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Design a Realistic 3D Baseball Cap in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic 3D Baseball cap in Adobe Photoshop using the Pen tool, brushes and some nifty tricks.

Step 1: Create the shape

Create a new document in Photoshop and fill it with white (#FFFFFF). Create a new layer and use the Pen Tool (P) to create the shape of the cap (you can use an image of a cap as reference for this, or use the outline shown below). After that, press Command+Enter to transform the path into a selection. Then fill it with the color #1c1812.

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Step 2: Define shapes

It’s time to define some parts of the cap. Use the Burn Tool (O) for adding some shadows to the cap (shown below) and then use the Pen Tool (P) to create two lines (#413a2f).

Need Help Stroking Paths?

You can learn how to stroke paths using the pen tool and the brush tool in our photoshop tutorial on creating fireworks.

Step 3: Create the Texture

The rear part of the cap must be darker. Create a selection on the back of the hat, and use the Brush Tool (B) to fill the selection with a black color on a new layer.

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Step 4

Right-click on the layer with the rear part of the cap and select Blending Options. Then go to Pattern Overlay and add the below settings.
Blend Mode: Hard Light
Scale: 7%
Opacity: 13%

Step 4

Step 5

The seams of the visor are created with the Pen Tool (P). Create each seam on a separate layer by drawing the line with the pen tool, stroking with a thin hard brush, and then erasing the edges with a large soft eraser. Select these layers with the seams, and Merge Layers.

Duplicate them, invert their color (Ctrl+I) and place the black seams layer behind the other ones. This gives it a bevel effect.

Step 6

Create a new layer. Again use the Pen Tool (P) to create a shape like below and fill the selection with black. Then add noise to the selection (Filter > Noise > Add Noise | Keep it below 10%), and keep the Opacity of the layer to 75%.

Step 6

Step 7

Create another layer and build a shape like below using the Pen Tool (P). Next thing you’ll have to do is to add some light, to make the rear side of the cap look more transparent (as if light is fading through from the other side). Use the Brush Tool (B) with white color and add some smooth light.

Step 8: Add logo

To give it an unique look you can add a brand or some unique design elements of your own. I used #7b7452 and then set the layer to Color Dodge.

Step 9: Details

To create the shape of the deeper lines in the cap, use the Pen Tool (P) to create shape selections, add lights and shadows using the Burn and Dodge Tools. Smudge the highlights and shadows to give them a softer look.

Step 10: Light

You must add some light on the visor, so make a selection and use large white brush to fill in the selection. Then select the Hard Light blending mode and decrease the opacity if needed.

Step 11: Realistic Texture

The material looks a bit cartoonish and smooth, so we need to brush some spots with different colors (darker/lighter). You can smudge them (or give them different Filter>Blur>Motion Blur effects) to make them look more realistic.

Step 12: Background

The cap is finished. Now you must create the background.

Step 13: Light

To make it more obvious and shiny, we must modify the contrast and the brightness. Select all the hat layers and merge them onto a new layer (Ctrl + Alt + E). Adjust the Contrast and Brightness (Image > Adjustments > Brightness and Contrast) until the hat pops out from the background significantly.

Step 14: Shadow

The cap looks like it is floating so we must add a shadow.

Step 15: Background

Create a new layer (ctrl+shift+n) and place it behind the cap layers. After that use some grunge brushes (like these) create a nice background using various colors.

Step 16: Background

The final step of this chop is to add light on the bottom and shadow to the top to create the space where the cap is placed.

Use PenTool(P) to make the selection and using a large soft brush create the platform for the cap.


Try to improvise as much as you can when you are creating the design of the cap. It’s not necessary to use all the same colors, or create a grungy background! Enjoy, and feel free to download the free PSD for reference!

Click on the image to view it at high-resolution.

Download the PSD


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    Amazing!! :D:D congratulations!

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    irina shayk (3 Points) October 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Great tutorial, congratulations, you are wonderful :)

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    Muito legal cara ,Parabéns

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    Afshan (3 Points) October 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    its awesom and great sharing ..

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 ฟรี (3 Points) October 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

    thank you i like it

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    flash-poker (2 Points) June 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    It’s look like a real cap, excellent

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 (2 Points) June 9, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Thank you.. jsut sharing.

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) June 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Thank you.. jsut sharing.

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    Qoqo (1 Point) June 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    thanks alot for share this great tutorial :) :)

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (2 Points) May 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you, tips tutorial.

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    Akita (1 Point) May 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

    awesome…thanks u so much^^

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    fare ilaçlama (1 Point) May 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

    thanks for tutorial…

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    yohan (1 Point) May 3, 2010 at 2:29 am

    just WOW !!!! thanks for sharing

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    Web Design (0 Points) April 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks cucu. great tutorial..

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    eldeen (1 Point) March 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    that was increadibale…..good job uuuu

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    โหลดเพลง (2 Points) March 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Wonderful tip, Thank you for your share!

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    Roman (4 Points) March 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    This is a very amazing tutorial. Great job!

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    Photoshop basic selection tools (2 Points) March 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    fantastic photoshop work
    u rock

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    Great tutorial, congratulations, you are very good

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    Michael Stone (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Amazing tutorial. You must have an incredibly steady hand to do all of that using the pen tool.

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (0 Points) February 3, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing136

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing129

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    Great reading! Thanks for sharing124

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    This is an awesome tutorial. Great job, looks really great.

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    ฟังเพลงออนไลน์ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.

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    TheRimalaya (1 Point) December 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Very Very nice, I’ll certainly try it.

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    John C. (2 Points) December 12, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Isn’t it incredible what you can do with Photoshop? …like this awesome cap? I just love this website.

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    Bad tutorial. Good overall result, but poorly explained. Too bad.

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    Sampheap (1 Point) November 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Great master piece! I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t c this!

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) November 27, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I’ve sent the update of the tutorial 3 weeks ago,but David Leggett didn’t manage to update it yet.. :(

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    Wow! very nice tutorial.

    thanks for this :).

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    Wow. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome… excellent job done, very professional

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    It’s a great post.
    Thanks to share it!

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    Thanks for your reply. Not trying to criticize, just want to get the same results as you. It’s all in the details.
    - Between Step 3 and Step 5 the shading on the visor happens. Looks like a gradient.?
    - I know how to make the seams but do not understand the meaning of the 2 layers, 1-white/1-black? In my version the seams are blight white, not beige like yours. ??

    Anyways, I made a screen, I’ll try to send to you so you can see what I mean. Thanks again for sharing.

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    miggles (1 Point) November 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    nice tutorial man keep up the good work

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    First off. Great work, inspiring really.
    • Step 4 – I followed this as per your instructions and I did not get the same result. You have done some shading work on the mesh back piece that you didn’t explain to us here.
    • Step 5 – you do it again. Shading on the visor, with no instructions.
    • Step 5 – seam stitching on visor – followed your instructions again here and I have 2 layers one white/one black. They are nor beveled at all and the color is not the same as yours. This is where I stopped out of frustration. If you are going to write a tutorial you have to write so that the person following you gets the same results. With out that there is no point to this exercise.

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      Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) November 9, 2009 at 9:28 am

      Step 4 – your are right ..i’ll make an update of the tutorial and i’ll please David Legget to replace it. (It’s about making a gradient overlay)

      Step 5 – Shading on the visor had been done in Step2.I told you there to make a selection with the pentool and to add black colour

      Step5(2) – The black lines should be moved 1 or 2 pixels down.

      And i really don’t know why you have different colours.It would be great if you post a printscreen.This way I will manage to give you some advice.

      Sorry for the problems you encounter.I’ll make an update in short time.

      This tutorial has been created after i created the whole project using few printscreens(wips) but now i realise,with your help,that i missed few things. I’m really sorry

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    Is there some instructions here missing? I’m at Step #6 and it looks like some lines magically appear in the example photos that weren’t on the hat in the previous step, but I can’t seem to find how/when those were added?



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      Tudor Cucu Ionel (1 Point) November 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      Ooh..I think i lost that,i really don’t know what happened.
      But I’ll explain right now how to do the seams :

      *Creating Seems*

      Firstly drag the same lines using the pentool(stroke path) like i did in Step2.And than using Eraser Tool(E) (hardness 90%) make the lines interrupted.If it’s needed lower the opacity of the layers.

      Sorry again for the missing point.

      Any problem you encounter please tell me !

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    shalnark (1 Point) October 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    great work … i like pen tool tuts
    tanx 4 the tut
    sayonara ^_^

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    Cucu you always make some amazing stuff. Nice work :)

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    rodolfo (1 Point) October 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Excelente tutorial un poco laboriso pero bastante util, gracias.

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (1 Point) October 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you ! I really appreciate for all those great comments.. Watch on for new items/tutorials !

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    Luke Lux (0 Points) October 19, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    It’s a great post, so inspirational.
    Thanks to share it!

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    Wow, impresive!

    Thanks for sharing it.

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    fresh piece ;D

    keep up the great stuff bro…

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    Phil D. (1 Point) October 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    very realistic! great job :)

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    Tom Ross (1 Point) October 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Wow! Best tutorial I’ve seen in a while. I love the outcome!

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    This is an amazing tutorial. Keep up the great work.

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    Nice! thanks so much
    Best regards

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    Thomas (2 Points) October 14, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Really cool tutorial ! Thanks

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    mau nulis artikel bhs indonesia dapet duit?
    main ke tempat kami yuks :)

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    teuingsaha (1 Point) October 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

    awesome ,

    this is great . inspiring me to design another products such as bags or shoes

    Thanks boss !

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    Wow, that was incredible looking! Great tutorial!

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    Jad Graphics (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    WOW! That is awesome! It really does look real.

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    Phillipe Calmet (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it :D


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    Sergio Ordonez (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Good tutorial, congrats. I just had deformed the Adidas logo to adapt it to the surface, other than that looks great.

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    Jennifer Moline, PsPrint (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    This is great — and just in time for playoff season! I compiled a bunch of other Photoshop tutorials here:

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    Cucu Tudor I. (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you :) for all the good comments ! Visit the rest of the tutorials I created,till now.I have a few tutorials which I worked in team with Constantin Potorac or Luca Vlad.

    I’m glad to hear all those good comments !

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    Alexis Brille (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    This is so sick! Great explanation and I don’t give that comment out easily, :).

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    Pushpendra Pal (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    very nice article…
    I am going to make it for me.

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    Wow, excelente trabajo, sobre todo los detalles, iluminación, parece extremandamente real, felicidades y que maestro eres.

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    TimHolmesDesign (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, I have seen quite a lot of tutorials, and this is very very good, truly realistic. Very nice.

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    Wow, incredible! Looks so real.

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    Tutorial Lounge (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 11:30 am

    really amazing tutorial with best techniques. thanks

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    Jordy666sic (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Wow! Not something to try but very entertaining! Look freaking real men!

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    Wow. Excellent to tutorial. Thanks Cucu!

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    Very realistic… good work!!!

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    texturezine (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

    very nice great tut. Thanks share

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Awesome tutorial and excellent end result too!

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    OneWithoutAName (2 Points) October 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

    This is amazing !
    I couldn’t tell the difference between this and a studio shot of a real cap. Keep up the good work !

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