Create sleek-looking sticky pitch with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

Welcome to my second tutorial. In this one we will learn how to make a pitch-like substance or in this case it will be a pitch. (Some of you don’t know what pitch is so lets say it is the tree juice… 😀

All you need for this tutorial is a computer with a monitor (duh), Photoshop and a reading capability. If you have made it this far, you are on a right track. 🙂

First of all you’ll need a picture of a suitable object. In this example I’ll use a cone from spruce. (The net is full of them, Google might help. I got my from sxc.hu)

1. Once you got the picture you can start on the pitch, but I made this in a clean environment, so i did a bit of modifications on the cone. This is what i did:
I seperated the cone from it’s background in the picture. Deleted the background and duplicated the cone layer. On the duplicated layer I used Filter > sylize > Find Edges. I repeated the operation one more time. I inverted the colors (CTRL+I), added some Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and changed the blending mode from normal to Color Dodge.

This is optional and it’s not necessary for work further on. In this case I thought it was necessary.

2. OK… Lets make some pitch. Use the Pen tool and draw a path, how you would like for your pitch to slide down the cone. Make a selection out of it and fill it with an orange color (on a new layer ofcorse). I used #FF8933. Opacity of the layer should be lowered, say around 80%. After all, the pitch is a see-trough substance.

3. Make a new layer and use a soft brush to make some highlights on the pitch area. This way we get some reflection inside the pitch near the cone.

4. On a new layer make some dark strokes. That will be our shadow.

5. Pitch has a quite smooth surface (if you count out all the filth it colects runing down the bark), so lets anticipate that light bounces off it. For that I’ll use a Pen Tool. I draw a shape, make a selection out of it, use Select > feather with approximately 2 pixels and colored with white.

If you think you should blur it a bit, go right ahead. Don’t let me stop you. 🙂

6. Lets go back to the layer with the pitch shape. Duplicate this layer. Opacity is now 100% again, but the blending mode is set to Overlay. You should put this layer on top of the layer chart.

7. Duplicate the duplicated (the top-most one) layer again…

8. You duplicate this last layer again, but set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Add a bit of Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with approximately 4.2. Now we’re getting somewhere. 🙂

9. The last touch-up would be to darken pitch around the cone, where it flows out.

10. If you like, you can add some drops on the floor. You can make them with the same principle as you made the pitch (yust follow steps 2 to 9).

11. Ok, that’s it… All you can do now are some beauty additions… Some bubbles in the pitch and drops and a shadow casted by the cone and pitch, and under the drops.

And we’re done. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, if you have any specific questions please ask in the forums.

Cheers!

Tilen Zagar | http://www.majestic5.net | http://tilq.deviantart.com