Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Fan Surrounded by Magic Shapes, Runes and Plants



In this Photoshop tutorial I am going to show you all steps taken to turn a pair of wooden mallets into a gorgeous looking fan surrounded by magic shapes, runes and plants.
To achieve the final result we shall practice and apply lots of transformations, Displacement Map, layer styles, actions and also dry brush smudge used to make amazing scattered effects and flying debris.

To implement successfully all steps of this tutorial, firstly we need to download the source image in high resolution from here.


End result:
Create a Beautiful Fan Surrounded by Magic Shapes, Runes and Plants Final Image

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Practice tutorial

Step 1

Open the source image Wooden Malets. Click twice on the Background to turn it into an editable layer and switch it off for now as we won’t need the original source in the following steps.
Create a new layer on top of the Layers palette and change its name to Background Gradient.
Go to your Tool bar and change Foreground Color to # a4b3b8 and Background Color to # 899496.
Select Gradient Tool, choose Linear type, Foreground to Background gradient and draw it from bottom to top of the canvas.
While Background Gradient layer is selected, go to Layer, Group Layers and call the new group Background.


Step 2

Create a new layer called Light Spectrum and place it above Background Gradient layer in Background group.
Take Gradient Tool again, but this time choose radial Light Spectrum gradient. Draw it from bottom to top of the canvas and when ready, change the layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.


Step 3

Take Lasso Tool and select random shapes from the background of the Wooden Mallets source photo. Arrange the selected portions to cover the background leaving a small distance between each of them. Merge all layers consisting selected portions of the mallets background and name the new layer Liquify as in the next step we are going to apply that filter. Place it above Light Spectrum layer.


Step 4

Whilst Liquify layer is selected, go to Filter menu and select Liquify. From Liquify tools select Turbulence tool, change its Brush Size to 66 and leave other settings by default. Start liquifying each ”tile” of the background but try to leave a little space between the tiles.


Step 5

Change Blend Mode of Liquify layer to Multiply and reduce Opacity to 59%. In order to give some relief to these liquified shapes, right click on their layer and Select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss. Change the settings as follows:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 276%
Direction: Up
Size: 51px
Soften: 16px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: # d9c705
Opacity: 3%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000
Opacity: 9%


Step 6

Duplicate Liquify layer and keep its Bevel and Emboss style. Place the duplicate below Liquify layer and call it Liquify_Lens Blur. With the layer selected go to Filter, Blur, Lens Blur and only move the Radius slider to 30, leave all other settings by default.


Step 7

Create a new empty layer placed below Liquify_Lens Blur then highlight them both, right click and select Merge Layers. Thus you’ll apply the Bevel and Emboss. The only inconvenience is that you should again rename the new layer as Liquify_Lens Blur as it loses its name after the merge.
As you see on the following screenshot, you should have one Background group with four layers within- Background Gradient, Light Spectrum, Liquify_Lens Blur and Liquify.


Step 8

We have a few more steps to complete the background texture and relief.
Duplicate Liquify layer and rename the new one Liquify_Scratches. Leave Blend Mode to Multiply and change Opacity to 69%.
Take Eraser Tool, Soft Brush of 9px size and make random scratches. When ready, right click on the layer, select Bevel and Emboss and change only Opacity settings of the already applied Layer Style:
Increase Highlight Color Opacity to 13% and Shadow Color Opacity to 12%.


Step 9

In this and next step we are going to add something like tiny moon craters to the background.
Crate a new layer called Brush and place it above Liquify_Scratches layer. Take a Soft Brush and make some dabs on the canvas- they should be made with varying brush size, the color choice does not matter as in the next step we are going to change the Blend Mode.


Step 10

Change Blend Mode of Brush layer to Luminosity and reduce Opacity to 54%. Right click on the highlighted layer and select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss: check Down in Direction Option, set Depth to 531% and Size to 35px.


Step 11

Use Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a portion of the darker wooden mallet. Place the layer with the selected rectangular part on top of Background group and call it Texture. Go to Edit, Free Transform and increase the size of the rectangle to cover your canvas.


Step 12

Change Blend Mode of Texture layer to Soft Light.
We are ready with the background preparation and your canvas and layers palette should resemble the following screenshot.


Step 13

Select the darker mallet and apply Edit, Free Transform to make the shape narrower. Use also Edit, Transform, Warp to make a curved line- that’ll be used for plant-like shapes around the fan. Select also a small part of the curve and darken it with Burn Tool. Place both shapes in the bottom right hand corner of the image as you see on the screenshot.
Name both layers Stem 1 (the small one) and Stem 2, change Blend Mode of Stem 1 layer to Luminosity and reduce Opacity to 67%. As for the bigger Stem 2, leave its Blend Mode to Normal and lower Opacity to 71%.
Create a new group called Stems above Background group and place there both stems layers.


Step 14

Using the same narrowed and warped mallet from the previous step create six more stems, each of them on a separate layer.
Place the shapes from Stem 3 and Stem 4 layer to cross each other at the bottom right of the image. Set Blend Mode of both layers to Luminosity and Opacity to 71%.
Move Stem 5 to the bottom right hand corner and using Edit, Transform, Warp, make it a bit wider than the other shapes. Leave Blend Mode to Normal but lower Opacity to 71%.
Move Stem 6 and Stem 7 shapes to the bottom right side (make Stem 6 smaller using Free Transform) and change Blend Mode of both layers to Luminosity, Opacity: 100%.
Place the last Stem 8 layer on top of layers palette and move the shape to the left of Stem 5 layer. Reduce Opacity of Stem 8 layer to 59%.


Step 15

In this step we are going to choose a magic brush for Smudge Tool to achieve lovely spatter effect for the background.
Firstly select all Stem layers within Stem group, duplicate them and merge the duplicates. Call the new layer Stem 9 and set its Blend Mode to Soft Light. Duplicate the layer again and change its Blend Mode to Luminosity. Call this second duplicate Stem 10.
Duplicate Stem 10, rename the duplicate Stem 11 and move to the upper left hand side of the image. Set its Blend Mode to Normal.
Pick Smudge Tool and from Brushes drop down menu choose Dry Brush Tip Light Flow. Set its Master Diameter to 80px and Strength to 82%. Start to brush the warped shapes till you have a nice sandy textured spots like those on the screenshot. This Dry Brush Tip Light Flow combined with Smudge Tool makes really great scattered effects.


Step 16

In the following steps we are going to make more plants to fill the background.
Take Elliptical Marquee Tool and draw a flattened elliptical selection on the darker wooden mallet. Press Ctrl+J to copy the selected elliptical shape on a new layer. Go to Image, Adjustments, Hue/Saturation (hot keys Ctrl+U) and move the Hue slider to +22.
Right click on the layer, select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Down
Size: 57px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: # d040bd
Opacity: 58%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #9d6801
Opacity: 46%

Create a new empty layer below this elliptical shape then highlight and merge these two layers to apply the Bevel and Emboss.


Step 17

With the elliptical shape layer selected, go to Edit, Transform, Warp and move the nodes to achieve the shape you see on the screenshot given to this step.


Step 18

Keep the previously manipulated layer selected and go to Window, Actions. At the bottom of Actions panel click on the Folder icon (Create a New Action). In the small dialog box appeared leave the name Action 1 as by default and press OK. From now on you are starting to record each step you perform to manipulate the shape as a part of this Action 1. Duplicate the warped shape. Go to Edit, Free Transform, move the duplicated shape a few pixels to the right and slightly rotate it. I entered 8.3 degrees Angle of Rotation in the Free Transform Options Bar. Still don’t press Enter to apply this transformation. Go to Edit, Transform, Warp and move the nodes to make the shape thinner. Now press Enter key. We have two more steps to perform in order to complete the whole action.


Step 19

In this step we continue our work in Actions Panel. While the previously duplicated layer is highlighted, press Ctrl+U and only move Hue slider to +7. Don’t check Colorize option.


Step 20

To complete the Action, press Stop Playing/ Recording button then press 6 times Play Selection button in Actions Panel. This way you’ll add six more transformed copies of the shape. When ready, you can delete this action. Simply highlight Action 1 and drag it to the recycle bin icon in Actions Panel.


Step 21

Merge all layers of the shape manipulated in Actions Panel. You can warp it more depending on how you prefer to look thee background plants. Duplicate the shape, apply Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal on the duplicated layer and move it to fit to the original shape. Merge both layers when ready. Now you have a lovely feather shaped leaf. Duplicate it again and place the copy below the original. Scale it down and move it so that about a half of it to be visible behind the original shape.


Step 22

Duplicate five times the previously created shape. Try to arrange them on your canvas the way you see it on the screenshot.
Place the first three copies at the bottom of the right hand side of the canvas and name them Bottom Feather, Bottom Right Feather 1 (reduce its size with Free Transform) and Bottom Right Feather 2. Distribute the other three copies upwards and call them Upper Feather, Upper Left Feather and Upper Right Feather.
Highlight all Feather layers, go to Layer, Group Layers and call the new group Feather Shape.


Step 23

This is the last step referring to our work in Feather Shape group of layers. Select Bottom Feather layer and change its Blend Mode to Luminosity. Set Blend Mode of Bottom Right Feather 1 and Bottom Right Feather 2 to Multiply. Reduce Opacity of these two layers to 53%.
Change Blend Mode of Upper Feather to Lighter Color and reduce its Opacity to 24%.
Set the Blend Mode of Upper Right Feather to Luminosity and Opacity to 84%.
Go to Upper Left Feather and change its Blend Mode to Multiply. Leave its 100% Opacity untouched.
As a final touch, smudge Upper Feather, Upper Right and Upper Left Feather using Dry Brush Tip Light Flow for Smudge Tool.


Step 24

It is time for a new action. Select elliptical shape from the lighter colored wooden mallet. Position its layer in between Feather Shape and Stems Group. Go to Action Panel and click on the New Action icon. Leave the name by default and click OK.
Firstly duplicate the squished ellipse and go to Edit, Free Transform. In the Options bar insert 5.5 degrees for Angle of Rotation. Don’t press Enter, we’ll continue to apply another transformation in the next step.


Step 25

Go to Edit, Transform, Distort and move both left nodes in upper direction as you see on the screenshot. Move also the bottom left node 2-3 pixels to the left. Still don’t press Enter key to apply the last transformation.


Step 26

Move to the right the already distorted shape and press Enter. We are ready with its transformations.


Step 27

Press Ctrl+U to change the Hue/Saturation settings. Don’t check Colorize option, only move the Hue slider to minus 7.


Step 28

To complete the action, press Stop Playing/ Recording button in Actions Panel then press eighteen times Play Selection button. You should have twenty layers- the original elliptical shape, its first duplicate- transformed and changed in color and its eighteen duplicates. Highlight all these twenty layers, right click and select Merge Layers.
Optional: You can slightly modify the resulting shape using Edit, Transform, Warp.


Step 29

Place the last created shape at the bottom right hand corner of the image. I preferred to apply once more Edit, Free Transform, Warp, and used Burn Tool to darken the bottom edge.
Rename this layer Plant 1 and position it above Stems group. To revive the background more, duplicate Plant 1 layer and scale it down with Edit, Free Transform then go to Edit, Transform Flip Horizontal and place the smaller shape above the original one.
Highlight both Plant 1 and Plant 1 Copy layer and go to Layer menu. Choose Group Layers and call the new group Plants.


Step 30

We are still in Plants group. Change Blend mode of its two layers to Luminosity and reduce Opacity of Plant 1 layer to 77%.


Step 31

Use Elliptical Marquee tool to make another selection on the lighter colored mallet. Press Ctrl + J to separate the selected part on a new layer. For now keep this layer positioned above the previously created Plants group. Right click on it and select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss and enter the following settings:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 93%
Direction: Down
Size: 73px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: # eb0b6c
Opacity: 100%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #aa624c
Opacity: 49%

Create a new empty layer below and merge both layers to apply this Bevel and Emboss.


Step 32

We are going into action again. With the previously created layer selected, go to Window, Actions and click on Create a New Action button. Press OK button on the small New Action dialog box and duplicate the layer. Go to Edit, Free Transform, hold down Shift key and press three times Right Arrow button then press Upper Arrow button one time and rotate the duplicated ellipse at 8.3 degrees (enter 8.3 degrees Angle of Rotation in the Options bar).


Step 33

In this step we’ll continue to transform the duplicated elliptical shape. Go to Edit, Transform, Warp and slightly bend the ellipse. Press Enter to complete the transformation.


Step 34

Navigate to Image menu, select Adjustments, Hue/ Saturation (Ctrl+U) and change only Hue to +7. Press OK to close Hue/Saturation box.


Step 35

In order to complete this action, press Stop Playing/ Recording button then press nineteen times Play Selection button. When ready, you should have a shape resembling the one shown on the screenshot. Select and merge all its layers.


Step 36

This step is optional. I only used Edit, Free Transform and Edit, Transform, Warp to slightly shorten and squeeze this feathery leaf shape.


Step 37

Duplicate the previously created feathery leaf and apply Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal on the duplicated shape. Fix both shapes to each other and merge their layers. Duplicate this new layer, apply Edit, Transform, Flip Vertical on the copy and fix the edges of the shape to the previous one. Merge the feathery leaves layers again.


Step 38

Go to Edit, Free Transform to scale down the leaf created in the previous step, name its layer Left Feather Leaf and place below all layers in Plants group. Change Blend Mode to Multiply.


Step 39

Grab your favorite selection tool to select the handle of the darker wooden mallet. Use Free Transform to narrow, lengthen and rotate it. Hold down Ctrl and click on its layer’s thumbnail to load a selection and with the shape selected go to Filter, Distort, Polar Coordinates, check Rectangular to Polar and press OK button to close Polar Coordinates dialog box. From this shape we are going to create more plant leaves for the upper left side of the canvas.


Step 40

Duplicate seven times the previously created layer and apply transformations on the duplicated layers. I used Edit, Free Transform to change the size of the shapes and Edit, Transform, Warp to curve one of them. When ready, randomly arrange this leaves, highlight their layers, right click on them and select Merge Layers. Call the layer Brown Leaves and position it in Plants group above Right Upper Stem layer.
Change Blend Mode of Brown Leaves layer to Luminosity. Duplicate it and set Blend mode of Brown Leaves Copy layer to Lighter Color.


Step 41

Use again Free Transform and Warp to transform the mallets and to add more thin and curvy stems. Firstly add two smaller stems at the upper right hand side of the canvas. Reduce Opacity of both layers to 75% and change Blend Mode to Luminosity. Call those two layers Right Upper Stem 1 (positioned at the bottom of Plants group) and Right Upper Stem 2 (positioned at the top of Plants group).
Add also a stem and leaf to the small plant made in Step 30 (Plant 1 copy layer). Name the layers Small Plant Stem and Small Plant Leaf respectively, place them below Plant 1 copy layer and change Blend Mode to Luminosity.
Add a longer stem extending from the bottom left corner of the canvas and reaching Left Feather Leaf. Call this layer Pink Stem (as when we change the blend mode, it’ll get pink) and position it below Plant 1 layer. Change Blend Mode to Darken.
The last two stems we are to add will extend from the bottom left part of the canvas. Call them Left Bottom Stem 1 (placed below Pink Stem layer) and Left Bottom Stem 2 (placed above Pink Stem Layer on my screenshot). Change Blend mode of both layers to Difference.


Step 42

Create a new layer above Plants group and name it Clouds Filter 1. Set Foreground Color to #e3ebba and Background Color to #29504f. Pick Rectangular Marquee Tool and draw a small selection (about 1/6 the size of the canvas). Go to Filter, Render, Clouds. The filter effect will appear within the selection. Press Ctrl + D to deselect and go to Edit, Free Transform. Scale up this small rectangle filled with clouds, to cover the whole canvas and press Enter to apply the transformation.


Step 43

Set Blend Mode of Clouds Filter 1 layer to Hard Light and Opacity to 60%. Your result should resemble the following screenshot.


Step 44

Now it is time to slightly brighten the background and increase its contrast. Go to Layer, New Adjustments Layer and select Brightness and Contrast from the fly out menu, move the Brightness slider to 13 and Contrast slider to 66.


Step 45

In this step we’ll start to create the central object of our image, the hand fan. Let us start with the fan ribs.
Take the selected darker mallet and go to Edit, Free Transform. Narrow and lengthen the shape to resemble my result on the screenshot. Select also the neck of the mallet and reshape it by means of Free Transform and Warp to make it smaller and to give a curve to the upper side. Place this tiny shape on a layer below the transformed mallet.


Step 46

This is the step in which we’ll add some relief to the fan
Using Elliptical Marquee Tool, select a circular shape from the mallet, press Ctrl + J to get it on a new layer. Right click on its layer, select Bevel and Emboss and change the settings as follows:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 9 px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Cone-Inverted
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #80620c
Opacity: 31%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000
Opacity: 18%

Create a layer below the circle and merge both layers- the circle and the empty one in order to apply the layer style.

Duplicate the circle, go to Edit, Free Transform, whilst holding down Shift key, press Up Arrow key two times- this will move the duplicated circle 20 pixels upwards. Press Enter to apply the transformation then hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and press T key 39 times. When ready, erase the upper half part of the top circle to give it a crescent shape. Use also Edit, Transform, Warp to slightly lengthen the original circle.

Select and merge all circle layers. Apply Edit, Free Transform to scale down the shape and move it to fit the narrower part of the fan rib.


Step 47

Select the handle of the darker mallet. Press Ctrl + J to get it on a new layer, apply Edit, Transform, Flip Vertical to turn the shape upside down. Duplicate the layer, change Blend mode of the duplicate to Screen and merge both original and copied layer. Apply Free Transform to squish the shape then Warp the bottom side to give it a spear like shape. Move the shape to fit the upper part of the fan rib as you see on the screenshot.


Step 48

This is the last but one step concerning Fan Rib creation.
Duplicate the lighter shape made during the previous step. Use Edit, Free Transform to squish it horizontally and place in the middle of the original shape. Right click on this new layer, select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss and insert the following values:

Style: Pillow Emboss
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 144%
Direction: Up
Size: 21 px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #3d3003
Opacity: 14%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #412b06
Opacity: 55%


Step 49

Use again the mallet’s neck to add finishing touch to the fan rib. Go to Edit, Free Transform to scale down the wooden shape then use Edit, Transform, Warp to make it concave. Duplicate the shape and flip it horizontally (Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal). Fix both shapes to each other so that to resemble a flower cup and place them in the middle of the rib as shown on the screenshot.

The fan rib is ready. Select all its layers, merge them and call the layer Fan Rib.


Step 50

Duplicate the Fan Rib layer and with the duplicate selected, go to Edit, Free Transform- hold down Shift key, press Up Arrow key fifteen times, then press Right Arrow key four times, Rotate at 18 degrees and press Enter to apply the transformation. Now hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and press T key 8 times. Select and merge all ribs layers, call the new layer Fan Ribs, highlight it and go to Layer, Group Layers. Name the new group Fan.


Step 51

In this step we’ll shape the fan segments. Select the darker mallet’s handle with a part of the neck (we need the relief), press Ctrl + J to separate the shape on a new layer and go to Edit, Transform, Distort and expand the upper part of the shape. Call the layer Segment 1.


Step 52

Now position the previously created Segment 1 shape above Fan Ribs layer in Fan group. Fix the segment to the left fan rib as it is shown on the following screenshot.


Step 53

Duplicate Segment 1 shape eleven times and rename all these duplicates from Segment 2 to Segment 12 respectively and fix each segment to the appropriate fan rib.
Select the last, rightmost rib covered by the 12th segment, press Ctrl+J and call the layer Fan Front Rib. Position it on top of Fan group.


Step 54

In this step we are going to add some shadows to the fan. Firstly hold down Ctrl and press on the Segment 1 layer’s thumbnail to load a selection. We need to expand the selection so hold down Ctrl+Shift and press on all segments layers (from Segment 2 to Segment 12) to load selection on them too. Keep the selection and create a new layer above Segment 1. Call the layer Upper Dark Arc. Take a soft black brush of about 500px size and start brushing the upper part of the selection. Change Blend Mode of the layer to Overlay and reduce Opacity to 30%.
Whist the selection is still active, create a new layer above the last created layer and call the new one Bottom Dark Arc. Grab again your big soft black brush and paint the bottom part of the selection. Change the layer’s blend mode to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 48%.


Step 55

We are going to add some volume to the fan now. Create a new layer above Bottom Dark Arc layer and call it Gradients. Hold down Ctrl and click on Segment 1 layer to load a selection. Return to Gradients layer, select Gradient Tool and fill the selection with Black to White gradient, drawn from bottom to top.
Hold down Ctrl and click on Segment 2 layer thumbnail to load selection. Go to Gradients layer and fill the selection with dark grey shades gradient- #625e5f to #2f1d1b. Draw the gradient from the upper to the bottom side of the fan.
Now hold down Ctrl and click on Segment 3 layer’s thumbnail to get a selection. In gradients layer fill this selection with light shades gradient- #ffffff (white) to #f0f0f0. Draw this gradient from upper to bottom side of the fan again.
Continue filling every other segment selection with light shades gradient and the rest of the segments selections with dark shades gradients.
Have a look at my screenshot, I have reduced the opacity of the gradients so that the fan segments to be visible too.


Step 56

Change Blend Mode of Gradients layer to Soft Light and Opacity to 58%.


Step 57

Now keep switched on only Fan group and keep all other groups and layers turned off. Go to File, Save As and in File name field call the file Displacement Map.psd. Click on Save button to close the dialog. Later we’ll use this .psd file as a displacement map for the fan ornaments.
Now just go back to your work in your original .psd file.


Step 58

In the next steps we are going to make a nice heart shaped pendant to beautify the fan. Take Custom Shape Tool in Paths mode and choose Heart Card from Shapes set. We’ll use this shape to load a heart shaped selection on the darker mallet. Draw the heart on the lighter area of the mallet, then navigate from Custom Shape to Pen Tool. With the Pen Tool selected right click and choose Make Selection. Press OK button to close Make Selection box, then press Ctrl+J to get the heart shape on a new layer. Decrease the size of the heart using Edit, Free Transform and position it as shown on the screenshot. Call the layer Heart and place it on top of Fan group.


Step 59

Create a new layer on top of Fan group and call it Chain Bolt. Take Elliptical Marquee Tool and holding down Shift draw a small circle at the intersecting point of all fan ribs. Fill the circle with middle grey #808080, right click on the layer, select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Emboss
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 60%
Direction: Down
Size: 16px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Overlay
Color: #ffffff (white)
Opacity: 10%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000 (black)
Opacity: 44%


Step 60

Create a new layer called Bolt Furrow placed above Bolt layer in Fan group. Take Rectangular Marquee Tool and draw a small rectangle which upper and down sides slightly exceed the bolt size. Fill the selection with middle grey #808080. Right click on the layer, select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Pillow Emboss
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 93%
Direction: Up
Size: 10px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Cone
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Overlay
Color: #ffffff (white)
Opacity: 14%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000 (black)
Opacity: 67%


Step 61

In this step we are going to make a nice chain with old gold color for the heart shaped fan pendant.
Note: Please, take into consideration that my screenshot concerning this step is zoomed in. The real size of the chain segments is visible in the next Step 61.
Create a new layer on top of Fan group. Draw an ellipse with Elliptical Marquee Tool. Fill with Black. Draw a smaller elliptical selection within the first ellipse and press delete. Thus you’ll create the first chain segment.
Create a new layer above, take a Hard Round Brush (adjust its size according to fit the first segment) and while holding Shift, draw a short line to make the second chain segment.
With any of these two segments layer selected, right click and choose Blending Options, Inner Glow, then change its setting like this:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Noise: 0%
Color: #010101
Technique: Softer
Source: Edge
Choke: 0%
Size: 7px
Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Range: 50%
Jitter: 0%

Now tick Bevel and Emboss in Layer Style box and change the settings:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 3px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #dfbe4b
Opacity: 100%
Shadow Mode: Normal
Color: #ffb619
Opacity: 44%

The next Layer Style to be applied is Satin:

Blend Mode: Color Dodge
Color: #ffffff
Opacity: 80%
Angle: 19 degrees
Distance: 6px
Size: 7px
Contour: Rounded Steps
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Invert: checked

The last Layer Style we have to apply is Gradient Overlay:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Gradient: #020202, #B47d20, #010101
Reverse: unchecked
Style: Linear
Align with Layer: checked
Angle: -90 degrees
Scale: 105%

Press OK button in Layer Styles box, then right click on the chain segment layer and select Copy Layer Style. Select the other chain segment layer, right click on it and select Paste Layer Style.

Duplicate both segments a few times to make a chain. When the chain gets long enough, select all its layers, right click and Merge them. Name the new layer Chain.


Step 62

Place Chain layer between Heart and Fan Front Rib layers. Use Edit, Free Transform to resize the chain and fix it to the bolt and wooden heart pendant.


Step 63

Duplicate Chain layer, call the duplicate Chain Shadow and place it below the original. Press Ctrl+U to activate Hue/Saturation dialog box and drag Lightness Slider to -100. Move the chain shadow 2px to the right and 2px downwards using Right and Down Arrow keys.
Go to Filter, Blur Gaussian Blur and set the blur Radius to 3px.
Take Eraser tool with Soft Brush and erase the parts of the Chain Shadow which exceed the fan ribs.
Set Blend Mode of Chain Shadow layer to 74%.


Step 64

Highlight all segments layers (from Segment 1 to Segment 12) and duplicate them. With the duplicates highlighted right click and select Merge Layers. Call the new layer Fan_Motion Blur and place it at the bottom of Fan group.
Whilst Fan_Motion Blur layer is selected, go to Filter, Blur, Motion Blur and set Angle to minus 65 degrees and Distance to 400 pixels. After the motion blur filter is applied duplicate the layer to strengthen the effect and merge both motion blur layers- the original and duplicate. Change Blend Mode of the new Fan_Motion Blur layer to Soft Light.


Step 65

Duplicate Fan_Motion Blur layer and change Blend mode of the duplicated one to Dissolve. Position the duplicated layer below the original and reduce its Opacity to 62%.


Step 66

We need to create one more shape to the upper right angle of the canvas in order to smooth our composition. In this step we’ll make a nice fan shaped leaf.
For the purpose select the upper part of the darker mallet and go to Edit, Transform, Warp. Move the nodes so that the result resembles the tear-drop shape on my screenshot.
Position the shape horizontally on you screen and duplicate its layer. With the duplicate highlighted, go to Edit, Free Transform and enter 14.5 degrees for Angle of Rotation in the Options Bar. Now hold down Shift and move the shape upwards using Up Arrow key. The bottom thinner parts of both the original and duplicated shape should touch each other. Press Enter key to apply the transformation then hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and press T key twelve times. Your result should look like a small fan made of wooden “petals”. In the next step we’ll add more elements.


Step 67

For the additional elements we’ll be using the same part of the wooden mallet from which we made the previous small fan shape.
Use Edit, Free Transform to squish and lengthen the selected upper part of the mallet. Duplicate the resulting shape and to darken the duplicate go to Image, Adjustments, Brightness and Contrast: set Brightness to minus 30 and increase Contrast option to plus 50. After the duplicated shape is darkened, navigate to Edit, Free Transform and make the shape narrower. Position the already darkened and squished shape in the middle of the original one. When ready, highlight and merge both the duplicate and original. Duplicate the resulting shape six more times and position all these seven shapes in between the created in the previous step fan shape.
Select all layers created in STEP 65 and STEP 66 and merge them. Call this new layer Small Fan.


Step 68

Resize Small Fan layer by means of Edit, Free Transform, change its layer’s Blend Mode to Luminosity and place the shape at the upper right hand corner of the canvas. Position the layer in Plants group, below Plant 1 layer.


Step 69

Let us add more effects to the image. I preferred the mystic runes, but if you like, you can use another letters or shapes.
Take Pen Tool in Paths Mode and draw runes like shapes on random parts of the mallets. After the respective rune is ready, right click, choose Make Selection and press Ctrl+J to get it on a new layer.


Step 70

We still have to manipulate the previously created runes in this step. Firstly arrange them as you like at the left hand side of the image- they should look as flying out of the fan. When ready, merge all runes layers. Rename this new merged layer Runes and place it in a new group called Fan Ornaments and positioned on top of the layers stack.
Right click on Runes layer, select Blending Options and tick Bevel and Emboss. Only reduce the opacity of the white Highlight color to 10% and press OK to close the Layer Style dialog box.


Step 71

Our fan image looks good but it is also a bit dull without not a single ornaments or shape on it. Let us add some.
Take Elliptical Marquee Tool to select a circle from one of the wooden mallets’ middle areas. Get the circle on a new layer through Ctrl+J, right click, choose Bevel and Emboss and change its settings:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Down
Size: 65px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #1e6eab
Opacity: 56%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000
Opacity: 38%

Press OK to close the Layer Style box then with the circle layer selected go to Edit, Transform, Warp. From Warp drop down menu choose Arc Lower and press Enter.
Duplicate the layer, go to Edit, Free Transform, hold down Shift and press Left Arrow key five times and Up Arrow key three times then resize the shape to make it smaller and rotate it at minus 10.6 degrees. Press Enter to apply this transformation then hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and press T key a few times to arrange the shapes into a spiral. Then select all layers making the parts of this spiral and merge them. Keep this layer for now, we are going to add more shapes and figures to give the fan some relief.


Step 72

Add more runes and random shapes to revive the fan pattern. It is entirely up to you what shapes to choose. I used randomly selected lines and curves from the mallets, added Spiral (Custom Shape Tool) with color #a16936, used transformed and warped mallets, also added the shape created in the previous step.
You can add another spiral shape. For the purpose I selected the neck of the mallet, warped it to make it concave, applied Bevel and Emboss (Direction: Down; Highlight Color: Yellow) then duplicated the shape and used Edit, Free Transform to rotate, resize and move the duplicate in upper direction, then pressed Enter, after that held down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and pressed T key to multiply the shape until the spiral appeared on my canvas.
The only rule in this step is to arrange all chosen shapes to fit the fan. You can achieve some symmetry by duplicating some of them, flipping them horizontally (Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal) and positioning them on the opposite side.
If you are satisfied with your fan pattern, select all these decoration layers, merge them and call the new layer Fan Shapes. Place it above Fan group and while the layer is highlighted, go to Layer, Group Layers. Name the new group Fan Ornaments.


Step 73

Place Fan Shapes layer containing all its figures and ornaments to fit the fan and try neither one of them to exceed fan borders (use my screenshot as a guideline). While Fan Shapes layer is selected, go to Image, Group Layers and call the new group Fan Ornaments (above Fan group).


Step 74

You remember that in Step 57 we saved a file called Displacement Map. Now it is a time to apply it. Whilst Fan Shapes layer is selected, go to Filter, Distort, Displace and when Displace box pops up, set both Horizontal and Vertical Scale to 20. Press OK button. After that another dialog box will appear- Choose a Displacement Map. Well, just find your Displacement Map.psd file, select it and press Open button to close the box.


Step 75

After applying Displacement Map, the Fan Shapes should take the relief of the fan. In order to give it an old and worn out look, I used Smudge Tool with Dry Brush Tip Light Flow. Almost the same effect could be achieved if you use Eraser Tool with the same brush.


Step 76

This step is really short and easy to perform. Right click on the selected Fan Shapes layer and choose Duplicate layer.
Change Blend Mode of Fan Shapes layer to Overlay, leave Blend mode of Fan Shapes Copy layer to Normal and reduce its Opacity to 60%.


Step 77

Another vey short step is coming here. To make the fan shapes look thicker just duplicate Fan Shapes Copy Layer and position it at the bottom of Fan Ornaments group. Don’t change Blend Mode and Opacity, leave them to Normal and 100% respectively.


Step 78

To add more effects we’ll create a soft scattered brush in this step.
Firstly take Brush Tool and select Soft Round Brush of 35px size. Click on Toggle the Brushes Panel Icon to call Brushes window. Leave Shape Dynamics by default, then tick Scattering and move Scatter slider to 1000%.
The next option to be changed is Color Dynamics. Move the slider of Foreground/ Background Jitter to 80%, set Hue Jitter to 35% and Saturation Jitter to 30%.
Check Other Dynamics and change Opacity Jitter to 30% and Flow Jitter to 70%.
Check Wet Edges, Airbrush and Smoothing options.
The brush is ready. If you like to keep it for another works, just click on Create New Brush folder icon at the bottom of Brushes window. Name the brush Soft Scattered for example and press OK.


Step 79

Create a new layer placed on top of Effects group and call it Soft Brush. Select your new brush and make a few dabs preferably on the areas around the fan. I used blue then green as foreground colors but it is not that important as in the next step we are going to change the Blend Mode.


Step 80

Now change the Blend Mode of Soft Brush layer to Luminosity, right click on its layer thumbnail, select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Down
Size: 9px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #84f5ef
Opacity: 90%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: #000000 (black)
Opacity: 47%


Step 81

Create a new layer called Glowing Curve and place it above Soft Brush layer in Effects group. Grab Pen Tool in Paths Mode and draw a curved path positioned at the right hand side of the canvas. Right click on the path and select Stroke Path, leave Brush by default in Stroke Path box and check Simulate Pressure. Press OK to stroke the path. Right click on the Glowing Curve layer, select Blending Options, Outer Glow:

Blend Mode: Screen
Opacity: 35%
Noise: 0%
Color: #523fd9
Technique: Softer
Spread: 2%
Size: 27px
Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Range: 50%
Jitter: 0%


Step 82

Create a new layer positioned above Glowing Curve 1 and call it Glowing Curve 2. Set Foreground Color to # 84c5b4, select Brush Tool and choose Soft Brush of 5px size. Grab again Pen Tool in Paths Mode and create a new curve which repeats the shape of the first glowing curve. Right click and select Stroke Path. In the Stoke Path box which will pop up, select Brush and leave Simulate Pressure unchecked. Press OK.
Right click on Glowing Curve 2 layer thumbnail and select Blending Options, Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 317%
Direction: Down
Size: 3px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 30 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color: #ffffff (white)
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color: # 430c21
Opacity: 75%


Step 83

Create a new layer on top of Effects group and call it Soft White brush. Now select Brush Tool, set Foreground color to white, choose Soft Brush and increase its size to 1100px. Click with that brush on the bottom half of the fan. Then decrease the brush size to 300-400px and click on the upper right part of the fan.
Change Blend Mode of Soft White Brush layer to Hard Light and reduce Opacity to 47%.


Step 84

Create a new layer named Bottom Glow and position it below all layers in Effects group. Take Soft White brush of about 150px size and draw a few lines as you see on the screenshot. Make also a two dabs with the brush on either side of the lines. Then move this white brush lines at the bottom of the canvas. Go to Filter, Blur, Motion Blur- set Angle to -65 degrees and Distance to the maximum 998px. Press OK to close Motion Blur box. Now these transparent beams should reach the bottom part of the fan. In order to add more transparency, reduce Opacity of the layer to 58%.


Step 85

In order to improve the whole mystic mood of our magic fan image, we are going to add one more clouds filter effect.
Now set the Foreground Color to #c4a883 and Background Color to #311627. Create a new layer on top of Layers palette and rename it Clouds Filter 2. Go to Filter, Render, Clouds to fill the layer with the cloudy effect.


Step 86

Now change the Blend Mode of Clouds Filter 2 layer to Soft Light. Add Layer Mask and while the mask is selected, use Soft Black Brush to clean the portions of the clouds layer covering the wider part of the fan. Make also a few dabs with the same brush on the bottom right and upper left part of the canvas.


Step 87

We need to increase the contrast of the fan. With the Clouds Filter 2 layer selected, go to Layer, New Adjustments Layer, Brightness and Contrast. Increase Contrast to 54 and close Brightness and Contrast box. While the adjustment layer’s mask is selected, use Soft Black brush to clean the areas around the fan. The background is better to be left blurred.


Step 88

In this last step we’ll add another one Adjustments Layer. Navigate again to Layer menu, select New Adjustments layer, Photo Filter. From Filter drop down menu choose Underwater and set Density to 20%. Change Blend mode of this photo filter adjustment layer to Overlay and decrease Opacity to 30%.
Take again Soft Black brush and clean the areas around the fan.


Step 89

After implementing all previous steps, your resulting fan image should look like the one on the following screenshot.
Good luck and enjoy the tut :)



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27 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Super detail, some very good ideas here and well enough explained that I may even get them to work -- Great job much thanks for the time and effort

(3 years and 165 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you very much for the kind words and support, Alan!

(3 years and 164 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

very beautiful Cornelia! and very nicely written

(3 years and 163 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you very much, my dear friend

(3 years and 163 days ago)
avatar Toothpick134

wow! The detail, time and effort put into making this is fantastic! (as usual from you! )
A great tutorial with a great final result! Keep up the good work!

(3 years and 157 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you very much, Patrick

(3 years and 157 days ago)
avatar erathion
erathion says:

Perfect, detailed, well explained...This entry was a master piece, now with the tutorial this is priceless...well done

(3 years and 155 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you for the kind comment and support, Erathion

(3 years and 154 days ago)
avatar loopyluv
loopyluv says:

Wow, very good my friend!!!!

(3 years and 153 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Many thanks, Ria

(3 years and 151 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Its Well explained tutorial. Your tutorial is excellent and quite in derived oriented for everybody who are in the field of designing especially. You did great job in form of tutorial and inspirational thought or message to designers.

(3 years and 151 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you, Litmusbranding

(3 years and 149 days ago)
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Guest says:

too much work for nothing

(3 years and 141 days ago)
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meena says:

only word i hav for it.. Superb...

(3 years and 141 days ago)
avatar Clinge
Clinge says:

Wow!! Super tutorial, sorry could not rate it an 8 ;-b
It's amazing how many work there is to make art like this.
THX

(3 years and 141 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you very much, Chris

(3 years and 141 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Great Work and good detailing! Although I have to say its a lot of work for something this mundane, no offense meant. It has a lot to teach though. One can use all the techniques elsewhere. Covers a lot of techniques. Good as a tutorial

(3 years and 139 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Cornelia, your work inspires artists to do a better work themselves. I have learned so much, just by looking at your creativity and by thinking about your patience to create something so beautiful every week. Thank you my friend, for sharing your work with us. I know how hard it is to write a tutorial. WELL DONE!!!!!!!

(3 years and 138 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Many thanks for the kind words and support, George!

(3 years and 138 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Wow! I only hope that I too can create such beautiful pieces in time - amazing.

(3 years and 127 days ago)
avatar nilknarfsoive

Amazing... I could imagine how such passionate you are about this piece... It is truly a masterpiece...

(3 years and 107 days ago)
avatar arca
arca says:

Incredible and amazing tutorial ... just like the image it creates! I will have to try this and you have explained each step so well. Bravo!

(3 years and 86 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Thank you for sharing this with us. I learn a lot from your tutorial. It's just amazing what you could do starting from that picture.

(3 years and 85 days ago)
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Guest says:

I'm impressed! You've mnaaegd the almost impossible.

(3 years and 82 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hello there

Great and amazing job. Thank you for sharing

(3 years and 77 days ago)
avatar Dubhy63
Dubhy63 says:

Fantastic tutorial,very detailed.

(3 years and 56 days ago)
avatar grimsoul
grimsoul says:

A really impressive tutorial. Love the detail you put into it. Great job

(2 years and 42 days ago)


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