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Create a Cool Penguin Character in Photoshop

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Hello everybody, in this tutorial, we will create a little penguin character with simple technique. Mostly, we will using the Ellipse Tool, the Direct Selection Tool, the Path Selection Tool and effect on the blending options. So, you should know the basic’s of shape and path..

What We’ll Be Creating

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Step 1

Create new document (Ctrl + N), i’m using size 1400×1700px.

 

Step 2

With the Ellipse Tool, create an ellipse circle to make the part of penguin’s body.

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Step 3

Now, we will make the part of penguin’s head. Lets select the Ellipse Tool, and then select “Add to shape area”, to tacks on the parts of penguin’s head with body. Add a small circle on the up of the penguin’s body.

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Step 4

With the Direct selection tool, we will make the part of penguin’s head and body more proportional. Take the bottom curve of the circle to the edges to make the parts of head and body looked tacks on.

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Step 5

Change color entirely body becomes #202020 by double clicking thumbnail color at layer pane.

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Step 6

Double click the shape layer and add this layer style.

Inner Shadow :

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Inner Glow :

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Step 7

Now, we will make the head light. With the Pen Tool, create shape like the following image.

Penguin Character

Step 8

Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it to clipping mask.

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Step 9

Now, add Gaussian Blur. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. The layer still get shape’s form, so it must be razterized, therefore click OK to razterizing it. Set the radius becomes 10px.

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Step 10

Double click the layer, set Fill Opacity to 3 % and add the following Drop Shadow.

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Drop Shadow :

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You should have image like this.

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Step 11

With the Ellipse Tool, create a white ellipse circle.

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Step 12

Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it to clipping mask.

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Step 13

Create a white circle with the Ellipse Tool, then hit Ctrl + T to transform it, and then rotate to 45 degree.

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Step 14

With the direct selection tool, move the bottom anchor point to bottom left until gotten an image like this.

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Step 15

With the Path Selection Tool, duplicate the shape by holding down Alt key and then drag to left.

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Step 16

Still with the Path Selection Tool, hit Ctrl + T, right click and then go to Flip Horizontal.

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Step 17

Now, add the following layer styles by double clicking the layer.

Drop Shadow :

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Inner Shadow :

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Outer Glow :

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Inner Glow :

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Bevel and Emboss

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Gradient Overlay :

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Stroke :

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You should have image like this.

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Step 18

Change the foreground colour to #a45c06, create a circle with the Ellipse Tool, and then positioned to the center of the white part.

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Step 19

With the Path Selection Tool, duplicate the brown eye by holding down Alt key, and then drag to left.

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Step 20

Now, add the following layer styles.

Inner Shadow :

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Stroke :

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Step 21

With the Ellipse Tool, create 2 (two) black circles on the brown eye.

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Step 22

Create 2 (two) white circles and then positioned like image below.

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Step 23

Now, we will create a white circle to make light reflection eye. Lets create it with Ellipse Tool, and then move the bottom anchor point onto with the Direct Selection Tool.

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Step 24

Double clicks the layer, set Fill Opacity to 0 % and then add the following Gradient Overlay.

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Gradient Overlay :

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Step 25

Duplicate the light reflection by drag and move it to left with the Path Selection Tool.

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Step 26

Now, we will make the penguin’s beak. Lets create an ellipse circle with the Ellipse Tool and then change the color to #f9c717. Afterwards, move the bottom anchor point down with the Direct Selection Tool. To make more beautiful, add circle on the up of the beak with the Ellipse Tool and select “Add to shape area” to merge the circle with the beak.

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Step 27

To make looked more tacks on, take the bottom curve of the circle to the edges with the Direct Selection Tool.

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Step 28

Add the following layer styles by double clicking the beak’s layer.

Inner Shadow :

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Inner Glow :

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Bevel and Emboss :

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Gradient Overlay :

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Step 29

Now, we will create the beak bottom. Lets create an ellipse circle (color = #d7ac02) under the “beak on” layer.

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Step 30

With the Direct Selection Tool, set the path like image below.

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Step 31

Add the following layer styles.

Drop Shadow :

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Inner Shadow :

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Inner Glow:

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Step 32

Now, we will create the penguin’s hand. Create shape below the “body” layer as image below.

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Step 33

Add the following layer styles.

Inner Glow :

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Inner Shadow :

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Step 34

With the Path Selection Tool, duplicate the hand by holding down Alt key, and then move the it to left.

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Step 35

After duplicated, hit Ctrl + T, right click and then go to Flip Horizontal.

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Step 36

Now, we will make the hand and the body looked tacks on. Add layer mask on the “body” layer. Click the Brush Tool, and then set the brush opacity to 50% and Flow to 10%. Brush area between the part of body and the hand. Don’t forget to change the foreground color to black (hit D).

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Step 37

With the Ellipse Tool, create an ellipse circle to make the egg (color = #e4bb83).

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Step 38

We now need to subtract the egg to looked like crack egg, select the “Pen Tool” (P) then select “Subtract From Path Area”. Create path like image below.

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Step 39

Add the following layer styles.

Inner Shadow :

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Inner Glow :

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You should have image like this.

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Step 40

Create shape with the Pen Tool under the egg layer to make inner egg (color = #e4bc83).

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Step 41

Add the following layer styles.

Inner Shadow :

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Inner Glow :

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Step 42

And the last step is adding gradient to background layer. With Gradient Tool (G), select radial gradient, and then set the color from #666666 to #dedede.

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Conclusion

Yeah, now you can create a little penguin character with simple technics

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About The Author : Muhammad Wildan

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Muhammad Wildan is a young man from Banjarnegara, Indonesia who loves all about digital arts. He often watch movie and sleep at his spare time. For more information about him, you can Follow him on Twitter or bring him smile on Facebook.

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4 Responses

  1. wilmer says:

    This cute Penguin fits very well, good enough for my love to draw in Photoshop, but I still have to manage well the tool, now I’ll draw another penguin with the guidance you give us.
    Please guide.

  2. Sal says:

    Awesome, great job!

  3. Swamykant says:

    Awesome tutorial. The eyes penguin is very sharp.. Nice work.

  4. Nice tutorial.. good one.