Part 1: Creating the 2D heart
Create a new Illustrator file of 2000px Width and 1300px Height.
Take Pen Tool and draw a heart shape on your art board.
Keep the Heart shape selected and fill it with Radial Gradient (Window, Gradient or Ctrl+F9).
Change the color of the first gradient swatch to R=255, G=139, B=255 and the second gradient swatch to R=122, G=0, B=162.
Go to the Control Bar and change the Stroke Weight to 70px and Stroke Color to R=185, G=0, B=215.
Take again the Pen Tool and draw a wavy shape. Try to make it look like that shown on my screenshot.
Fill the shape with Linear Gradient of Angle 0 degrees and these colors:
First Gradient Swatch (Location 0%): R=229, G=163, B=30
Second Gradient Swatch (Location 50%): R=243, G=221, B=152
Third Gradient Swatch (Location 100%): R=120, G=34, B=0
Keep the same purple Stroke Color we applied in the previous step, only change its Weight to 2px.
Now we should make the wavy shape to fit perfectly the heart. For the purpose select the Heart, duplicate it (Ctrl+C) and paste it in front (Ctrl+F), then go to Object, Arrange, Bring to Front (Shift+Ctrl+]). Thus the duplicated heart gets in front of the wavy shape.
Holding Shift select both the copied heart and the wavy shape, right click and choose Make Clipping Mask.
The resulting image should resemble the result on the following screenshot.
While the wavy shape is selected, go to Transparency panel, change the blend mode to Soft Light and decrease Opacity to 25%.
Grab Pen Tool and create another wavy shape. Keep the same 2px purple Stroke, applied on the previous shape, but fill with this Linear Gradient (Angle 0 degrees):
First Gradient Swatch (Location 0%): R=125, G=178, B=61
Second Gradient Swatch (Location 50%): R=176, G=213, B=123
Third Gradient Swatch (Location 100%): R=56, G=99, B=25
Select the heart again, copy it and paste in front (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F), then press Shift+Ctrl+] to bring the heart shape to front (must be in front of the last created green shape).
Holding Shift select the heart together with the green gradient shape, right click and choose Make Clipping Mask. Thus the green shape gets engraved in the heart.
Navigate to Transparency Panel while the green gradient shape is selected. Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce Opacity to 30%.
Use Pen Tool with Yellow Fill Color and Red Stroke Color (Stroke Weight 5px) to draw another wavy shape. If the shape exceeds the borders of the heart, use Clipping Mask (repeat Step 4 or 7) to make the shape fits the heart.
In Transparency Panel change the blend mode of the yellow shape to Difference and Opacity to 10%.
Use the upper described techniques to add a shape at the left side of the heart. Fill it with black to white linear gradient of 0% Angle.
With the last created shape selected, go to Transparency Panel, set the blend mode to Multiply and Opacity to 5%.
Create another black and white shape using again Pen Tool and Clipping Mask to make it fit the left side of the heart. The Gradient Fill is Black to White, Linear type, Angle 0 degrees.
Change the blend mode of the shape created in previous step to Overlay and decrease Opacity to 20%.
The heart looks lovely now filled with magical interweaving transparent shapes inside. We are going to add some more of them.
Take Pen Tool again and draw a small shape at the upper mid part of the heart. As the shape is short, it could be easier for you to repeat the heart curve and Clipping Mask won’t be necessary.
Fill the Shape with Black to White, Radial type gradient. Keep the object selected.
Change the blend mode of the shape we just created to Soft Light and reduce Opacity to 20%.
Use again Pen Tool and Clipping Mask to add another wavy shape, filled with cyan and 5px red colored stroke.
Navigate to Transparency pane to set the blend mode of the cyan shape to Soft Light and Opacity to 20%. Thus we added a mystic blue to our heart, cool, isn’t it?
Use Pen Tool to draw a bit more complicated shape occupying almost the whole inside heart area. It is not difficult to be drawn, you see my Pen Tool nodes on the screenshot.
Fill the shape with Radial Gradient with these two colors:
First Gradient Swatch (location 0%): R=255, G=208, B=253
Second Gradient Swatch (location 100%): R=101, G=0, B=115
Keep the shape selected.
Go to Transparency pane to set the blend mode of the last created shape to Soft Light and Opacity to 70%.
Draw a small crescent shape at the upper left part of the heart using Pen Tool. Fill the shape with white to transparent Linear Gradient, Angle 0 degrees.
Change the blend mode of the selected crescent shape to Soft Light and reduce Opacity to 56%
Draw another crescent like shape at the upper left part of the heart, place it slightly below the first crescent. Fill it with white to transparent gradient (Linear type, Angle 0 degrees).
Change Transparency of the second crescent to Soft Light and lower Opacity to 54%.
Sigh, we have only one more tiny shape to draw and our magical purple heart is ready.
Draw the shape at the upper mid part of the heart and fill with white to transparent Linear Gradient. I set the Angle to 3.18 degrees.
Navigate to Transparency pane to set the blend mode of the last shape to Soft Light.
This is the resulting image of our twenty six steps of hard work.
Part 2: Creating the 3D heart
Create a new .ai file, 2000 x 1300px. Take Pen Tool and draw a heart on your art board. Disable the Stroke Color and choose purple for Fill Color.
If you prefer the heart to look asymmetric, skip steps 29-32. I decided to make a perfect heart shape so follow the next four steps if you like the same.
Draw a rectangle of any color in front of the heart, covering about one half of it. While holding down Shift select with Selection Tool both the rectangle and the heart and press Minus Front icon in Pathfinder panel.
You have now half heart on the art board.
Keep selected the half heart shape, duplicate it (Ctrl+C) and paste it in front (Ctrl+F) then go to Object, Transform, Reflect, choose Vertical and while the flipped half heart shape is selected move it to fit the original half.
Use Selection Tool to select both halves and press Unite icon in Pathfinder pane. Now the heart shape is ready and we are going to make it 3D in the following step.
With the united heart shape selected, navigate to Effect, 3d, Extrude and Bevel. In 3d Extrude and Bevel Options dialog box change the following settings:
Specify Rotation around the X Axis: -18 degrees
Specify Rotation around the Y Axis: -26 degrees
Specify Rotation around the Z Axis: 8 degrees
Extrude Depth: 635pt
Surface: Diffuse Shading
If you like more precise 3D effect, you can increase the number of Blend Steps, but I decided to leave them to 25.
On the screenshot below is the resulting 3D heart. Keep it selected and go to Object, Expand Appearance, then Object, Ungroup.
Take Direct Selection Tool and select only the front part of the heart. Fill it with Radial Gradient with these Color Swatches:
First Color Swatch (Location 0%): R=207, G=57, B=252
Second Color Swatch (Location 100%): R=50, G=2, B=54
Take Pen Tool with pink Color Stroke and draw two helical ornaments at the left side of the heart.
Select both ornamental shapes and in Transparency panel reduce their opacity to only 9%.
Take Pen Tool again and draw four leaf shapes around the “stems” created in Step 36. Fill them with Radial Gradient with these Color Swatches:
First Color Swatch (Location 0%): R=216, G=117, B=246
Second Color Swatch (Location 100%): R=88, G=4, B=125
Select all leaf shapes while holding down Shift key, in Transparency panel change their blend mode to Luminosity and reduce Opacity to 40%.
Select with Direct Selection Tool the front heart shape (the one filled with radial gradient), duplicate it (Ctrl+C) and paste it in front (Ctrl+F). Deselect it and draw with Pen Tool a shape of any color as you see on the screenshot below. Try to make a nice wave.
Select both shapes- the duplicated heart front and the shape with wavy left side, go to Pathfinder pane and select Minus Front icon.
On the screenshot below is shown the resulting shape.
In Transparency panel change the blend mode of the last created shape to Soft Light.
To increase the mat effect I duplicated (Ctrl+C) the last shape and pasted it in front (Ctrl+F).
The 3D heart is ready, see my result on the screenshot below.
In the next steps we’ll start the third part of our tutorial- turning a parking meter image into a magical shapes and stunning floral background.
Part 3: Processing in Photoshop
Open the Parking Meter source image in Photoshop- download the high resolution from here: http://www.pxleyes.com/images/contests/parking-meter/fullsize/sourceimage.jpg. Select with Rectangular Marquee Tool the part I have surrounded with red lines and press Ctrl+J to get it on a new layer.
Scale up the selected shape by using Edit, Free Transform. As you can see on the screenshot below, it covers the canvas. Call the layer Texture 1. While Texture 1 layer is selected, press Ctrl+G (Layer, Group Layers) to place it in a group. Name this group Background.
We need more textures for our enchanting background. Select another part of the Parking Meter source image, I have marked it in red on the screenshot below.
Repeat Step 46, scale up the selected part using Edit, Transform to make it cover the canvas.
Rename the layer Texture 2 and place it above Texture 1 layer in Background group.
Change the Blend Mode of Texture 2 layer to Overlay.
Create a new layer above all layers in Background group and name it Fuzzball Brush.
Select Fuzzbal Brush and change its Master Diameter to 175px. Change Foreground Color to Bright Yellow and paint small fuzzbals all over your canvas. Repeat the action with 400px Fuzzball Brush of cyan color. At last make a few dabs with the same Fuzzbal Brush of pink color- change its master diameter between 1900 and 2300px.
Name the layer Fuzzball Brush and place it on top in Background group.
With the Fuzzball Brush layer selected, go to Filter, Stylize, Glowing Edges and in the dialog box enter these settings:
Edge Width: 7
Edge Brightness: 20
Press OK button to apply the filter.
Change the Blend Mode of Fuzzball Brush layer to Luminosity and reduce Opacity to 39-40%.
We need more textures to add.
Grab Rectangular Marquee Tool and select the same part I have marked in red on the screenshot below.
Scale up the selected rectangle using Edit, Free Transform. Name the layer Texture 3 and place it above all layers in Background group.
Change Blend Mode of Texture 3 layer to Linear Light.
Use Polygonal Lasso to select the white line marked in red on the screenshot below and press Ctrl+J to separate it on a new layer.
Duplicate the selected line twice, use Edit, Free Transform to scale up and rotate each of the lines and arrange them the way it is done on the following screenshot.
Name the three lines layers Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3, place them on top in Background group and set the Blend Mode of each of them to Exclusion, Opacity 40%.
Duplicate Texture 3 layer and move the copied one above all layers in Background group. Rename it Texture 4, change its Blend Mode to Normal and reduce Opacity to 55%.
Duplicate also the Fuzzball Brush layer and move it on top in Background group. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay and lower Opacity to 29-30%.
While Background group is highlighted, go to Layer, New Adjustments Layer, choose Black and White from the fly-out menu. Leave the settings by default. Thus the Black & White layer will be automatically placed above the group and the image will turn B&W. Change Blend Mode of the adjustments layer to Multiply and reduce Opacity to 25%.
Take Soft Round Brush with Black (Foreground) color and brush the upper sides of the canvas while the mask of the adjustments layer is selected.
Have a look at the screenshot below to get a better impression which parts I have brushed.
With the Black and White adjustments layer selected, go to Layer, New Adjustments Layer, Color Balance. Change only the settings of the Midtones Option:
Cyan-Red: minus 43
Magenta-Green: minus 17
Yellow-Blue: minus 59
The enchanting blue background is ready.
Select a crescent shape from the Parking Meter source- the one marked in red on the following screenshot.
Duplicate seven times the previously selected shape. Name the layers from Ring 1 to Ring 8 respectively. Use Edit, Free Transform to scale up and rotate them, then arrange them as per the below screenshot.
Highlight all Ring layers, press Ctrl+G to put them in one group and call that group Rings.
Reduce the Opacity of the rings- I used settings between 23 and 70%, and play with the Blend Modes. I preferred Screen, Overlay and Linear Dodge. See my result below.
Move the 3D heart into your .psd document and use Edit, Free Transform to scale it.
Place the heart’s layer on top of Layers palette and while the layer is still highlighted, press Ctrl+G to put it in a group. Call the Group Heart.
Let us add some metal parts to make the heart more jewel like.
Duplicate one of the metal rings, select a part of it (marked in red on the following screenshot) and use Edit, Free Transform to turn it into a thin metal line. When ready duplicate the line two times and place them hanged at the bottom part of the heart. Merge their three layers in one and call it Bottom Lines. Move the layer below Heart layer in Heart group.
Let us give the heart some texture.
Go back to Background group for a while. Select Texture 2 layer and duplicate it. Set the Blend Mode of the duplicate to Normal and move it above Heart layer. Press Ctrl and click on the Heart’s layer thumbnail to load a selection. Highlight Texture 2 Copy layer, go to Select, Inverse and press Delete key. Thus the texture will cover only the heart. Rename its layer Heart Texture 1.
Change Blend Mode of Heart Texture 1 layer to Vivid Light and reduce Opacity to 19%.
Select the Parking Meter part marked in red on the screenshot below, scale it up with Free Transform and use also Edit, Transform, Warp to make it better fit the heart shape. Place its layer above Hear Texture 1 layer and name it Heart Texture 2.
Change the Blend Mode of Heart Texture 2 layer to Lighter Color and reduce its Opacity to 26%.
Select the bottom part of the Parking Meter source image, resize it using Edit, Free Transform, duplicate it twice and place in front of the heart. Now the three parts resemble flower cups. I made some dabs with 60px light blue Fuzzball Brush at the bases of the ”flower cups”.
Select also the metal crescent, duplicate it a few times and turn it into stems by using Free Transform and Warp.
Select the marked in red part of the Parking Meter. Place it at the left side of the heart as a texture, use Edit, Free Transform and Edit, Transform, Warp to resize and reshape it. Take also Eraser Tool (spatter brush) to erase the edges of the texture.
Change the Blend Mode of Heart Texture 3 layer to Lighten.
In this step we are going to add more texture. For the purpose copy the previous Heart Texture 3 layer, scale it up, place at the upper side of the heart and erase the excess parts. Make it to repeat the shape of the heart. Rename the layer Heart Texture 4.
Change the Blend Mode of Heart Texture 4 layer to Vivid Light and lower Opacity to 60-61%.
Select that precious dirty rusty spot at the right side of the Parking Meter and place it as you see on the screenshot below to add more texture. Name its layer Heart Texture 5.
Set the Blend Mode of Heart Texture 5 layer to Overlay. Now it gets transparent and glowing.
Duplicate Heart Texture 5 layer and rename the duplicate Heart Texture 6. Place it at the upper left part of the heart as you see on the screenshot below.
Set the Blend Mode of Heart Texture 6 layer to Overlay. Thus you’ll add more grunge glow to the heart.
Import the 2D heart into your photoshop document. Use Edit, Free Transform to resize and rotate it -make it small enough to be placed at the upper left side of the heart. Name its layer Little Heart and move it on top of Heart group. Reduce the Little Heart layer Opacity to 55%.
For better vision, in this step and the next four steps I switched off all background textures and shapes.
Use Pen Tool or Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the part of the Parking Meter source marked in red on the screenshot below. Duplicate the selected part, apply Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal on the duplicate and move to fit the original. Then merge both the original and its duplicate. When ready make two duplicates of the merged layer and place the three layers as you see on the screenshot. Change their Blend Mode to Pin Light.
Select the upper right part of the Parking Meter (the part is marked in red on the following screenshot). Use Edit, Free Transform to increase its length then duplicate it, apply Edit Transform, Flip Horizontal and move the flipped part to fit the original. Merge both parts layers. Select the resulting “ribbon” and rotate it 90 degrees (Edit, Transform, Rotate, 90 degrees). Then go to Edit, Transform, Warp and in the Options Bar open the Warp drop down menu and select Flag type of warp. Set Bend option to 70%.
Apply Free Transform and Distort (Edit, Free Transform; Edit, Transform, Distort) to make
the previously warped “ribbon” going out of the left part of the heart. Use Dodge and Burn Tool to give shadows and highlights.
Select again the metal crescent marked in red on the following screenshot. Duplicate the crescent thirteen times and using Free Transform and Warp reshape and distribute the crescents on the canvas as you see on the screenshot below. Use also Eraser Tool (spatter Brush) to make rough the edges of two of the crescents.
This is how the purple heart should look with the additional decoration added in the previous step.
Select all layers created in steps 82-85, press Ctrl+G to put them in one group called Heart Decoration. Place it above Heart group.
Create a new layer called Shadows and Highlights within Heart Decoration Group and use soft round black and soft round white brush at the upper part of the heart.
Reduce Opacity of Shadows and Highlights layer to 40%.
Select the source image part marked in red. When ready, duplicate it three more times. Use Edit, Free Transform to lengthen and scale up the shapes. Arrange them as you see on the screenshot.
Place the layers in Heart Decoration group. The most important is their layers to be in front of the heart so it does not matter between which layers you’ll move them in the group.
Change Blend Mode of the four layers to Overlay and play with Opacity- from 45 to 80%.
In this step we shall add more flying parts to our design. Select the part of the Parking Meter marked in red. Then select a half of it, duplicate it and flip the copy horizontally (Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal). Move the flipped copy to fit the original and merge both parts.
Duplicate the merged layer nine times, use Edit, Free Transform and Edit, Transform, Distort to resize and slightly distort each shape. Distribute these rusty metal shapes as you see on the screenshot below.
Create a new group named Flying Parts and place it on top of layers palette. Move to this group all previously created ten layers of the flying parts. I named their layers from 1 to 10 respectively.
Don’t leave the flying parts with Normal Blend Mode. I have chosen Vivid Light, Heart Light, Luminosity, Pin Light, Screen, Exclusion and Difference.
In this step we are going to prepare the chain parts. Select the parts marked in red on the following screenshot. Duplicate, Flip them Horizontally (Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal), make the duplicates fit the originals and merge the layers. On the following screenshot you’ll see how the chain is shaped from these parts.
Arrange the previously selected parts as you see on the following screenshot.
The heart is ready. Below is shown the resulting image. All we have to do is to add two adjustments layers to complete the image.
With the Chain group selected, navigate to Layer, New Adjustments Layer, choose Black and White from the fly out menu. Leave the settings as by default then change Blend Mode of this adjustments layer to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 33%. If you like, you can clean some parts of the adjustments layer. For the purpose, take Soft Round Brush (Black foreground color) and while the layer’s vector mask is selected brush above and below the heart as well as the right area of the heart.
While Black and White adjustments layer is selected, navigate to Layer, New Adjustments Layer and select Photo Filter. When the Adjustments dialog box appears, from Filter drop down menu select Magenta and move the slider to 100%. Change the Blend Mode of this adjustments layer to Soft Light and lower Opacity to 35%. While the mask of the layer is selected, grab the Soft Round Brush with black color and brush around the heart.
This is the final image. Hope you find useful this detailed tutorial. Good luck and have fun :)