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Create a Lollipop Candy in Photoshop
Tutorials Drawing 42360 Views September 23rd, 2011

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a candy in Photoshop using intermediate level skills. I was inspired by this amazing candy icons and vectors to create my own sets of icons and later to make this tutorial.

The Photoshop lollipop is really easy to create using the Twirl Filter and Photoshop gradients. You can easily customize it to create different lollipop shapes and colors. The result is a cute cartoon lollipop that can be used for example as website icon. If you decide to use you have to give us credit.

For our registered users we giveaway the lollipop psd file with all the layers intact so you can follow the steps of this tutorial better.


I will use one of my previous tutorials on how to create swirls in Photoshop, to create this nice lollipop icon.

Photoshop Gradient Tool

First create a new layer and use the Gradient Tool to add a linear gradient to this layer. I will use only two colors for my gradient but you can always experiment and create unique effects. I recommend you this list of free Photoshop Gradients ; if you are a Ps beginner, you can find out how to install and use a gradient in Photoshop.

Ok, so let's call this first layer, Gradient Layer. Select the Gradient Tool, choose linear gradient from the gradient types. Set the gradient colors using #e118c2 (location 48%) and white (location 50%). The opacity is 100% for both colors. To actually obtain the gradient, draw a vertical line with the Gradient Tool from the center top of the layer to the center bottom.

Twirl Filter in Photoshop

Go to Filter, Distort menu and from the list choose Twirl. It is pretty simple to use, just set the Angle to 999 degrees. You will obtain a well defined swirl from the two colors. If you want to know more about how to create different swirls in Photoshop and how to use Twirl Filter read this tutorial, Swirl in Photoshop Tips

Create the Lollipop Base

With the Elliptical Marquee Tool selected and SHIFT pressed, draw a circle like in the image below. Fill the selection with #ca00c8 color. Call this layer Lollipop Base.

Add Outer Glow effect to Lollipop Base layer. The settings for the glow are: normal, 30% opacity, color #515151, size 40. The other settings are the default settings. Keep CTRL key pressed and click the thubnail of Lollipop Base layer. Select the Swirl Layer and copy the selection in another layer. Call this new layer, Lollipop and place it above the Lollipop Base.

Add Bevel and Emboss Effect

As you can see the lollipop has a flat 2D look so to make it look more real we have to add Bevel and Emboss to obtain a 3D effect.

Next add Inner Shadow with the following settings. Change also the Blending Mode opacity to 80%.

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9 comment(s) for "Create a Lollipop Candy in Photoshop"

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5:27 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thanks so much for the tut! I was actually trying to make a lollypop like 5 days ago, lol! :) reply
5:28 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011
This looks absolutely great! Best lollipop reply
5:30 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011
:) really big coincidence ! reply
5:32 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011
thank you, I am glad u like it! reply
4:17 PM Thursday, September 29, 2011
really nice tutorial, thanks for sharing. I had a lot of fun playing with this twirl effect. This is my result, what do you think? reply
6:02 AM Friday, September 30, 2011
wow, it is better than mine! It seems that you used a gradient with more colors and it really looks beautiful :) reply
9:11 AM Sunday, January 01, 2012
Really it is great Idea . Thank you so much . reply
3:17 AM Monday, March 16, 2015
It's really useful thank you for sharing. reply
3:50 AM Monday, July 11, 2016
It's great! Thanks a lot! reply

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