Create a Rose in Photoshop

    ●   Use the Pen Tool to create a Rose Bud Shape, Fill it with color and Blend it using Photoshop's Burn and Dodge Tools.

Learn About:

Pen Tool Burn Tool Select Inverse Dodge Tool

    •    This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild Project.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


Step #1: Open a New Document in Photoshop ~

Open Photoshop & create a new canvas. Hit Cmd (⌘) + N cmd key + n key or go to: File » New

… and select inches.

Make your canvas 8.5 x 11 inches and Resolution to AT LEAST 150.

8.5 x 11

It's a good idea to choose Transparent in the Background Contents too.

background contents transparent

Step #2: Make a Rose Shape ~

Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

pen tool'

… create a shape like a rose petal.

Step #3: Make Selection ~

Then Right-click & hit Make Selection …

make selection

… hit New Selection and click OK.

Hopefully you get something like this:

Step #4: Color ~

Select the color of your choice - this is F7D11F.

Fill the selection with the Paint Bucket or hit: Alt (⌥)+Delete +

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to deselct the marching ants.

Step #5: Burn ~

Using the Pen Tool draw a circle like this:

Next, get the Burn Tool or hit the shortcut letter (O)

… swap the range from Shadows to Midtones to Highlights until you find what works.

… and try turning off Protect Tones.

protect tones

Try a large grungy brush …

… also raise the Exposure as needed …

… and burn burn burn! Burn around the edges to add the illusion of depth.

The more you burn the darker it gets!

Step #6: Select the Inverse ~

Now go to: Select > Inverse

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+i …





+ +
is the keyboard shortcut for Select > Inverse


… and Burn the other side too.

Step #7: Dodge Tool ~

Now select the Dodge Tool

… the Dodge Tool makes things lighter.

Step #8: Stem ~

Make a New Layer - call it stem - & create the following selection with the help of Pen Tool

… and fill the selection with green - try #548E1C but use any color you want - & Burn & Dodge it to your liking.

Step #9: Leaves ~

Now make a New Layer & then create a leaf shape with the Pen Tool:





Fill the selection with color and shade with the Burn & Dodge Tools.



Keep going!


Step #10: Add Text ~

Select the Text Tool or just hit the letter "t" …


… type something like Happy Valentines day! !

Step #11: Layers Style …

Then go to: Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow

layer style outer glow

Raise the size and spread of the glow so you can see the text clearly …

Step #12: Bevel and Emboss …

Next, add Bevel and Emboss

bevel and emboss

Again, adjust the settings to make your text contrast against the background …

Step #13: Drop Shadow …

Add a little Drop Shadow

… adjust the angle of the shadow …

… and lastly, add Stroke - adjust the width …

The goal is to make the text contrast against the background …

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File » Save as … and save your work as a .psd

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.