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Frog - making of

Start with new document, fill background with solid green color.

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Apply the following layer effect - Gradient overlay, 150%, white-to-black, radial, blend mode = color burn, effect opacity = about 25-30%

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Set foreground color to very dark green (almost black but not entirely), select Pen tool, and start drawing very thin curve...

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...looking like this.

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Resize the curve (Ctrl-T) so that it take a bit more than half of image.

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Duplicate this vector many times similar to shown here. There are several ways to  do so. One way is  to select path with Path Selection Tool (A) and hit Down arrow while holding Shift and Alt keys.

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When ready, duplicate this set of shapes and flip them horizontally.

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Set the following layer effects for these shapes:
blend mode = screen, bladk drop shadow with blend mode = overlay and size = 2-3px.

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In new layer, select Pen tool and create a shape with silhouette of  a frog. When ready, duplicate the layer (you will need 2 copies of silhouette). Hide one of duplicates.

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Create layer mask (Layer menu - Layer mask - Hide all). Then, with large soft white brush, draw inside the mask to only reveal parts of frog silhouette touching the leaf.

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Then, hide this layer, select duplicated silhouette, rasterize it...

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Apply Gaussian Blur (with large radius, 10-30 px), and set layer opacity to 80%.

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Voila! Here is how all our layers look together.

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The last touch is: create new layer between frog silhouettes and leaf background, set layer blend mode to overlay, select very large white brush (300px or more) and put very big dot - it will be our light source. That's all!

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Comments {112}

Sandeep long ago
that's amazing!

kim long ago
Incredible!!

Genio Creativo long ago
Great!!!!

trozeli long ago
you are really amazing ... i'm learning photoshop and that helps me alot. thanks alot.

Suraj S. India. long ago
You are great..... Simply superb

Howie long ago
...and i thought you just put a frog on your scanner and voila !!....lol great work dude..

Czech long ago
UZASNY !!!

nana long ago
cool

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àõðåíåííî ñäåëàíî! êðàñàâà!

Juliana long ago
I'm from Indonesia. GREAAAAAAAAATTTTT ARTWORK!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Dan long ago
nice

Wiziris long ago
Super

raju mansukhani long ago
great

Loris long ago
wonderful work !!!

Kun35 long ago
Que imaginacion. Muy bien echo.

Richard Bennett long ago
Stunning!

Kevin long ago
Jesus Christ you're good!

Jill long ago
You're absolutely brilliant in the way you use tools we all have at our fingertips, but combining them in such novel and inventive ways to create such incredible images. I hadn't seen the frog wallpaper before reading the tutorial, so the final image was a moment of pure delight. Thank you! Consider me among your admirers and now, your newest student in St. Louis.

Tamzon long ago
You do amazing work! I especially love your scenic wallpaper: sky, trees, mountains, etc - amazing and inspiring! Don Quijote and Above the Clouds have to be favorites though.

Justin L. long ago
Phenomenal work! Awesome. Thanks for the great tutorial! Keep them coming!

Sergio long ago
In wich program did u do that? :-o

Jian long ago
So good. You are the best. Keep going...! :-D

Fransheska long ago
Eres un genio!!! (Y)

Oscar A.G. long ago
Very nice (Y). Do you accept constructive critics? I think the mage could be better if you blur a bit the frog parts touching the leaf. I think they are too sharp.

Don long ago
I'm your fan, too... I like your works very much. Ciao ciao... &:o)

Sarah long ago
This is absolutely wonderful! And you are so generous to share your techniques!

Diane long ago
Hi .....I am from Québec, Canada, and I am a great fan of yours!!!! You make very nices things.......d'ont stop!!!!! Thank you!!!! Merci!!!

Deepa long ago
(U)

Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira long ago
Bloody Hell!! Cool. thanks for sharing.

Sebastien long ago
As another said: you are generous and talented keep up the great work. You are an internet gem. (y) Sebastien Québec, Canada

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àùå ðÿëüíà

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Î÷åíü êðóòî! Ñïàñèáî!

Steve long ago
A sign of a great artist is always that they can make something so elegant look so simple. From this tutorial its very clear that you've accomplished that! In my office I am complimented almost daily on my wallpaper choice, and I always mention your name! Thanks so much for so much great artwork! Steve London, Ontario, Canada

sach 15 January 2008
u r best yaar mind blowing.......................

Eve 26 January 2008
AMAZING!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!

Santosh Achari 5 April 2008
Dude!!! Woww... Am your fan!! Loved your wallpapers on deviantart. Now I love the way you make it!!!

diaa 5 May 2008
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Alfonso 14 May 2008
Estoy impresionado, anonadado ... Llevaba tiempo sin ver algo tan impresionante.

ivaaa 23 May 2008
bravo! bravo! bravo! bravo! bravo!

andra 26 May 2008
i found this wallpaper days ago... and i'm in love with it... i love frogs and i want a tattoo with 3 small frogs just like the one you've puted in here... where can i get a high quality vectorial frog like this??please please PLEASE help!!! androklys@yahoo.com

Ania from Poland 18 June 2008
Your wallpapers are great!!!

polinos 23 November 2008
Ну закидал ты мя .... письмами))) ток и успеваююю гладеть)))) спасибки за открытку)))) щас дети припруться в пол второго))) и все, до завтрашенго утра мне компа не видать((((((

Rakesh 29 April 2009
really fantastic...

feng wang 6 July 2009
I REALLY LOVE THIS FOG ! GREAT WORK

akash 6 September 2009
man how do u make a frog picture???

jp 26 September 2009
fixe

deyan 23 November 2009
man you are a ninja :))

Greg 1 December 2009
I love your work too. Just excellent and beautiful.

Farzad 29 January 2010
Exelent. your design was vary good.

JP 14 May 2010
Fantastique ! Très belle réalisation pour ce dessin...

vasu 3 May 2011
I thought tht, this photo taken by discovery channel or animal planet.

vuthinh 25 January 2013
hay

ron 11 April
sooooooooo good.....

Gopinath Sankar long ago
Genius

Hasan Tayyar Beşik long ago
rela work is --> drawing the frog :)

little munster long ago
Wow, that's cool, mind if you become my teacher?

evolus long ago
Simply amazing :) Nice work

hasan long ago
Wery good

Suraj S. India. long ago
You are great..... Simply superb

diyarbekirli long ago
hayran kaldım yav.. kafa isteyen şeyler bunlar bravo.. //////////////// well done!.. I like this..

nana long ago
cool

rajan long ago
a very nice imagination u have , cool nice

mike long ago
Very nice!

Esmee long ago
That's really awesome! I love it! Very very very good! Just a picture. Esmee (The Netherlands)

Froggie! long ago
CCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gustav long ago
abrumador muy bueno

Digital-Man long ago
Very nice drawing

Badal long ago
You are truly great!

pickupjojo long ago
I always think it was a shot...

uwix long ago
saya dari indonesia, kamu artis sejati..teknik dan ide....smart

pengjing long ago
very good!!!

A long ago
:-O

Tamzon long ago
I had NO IDEA

M long ago
Many, many thanks for another great tutorial! And I totally loved the frog wallpaper. ;-)

Rich long ago
Absolutely amazing..

rauf long ago
One of the best wallpapers from Vlad!!

RtistK (aka Wobin813) long ago
Thank you for sharing

shay long ago
Very nice. Didn't think it could be so easy! Thank you :)

Cynthia long ago
Thanks heaps for this gorgeous tutorial. Hope you keep posting tutorials. ;-)

FRAGgleROX long ago
very nice output. Thank you for the tutorial.

Sara long ago
Cool, you are the best. I'm your fan!! :-D

martan_i long ago
WAU WAU WAU

amit long ago
i m new in adobe but expert in flash its fandoo

Duy long ago
I can not say anything or praise you again.Thanks alot for sharing (L)

Deep long ago
(L)

Ojas long ago
Par Excellance Vlad!!! Having been in the field of arts, I always wondered how you created these masterpieces! Just Marvellous!!! Thanks for the tutorial...quite enlightening! :) ~ an ardent fan

DEVIL long ago
EXCELENTE...MAS POR FAVOR :-D (Y)

carola long ago
Brillante Vlad !!!!:-O

Diane long ago
Guess what??? I just notice your birthday is the same as mine.. January 10 th!!! Cool!!!

Bibaniu long ago
Wow. This is really fantastic :) Than you for sharing :)

Hanafy long ago
(Y) thats gr8

Mark-LA(Y) long ago
Your Photoshop talents are unsurpassed Vlad. You energize the art world.

D3v:L D3z:Ns 9 January 2008
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mannnnnnnnnnnnnnn u rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr gr888888888888888!! amazing art dude!!

catte 20 January 2008
amazing.

Anna 6 February 2008
Dude, you're way too good. I found you on Apple-Downloads. I loved your Christmas & Valentine sets. :D So I wanted moreee. And I googled you. And found this. And I was plainly: Wow. I love this one. it's so clever. And so simple. Jheezzz you're way too good at this thing, I am so jealous. Okay, I shall stop now, for your sake and for the sake of anyone who may read this. :) how nice of me~ haha Keep it up! - Anna.

Ongo 19 May 2008
just found this site... and you're a talented man BRAVO

Poonam 26 May 2008
This is a lovely tutorial.... ur awesome !!!

sachinrewa 26 May 2008
I apriciates your talent.

georgiegirl 14 June 2008
this is one extremely awesome amphibian masterpiece ;D

omemedia 27 June 2008
Beautiful, almost like the real thing!

6 January 2009
great

vin 4 February 2009
awesome!

Thisara De Silva 13 February 2009
That is really kool work!

Rady 11 March 2009
Great. YOu are dam good.

shyjukesav 16 July 2009
NICE......................admired sir

PS-Newbie 13 September 2009
wooooow

Thomas 30 September 2009
Wow! that is so realistic. I almost hate seeing images like this. It is so good that I wish someone hadn't done it first :)

Erica 24 December 2009
Wow!

pankaj 2 January 2010
what a work....where r u 4m....

Austin 9 June 2010
AWESOME!! SO cool. I love this!

paul 14 March 2011
simple but good work

Sam Otieno 1 April 2012
OMG! This is great... So creative... you are gifted... and so I am, right form the day I stumbled on this page.

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