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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Create a Pearl Necklace With the Mixer Brush in Photoshop
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Custom Jewelry
The Mixer Brush Tool, in Adobe Photoshop, allows you to make awesome stamps of any object. And in this quick tutorial, I’ll be using this neat tool to show you how to create a pretty pearl necklace by creating your own necklace brush.
How to Create a Custom Necklace in Photoshop
First, extract one pearl from the bracelet using the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M). Then Control-J to Duplicate it, resizing the copy to be smaller with the Free Transform Tool (Control-T). The second pearl will serve as a small connector piece.
Merge both pearl layers together. Select the Mixer Brush Tool (B) and increase the Brush Size to fit over both pearls, and then hold the Alt key to load the pearls as a new brush. Hit F5 to adjust the settings in the Brush panel as follows:
- Spacing: 90-95%
- Shape Dynamics: Checked, Angle Control: Initial Direction
With the Mixer Brush (B) selected, begin drawing a pearl necklace across your subject. You may need to try it several times to get it just right. Then set a Layer Mask to the pearl necklace and paint black onto the mask to hide any imperfections or pearls with the Brush Tool (B).
Almost done! Now Right-click the layer to go to Blending Options. Set a Drop Shadow to the necklace with the following settings:
Feel free to continue tweaking the lighting or colors with additional Adjustment Layers. Here is my final result below:
Want to see this in action? Check out the quick video above to see this lesson at work!
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