Illustration is an integral part of graphic designing. Stylized illustrations can have larger-than-life appeal that goes well beyond what a realistic photograph can provide, especially when it comes to food. An illustration of an indulgent edible treat can garner an incredible amount of attention and elicit visceral responses in viewers.
In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process of making a tasty donut in Photoshop. We’ll use the pen tool, the brush tool, the burn tool, the dodge tool, the smudge tool, and various filters and layer styling techniques to achieve the final outcome. Hopefully you will learn some useful tips work up an appetite at the same time. So, let’s get started!
Now, we’ll add details to the base1 layer. Pick #ae7533 as your color and select a soft round brush. Press Ctrl +
While selection is still active, create a new layer and go to “Edit” > “Fill” > “Use 50% Gray”. Change its blending mode to “Overlay”. Select the burn tool and choose a soft round brush tool with a 40-50px size with Range: “Midtones” and Exposure: “20%”. Apply it over the edges. Now, pick a 2-3px size brush and apply the burn tool over the details created in step 9. After that, select the dodge tool with Range: “Midtones” and Exposure: “20%”. Apply the dodge over the details to highlight them.
Next, we’ll apply texture over the base1. To make the texture, create a new layer and fill it with color #d19956. After that, go to “Filter” > “Noise”> “Add Noise” and use the following values here.
Now, go to “Filter” > “Filter Gallery” > “Brush Strokes” > “Accented Edges” and apply the following settings here.
Next, we’ll apply shading to the icing. Press Ctrl +
Pick #a33d41 as your color and apply some shading on a new layer using the soft round brush tool (Opacity: 50-60%). Once you are done, change the blending mode of this layer to “Hard Light” and set opacity to 75%.
Next, we’ll add some noise over the icing. Create a new layer, fill the selection with black, and go to “Filter” > “Noise” > “Add Noise”. Apply the following settings here. Change its blending mode to “Screen” and set opacity to 30%.
To sharpen the details, collect all of the layers forming donut in a single group, duplicate it, and merge it. Now, go to “Filter” > “Other” > “High Pass”. Use a 3px value here. Change the blending mode of the high pass layer to “Overlay”.
Anum is Web and Graphic designer. Addicted to Photoshop and crazy for pixel perfection. She is also an active blogger, sharing her passions, skills and creative details on her blog Websoulz. She loves to connect with the community, sharing the latest design gossips and rolling her eyes on boring trends.