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Create a Cute Photoshop Easter Egg Bee
Tutorials Drawing 21869 Views March 26th, 2012

Learn how to create a creative cartoon character for the upcoming Easter time of year. We are going to make a Photoshop Easter Egg and turn it into a cute vector bee. This tutorial requires intermediate Photoshop skills, especially vector drawing. So it's important to know how to work with the Pen Tool and how to use Photoshop shapes.

I really hope you will enjoy this Photoshop tutorial and if you want to make other Egg Bees you can use one of my egg shapes to simplify the process a little bit. They are vector shapes so perfect for this tutorial.


How to Create a Easter Egg Bee Cartoon in Photoshop

This tutorial was written by Oana Livia Apostu , a very talented, self-taught Romanian artist. You can see some of her amazing drawings on her blog.

Before we begin let's take a quick look at the little creature we are about to create. This requires some basic Photoshop knowledge. More exactly, you will manipulate shape layers, mostly created using the Pen Tool. The fun part about this tutorial is that you can achieve different results, according to the colors you chose and the shapes you create.

Using the Shape layers - Ellipse Tool draw two ellipses, one for the head and one for the body. Color: #ffd800.

Next, we need to add some effects to these shapes. Open the Layer Style window and add Inner Shadow, with the following parameters: color #db0000 (always choose a darker color than the base color, which is yellow in our case; but respect the type of colors: use a warm darker shade for a warm base color and a cold darker shade for a cold color); distance 0 (this will cast the shadow uniformly in all directions); choke 10 ; size 75 . Set the blend mode to Multiply. Also add a Stroke line, color #3d1100, size 5, position: inner, blend mode: normal, opacity: 100%.

Before adding details to our bee, here is a little trick I use quite often. Create a Group folder and add the body layer. Create a Layer Mask for this group and set it so only the body is visible. By adding details inside this group, you do not need to worry about staying inside the body shape. It is somehow similar to locking the transparent pixels when drawing inside a lineart.

Now we can start adding details on our egg-bee. Below are the colors I will be using. Again, you can use the same, or choose different ones. Free your imagination. All the details will be added using the Pen Tool and the Shape Layers option. Creating shape layers instead of filling pixels has the advantage of allowing all transformations without damaging the quality. It is like playing with vectors.

Start decorating your egg-bee with the shapes and colors you like. Your imagination is the only limit. Notice that although my shape is bigger than the bee's body, only the good part is visible. Just remember to add all your decorations in the same group folder.

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5 comment(s) for "Create a Cute Photoshop Easter Egg Bee"

rod rodriguez
7:53 PM Monday, March 26, 2012
Cool result, very clear tuts! This tuts is the beezzzzzt!
10:15 AM Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hola guapa, aqui te mando mi trabajo.
a sido un placer hacerlo y muy focil de realizar, aunque el manejo de la pluma no sea lo mio, espero que te guste....

Un abrazo. reply
10:23 AM Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hola, como siempre me gustan mucho tus trabajos y este tambien es un trabajo muy bonito!!! Un abrazo a ti tambien amiga :) reply
10:58 AM Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hi sayuti,

the Photoshop version isn't relevant. What you need to do in order to work is to:
1. Make a selection from the Body Layer(keep the CTRL key pressed and click the Body layer thumbnail to make the selection).
2. Press the Add Layer Mask button to add the body as mask for the Group of layers.

If you want you can learn more about layer mask from this tutorial - How to Use Layer Mask in Photoshop reply
12:35 AM Monday, August 31, 2015
hi, am a new photoshop learner and i'm using c3 version. is that really matter? because i got stuck in creating layer mask, especally in this paragraph: "Create a Layer Mask for this group and set it so only the body is visible".
i keep failing on it (making the only body to visible) and it's so frustrating.
pls help me. i think this tutorial is really worth to try.
thank you very much :) reply

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