How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop

How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop

How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop
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Now duplicate this group 4 times and resize the groups so that it looks like the image below.

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Now we will add a drop shadow to the 'Petals' layer of each group except the last group. Apply these settings

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This is how it should look

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Step 29 Part 3 - Koi Fish

Create a new document. My canvas is 1000px x 1000px.

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Step 30 - Add a gradient to this background layer

Type your instructions here.

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Next we will create the body of the fish. I used Adobe Illustrator to create my fish since for me it's easier to control the pen tool. Fire up Illustrator with the same size canvas 1000px x 1000px

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Step 32

Start creating the different parts of the fish like I did in the following images.

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Now 'drag and drop' the fish parts you made and arrange them like so in photoshop. Note: I have outlined the parts to show where I have placed them (no need for you to do this.)

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Step 34 Back Fin

Now that all of your layers are in Photoshop makes sure to name the layers acording to the parts of a fish (i.e. head, body, back fin, etc). First we will start off with the 'Back Fin'. Also whatever layers I'm not working on I make them invisivle by clicking the 'eye' icon. On your 'Back Fin' layer grab your burn tool (61px soft round brush, Range: Highlights Exposure: 73&) and burn the area like in the image below

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Make a New layer and grab paint brush tool and make some wavy lines on the fin. I used a 5px hard round brush #d43911.

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Now we will smudge these wavy lines. Grab your smudge tool (22px, strength: 36%) and smooth out the lines

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Change the layer to Linear Burn

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Create a New Layer and grab your paint brush tool (59px soft round brush #9b733f) Paint in the area at the place where the fin connects to the body.

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Change this layer to Color Burn with an Opacity of 68%

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Step 38 Fin Highlights

Now we will add some highlights to the fin. Create a New layer and name it 'Highlight 1'. With your paint brush tool (#FFFFFF, 46px soft round brush) create some highlights at the tip of the fin. Change this layer to Overlay and an Opacity of 63%

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Repeat that last step but keep the layer at Normal with an Opacity of 100%. Take all of the layers pertainning to the 'Back Fin' and place it in a group (the folder icon below the layers).

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