Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Beautiful Birds And Flowers



In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create beautiful birds and flowers using just a simple source image. We'll transform the picture of a dome, provided by pxleyes for a contest named "Valencia". This tutorial will give you the idea that simple pics, with the help of Photoshop, can be transformed into beautiful pieces of Art.
Download the High Resolution version of the dome here.

We'll be working with:

* Polygonal Lasso Tool.
* Dodge and Burn.
* Filter - Liquify - Warp.
* Image - Adjustments.
* Copying and pasting.

Let's get started!


End result:
How To Create Beautiful Birds And Flowers Final Image

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avatar George55

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Tags:birdsflowers

Step 1

Open a new document. 950 X 950 px.

Resolution: 100.

Fill the background with color # 000000.

Open your swatches palette.

Window - Swatches.

Pick some browns, reds, dark greens, gray, blue and ochres.

With a 200 px size soft brush, and opacity of 50%, start spraying all around the frame. Use different colors at some spots.

Name new layer, "Background".


Step 2

This is the image, provided by pxleyes, that we are going to be working with.

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

Save Image As.

Give the file this name, " Dome". Save it in a safe place where you can have access to it, as we'll use it.


Step 3

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), to make a selection all around the dome.

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


Step 4

Name new layer, "Head".

Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal.

We'll be making the head of a bird with this shape.

Make other copy of layer "Head", name it, "Head Copy".


Step 5

We'll transform the shape of the dome, into the head of a bird.

Use Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Brush size: 100.

Presure of 50.

Try to make the shape as I did. (Shown in image).


Step 6

Make a copy of layer, "Head Copy".

Name new layer, "Head Copy 2".

Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal. (Layer "Head Copy 2" only.

Edit - Transform - Rotate 180.

Place, and merge the two layers together. Name new layer, "Body".

This will be the body of our bird.


Step 7

Merge down layers, "Head" and "Body".

Name new layer, "Bird".

We'll transform this shape, into a beautiful bird!


Step 8

How the head is smudged.

Use the Smudge Tool (R).

Spatter 24 px soft brush.

Opacity of 50%.

Start smudging the head, by making kind of half circles strokes, as shown in image.

Birds have soft, and fluffy feathers. You can go back and smudge again, if necessary.


Step 9

If you follow the direction of the arrows, while smudging, you should have something like this.

Remember, that smudging is easy, it is the process of blending colors to give a look of softness. As I mentioned before, if you have trouble smudging, go back and start smudging again, at the end, you'll be happy with the result.

Do not smudge the beak area yet.


Step 10

Follow the shape of the bird's body, to smudge all of this area.

The arrows shown in image, show you the direction of your strokes.


Step 11



Here is the head and the body of the bird. As you can see the smudging, gave the bird's body a fluffy and soft look.

We will work on the tail fathers next.



Step 12

Use The Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).

Make a selection of the shown area.

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

Name new layer, "Tail Feather".


Step 13

Place layer, "Tail Feather" below layer, "Bird".


Step 14

Smudge the feather, the same way you did with the bird's body. Leave some white lines visible.

Make two more copies of layer, "Tail Feather".

With layer, "Feather Tail", selected, place the pointer over the object (feather), click and hold Alt, drag the object to the right side, and you'll have a copy of a feather. Do it again.

Do not name new layers, drag them down to layer, "Tail Feather" and name the new layer, "Feathers".


Step 15

Our bird is almost ready.

Merge down layer, "Feathers" to layer, "Bird".

Name new layer, "Bird".

The head, the body, and the feathers are in place, we'll continue working on our bird.


Step 16

Use the Burn Tool (O), to burn the areas shown with arrows.

Use a 100 px soft brush, and exposure of 50%.

You can darken the areas around the area where the eye is going to be.

Use the Smudge Tool (R), and smudge the beak, just a little.


Step 17

The eye.

Open a new layer, name it, "Eye".

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool, (M).

Hold Shift, and make a circular selection. Fill it it white.

Use a dark brown color, to give a little shade at the bottom. Use a 75% Opacity.

With a hard brush, make a black dot on top of it. Do the same for a highlight, but for this, instead of black, use white color. Place the eye on top of the bird.


Step 18

Make a copy of layer, "Bird".

With layer, "Bird", selected, place the pointer over the bird, hold Alt, and click, hold and drag it to the right to make a copy of the layer.

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to make the new layer, smaller.

Use the Eraser Tool (E), to erase part of the tail.

Name new layer, "Bird 1".


Step 19

We'll now create the branches.

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). Make a selection of the area shown in image.

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

Name new layer, "Branch".


Step 20

Look at the image below. It shows you the way to make a branch.

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to enlarge layer, "Branch".

Use Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Brush size 200.

Pressure 50.

Make a shape as I did. You can make a shape of your own, as you know, branches are different, and easy to make.


Step 21

Darkening the branch.

Use Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 100.

Output: 35.

Use the Dodge (O) and Burn (O) Tools.

With a 27 size, soft brush, do the dodging and burning.

Use a exposure of 50 for burning and 25 for dodging.

Dodge the top area of the branch, and burn the bottom.


Step 22

Make several copies of layer, "Branch".

The reason I do not ask you, how many branches you can copy, it is because, I would like you to use your own imagination here. Trees, have branches everywhere. I am guiding you to show you how to make them.

Use the Filter - Liquify - Warp tool to make the branches a little different.

Use the Transform Tool, (Ctrl + T), to make smaller branches, like twigs.

When you are happy with it, merge all the copies of layer "Branch" you must have, bring them down to merge with layer, "Branch" , and leave the name of layer, "Branch".


Step 23

Smudge the areas where two branches overlap.

Do more dodging and smudging if you think it is needed.

Coloring the branch.

Image - Adjustments - Hue and Saturation.

Hue: 50.

Saturation: 30.

Lightness: - 20.

To darken the branch.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 65.

Output: 45.


Step 24

Your branch should look like this.


Step 25

Make two more copies of layer, "Branch". Do not name the new layers. Place them below layer, "Branch".

Blur the new layers just a little, not much. It'll give the impression of being out of focus. Place the new branches as shown in image. You can place your branches, as you think they look nice in your work. I am just giving you an idea.

After you are happy, merge the copies of layer "Branch", down to layer, "Branch" itself. Name new layer, "Branches".


Step 26

You should have something like this.


Step 27

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), to make a selection of the area shown in image.

We'll make some leaves from this shape.

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

Name new layer, "Leaf".

We'll make several copies of this layer, as we'll need some leaves, for the twigs.


Step 28

To colorize the leaf.

Image - Adjustments - Hue and Saturation.

Hue: 100.

Saturation: 25.

Lightness: - 51.

Here I go again: "If you have a better idea of how to make your own leaf and coloring, do it, do not hesitate, I'll be happy to know that you have learned something, from looking at our tutorials".


Step 29

Making several copies of layer, "Leaf".

With layer selected, place the pointer over your leaf, hold Alt, click, and drag the leaf to the right, you'll have a copy of layer, "Leaf". This copy, will come with many other layers, names, "Leaf Copy 1, 2 , 3 4, etc..." Do not worry about that, do not name layers. Start placing your leaves over the branches. I am giving you an idea how to place them, you can make your branches look better.

Blur, a little, the leaves places over blurred branches.


Step 30

Here, you have your branches and leaves put together.

Merge down all layers with "Leaf Copies" on it.

Name new layer, "Leaves".


Step 31

Place your birds on top of the branches.


Step 32

We'll start making the flower.

Make of copy of layer, "Dome Copy 1".

It will give you a new layer, "Dome Copy 2".

Edit - Flip - Horizontal, layer," Dome Copy 2".

Edit - Transform - Rotate 180.

Join the two layers together.

Merge layers down, to form one layer, name it "Flower".

We'll make a flower with this shape!


Step 33

The next two steps are VERY IMPORTANT to start making the flower.

I do not want to confuse you, by writing again, what is aready written over the image. Just follow the instructions, and make your flower as pretty as you can. You will use the transform tool, to make the rotations. Be careful when you place the Rotation point, the one that is at the middle of the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T). Good luck.


Step 34

READ this step CAREFULLY, as you did before.

As I told, you, it is important where you place the Rotation point, and the distance between a petal and the next.

Merge down layers with "Flower Copy 1, 2, 3, 4, etc" name new layer, "Flower".


Step 35

Use the Dodge Tool (O), to give some highlights to the flower.

Do not dodge it much.

Use an exposure of 50.

With a 13 size hard brush, and color # FFC724 (yellow), make some little dots in the middle of your flower.


Step 36

For this last step, you will be placing the flowers. You'll will also make several copies of layer, "Flower", as you did with layer "Leaf".

To finish this step, READ CAREFULLY again the directions given in the image. It should not be hard for you to finish the image. I sure appreciate your patience.


Step 37

This is the end of my tutorial. I appreciate your willingness to learn, and to get new ideas from our tutorials here at pxleyes. It is wonderful to see people reading, and taking the time to follow us in a step by step journey through something new, and beautiful.

If there is any questions about steps that you do not understand, or something related to photoshop work, ask, I, myself, as well as members of pxleyes, will help you. So, do not hesitate, and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as I did, teaching you.

Good luck!



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45 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

super result and very well explained keep -- writing tutorials these are great

(4 years and 182 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank you again Alan..I appreciate your support.

(4 years and 182 days ago)
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Guest says:

I will second that. The technique you used to create this project is awesome! Very original and usefull info. Tutorial nicely written. Thumbs up.

(4 years and 175 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice ^^

(4 years and 175 days ago)
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Guest says:

very good

(4 years and 175 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome

(4 years and 175 days ago)
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Guest says:

fantastic man..

(4 years and 174 days ago)
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Guest says:

It's very good...thanx 4 tut.

(4 years and 174 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is awesome Tutorial! & Really Helpful. Thank You So Much.

(4 years and 174 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is REALLY impressive how you made this out of one image.

-@snarphblat

(4 years and 173 days ago)
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Guest says:

Mind blowing...............heads off too u..................

(4 years and 172 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awesome Tut.....thanks for sharing

(4 years and 172 days ago)
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Guest says:

hope u had given a great out sir

(4 years and 171 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is one of the best tutorial I have seen. You are brilliant. Flowers are look symmetric. also try to teach us to create some flower buds. Hats of to you..

(4 years and 171 days ago)
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Guest says:

muy buen tutorial,gracias por ayudar con tus conocimientos

(4 years and 170 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Excellent tutorial! As always of course, you've explained it in depth and created a beautiful image!! Well done, and i can;t wait to see more.

(4 years and 169 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awesome!!

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(4 years and 168 days ago)
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Absolutely fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed creating this project. One thing's for sure, I'll never look at everyday objects & architecture in the same way. Thank you so much for sharing your remarkable techniques - I now feel totally refreshed and inspired. Can't wait to try more of your tutorials.

(4 years and 168 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks Thanks Thanks

(4 years and 167 days ago)
avatar dollmommy
dollmommy says:

Great tutorial, easy to follow and beautiful results. Great work!!

(4 years and 164 days ago)
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Guest says:

Its fascinating to see the dome image turning into a tree. Superb idea and explanation.

(4 years and 163 days ago)
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Guest says:

really awesome you are greattttttt

(4 years and 159 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

great tutorial again..... lot of thanks

(4 years and 150 days ago)
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Guest says:

wery good ser

(4 years and 145 days ago)
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Guest says:

It was good and well explained in detail

(4 years and 144 days ago)
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Guest says:

I look forward to your next tul.

(4 years and 143 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow! seriously amazing how you used just one image to create all the objects in the image! I think the flowers are a bit too symmetrical but still the whole tutorial is very inspiring x

(4 years and 142 days ago)
avatar dekwid
dekwid says:

deep bow to you, master....

(4 years and 134 days ago)
avatar mounirupa
mounirupa says:

Tutorial is gud..
Your explained well..
totally awesome....

(4 years and 111 days ago)
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thuyman says:

Thanks!

(4 years and 110 days ago)
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Guest says:

omg!! this is magnificent !!

(4 years and 93 days ago)
avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Super cool tutorial, you can learn so much here =- )

(4 years and 80 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Very super man i was really impressed.I like very much

(4 years and 19 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Amazing Great stuff

(3 years and 323 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Brilliant

(3 years and 292 days ago)
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Guest says:

amzing

(3 years and 291 days ago)
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Guest says:

wooooooooow....cooooooooooooollll

(3 years and 273 days ago)
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vinoth [banned] says:

i really impressed about work!!!!!

(3 years and 219 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Very.....1000x Beautifull dude.....wow !!! you just took one stuff to be.......awewsome""""

(3 years and 217 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice tutorial................

(3 years and 167 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Incredible...

Congratulations

(2 years and 281 days ago)
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Guest says:

Simply Awesome

(1 year and 364 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice tutorial.

(1 year and 316 days ago)
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priya [banned] says:

thank u so much............

(1 year and 67 days ago)
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priya [banned] says:

excellent&thank u so much

(1 year and 67 days ago)


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