Take a look at the shadow below the metallic apple. Notice that it has the a dark red hue. That’s natural because it was the shadow of a red apple. But now it is the shadow of a metallic apple and it should have more cool color. In order to adjust that add a Color Balance Adjustment layer and drag the Cyan-Red slider to the left (-34). Fill the layer mask with black (you should know how to do that by now) and with a round soft brush paint with white over the shadow area (paint in the layer mask). Now we should a have a proper shadow below the metallic apple.
To further increase the 3D look of the apple let’s add some light in the middle of it. Create a Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curve upwards to lighten. Fill the layer mask with black and with a round soft brush paint with white the center area of the apple in the layer mask.
Remember the depressed area from step 17? I think it looks too faded so let’s increase its darkness. Add a Curves Adjustment layer and drag the curve downward to darken. Fill the layer mask with black and paint with white in the layer mask to reveal the effects of the Curves only in the area indicated below.
Let’s add a bit of sparkle to this metallic apple. Create a new layer and use the Preset Manager to import the “Sun Brushes”. Create a white little sun somewhere on the upper part of the apple. After that select a round soft brush and paint with white just above the sun.
Let’s add some lens flare to make the scene even better. In order to do that create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and fill it with black (D to set default colors and Alt + Backspace to fill with foreground color. Now choose Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Select 105mm Prime and click ok.
Change the blend mode of the lens flare layer to screen to get rid of the black pixels and lower the opacity to 73%.
Add a layer mask to the lens flare layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) an select a round soft brush. In the layer mask paint with black to get rid of the sun.
As a final step let’s apply a Vignette to make the middle of our scene the point of interest. Make a layer from all visible layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E and choose Filter > Lens Correction. Click on the Custom tab and drag the Vignette slider to -50. Now take a step back and admire your work. Looks pretty good, huh?
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Tutorial by Adrian Scheff
Thank you for following this tutorial. As you can see it wasn’t so hard and you can use these techniques to create other metallic fruits. I hope you learned some useful stuff and improved your Photoshop skills. You can visit my DeviantArt profile here . Have fun photoshoping!!