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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.
And this week I'll show you how I created the monster's signature bloodshot eyes and you can see him a little better if I zoom in. And of course I need to create these eyes because if you bring up the Layer Comps panel and click in front of Joint Sketch here, you can see that they were called for in my son's original sketch and therefore I'm forced to comply with this design. So I'll go ahead and switch over to my document in progress and I'll press Ctrl + 1 or Cmd + 1 on the Mac in order to zoom In. And here's the clear-eyed monster and you can see he just doesn't look Right at all.
Obviously, his eyes need some attention here. So I'll press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool. And then I'll go ahead and right click anywhere inside the white portion of the eyes. And then you want to choose the eyes layer from the eyes group inside of this pop up menu. In order to switch to the eyes layer here inside the layers panel. And I'm going to go ahead and copy some layer effects that I assigned in a previous movie by twirling open this eye bags group right here. And then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and drag the Effects icon from the bag three layer onto the eyes layer in order to duplicate those layer effects. Now obviously, I don't want this gradient overlay.
I could just turn it off, but I'm going to throw it away. Because I want to get rid of the darn thing. And now let's modify some settings here. The drop shadow is fine as is, and in case you didn't follow along with the previous movie, I'll just go ahead and double click on this effect, so you can see the settings that I've assigned. And now I'll go ahead and switch over to my inner shadow effect. This time I want the color to be a little reddish, so I'll click on the color swatch in order to bring up the Color Picker Panel, and I'll change the hue value from 210 degrees to zero. Then i'll leave the saturation and brightness values set to 100 and 15% respectively, and click OK.
So if you're following along with me make sure to turn off use global light, so you don't mess up any of the other layer effects, and then change the hue value to 10 degrees like so. Now we want a dark inner glow, so click on Inner Glow to make it active, and then click on the little yellow color swatch, at least that's what it is by default, in order to bring up the color picker dialogue box. And dial in those familiar values from the previous movie. That is to say, a hue value of 210 degrees, saturation and brightness, at a 115%.
Then click OK. And change the blend mode from Screen to Multiply. I'm going to take the opacity value down to 50% and then I'm going to increase the size value to 16 pixels, in order to produce the effect you see on-screen. Now, I'll go ahead and click OK to accept that change. And just to give you a sense for the difference that makes, I'll go ahead and turn off the effects inside the Layers panel. So those are the clear eyes, and if I turn the effects back on, these are the effected eyes and that gives them a little darkness so that they blend in with the shapes in the background. Now I want to add a new layer above the eyes layer, so I will press Ctrl + Shift + N or Cmd + Shift + N on the Mac and I will call this layer veins let's say, because its going to be the layer of red veins.
And make sure this check box is turned on use previous layer to create clipping mask. It should be turned on if you are working along with me But you just want to make sure. So that we're putting everything we do inside the Eyes layer, then click OK. Now I'll go ahead and switch to the Rectangular Marquee tool. And I'll marquee in the area, that's at least as large as the eyes like so. And then I'll press the D key just to make sure I have my default colors. And I'll press Ctrl + Backspace or Cmd + Delete on the Mac, in order to fill that area with white. Now, it doesn't look like it's filled with white, and that's because it's clipped inside the eyes layer, and we've got the pupils and eye highlights layer on top. And so if I were to turn those two layers off.
You can see that we have got these light eyes and so we have got the pupils in by highlights sitting on top of them once again. Now, though we can do our work with this Fins layer. If you press Ctrl + D or Cmd + D in the Mac in order to deselect the image. And then drop down to the Effects icon, at the bottom of the Layers panel, click on it and choose Pattern Overlay. By default Photoshop doesn't have many patterns loaded as you can see, but it ships with lots more. So, click on this little gear icon, this brings up the pop up menu, and then choose Patterns from the list. And now we'll cause Photoshop to ask you if you want to replace these patterns with the new ones or if you want to append them.
Either option is just fine. I'm going to just click OK so that I don't have too much clutter inside my panel here. And the pattern we're looking for is this guy right here, strings, so go ahead and click on it to select it, and then we want to take the scale value up to 120%. At least that's the way I went, you can make your own judgment about that one. Then, I'll click on color overlay to make it active, because obviously we need to colorize. Those stringing lines right there. I'll click on the color swatch and I'm going to make just a slight modification, here.
A hue value of zero degrees is just fine. A saturation of 100% is fine as well. I'm going to take the brightness value, however, down to 75%. Click OK. I want to colorize just the black lines And not affect the white stuff in that pattern. So I'll change the blend mode to 'screen' in order to produce this effect here. And now I'll click 'okay'. Now if you're keeping up with me, you may wonder why I put these two layer effects on a separate layer called veins here. Why not just put color over layered pattern over like.
On the eyes layer. Directly on the eyes layer, because after all, we could do that. That would be an option. However, I want to be able to paint some of these effects away using a layer mask, of course. So I'll go ahead and click on the Add Layer Mask icon in order to add that little layer mask there. And then I'll switch to the Brush tool. And this brush looks pretty good to me, but I'll right click so you can see what it is. The size is 175 pixels and the hardness, very important, is 0%. And now, I'll just go and paint this area around the pupil like so and I'll paint this area around this pupil as well. And I might paint a little more of the veins away in the right-hand eye, because after all Sam's original sketch didn't call for any veins inside that eye. I'll bring up the Properties panel by going up to the Window menu and choosing Properties.
And what I want to do is back off the density of the mask, which means that I will bring back some of the redness inside the eyes. IF I increase the density value you can see that I'm forcing them away. I'm going to change this value ultimately to 77% like so. And then hide the Properties panel and press the M key to switch back to the Rectangular Marquee tool. Now you may look at this and say, well hey, an eye wouldn't cast a shadow onto itself like this.
And this isn't really the way bloodshot eyes look, but if I zoom out by pressing Control 0 or Command 0 on the Mac in order to take in the entire composition I think it looks great which is to say that's how I at least created the bloodshot eye effect here inside Photoshop
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