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Making Of 'Flower Bug'

By Jacob Johnson
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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3ds Max, Photoshop
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This tutorial is going to go over the creation of the Flower Bug image I did for 3D Total. This tutorial will consist of mainly texture work to achieve the realistic look of a real life flower.

First we have to observe how a natural flower petal looks. When we look at the base of a petal we can notice that the color blends into other colors with a light gradient. This means that when we have two or more colors on the petal, we have to make sure that the colors blend into each other naturally. When doing this, we have to make sure that this is not a perfect gradation from one color to another. The reason for this is because in nature, there are always random imperfections and that's what makes it beautiful

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Notice how the gradients from one color to another are not perfectly seamless. Spots of pink and orange take this red into a bright yellow. Also notice the veins in the petals, this is very crucial when recreating life. The small details of these veins will make the flower look real

Now that we are experts on flowers and color, lol, let's start creating our own. We are not going to cover the modeling of this flower, due to time. Let's start out in Adobe Photoshop. First I made the canvas a nice red color; you can make it anything you want. Next I made a selection and created the outline of the petal.

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First I made the canvas a nice red color; you can make it anything you want. Next I made a selection and created the outline of the petal.

Next, remember to save the selection just incase you lose it

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The next step is to create the lights and darks of the petal. This is really just for a template so you know where to place your other colors

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Continue making details with the burn tool in Photoshop. Remember to take the opacity down to around 20 so you don't over burn your canvas



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Lets add some more color to this. Next I added a nice yellowish orange to make the pit of the petal. You can make a selection or you can just draw one in the shape you want



 
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(ID: 73740, pid: 0) Justin on Mon, 26 December 2011 4:36am
I had a pretty fun time makin this flower for myself despite the fact I currently suck at it, but I greatly appreciate the lesson. I'm thinkin as a future career I'd love to make beautiful environments for videogames or short story animations and this is the best one I've managed to find so thank you :D
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