In this tutorial I am going to demonstrate how to create a polygonal bird logo from scratch.


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

00:02:34 Trace sketch with shapes
00:04:58 Add colour
00:09:07 Create ribbon
00:12:28 Ad type
00:15:00 Add background
00:18:00 Add logo to main book cover document

Keyboard shortcuts used in this video

T – Type tool
V – Move tool

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) + G – Group layers
cmd (Ctrl PC) + S – Save document
cmd (Ctrl PC) + J – Duplicate layer

cmd (Ctrl PC) + shift + N – New layer

Press & hold shift + click – Select multiple layers

Press & hold cmd + D + press enter – Deselect type (with type tool active)

Press & hold alt + shift + click & drag – Scale object (with free transform tool active)

Press & hold alt + click & drag – Quick duplicate object (with selection tool active)




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


Adobe Photoshop course and all associated files created and composed by Gareth David
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  1. Unfortunately I can't afford Photoshop for myself at the moment. So, I have to wait, to learn it from your videos.
    You got not enough attention to this! I'll try my best to recommend these videos to all who would like to learn something about Photoshop. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much. I learned a lot of skills from you.

  3. I use CS5 and i cant find the options under pen tools like you do. pls suggest an alternative
    btwn ur videos are awsome! i learned a lot…. thnx for sharing d knowledge

  4. Hello Gareth . Thank you for your tutorials , I appreciate it . And I following the Eps from the beginning . I have this little problem in this tutorial , when I press ( t) , and click the whole paper turned to a pink . How to solve this issue ? . I'm using CC . Thank you again

  5. I'm assuming when you work with shapes in Photoshop their still maintained as vectors, correct?

  6. In my photoshop, units are in pixels.How to convert them into points(pt)?

  7. I have a prob when I open the fill option to choose the color from swatch color —> It isn't selected as if it can't see the color !

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