How To Crack An Egg

This tutorial will show you how to crack an egg in Photoshop.

Today we’re going to crack an egg. Sounds easy enough!

Here are the images to start with:

Step 1: The Initial Crack of the Egg

Notice how the image we’re using of the cracks is similar to how an egg actually cracks. If you don’t remember what one looks like, try maybe doing a Google Search for “cracked egg”, and take a peak at some of the results.

Be sure your egg has been cut out and is on a layer all its own. You can just make the background black for right now.

Copy and paste the picture of the cracks over top the picture of the eggs. You want this on a separate layer, if for some reason it didn’t do that automatically.

Change the Blending option from Normal to Multiply for the layer with the cracks. This will turn all of the white transparent (at least visually, though all of the white is still there).

We want the cracks on the egg to curve to the surface of the egg, so we’re going to Spherize the layer. Image>Distort>Spherize

CTRL+click on the egg layer. This will select the shape of the egg only. Click on the cracks layer. CTRL+SHIFT+I to Inverse Selection. This will now select everything around the outside of the egg. Hit Delete. We don’t need all of that extra stuff around the outside of the egg. Once you’ve deleted the excess, Deselect CTRL+D and then select the Eraser tool (or however you’d like to do this best) and erase all of the cracks you don’t want.

Step 2: Making the Holey

We’re now going to make some holes in the egg. Using the Magic Wand tool, while having the cracks layer active, select a couple areas in the cracks you’d like to just be a hole. Fill in the area with black. You may have to then deselect CTRL+D the area you can do back in with a small black Brush around the edges so it looks smoother.

There should be a little more depth to the egg’s shell. Instead of just a black hole, we’re going to give the edges of the shell in the hole a little dimension. Magic Wand select the hole you just made. Make a New Layer above the cracks layer. Select a darker color than the edge of the shell, something that matches. Using the Brush Tool and a Hard Round brush, carefully add some thickness to the egg shell.

Deselect CTRL+D. Select a lighter color from somewhere on the egg and with a very small brush, go in and fill in the little gap in between your shell and the thickness you just gave it.

Finally, we’re going to adjust the hole we just made in the egg. Make the cracks layer active. Magic Wand select the hole(s) we have made. Choose the Gradient Tool (located with the Paint Bucket). Select both black and a darker color from somewhere on the egg. Use the linear gradient, then click and drag and release a few times until you get the gradient just right. You want the black to be in the darkest part of the egg, and the brown closer to where light would be going in. By going this on the cracks layer, with the Blending mode being Multiply, it creates a bit of transparency for our gradient, making it more dynamic.

It’s subtle.

Finished!

You can add whatever type of background you’d like to at this point. Put it in a basket, a nest, a countertop, whatever you want.

By Kirin Knapp

Kirin Knapp is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network, publishing company of FlashNewz. A flash animator and illustrator, she is the creator of her home site, Inkdu.com.

Leave a comment