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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
In this movie we're going to take that fairly cool-looking but ultimately colorless brushed metal effect that we created in the previous movie and we're going to upgrade it to this more ambitious brushed-copper effect, complete with this gradient stroke, as you can see. So we're going to start things off in the brushed metal image. And I've got my editable text layer selected. I'll go ahead and expand the Layer Effect so I can see them. Then drop down to the fx icon, click on it, and choose Color Overlay. That red obviously is not going to work for us, so click on the color swatch and dial in a Hue value of 25 degrees, a Saturation of 75%, and a Brightness of 50%, then click OK. That ends up giving us kind of a red overlay. We want to mix it in with the gray of the letters.
And to do so, change the Blend Mode from Normal to Linear Light. That of course gives us a very hot red effect to make a copper reduce the opacity value to 20%. Next we want to add the gradient stroke, so click on the Stroke option, which is located toward the top of the list here in CS6. It's all the way at the bottom in CS5 and earlier. Increase the Size value to 12 pixels and change the position from Outside to Inside. then change the Fill Type to Gradient. Now I want to work with the reflected gradient, just as we did for the larger gradient overlay.
So change the Style from Linear to Reflected. And then let's also match the angle, which is 110 degrees. This time we want to leave the Reverse checkbox turned off. However, we do want to modify the colors a little bit. So click in the Gradient bar, double-click on that white color stop, and reduce the Brightness value to 75%. Then click OK a couple of times in order to return to the Layer Style dialog box. Notice that for whatever reason the stroke doesn't actually interact with the other layer effects behind it; instead it interacts with the layer behind it.
And you can decide what kind of interaction you want by changing the Blend Mode. In this case I'm going to change it from Normal to Soft Light. And we get this less aggressively stated effect right there. One more effect I want to apply, and that's Inner Shadow. Go ahead and click on it to make it active, take the Opacity value up to 100%. I'm going to increase the Size value to 15 pixels. The Distance value of 5 is just fine. But notice we're not really seeing the Inner Shadow, because it's not poking out from the back of the stroke. So I'm going to increase the Choke value to 50% like so, and that gives us just a hint of inner shadow, as you can see right there.
That's it. Click OK to accept those layer effects. That takes care of the text, believe it or not. Now to duplicate the effects that we've applied. Starting with Color Overlay, I want you to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and drag Color Overlay and then drop it onto the Circles layer in order to render those circles in copper. Then go ahead and expand the Circles effects. And there's one modification I need to make here, because I kind of goofed up on those. Double-click on Bevel & Emboss, and reduce the Depth value to 100% instead of 500%, and that'll give us these nicely rendered semi-spheres.
Click OK in order to apply that change. Go ahead and collapse that guy once again. Now we've got to do a lot of duplication for the interior layer, so press and hold the Alt key here in the PC; that would be the Option key in the Mac-- keep it down--and first drag the Color Overlay down onto Interior and then drag the stroke down onto Interior and then drag the Inner Shadow down on Interior. Each and every time you need to have that Alt or Option key down. Let's go ahead and expand the Interior effects. And we need to make just one change.
Double-click on the Inner Shadow, and let's take the Distance value up to 10 pixels, and now we can see a little bit of that Inner Shadow poking through the stroke. Now click OK. Go ahead and collapse the Layer Effects assigned to the Interior layer. Now for the main layer there is just one effect that we need to duplicate this time. Press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac, and drag and drop the Color Overlay from the Plate layer onto the main layer, and that's it. That's all it takes to convert a Brushed Metal Effect to this particular Brushed Copper Effect, here inside Photoshop.
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