Create an Amazing Broken Egg and Yolk Drawing in Photoshop

Create an Amazing Broken Egg and Yolk Drawing in Photoshop
Learn how to draw this beautiful drawing of a yolk in an egg shell. This extremely detailed tutorial will show you how to create a realistic broken egg shell and add reflections and shadows to create the curvature of the yolk. A high resolution PSD is included with this tutorial.

Preview of Final Results


Amazing Broken Egg and Yolk Photoshop Tutorial

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Completion Time: 1-2 Hours

Step 1

First of all, we have to create some egg. The easiest way is to download the file ( ) which is the source of my previous tutorial. There you can delete all the layers except the ‘shadow’, ‘bg’ and the hidden copy of our egg named ‘egg copy 2’. And this will be our starting point. If you want to train yourself, you can just follow the steps from my previous tutorial (link) and made up the egg. The reason I’m using this egg is that I want to leave a bit of orange color on the eggshell and also some texture. I will not care about shadows and will cast them later. So for now we have something like this:

Step 2

We have to play with some adjustment layers to make our egg almost white. The reason of changing color is a contrast. Background is orange, and yolk also. We must do something that will grab attention. Something that will center the point of view and separate things. In the Layers window click the icon shown below and choose Levels.
In the adjustment windows type these settings: 0 – 3,31 – 182.

Step 3

For sure we need some mask for we have applied our adjustment globally. Yet there is a better way for this- we will use clipping mask. To do a clipping mask move the cursor between layers in layer’s window. Hold alt, and when cursor will change, left-click.
Now get back to the Step 2, but instead of Levels, choose Brightness/Contrast. Apply it also as a clipping layer, but it must be below Levels adjustment layer. This is important so stick to the layers hierarchy. The settings we are using:
And that’s how our egg looks like:

Step 4

Create new clipping layer in between two adjustment layers.
Now [ctrl.jpg"> + [click.jpg"> on a thumbnail of our base egg’s layer. We will get a full selection for our shadows. Now pick some marquee tool so we will be able to move a selection. Move it few pixels to the left.
Get the gradient tool, set it’s mode to Linear and Opacity to 30%. Then choose some dark color, like #13110c. Now make some gradient inside a selection. Arrows shows the length and starting points of gradients.

Step 5

Then go to Filter > Blur >> Gaussian blur and apply these settings. It is possible that you will aslo have to move your gradient a bit to the right and bottom as I did.

Step 6

Create new layer under the Levels adjustment layer (still as a clipping mask) and make a selection similar to this one. We will create another shadow. You could ask- why we are using selection if we already have a clipping mask...? Here is the answer- the reason is just a saving of RAM memory. You probably won’t notice that this time, but, believe me- when you will work with very huge documents with tons of layers these operations would be a blessing.
Then pick a Gradient tool and make some gradients here and there starting from the very bottom. The settings and color should be same as before.

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