How To Draw Semi-Realistic Donuts using Adobe Photoshop
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to draw a sweet donut (or doughnut if you prefer it that way).
We are going to draw manually and combine it with layer styles. In the end, we are going to draw its plate too. Let’s begin.
- Program : Photoshop CS+
- Estimated Completion Time : 60 minutes
- Difficulty : Intermediate
Step 1: Drawing the Donut
This is the basic donut we are going to draw. Start by creating a new file (Ctrl + N).
Let’s draw the donut’s topping. Activate the Pen Tool with Shape mode selected in the Option Bar. Click and drag to draw a circle. Make it as unperfect as possible to make it realistic.
Add another path inside the donut topping shape. Set its mode to Subtract Front Shape in The Option Bar.
Double click the donut topping and then add the following Layer Styles.
So far, here’s the result. Really unattractive, but we’ll fix that in a moment.
Create a new layer. Activate the Brush Tool and then paint a white line on the center of the topping.
Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to soften the white line and add some highlight on the center of the topping.
Use the Eraser Tool to erase some of the highlight. We want the highlight to be irregular since the topping surface is never perfect.
Keep adding highlight onto the topping surface. Use the same method, paint with white and then soften it using the Gaussian Blur filter.
Add a white stroke, this time using a smaller brush. We are going to add some stronger highlights onto the topping surface.
As in the previous step, apply the Gaussian Blur filter to soften the lines.
Now, add another layer and then draw short white strokes coming from the center of the donut. Use a small brush for this.
From The Layers Panel, reduce the layer opacity.
Earlier, we added lots of highlights. Next, we do the opposite, add shadow to the topping. You just simply paint soft lines with black. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter and reduce the layer’s opacity if needed.
We’re almost done. Next is drawing the dough. Draw this shape with color#f2b959 and place it underneath the topping. The dough should be a litle bit bigger than its topping.
Add new layer between the dough and its topping. With a soft black brush, draw some shadows on the dough surface.
Let’s add a shadow underneath the donut. Ctrl – click the dough layer to make new selection based on its shape. Click Edit > Fill and fill the selection with black.
Hit Ctrl + D to remove the selection and then apply a Gaussian Blur to soften the black pixels underneath the donut. This is going to be the donut’s shadow.
Activate the Move Tool and then hit the Left and Down Arrow a few times to move the shadow.
Repeat the previous step to create another shadow, this time make it softer by applying a bigger Gaussian Blur and lowering the layer’s Opacity.
We’re done with the donut, but not tasty enough if we don’t put chocolate sprinkles onto the topping. Use the Line Tool with Weight: 2 px to draw a short rectangular shape. You can use any color. Shift + Click – drag to add another sprinkle onto the topping. Put all the chocolate sprinkles layer inside a group for easier editing by selecting them and hitting Ctrl + G.
Double click the chocolate sprinkles layer and then apply Layer Style Color Overlay to change its color.
Keep adding other layer styles to turn the sprinkles into three dimensional shapes.
While the layer group is selected, hit Ctrl + J to duplicate the chocolate sprinkles. Hit Ctrl + T and click and drag outside the transformation bounding box to modify its position and keep them unique.
We want them to be different. Double click their Color Overlay layer style and then change the color.
Keep on adding more sprinkles onto the donut. You will need to spread the sprinkles and probably place them laying next to the donut.
Step 25: Bake More Donuts
And now we’ve just had a donut. Let’s bake some more. We will use the same donut that we drew earlier. It’s going to be easier if we put all its layers into a group layer.
To add another donut, simply Alt – click and drag the donut using the Move Tool.
Select the chocolate sprinkles and then rotate to make them unique.
Add an Adjustment Layer Hue/Saturation on top of the donut’s topping. Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to convert it into a Clipping Mask. In the Properties Panel, slide the Hue slider to change the topping color.
Do this to all the remaining donuts. And now, we have lots of donuts. Unique donuts. You see? We don’t clone them, we really bake them.
Step 30: Change The Topping
So, you don’t like sprinkles on your donut? Want less fat and a healthier donut? Okay. Let’s try cream topping! Remove all the sprinkles and topping layers. Make a new layer on top and then paint with the Brush Tool. You can use any color. Make sure to set Hardness for The Brush Tool to at least 80%.
Ctrl – click the dough layer to make new selection based on its shape. Click the Add Layer Mask icon to add a mask to the new topping and make it appear placed on top of the dough.
Turn it into a realistic three dimensional shape by adding the following layer styles.
Add a new layer underneath the dough and then paint some shadow.
To make the topping appear realistic, we need to add some highlights to it. Add a new layer. Use the Brush Tool to paint white on the toppping’s edges.
Step 35: Add Paper Plate
Let’s continue by adding a paper plate for the donut. Start by drawing a circle shape using the Ellipse Tool. Hold Ctrl while dragging to get a circle shape. For its color, use light grey.
Apply the following layer styles to the shape.
Draw a rounded rectangle using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Place it at 12 o’clock position on the circle shape.
Make sure the rounded rectangle path is still selected. Hit Ctrl + Alt + T to duplicate the path. Drag its transformation pivot to the center of the circle shape. Outside the transformation bounding box, Click and drag to rotate the new path 6°.
Repeat the process by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T. Keep doing this until we have the shape covering all the outer edge of the plate.
Set its color to be slightly lighter than the plate.
Add the following layer styles to the shape.
Add a layer mask and then paint the upper right corner of the shapes with black until they fade.
Now, place the donut on the paper plate.
Paint a shadow underneath the donut. Make sure to paint it on a separate layer.
You can lower the layer’s Opacity or add the Gaussian Blur filter to soften the shadow.
Step 46: Add Plate
Now, we want to add a ceramic plate. Start by drawing a circle shape.
Add the following layer styles.
Add another circle shape, this time smaller.
Add following layer style.
Add a new layer and then paint white with the Brush Tool to add a highlight on the plate’s surface.
Time to add some shadow. Add a new layer and place it underneath the plate layer.Ctrl – click the plate layer thumbnail. Click Edit > Fill and then fill the selection with black.
Hit the Up and Down Arrow keys a few times.
Soften the shadow by applying the Gaussian Blur filter and reduce the layer’s Opacity.
And finally, put the donut on the plate.
We are done. If you look closely, you will find that we are basically using simple techniques. What’s important is to try keeping all the details by adding manual highlights and shadows. I hope you have learned one or a few tricks from this tutorial.