Create a Coca-Cola Can Using Adobe Photoshop

Posted in 3D Effects, Photo Effects, Tutorials12 months ago • Written by 18 Comments

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create a Coca-Cola can from scratch in Photoshop using shapes, brushes and layer styles. You are going to learn different techniques which you can apply to solve different problems in iconography, UI or web layouts. Photoshop is one of the most powerful programs out there and once you start learning your way around it, you’ll realize that what you can do with it is only limited by your imagination.
The best way to improve your skills is through discovery and experimentation. Don’t wait for a tutorial or article, grab an image and start trying to mimic its shapes, weight, light and shadows.

If you have any questions, use the comment section and I’ll get back to you. Let’s get started!

Final Result

Final result

Step 1

Open Photoshop and set up a new document with size of at least 800px by 800px.

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Step 2

Create one vertical guide and one horizontal guide and align them to the middle of your document. To do this, go to View > New Guide , choose horizontal and apply a position of 50%. Do the same for the vertical guide.

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Step 3

The first thing is to make the shape of our can. You can use your own imagination here, however, in this case, I’ve used an image for reference (although I didn’t follow the real form completely).

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Step 4

In order to keep the shape of the can equal in both sides, we will draw half of the can and duplicate it. Activate the Pen tool (P), and start drawing just half of the red shape.

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Step 5

With the red shape layer selected, press alt+shift on your shape and drag it to the side. Then, press ctrl+T, right click on the shape, select Fip Horizontal and press enter. You can also do this by going to Edit > Transform Path and select Flip Horizontal.

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Step 6

Place your second half right next to the first half, select both shape layers and, with the Pen tool activated, right click on one of the shapes and select Unite Shapes. You now have one single shape.

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Step 7

Choose a different color and repeat the steps for the top and bottom sections of the can. Make sure the Top and Bottom shape layers are on top of the red shape layer.

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Step 8

Duplicate the red shape layer, position your cursor between the two red shape layers, hold down the Alt / Option key and click to create a clipping mask. Name the layers according to the image below.

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Step 9

Welcome to the fun part! We now have a shape for our can so we are going to start giving it a realistic look. Select the Main Shape layer, open the Blending options panel (right click on the Layer > Blending options) and apply a Gradient Overlay with the following settings:

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With the Pen tool (P), create a new black shape and place it like in the image below.

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Step 11

Right click on the new shape layer, convert it to smart object and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a value of 14. Finally, make the new shape layer a Clipping Mask like you did in step 8 and change Fill of the new black shape to 70%.

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Step 12

Using the Pen tool, create a new shape like in the image below.

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Convert it to Smart Object, give it a Gaussian Blur of 2 and change Fill to 40%. Set it as Clipping Mask like in previous steps and set the blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 14

Create a new shape and place it like in the image below. Name this layer ‘Horizontal div1‘.

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Convert it to Smart Object and set it as clipping mask like in previous steps. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 4.

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Cmd/Ctrl + click on the Main Shape layer to select its form, then create a new layer and with a soft edge brush with size of 24px draw a straight line in the same area.

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Set the layer you have just created to Soft Light and add a layer mask to it. Select black as your foreground color and a brush size of 60px. With the layer mask selected, paint gently on the top and bottom of the black area leaving just the middle section intact. Name this layer ‘Horizontal div2′.

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Step 18

Cmd/Ctrl click on the red shape to make it selected, create a new layer, select #eeb946 as your foreground color, select a soft edge brush with a size of 100px and draw a straight line from the top to almost the bottom of the can.

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Step 19

With the newly created layer selected, set blending mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 70%. Then add a layer mask, select black as your foreground color, change brush size to 65px and flow to 30%. Start painting the right side a light yellow in order to make it slightly less visible than the left side, without removing it completely.

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With the Pen tool activated, make a new shape similar to the one below.

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Convert it to Smart Object and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 15. Set blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 22

Create a new shape layer and place it in a position similar to the one below. Name this layer “Middle dark”.

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Step 23

As usual, let’s convert our latest shape layer to a Smart Object, set the blending mode to Soft light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 10. Press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate the layer and set the Opacity of the new layer to 40%.

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Step 24

Create two new shape layers and place them like in the image below.

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Convert each shape to Smart Object, set blending mode to Soft light and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 10. Do this for both shape layers.

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Step 26

Create a new shape like the one below.

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Convert the shape to Smart Object, set blending mode to Overlay and apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 7.

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Now let’s focus on the top section of the red shape. Locate the two layers responsible for the horizontal dark line at the top (we named them ‘Horizontal div1′ and ‘Horizontal div2′). With black as your foreground color, select the layer mask and using a soft round edge brush with size of 45px and flow at 30%, delete the area where the light goes through. Do this for each of the two layers.

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Create a new layer and select a soft edge round brush with a size of 48px and flow 100%. Click once to make a circle at the top (slightly above the line). Set blending mode to Overlay and duplicate the layer.

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Edges are still a little bright so let’s take care of that. Locate the Main Shape layer and apply an Inner Shadow with the following settings:

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Let’s darken the bottom section of our red shape a little bit as well. This time, Cmd/Ctrl + click on the Main Shape to make its form selected and create a new layer. Select a soft round edge brush with size of 48px and flow at 30%. Make a straight line at the bottom and set the blending mode to Soft light.

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In order to increase the realism of the can, we are going to add a window reflection to the can itself. Using the Rectangle Tool (U), create two shapes like in the image below. Then, using the Pen tool (P), unite both shapes like we did in Step 6.

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We now have both shapes in one unique layer. Duplicate this layer twice and position the shapes like in the image below.

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Add a Layer Mask to one of the three layers, set black your foreground color, select the Gradient Tool (G) and choose the black to transparent gradient by either selecting directly at the top (1st image) or clicking inside the gradient bar and selecting the second gradient (2nd image).

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With the layer mask selected, hold shift and drag the mouse from the left side of the shape until you reach the middle of it making the left side transparent.

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Hold the Alt/Option key and drag the layer mask to the other shape layers in order to copy and apply the same layer mask. Then set the blending mode of all three layers to Overlay and Opacity to 18%.

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Select #eeb946 as your foreground color, make a new shape layer and place it like in the image below.

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Convert the shape layer to Smart Object, set blending mode to Overlay, apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 4 and set Opacity to 70%.

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Let’s fix the light in the top section of the red shape. Ctrl/Cmd + Click the Main Shape and, with the Brush tool using a soft round edge with size 30px and flow at 30%, darken the top right and left areas a little bit more, similar to the image below.

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Lets intensify the dark areas in the middle of the can. Locate the shape you have created in step 22 (named ‘Middle dark‘) and duplicate it. Set Opacity of the new layer to 25%.

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Let’s proceed to the top of the can. Select the layer with the top shape and apply the following settings in the Blending Options panel:

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Make white your foreground color and select a soft round brush with 100% Flow and size 30px. Cmd/Ctrl + Click the top shape layer to make its form selected, create a new layer, start drawing very gently 3 straight lines with a gap between them and place horizontally centered. Set blending mode to Overlay. Try to mimic the image below.

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Do the same thing as in the previous step, however, this time make a line with no gaps and covering the top portion of the shape.

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Step 44

Time for shadows. Use the same technique but make small spots along the top shape. Intensify the darkness in the right and left edges.

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Finally, make a thin line to give our top shape a 3D look and feel. Place it vertically and horizontally centered.

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Let’s now take care of the bottom part of the can. Apply the following settings in the Blending Options panel:

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The technique will be the same we used on the top part of the can. Cmd/Ctrl + click on the bottom shape layer and create a new layer. With a soft round edge brush with size 21px and flow at 100%, highlight the top part of the shape. Set blending mode to Overlay. Then, create another layer and do the same thing but this time make a vertical line covering the entire height of the shape, following the light of the red shape. Change the blending mode of the latest layer to Soft Light.

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Apply the same method to darken the left and right edges of the bottom shape. Set blending mode to Overlay and Opacity to 70%.

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Let’s darken the middle a little bit more. Do the same thing as in previous steps and make something like the image below. Set blending mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 60%.

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Create a new layer and draw a shape similar to the one in the image below. Give it a color of #311010.

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Convert the shape to Smart Object, apply a Gaussian Blur with a value of 5. Set the layer’s blending mode to Overlay and set Opacity to 20%.

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Create a new shape to act like the image below. Add a layer mask and, using the Gradient Tool (G), remove the top and bottom areas of that shape exactly like we did in Steps 34 and 35.

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Set Opacity to 20% and blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 54

Looking good. Grab the Coca-Cola logo that’s below this sentence, press Cmd/Ctrl + T to open the Transform panel and rotate in order to adjust it to the correct position.

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Let’s add some water drops. Using the Elipse Tool (U), create a circle shape and apply the following settings:

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Copy the previous layer style, then create several shapes using the Pen tool and Elipse tool and past the same layer style to each shape. Organize the layers into a folder and duplicate your drops across the can.

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Hope you have found this tutorial useful for your future projects. Any questions you may have, please use the comment section below.

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18 Comments Best Comments First
  • Andrei Oprinca

    Saturday, July 6th, 2013 11:02

    13

    Really nice tutorial. I thought it was made with the 3D features in Photoshop. Shadows and highlights are the most important since the give shape to the objects. I think with the extended version of Photoshop it’s faster to get the same effect. Awesome tutorial anyway. Cheers

    +6
  • Anuraag

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 03:32

    4

    Steps used here are so simple and easy to understand. Would try to make one for my own brand of Cola . Thanks

    +4
  • Md. Mizanur Rahman

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 05:36

    8

    It is one of the nicest tutorial according to me. It will help me a lot to gather knowledge and get perfect idea for designing something. Its really breathtaking and works. So I must say humbly please post some other creative tutorials.

    +3
  • Arafat Ahmed

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 16:49

    10

    Just amazing creativity man. After read your tutorials i was try to do that and i did good enough for me.Have to practice more and more.

    +3
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 16:42

    9

    Interesting use of gradients and shapes.Great tutorial!!

    +3
  • Lu

    Monday, July 8th, 2013 02:32

    14

    Long process work but beautiful… I think I need to increase my patience first before I do this kind of design! :) Great stuff!!! Thanks!

    +3
  • w zaman

    Friday, May 17th, 2013 10:44

    3

    Really resourceful……..

    +2
  • murthy

    Friday, July 5th, 2013 13:26

    11

    Thanks Brother for your tutorial. It teaches me how to use photoshop tools effectively.

    +2
  • venkat

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 14:51

    16

    very interesting tutoriaal we are printing these labeles in our company

    +1
  • pankaj

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013 08:52

    18

    good 3d shape tutorial thank you very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    +1
  • Sonjoy Kumar Roy

    Friday, June 14th, 2013 02:53

    6

    Thanks for your tutorial.
    One question .
    Which application you uses there?
    Answer me please.

    0
    • Ruben Oliveira

      Sunday, June 16th, 2013 07:52

      7

      Hi Sonjoy,

      Strictly Photoshop, as stated.

      Cheers :)

      +2
  • Ashikur Rahman Rimu

    Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:53

    15

    Thanks for your Exclusive post. I am Bangladeshi. I know something English. I want to learn how to graphic design.

    0
  • fatbelly

    Friday, July 5th, 2013 14:05

    12

    Can I do this with Photoshop Elements or do I need the really expensive version of CS6?

    0
  • van

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:06

    5

    how about pepsi can?

    -1
  • Gerardin

    Thursday, May 16th, 2013 17:36

    2

    surprisingly, so many steps just to make the can of Coke

    -1
    • Ruben Oliveira

      Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 05:27

      17

      Not that many, there are very nice tutorials out there with 300 steps or more. I could have made it in 10 steps and you would understand nothing about the process. Many steps is better for beginners to understand how exactly everything is accomplished.

      Cheers.

      +5
  • Ramandeep Singh

    Thursday, May 9th, 2013 08:50

    1

    Really amazing, thanks for such a great tutorial

    -1
  • pankaj

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013 08:52

    18

    good 3d shape tutorial thank you very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    +1
  • venkat

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 14:51

    16

    very interesting tutoriaal we are printing these labeles in our company

    +1
  • Ashikur Rahman Rimu

    Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:53

    15

    Thanks for your Exclusive post. I am Bangladeshi. I know something English. I want to learn how to graphic design.

    0
  • Lu

    Monday, July 8th, 2013 02:32

    14

    Long process work but beautiful… I think I need to increase my patience first before I do this kind of design! :) Great stuff!!! Thanks!

    +3
  • Andrei Oprinca

    Saturday, July 6th, 2013 11:02

    13

    Really nice tutorial. I thought it was made with the 3D features in Photoshop. Shadows and highlights are the most important since the give shape to the objects. I think with the extended version of Photoshop it’s faster to get the same effect. Awesome tutorial anyway. Cheers

    +6
  • fatbelly

    Friday, July 5th, 2013 14:05

    12

    Can I do this with Photoshop Elements or do I need the really expensive version of CS6?

    0
  • murthy

    Friday, July 5th, 2013 13:26

    11

    Thanks Brother for your tutorial. It teaches me how to use photoshop tools effectively.

    +2
  • Arafat Ahmed

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 16:49

    10

    Just amazing creativity man. After read your tutorials i was try to do that and i did good enough for me.Have to practice more and more.

    +3
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 16:42

    9

    Interesting use of gradients and shapes.Great tutorial!!

    +3
  • Md. Mizanur Rahman

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013 05:36

    8

    It is one of the nicest tutorial according to me. It will help me a lot to gather knowledge and get perfect idea for designing something. Its really breathtaking and works. So I must say humbly please post some other creative tutorials.

    +3
  • Sonjoy Kumar Roy

    Friday, June 14th, 2013 02:53

    6

    Thanks for your tutorial.
    One question .
    Which application you uses there?
    Answer me please.

    0
    • Ruben Oliveira

      Sunday, June 16th, 2013 07:52

      7

      Hi Sonjoy,

      Strictly Photoshop, as stated.

      Cheers :)

      +2
  • van

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 08:06

    5

    how about pepsi can?

    -1
  • Anuraag

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 03:32

    4

    Steps used here are so simple and easy to understand. Would try to make one for my own brand of Cola . Thanks

    +4
  • w zaman

    Friday, May 17th, 2013 10:44

    3

    Really resourceful……..

    +2
  • Gerardin

    Thursday, May 16th, 2013 17:36

    2

    surprisingly, so many steps just to make the can of Coke

    -1
    • Ruben Oliveira

      Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 05:27

      17

      Not that many, there are very nice tutorials out there with 300 steps or more. I could have made it in 10 steps and you would understand nothing about the process. Many steps is better for beginners to understand how exactly everything is accomplished.

      Cheers.

      +5
  • Ramandeep Singh

    Thursday, May 9th, 2013 08:50

    1

    Really amazing, thanks for such a great tutorial

    -1

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