Hello everyone. It’s Jen from Olde Tinkerer Studio. And in today’s Photoshop tutorial we’re going to be making a yin yang
symbol. Create a new project. Go to File>New (Width: 720; Height: 720). Fit the project on your screen using CTRL + 0. Choose the Gradient Tool and click on the Gradient Box. Choose a color for the Left Stop, which will be the background, (I used #FF0000). Choose a darker gradient of the Left Stop color for the Right stop (I used #870303). Hold SHIFT and drag from the bottom of the project to the center. Double-click on the Background thumbnail and rename it Base. Go to View and make sure Rulers and Snap are checked. Drag out a vertical ruler to the center – 360 px – it should snap to the center, and a horizontal ruler to just above the center of the project – at 325 px. Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool and holding down SHIFT + ALT drag a large circle out from the center of the guidelines. Make a new layer and make sure your foreground color is set to black. Press ALT + DELETE to fill the selection with black. Click on the Layer Mask button. Click on the black circle thumbnail to make it active. Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Drag out a rectangle along the left side of the project to the center vertical guide. Make sure your background color is white and fill the selection with white (CTRL + DELETE). Delete the selection (CTRL + D). CTRL-click on the layer mask. Go to Select>Transform Selection Go to the lower-right of the transform and holding SHIFT drag up to the left until you reach the crosshairs. Click inside the selection and holding SHIFT drag the selection to the right until it snaps to the center and press ENTER. Make a new layer and fill the selection with white (CTRL + DELETE). Go to Select>Transform Selection Go to a corner and holding SHIFT + ALT make the selection a smaller size (115 px) and press ENTER. Fill the selection with black (ALT + DELETE) and delete the selection (CTRL + D). Make a copy of the layer (CTRL + J) and invert it (CTRL + I) and drag it below the top layer. Choose the Move Tool and while holding down SHIFT and drag it down until it snaps to the bottom of the outer circle. Hide the guides (CTRL + H). Hide the Base layer (click on the eyeball). Make a composite snapshot (CTRL +SHIFT + ALT + E) and move it to the top of the stack and rename the layer Symbol. Hide the other layers (click on the eyeballs) and make the background visible (click on the eyeball). Make a copy of the symbol (CTRL + J) and rename the layer Reflection. Open the Transform Tool (CTRL + T). Go to the top of the transform and drag it down to the bottom of the project then hit ENTER. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and make the Radius: 5. Reduce the layer’s opacity to 30%. Make a layer mask next to the reflection. Choose the Gradient Tool and click on the Gradient Box Choose the Black, White Gradient (third from the left). If you don’t see the gradients click on the Gear icon and click Reset Gradients. Choose this gradient. Hold SHIFT and drag up from the bottom of the project to the bottom of the symbol. Make the Symbol Layer active and double-click the thumbnail to open the Layer Style Panel Click on Inner Glow Color: Black, Blend Mode: Normal, Opacity: 75%, Size: 250 And there you have a very basic Yin-Yang symbol. I hope you found this useful. Have a good day!