Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Beautiful Primitive Indian Art



Probably you have been at an art museum, and you've seen some beautiful pieces of art, made from indigenous people. Our goal for this tutorial is to create a very primitive form of Indian art, something simple and beautiful. Follow me through this tutorial, and I will show you how to transform a simple image, into an attractive piece of art.

I thank Pxleyes, for allowing us to use their images for our tutorials. We'll use the Image Source of the "Chestnut" contest for this tutorial.

We'll work with:

* Transform Tool.
* Gradients.
* Image - Adjustments - Curves.
* Copying and Pasting Layers.
* Layer Style - Shadows.

Let's begin!


End result:
How To Create Beautiful Primitive Indian Art Final Image

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Step 1

Open a New Document, 950 X 950 px.

Resolution: 100

Fill it with color # FFFFFF

Save Layer as, "Background1".


Step 2

This is the image we'll be working with. The image was provided by pxleyes for a contest. You can download the high resolution version here.

Click over the image with the right side of your mouse.

Save Image As.

Name the file "Chestnut", and save it in a secure place. You'll be using it frequently.


Step 3

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) over Image Source. Make a selection around it.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) selection.

Name new layer, "Art Form".

Turn off the visibility of Layer, "Chestnut". We'll work with new layer.


Step 4

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool again. Make a selection of the area shown in image.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and (Paste Ctrl + V) selection.

Name new layer, "Art Form 2".


Step 5

It is going to be a little work here.

With Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), start making selections up and down the thorns as shown in image. I started at the left side, but you can start any place you like. Be sure that the thorns are selected properly.

Do it, an area at the time, then delete selection. You'll do it several times.


Step 6

Continue, selecting and deleting.

Get a nice look of the thorns as shown in image.


Step 7

After selecting and deleting, your thorns will look like this.


Step 8

Use the Eraser Tool (E) and erase the left and right ends of the thorny shape.

Use Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Brush size 64.

Pressure 50.

Make a shape like I did. The arrows show you the places to be warped.


Step 9

This is the form or shape, we'll be working with.

Make a copy of layer, "Art Form 2". Do not use now, we'll use it later.


Step 10

PLEASE: pay attention to this step. It is important to read the instructions to achieve our goal. We are making our shape using the Transform Tool, Ctrl + T.

Fig. 1. Is our layer, "Art Form 2".

Fig. 2. Shows how the Transform Tool, Ctrl + T, and the Rotation point, located at the middle of it, work. Just follow, the tip, to transform this shape, into something different and nice.

Probably you have to do it, again and again, as I did, until you get the correct shape. The middle point of the Transform Tool, Ctrl + T, is the Rotation Point. Your shape will circulate around, that area. It is important, where you place it.

Fig 3. Is the result of your rotation.


Step 11

Continue with the rotation 21 times, until you get something like this.

Every time you make a rotation a new layer will appear. You'll have several layers at the end of it.

Merge down all layers with a rotation on it, to form one layer all together. Name new layer, "Art Form 3".




Step 12

Make a copy of layer, "Art Form 3".

Bring layer, "Art Form 3", down to the bottom of your Layers Palette, there where the New Layer button is.

This will make a new layer, name it, "Art Form 4".


Step 13

Work on layer, "Art Form 4".

Edit - Transfrom - Flip Horizontal.

Place the two layers together as shown in image.

Merge the two layers down. Name new layer, "Art Form 3".


Step 14

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to rotate layer, "Art Form 3".

Rotate it to the left. Place layer as shown in image.


Step 15

Make a copy of layer, "Art Form 3". Do the same way you did before. Bring this layer down to the bottom of the Layers Palette, where the New Layer button is.

Name new layer, "Art Form 4".

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), place the two layers, as shown in image.


Step 16

Do you remember the copy of layer, "Art Form 2", that I told you to keep aside? We'll use it now.

Open layer, "Art Form 2 copy".

Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Brush size 64.

Pressure: 50.

Make a kind of arc, at the bottom of the shape.


Step 17

Make other copy of layer, "Art Form 2 copy". This will be a new layer, name it, "Art Form 2 copy 2".

Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal.

Place the two layers together and make a shape as shown in image.

Merge the two layers down. Name new layer, "Art Form 5".


Step 18

Place layer, "Art Form 5", on top of layers, "Art Form 3" and "Art Form 4".


Step 19

Make other copy of layer, "Art Form 5". Drag layer to the bottom of Layers Palette, there where the New Layer button is. Do not name this new layer. Position it over the other layers, and make the form shown in image. Now, you can merge the two layers down. Leave layer's name, "Art Form 5".

Try to make your form neat and beautiful. After you are happy with the result, merge all layers down, to form only one layer, name it, "Art Form".


Step 20

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool, (L), to make two selections from Image Source.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) selections.

Name new layers, "Branch 1" and "Branch 2".

Position the two layers together to form a kind of branch.

Merge the two layers down. Name new layer, "Branch".


Step 21

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to make layer, "Branch", (Fig. 1), a little bigger, ( Fig. 2).

Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Brush Size 60.

Pressure: 50.

Warp the shape, to make a kind of branch as shown in Fig. 3.

Make two more copies of layer, "Branch". Keep them aside, we'll use them later.


Step 22

You'll be making copies of layer, "Branch". Just drag layer to the bottom of the Layers Palette, where the New Layer button is. Make 8 copies of layer, "Branch". Do not name the layers copies.

Position the layers as shown in image.

After the layers are aligned, merge all the layer copies to the layer, "Branch", to form one layer, name it, "Branches".


Step 23

Make other copy of layer, "Branches". Do not name the copy. Merge two layers down to form one layer, leave its name, "Branches".

You'll have now, 16 pieces of a branch.


Step 24

Open a new layer, name it "Background".

We'll work on a background to put our Art form.

Use the Gradient Tool (G).

Foreground, color # 7B6E68.

Background, color # 422C2F.

Use the circular gradient. Make a line from top left to bottom right with your pointer.

Filter - Add Noise.

Amount: 5.50%

Uniform.


Step 25

To darken the background.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 80.

Output: 40.


Step 26

Align your layer, "Branches", over your "Background".

At this step, you can delete, or put in the trash can, layer, "Background 1" (the all white bckgd), we do not need it anymore.


Step 27

To darken the branches.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 80.

Output: 40.


Step 28

Place layers, "Branch Copy 1 and 2", on top of layer, "Branches".

To darken these two branches, do the same you did in Step 27.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 80.

Output: 40.


Step 29

Merge down layers with "Branches".

Leave the name of the new layer, "Branches".


Step 30

Place layer, "Art Form", on top of layer, "Branches".


Step 31

You'll use the image source again, this time to make some beads, like ornaments.

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), to make a selection of the area shown in image.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste ( Ctrl + V) the selection.

With layer selected, use the Burn Tool (O), to burn the right side of the bead.

Name new layer, "Bead".


Step 32

Placing the beads on top of layer, "Art Form".

Place bead # 1 first.

An easy way to duplicate a layer, is to have the layer active.

Hold Alt, and with the pointer over the object to duplicate, click over "Bead 1" and drag to the right side, to place "Bead 2".

Do the same, to copy the other beads, and place them over the areas shown in image.


Step 33

Beads # 5 and # 6 are smaller. I used the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to make them smaller.

Make a copy of bead # 5. This will make a new layer, name it, "Bead copy 6". Leave this layer as it is for now, but merge all the other layers with beads to form one, name it, "Beads".


Step 34

Place layer, "Bead copy 6" to the top left side of the branches. There where two branches connect.

Use the same technique you used to duplicate the beads located in the middle of "Art Form", it is simple and faster.

You'll have 32 new layers. Merge them down to the layer named, "Beads". Leave the layer's name, "Beads".

Add a Layer Style to the beads.

Drop a shadow.

Distance: 15 px. Leave the other settings as they are.


Step 35

You'll have something like this.


Step 36

Add a layer style to the layer, "Art Form".

Drop a shadow.

Distance: 30.

Add a layer style to the layer, "Branches".

Drop a shadow.

Distance: 30.

Opacity: 50%.


Step 37

We have arrived to the end of this tutorial. I hope you learned a little more, and that your creativity increased. Your final work should look beautiful. Thank you for following me through these steps. I know, it is hard for some of you, but if you try and try again, you will be able to better your work, as we, here at pxleyes, do every week.

I will appreciate your comments. If you have any questions, just ask, I will be pleased to help you. Good luck!



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8 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Another well written tutorial

(5 years and 1697 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank you Alan.

(5 years and 1696 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank you Alan.

(5 years and 1696 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is awsome.... nice one thanks....

(5 years and 1692 days ago)
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Guest says:

hi it too coll and well written and explained tutorials

(5 years and 1683 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

5+++ for this kind of tutorials..... very well done......

(5 years and 1660 days ago)
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Guest says:

It's look like shield or something like that. You can make graphic directly into games :P - look at my profile http://www.pato.pl/en/

(5 years and 1636 days ago)
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Guest says:

I really like it but I guess its the blonde in me the rotation thing got me. mine just werent rotating like the one you have in the tutorial. maybe I'll try again later.

(5 years and 1605 days ago)


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