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Koi Fish Photoshop Tutorial
Step 1 Create a New Document
In Photoshop create a New Document (File>New) My canvas is 500px x 500px but you can make it any size to suit your needs.
Step 2 Flower
First we will create one of the flowers. Start by adding a Gradient Overlay to the first layer (name it ‘Background’)
Step 3 Petal Shapes
Create a New layer and name it ‘Petal 1′ make an outline of a petal like the image below using your Pen Tool.
Step 4 Fill the Petal
Right click the outline of your petal and then>Make Selection or on your Paths tab right click then>Make Selection. Fill this petal with a purple color.
Step 5 Add Contrast
On this same layer grab your burn tool (61 px soft brush, shadows, 100%) make your petal look like the image below. I used a combination of Ranges: Shadows, Highlights and Midtones to achieve this look.
Step 6 Petal Highlight
Create a New layer above this one and name it ‘Petal 1 Highlight’. Grab a 42px soft brush #E5BA2A, with a Flow: 73%. Erase any areas that goes outside of the petal.
The third thing that we will add to this petal is a darker shadow. First make a new layer above your ‘Petal 1 highlight’ then make a selection of your ‘Petal 1′ layer. Once you have done this contract it. Select>Modify>Contract by 5px like the image below.
Paint in this area with a soft brush using #2c0024 Note: Name this layer ‘Petal 1 shadow’
Step 8 Repeat Petals
Repeat these steps to create the rest of your petals. I have provided images of how the process looks.