The most mouth-watering way to learn about layers and selections in Photoshop is with pizza…and who doesn’t like pizza? No one. I have to admit, I’m getting hungry just typing this post. I hate cooking, but I did have fun making this pie in Photoshop.
So, here’s how I cooked up this tasty image…
- Downloaded all of the ingredients that my professor provided to my computer.
- Opened the file with the crust image (unlocked it), grabbed my magic wand tool, clicked the white background that used to surround the crust, and deleted it.
- Then I added a new “background” layer, found and placed an image of wood to make it look like it was sitting on a rustic table.
- Then I added a color overlay to the crust to make it look like it had been cooked.
- Added a new layer above the crust labeled it “sauce,” grabbed my brush tool, selected a deep red color, and painted on some sauce. Added some texture, and beveled it to look like the sauce was 3D.
- Added a new layer above the sauce, labeled it “cheese,” grabbed a different brush from my brush tool, and painted on some cheese.
- Then I opened up the spinach image (unlocked it), grabbed my magic wand tool, clicked the white background, and deleted it. I moved it around, rotated it, and then duplicated the layer 2 more times. I moved each of the new spinach layers so that they covered the whole pizza, and then created a group folder to house all of my spinach layers in one file.
- I did the same thing with the bacon image. Mmm…bacon.
- Then I opened up the pepperoni image (unlocked it), deleted the white background with my magic wand tool, and then resized the pepperoni…it was huge. I clicked+held+dragged on the pepperoni to duplicate it, and kept doing that until pepperoni was everywhere.
- Then I placed the mushroom image (unlocked it), deleted the white background with my magic wand tool, and resized it. It literally pained me to put mushrooms on my pizza, but it’s what the professor ordered. I created 4 other new layers to place a mushroom on (5 mushrooms total), and created a group folder to house all of my gross mushroom layers in one file.
- Repeated the same steps for the sausage, green peppers, and olives.
- Then I went back to the green pepper and pepperoni layers and added a drop shadow to add depth and make the layers seem more dynamic.
- Ordered pizza for dinner.