In this tutorial you are going to be using Photoshop Elements to create a delicious looking chocolate Easter egg. This is the image you’re going to be making:
1. Create a new file (File > New File) of 800 x 800px with a transparent background.
Set the Foreground Color to #4e3429 and select the Paint Bucket tool and fill the background layer.
Set the Foreground Color to #69320b. Go to Edit > Fill Selection which will bring up the pop up box below.
Ensure it is set to use the Foreground Color and click OK. This is what you have now:
3. It doesn’t look much like an egg shape yet so we’re going to flatten the bottom half. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag out a rectangle around the bottom part of the egg, as below.
Select the Move tool and click on the grab handle at the bottom middle and reduce the size so you get an egg shape:
Go to Select > Deselect to cancel the selection.
4. We have our basic egg shape and now we need to decorate it. Set your Foreground Color to #efdcbd.
Go to the Custom Shape tool, select the ‘Nature’ option from the drop down menu and choose Waves 1. Draw out the shape on the bottom half of the egg, making sure it is larger than the egg as below. This automatically creates a new layer.
5. Select the Line Tool, set the size to 8px and draw a line towards the top of your egg, making sure it is a bit wider than the egg, as below:
Now set the Line Tool to 6px and draw another line near the top of the egg:
6. Select the Custom Shape Tool, select ‘Shapes’ from the drop down menu and choose the 10 Point Star Frame. Draw the star on the left hand side in the middle of the two lines, make sure you hold the shift key as you drag out the shape to keep the dimensions.
Now duplicate this layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer). Make sure your duplicated layer is active and then select the Move tool. Press and hold the right arrow on your keyboard will nudge your duplicated shape over to the right so that it’s in the middle:
Duplicate the layer again to make a third star. Then select the Move tool and use your right arrow to nudge it across to the right side of the egg, as below:
We have finished decorating the egg now so you need to merge all the decorative shapes into one layer. Select all of your shape layers by clicking on each layer in turn while holding down the Ctrl key (make sure you don’t include your egg shape or the background layer as these should remain as separate layers). Then go to Layer > Merge Layers.
You should now have three layers, as below:
7. Go to Filter > Distort > Spherize and set it to 100%.
This is what you should have now:
The Spherize effect has increased the size of your shapes so we need to reduce them so they fit on the egg. Go to Image > Transform > Free Transform and use the bounding handles to reduce the size. Make sure the wavy and straight lines overlap the edge of the egg slightly.
8. Making sure you top layer is active and go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask which will get rid of the shapes that are overlapping.
9. Now that everything fits on the egg properly, you need to merge your shape layer with the egg layer (Ctrl + click on the two layers and go to Layers > Merge Layers). This leaves you with just two layers which are the egg layer and the background layer.
With the egg layer active, go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap and use the following settings:
This gives the chocolate a nice chunky, textured look.
10. We need to give the egg some shading for a bit of depth. Create a new layer (Layer > New Layer) and create a clipping mask on the new layer (Layer > Create Clipping Mask). The mask keeps your shading inside the egg.
This is how your layers should look:
11. Set the foreground color to black (#000000) and select the Brush tool. Select a soft, round brush and set the size to 75px and opacity to 75%. Now use your brush to paint around the edges of the egg, as shown.
It doesn’t have to be perfect as we’re going to blur it. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and select a radius of 23 pixels.
This softens the edges of the shading and gives it a more spherical appearance. Now merge the layer with your shading with your egg layer (Layer > Merge Layers) and this is what you have:
12. We’re going to give the egg just a bit of a highlight. Create a new layer (Layer > New Layer) and set the foreground color to white (#ffffff). Select the brush tool and choose a soft round brush and set the size to 80px and opacity to 50%.
Brush a curved highlight from the near the top of middle part of the egg, down to the right about half way down, as shown below.
Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect as we’re going to blur it. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 35px. This is how it should look:
13. Set the Blend Mode of your highlight layer to Overlay and this gives a nice light color to give the egg a bit more depth.
The egg itself is finished now but we’re just going to work on the background and give the egg a nice shadow.
14. Create a new layer and drag this layer below your egg. Set the Foreground Color set to black (#000000) select the Brush Tool and select a hard round brush. Set the size to 85px and opacity to 100%. Paint one large dot in the middle at the bottom of your egg. The top half of the dot should be hidden behind the egg, as shown below.
Now go to Image > Transform > Free Transform and drag out the sides of the bounding handles so the dot is roughly as wide as your egg.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 25 pixels.
We’re very nearly finished now but I just want to make a more interesting background. It’s a quick and easy way of giving the egg the appearance of resting on a surface.
15. Select the Gradient Tool and go into Edit so we can set the colors. Use the Default setting and change the left hand color stop to a dark brown (#4e3429) and set the right hand color stop to a lighter brown (#8c6445), so it should look as shown below.
Press OK. Use a linear gradient, with the mode set to Normal and the Transparency box ticked.
Now you’re going to drag out the gradient but to create the effect, you need to start and stop in a specific place.
Start the gradient from the bottom of the image, just below the canvas and drag a line upwards to just below the middle of the egg. Keep the shift key pressed down as you drag upwards to keep the line straight.
And you’re all done, this is your finished image!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. There are endless ways to vary it by experimenting with different colors and patterns.