Create a Fantastic Glowing Decorated Time Piece

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Fantastic Glowing Decorated Time Piece

In this tutorial I am going to show you all methods to create a glowing timepiece decorated with precious stones and golden insects.


I used Adobe Photoshop CS 4 and CorelDraw X3 to make the image but other versions are also applicable.

You can see the image in high resolution here.

At first sight the tutorial seems long, actually more of the steps contain only description of the layer style applied to the respective timepiece part. It will take you no more than three hours to implement all steps and to achieve the final result.

End result:

Step 1

Create a new .psd file of 2000px width and 3300px height, 72dpi.
Click twice on the Background to make an ordinary layer of it as you’ll need to apply layer style later. Rename this Layer 0 as Background again for your convenience.

Navigate to your Tool Bar and set Foreground color to # 290509, go to Edit menu and choose Fill. When Fill dialog box appear, choose Foreground Color from Use drop down menu and click OK button.
Now you have a nice dark background for the clock design. Let us give it some slight scarcely visible relief.

Right click on Background layer, select Blending Options and check Texture. In Texture box click on the tiny down arrow to open Pattern Picker, select Artist Surfaces and when the program asks you to Replace the Current Patterns with Patterns from Artist Surfaces, click on Append button. In the opened Pattern Picker select Dark Coarse Weave pattern from the chosen Artist Surfaces set, set Scale option to 20% and Depth to 18%.

Step 2

Create a new layer above the background and name it Dark Frame. Fill with black color, change Blend Mode to Soft Light and reduce Opacity to 40 %. Add Layer Mask (Layer, Layer Mask, Reveal All), take soft black brush of about 800-1000px size and brush while the mask is selected. Erase most parts of this black layer, leave only the borders untouched.

When satisfied with the result, highlight both layers- Background and Dark Frame, go to Layer, Group Layers and call the group Background.

Save your Timepiece file for now. We are going to work with CorelDraw in the next steps.

Step 3

Open CorelDraw X3 (Version 13) and create a new A4 graphic (from Paper Type/Size drop down menu in Property Bar select A4). You’ll need to switch on the grid in order to make your work easier. Go to Layout menu, select Page Setup and when Options dialog box appears, select Grid: check Frequency, leave Spacing unchecked, set Horizontal and Vertical Frequency to 5.08, check Show Grid and Show Grid as Lines. When ready press OK button.

Step 4

In this step your task is only to draw two circles with Ellipse Tool. Hold down Ctrl while drawing in order to make perfect circles.

Step 5

Take Rectangle Tool and draw a long rectangular shape. Its four angles must intersect the ellipses.