WHAT WE NEED:
In this tutorial, we will be making an ordinary melon (rounded, of course) into a squared (cubic actually) one. Do it for yourself how easy and how powerful Liquify Filter is in manipulating objects like the one shown here. Although easy, it can also be tricky as it will turn your work into a messy one rather than succeeding to the outcome you intended to do. The rest of the tutorial can be easily followed.
Step 1. Make a new document (700×600) and fill it with black color. After this, create 3 group layers namely, BG (for Background), melon, and gradient. We’re doing this so that our work will be organized and can be easily tracked when we need something to edit. It should look like this now:
Step 2. Now, we’ll deal in creating the background. So, go back to the first layer that we’ve created, i.e., Layer 1, then drag it under BG group layer so that it will become part of all the layers that we will create under it.
Step 3. With Layer 1 still active, pick your Brush Tool and select Dried Blood brush and set it to around 600 pixels in size. Click onto the canvas aligned horizontally, in RBG order, from right to left. With that done, apply Gaussian Blur.
Step 4. Open the grunge texture, select, then paste onto the background (Layer 1). Set blend mode to Overlay, Opacity:50. A new layer (Layer 2) is created as a result.
Step 5. Switch now to melon group and create a new layer. Layer 3 is created by default. After this, open the melon image, select it via the Quick Selection Tool. Apply Refine Edge to ensure a clean edge of the melon. Copy this and paste it onto the newly-created layer (e.g., Layer 3).
Step 6. The fun part of the tutorial. Select Liquify (Filter>Liquify…) then set the following values in the dialog box that appears. Other settings are set to their default values.
In applying the Liquify filter, slowly drag the mouse pointer outward and inward to transform the melon into a square shape. Don’t stretch too much in the same area, otherwise the unevenness of the texture will be clearly noticed. Stretch a bit too inside when making a stretch outward on the edges. Here is the result after applying the filter.
Step 7. Switch back to the BG group layer. We need to make the melon stand out so we need some highlighting. Pick Brush Tool (soft), big size. Click at the center of the canvass, then set appropriate opacity. Here is the result:
Step 8. Time to make some colored gradient strips across the image. So, switch now to gradient group layer and create a new layer. Layer 4 is created, by default because the last layer created is Layer 3.
Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a long rectangle across the image. Then click your Gradient Too (linear) and make a gradient, red, green, then blue. Below it are 3 white-transparent gradients. Use Free Transform Tool to resize and reposition diagonally.
Step 9. Putting the grapes. Open this image and paste it below the melon. Make a layer mask, then erase the branch and other parts. Then grab a large soft brush (black), opacity to 25, then paint below the images. You can use linear gradient in place of the brush if you prefer to.
Step 10. Put the ribbon by selecting, copying and pasting it onto the melon, resembling a real fruit gift. You can download the ribbon here.
Step 11. For the finishing touches, duplicate the melon layer, then flip vertically. Drag the copy at the bottom of the melon to have a reflection of it. Apply a linear gradient, black-transparent, low opacity. Set blend mode to Overlay or Soft Light, Opacity to 50.
Added notes : In the original making of the above finished image, I applied several fill or adjustment layers in enhancing the image like Hue/saturation, Levels, Curves, and Color Balance. Feel free to experiment using them to have better results.