Decorating an origami paper bird Ep28/33 [Adobe Photoshop for Beginners]

In this tutorial we are going to decorate an origami paper bird and I’ll be demonstrating the tools and techniques I used to make it.

Later I will then place it into the main book cover composition as a smart object.


In this video tutorial I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 for mac. Almost all of the principles demonstrated and covered will apply to future and previous versions. Some differences may apply if you are using a previous or future version.

Topics Covered

00:01:35 Decorate paper bird
00:12:43 Add Bird to main document as a smart object

Keyboard shortcuts used in this video

V – Move tool
I – Eyedropper tool

cmd (Ctrl PC) + D – Deselect Selection
cmd (Ctrl PC) + A – Select all
cmd (Ctrl PC) + C – Copy
cmd (Ctrl PC) + W – Close document
cmd (Ctrl PC) + V – Paste
cmd (Ctrl PC) + T – Free transform
cmd (Ctrl PC) + ; – Show guides
cmd (Ctrl PC) + T – Free transform
cmd (Ctrl PC) + R – Show Rulers
cmd (Ctrl PC) + G – Group layers
cmd (Ctrl PC) + X – Cut
cmd (Ctrl PC) + S – Save document
cmd (Ctrl PC) + Z – Undo [one step]
cmd (Ctrl PC) + shift + N – New layer

Press & hold spacebar + click & drag – Maneuver around document

Press & hold shift + click – Select multiple layers

Press & hold cmd (Ctrl PC) + click – Select multiple individual layers

Press & hold cmd (Ctrl PC) + Shift + V – Paste in place




Download the project folder for free from the overview video here:


Download the PDF from the overview video here:




00 – The Complete Beginners Guide To Adobe Photoshop | Course overview & breakdown

This video is part of a 33 part course:


01 – Interface Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

02 – Panels & Workspaces in Adobe Photoshop

03 – Raster Image principles in Adobe Photoshop

04 – Image size, Dimension, & Resolution in Adobe Photoshop

05 – Layers in Adobe Photoshop

06 – Common file types in Adobe Photoshop

07 – Colour in Adobe Photoshop

08 – 10 Handy tips for beginners to Adobe Photoshop


09 – Making selections in Adobe Photoshop

10 – Copy & paste in Adobe Photoshop

11 – Transform tools in Adobe Photoshop

12 – Using brushes in Adobe Photoshop

13 – Eraser tool & Layer masking

14 – Shape tool in Adobe Photoshop

15 – Type principals in Adobe Photoshop

16 – Layer styles in Adobe Photoshop

17 – Paths & the Pen tool in Adobe Photoshop

18 – Smart objects in Adobe Photoshop

19 – Colour adjustments in Adobe Photoshop

20 – Adjustment layers in Photoshop

21 – Filters in Photoshop

22 – Blending modes in Adobe Photoshop

23 – Saving in Adobe Photoshop


24 – Setting up a document

25 – 3D paper type effect

26 – Rainbow & clouds illustration

27 – Manage complexity and working smart

28 – Decorating an origami paper bird

29 – Create a origami bird logo

30 – Adding type to the design

31 – Save for print in Adobe Photoshop

32 – Adapt a print design for a web banner

33 – Save for web in Adobe Photoshop


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