Creating a Candy Cane Rhinoceros in Photoshop

Seasons Greetings, my dear dekeOceri. Welcome to the last Deke’s Techniques of the very weird year 2020. Not anything like we expected, sort of like a candy cane rhinoceros, only not as cute or delicious.

But anyway, in this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to take the new-and-improved candy cane pattern he made last week and wrap it around a perfectly good rhinoceros.

He starts with this charming winter-y background from our friends at (where friends of Deke can get special deals).

A stylized blue and white snow scene from

Next, Deke adds a rhino shape courtesy of the “Wild Animals” collection in the Photoshop Shapes panel.

Snow scene with black rhino shape in Photoshop

Next, he applies the pattern he created last week.

Rhino with candy cane pattern fill applied

Then, a Gradient Overlay layer effect adds color some depth to the scene.

Rhino with gradient Overlay layer effect in Photoshop

Followed by an inner shadow effect to define the creature.

Rhino with Inner Shadow layer effect in Photoshop

And then a Bevel and Emboss layer effect to sell the hard-candy vibe.

Rhino with Bevel and Emboss layer effect in Photoshop

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got two exclusive movies this week. In the first, he shows you how he warped the stripes around the rhino.

Candy cane rhino with a warped pattern wrapped around it in Photoshop

And finally, in the second exclusive episode, he gives the ice some ripples and reflective shadows (as one would expect ice to have if a candy rhinoceros were standing on it).

Candy rhino with reflections and shadows on the ice

If you want to test it out yourself, maybe on a giraffe or a hippo, I’ve attached Deke’s file below for you to experiment with.

Deke’s Techniques, not what you might have expected, but ending the year on a sweet note.  Peace and joy (and health) to you, my dear friends.

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