3D Octopus

3D Octopus. 1 hour project

When I was little boy, I liked spent my time in front of a small TV screen, breathlessly watching Jacques-Yves Cousteau ocean travels on his famous Calypso ships.Maybe old "souvenirs" caused me to depict magical dweller of ocean deep – Mr. Octopus… Despite this image looks pretty complexed – it is very simple in real!


1. I think it is always important to make quick sketch of the future image, especially when you make live creatures.


2. For each pair of Octopus’s legs I made one Path and save on separate Path Layer.

3. In this step I clicked on Stroke Path with Brush icon, holding Alt/Option key to call Stroke Path dialog box. In this box I checked Simulate Pressure box to achieve necessary effect. Keep in mind, Brush size is equal to thicker part of Octopus’s legs.
4. As you see on a corresponding picture I applied Layer Styel to Colorize and Bevel Octopus’s legs.
5. Here I applied described in steps 2 to 4 actions to each pair of legs. I created Octopus’s body(large Bevel in its Layer Style)and forehead.
6. I created couple Custom Brushes, first for Octopus sensors – suction cups and second for its skin. Please refer to shown here outlined in squares samples.
7. To make sea bottom I applied Filters -> Render -> Clouds. To see underlaying Layer I set blending mode of "Sea Buttom" Layer to Multiply.
8. I filled the topmost Layer in dark green and then applied Filter -> Render – Lighting Effects. Some bubbles were made to finalize scene. You can find description of this effect in one of the first "Coca-Cola" project…. See? I didn’t lied to you – it was very-very simple. O’revoir! for now…

Written by okgrafix on August 2nd, 2007 with 1 comment.
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#1. July 25th, 2009, at 9:00 PM.

Thank you for posting this very helpful tip!!!
I didn’t know about the stroke path option w/ pen pressure (very cool!)
Thanks again for showing us your Octopus!

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