisanoop

clever work......

(5 years and 1870 days ago)
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Guest says:

sensacional, é um verdadeiro profissional

(5 years and 1865 days ago)
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sophia says:

this is so good ,going to make one soon

(5 years and 1863 days ago)
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Guest says:

i love you

(5 years and 1860 days ago)
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Guest says:

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee weeeed

(5 years and 1860 days ago)
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i love you

(5 years and 1860 days ago)
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Guest says:

thx...this was a great tutorial but neext time you might want to try a different custom shape thx

(5 years and 1850 days ago)
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(5 years and 1815 days ago)
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Guest says:

its easy

(5 years and 1814 days ago)
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Guest says:

Fantastic design & titorial

(5 years and 1795 days ago)
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intik1991 says:

thank u for the well detailed tutorial

(5 years and 1729 days ago)

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