The rest of America is in love with Hawaii, and has been since World War II. At that time, soldiers and sailors returned to the mainland with all manner of trinkets, including replicas of the Tiki gods which can be found throughout Polynesia. In this tutorial, you can make one of your own using just a couple of wood textures.
Your feedback is encouraged and much appreciated!
What You Should Know First
You don’t need to use these, but they may come in handy.
- Tiki Head Paths .PSD (61KB)
- Wood Texture .JPG (349KB) (Thanks to cgtextures!)
- Eye Texture .PSD (248KB)
Part One: Create the Head
- Create a new file (File > New). Use the settings below.
- If you do not know how to use the Pen tool, I recommend you download the file #1 above and open it in Photoshop instead. Then skip the steps that involve drawing with the Pen tool (start with Step 8). I have provided the paths for you.
- Select the Pen tool.
- In the Control panel, click on the icon for Paths (not Shape layers).
- Use the Pen tool to draw an outline for your Tiki head.
- Stay on the same work path in the Paths panel, and draw openings for the eyes.
- In the Paths panel, double click on the words Work Path and rename the path head outline.
- In the Paths panel, click on the Load path as selection icon.
- Open your file with the wood texture (you can grab file #2 above). (Thanks to cgtextures!) I took a photo of plywood and fiddled with it a bunch in Photoshop.
- Select > All
- Edit > Copy
- Go back to your tiki file.
- Edit > Paste Into. This pastes your wood texture onto a new layer and uses your outline selection to create a layer mask.
- Rename the layer face (double-click on the words Layer 1 to make it editable).
- Click on the layer thumbnail which contains the wood texture.
- Save your file.