Textures are something important to master when we work on simple designs. It helps to give more details without adding a heavier look the work. Today following with the fur tutorial we are gonna learn how make a leave texture and apply this effect to leaves of any shape.
Now we are going to apply three effects to the leave layer:
First: A gradient overlay with radial low opacity to give volume.
Second: Inner Glow in low opacity to give the idea of light borders.
Third: Outer glow to cast a little shadow and and make the leave pop out.
Must look something like this.
Desaturate the layer and make a clipping mask with the leave shape layer then use smudge tool (strenght 9%) over the noise layer following the shape of the leave.
When we finished with this adjust the colors and effects, thats why we must apply first the effects around a shape layer, in that way we only have to change colors to adjutst all the leave textures.
Make the sides of the leaves by creating under the clipping mask a new shape layer and copying the effects like in this example, the global light of photoshop will adust inmediatly all the effects together.
And we are done!
We have a beautiful realistic leave. ^^
Now just leave the leave to the imagination hehe. You can group all the layers together, duplicate the group and variating a little the color of the shape to have more leaves.