Happy Valentine Card Photoshop Tutorial

February 14, 2014

Hello all my wild valentines!

Is anyone else spending it’s valentines day behind the desk? Hope you have better ideas for present than this, but if not, i show you how to quickly engrave simple heart in the woods πŸ™‚

Let’s begin!

First you need a texture. Where to get it from? From wildtextures for example πŸ™‚ It’s Β free πŸ™‚ – Here’s a texture of bark we are talking about. When your ready, create new document, and texture as a background.

Open bark texture

Now it’s time for heart. Go to the kitchen, take sharpest knife you can find, and… πŸ˜‰


Take Pen Tool [P], and draw simple – point to point shape, that looks like a heart. Try to imagine you are actually cutting that bark, how does it behave? It creates sharp edges rather than round. Give it a try, you can even try to find a path on bark, that would probably crack naturaly.

Drawing heart shape

What’s under the bark? Wood obviously. Where to find a texture for it? Yes, you guessed it πŸ™‚ – here. Place it over heart shape. Rotate, scale, and create clipping group with heart shape. (alt + click between two layers on the layers palette). Set fill for this texture to about 50%.

Very nice. Most of the work done. It’s time to add some details. Right click on the heart shape, select blending options, and…

Adding heart texture

Inner shadow…

Settings heart style

Bevel, and Emboss…

Setting heart style

Gradient overlay… I encourage You to experiment with all effects until you are happy with end result.

Setting heart style

One last detail i can think about, are those little grooves that would come if you cut this by knife. Simply take a line tool, and draw some black lines around heart. To draw all lines one the same layer, first one has to be drawn as “shape”, and every other as path on the same layer. But it will still work, when you draw every line as a new shape. Set lines fill to about 35%.

Adding knife cuts

Add some white shadow, to create simple inset effect.


Setting knife cuts style

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