Learn how to create this realistic modern chair using the Pen and Smudge tools. This tutorial will show you several useful painting and drawing techniques that can be used in other Photoshop drawings.
Preview of Final Results
How to Paint a Realistic Modern Chair Photoshop Tutorial
Start by making a new image (File->New) with 640 px (Width) X 480 px (Height) dimension. You can see the exact settings bellow.
Select the Gradient Tool (G) from the tools.
Create a new gradient using white (#FFFFFF) and light grey (#C3C3C3) colors. Use the same setting as it´s shown bellow.
Into the “Background” layer apply the gradient. You should obtain something like in the next picture.
Select the Pen Tool (P) and make a path like in the picture below.
Make a new layer (press Ctrl + Shift + N or you can go to Layer > New > Layer). Rename the layer to “Base”. You can rename a layer by pressing right click on it , then selecting “Layer properities” option and in the “Name” box you can enter what name you prefer. Fill the path with a dark gray color. I used #383838 grey.
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise… and set the dialogue as you can see below.
In the “Base” layer , make a selection like in the following picture using the Lasso Tool (L).
From the Tools menu , select the Dodge Tool (O) with the indicated settings :
• Master Diameter : 108 px
• Range : Highlights
• Exposure : 69%
Use the Dodge Tool (O) and add some highlights in the indicated places. You can see where on the picture below.
Grab the Lasso Tool (L) and make another selection with similar shape as it´s shown on the picture below. Then go to Select > Modify > Feather … (it may vary in different versions of Photoshop). Set the Feather Radius on 10 pixels.
Add more highlights in the selection using the Dodge Tool (O).
Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… Set the value Diameter on 2.4 pixels and press OK.
Select the Blur Tool (R) with the settings as shown below.
Use the Blur Tool (R) in the indicated places.
Make another selection using the Lasso Tool (L) and then make the selection smoother with Feather as in the previous step.
Select the Burn Tool (O) with following settings.
Add some shadows using the Burn Tool (O) like in the picture below.
Create a new layer. Rename the layer to “Strokes”.
From the Tools Menu select the Brush Tool (B) with these settings:
• Master Diameter: 3px
• Mode: Normal
• Opacity: 100%
Use the Pen Tool (P) and create a path like in the picture below. Right click on it and select “Stroke Path” option
After you’ve pressed Stroke Path, check the “Simulate pressure” box and press OK.
You should obtain a stroke like in the next picture.
Use the Smudge Tool (R) and smudge the created stroke. Decrease the opacity of the “strokes” layer to 50%.
Duplicate the layer “strokes” (right click on it and select Duplicate Layer) and place it in the indicated places (you can see them in the picture below where the red lines shows). Merge the duplicated layers in one (Ctrl + click on the layers you want to merge and then the right click on these layers and select Merge Layers).
Make a new layer and rename it to “Stroke 2”. Select the Pen Tool (P) and make a path like in the picture below.
Add a 3 px wide white stroke (with Simulate Pressure ON). You should get something like this.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and set the Radius on 1 px.
Add more strokes using the same technique as it the step 11.