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with Amber McKenney
Online Class

The Perfect Finish: 25 Realistic Techniques

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Learn modeling, texturing and coloring techniques to create amazing accents for food cakes and many other designs. Alongside cake artist Amber McKenney, you'll start by using basic modeling and texturing methods to create convincing sugar grapes, kumquats, scallions, celery and figs. Achieve more complex textures as you easily craft amazing blue cheese, broccoli, red onion and lettuce leaf decorations. Then, discover essential airbrushing and hand-painting techniques for creating color gradients, layering and highlights that bring your foods to life. Move on to enhancing the textures you've already created with smooth and shining finishes. Plus, create woodgrain panels for a crate cake, and arrange your fruits and vegetables inside for a result that looks like it came straight from the farmers' market.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h29m

Included in this Class

1. Textures I: Simple Effects

1. Textures I: Simple Effects

Meet cake decorator Amber McKenney and get started building your own realistic cake decorations! Amber starts off with techniques for crafting round grapes and kumquats as well as perfect scallions and celery stalks as she shares her hints for texturing your treats.

2. Textures II: Unusual Effects

2. Textures II: Unusual Effects

Build on your skills as Amber walks you through more complex textures, including blue cheese, broccoli and even thin and delicate lettuce leaves. Learn how to use household items to add authenticity to your pieces, and watch Amber's techniques for using rice cereal treats as a crafting base.

3. Coloring I: Gradients & Layering

3. Coloring I: Gradients & Layering

Breathe life into your cake decorations with Amber's airbrushing. You'll discover how to apply color gradients and layers of rich color to get the perfect level of realism. Plus, find out how an angled spraying technique will highlight grooves and textures in your designs.