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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, I'll show you how to dress up the fabric layers that make up the monster's shorts and underpants. If you've come straight from the previous movie, then you may still be working in the isolation mode. To get out of it, press the V key to switch to the Move tool. Right-click inside the image window, and turn off this bottom-most command, Isolate Layers. And that way, you'll be able to gain access to your entire image once again. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on the shorts and drag them up a little bit as well. And then I'll right click on those orange shorts with the move tool, and I'll choose shorts from the clothing group. And that'll go ahead and make that layer active.
As well as expand the clothing group. Then drop down to the FX icon, click on it, and choose Pattern Overlay. And that'll bring up the Layer Style dialogue box. Now, once again we're going to have to load some patterns that ship along with Photoshop. So, click the down pointing arrowhead, and then click on the little gear icon and choose Patterns 2. Photoshop will ask you if you want to replace the current patterns or append these new ones, add them to the list. Go ahead and click append to do the ladder and you will see this little denim patterns right there one of the blue patterns.
Go ahead and click on it to apply it, then click off in order to hide that little panel and increase the scale value to 450 % in order to produce this effect right here. Now, we want some additional coloring in the form of a gradient over lays, so go ahead and click on Gradient Overlay. Click on the Gradient bar in order to bring up the Gradient Editor dialog box. Double click on the first colors swatch, change the hue value to 200 and 10 degrees, change the saturation value to 20, and take the brightness value up to 100% then click OK.
Now double click on that white color stuff right there. Change the hue value, again, to 210 degrees. Take the saturation value up to 100%, and take the brightness value down to 50%. And then click okay twice to return to the layer style dialogue box. Now, in order to get some interaction here. Change the blend mode from normal to multiply and that'll multiply the gradient into the the denim pattern. And an opacity value of 100% is just fine, but we want the angle value to be negative 20 degrees.
Now click on inner shadow, in order to select that effect. Click on the color swatch. Change the color to 210 degrees. Once again, 100% for saturation and 15% for brightness, click OK. All these values are just fine. Multiply for the blend mode, an opacity of 75%, an angle of negative 20 degrees. But I want to increase the distance and the size both to 40 pixels, like so, in order to produce this darkening effect down here at the bottom edge of the shorts.
And finally, I'm going to turn on the stroke. And I'm going to take that stroke value up to 5 Pixels like so. The Position should be Outside, the Color should be Black. So that's all great and then click OK in order to finish things up. Now notice this Fly Layer right there, that's this Red Fly object. Go ahead and press the Alt key or the Opt key on the Mac and Drag the FX icon and Drop it on that Fly Layer. Then you want to double-click on the Inner Shadow, because it's too big. And take the distance value down to 8 pixels, and then take the size value down to 8 pixels as well, then click OK.
Now, go ahead and alt drag, or option drag that FX icon from the Fly Layer and drop it onto the Pockets Layer. And we want to make another change here by double clicking on Pattern Overlay, and then let's take the scale value down to 320%, and there's nothing magical about these aloes by the way. We'll make it 311, it just doesn't matter. Now, I'll click OK in order to apply that value. Now, we've got a loops layer that's up here at the top, belt loops, notice that. And you should be able to see it at the same time as the pockets layer, but if not you can go ahead and collapse the Fly Layer like so.
And then Alt + Drag or Opt + Drag the FX icon from the Pockets Layer, and drop it on the Belt Loops Layer. And that's just fine, we're not going to make any further modifications to that. In fact, we're just going to move on to the underpants layer. I'm just closing these guys and you can Alt + Click or Opt + Click on one of these arrows to collapse all of the Layers. Then I'll click on the Underpants Layer to make it active. And we're going to apply yet another pattern to this Layer, by clicking in the FX icon and choosing Pattern Overlay, and then you want to click on this Down Pointing Arrowhead, click on the Gear icon and this time choose Texture Fill to load yet another library that ships along with Photoshop.
When Photoshop asks you whether you want to append, say Yes, that you do, and then scroll down until you find this pattern. It's a little hard to see, but it's called Bark, and that's the one that we're interested in. Then you want to take the Scale Value up to 320%, again go your own way if you want to. And finally, I'm going to copy a couple of effects from another layer here. We'll go ahead and expand the shorts layer. And I'll Alt + Drag or Option + Drag the inner shadow effect, and drop it onto the Underpants Layer there. And then I'll Alt or Opt + Drag the stroke effect is well, in order to produce the effects you see on screen.
Now finally, we need to add a size label right here. And this by the way, was always part of my youngest son original plan, I'll go ahead and zoom in here. And you can see, if I switch to Layer Comps panel and click in front of the very first layer comp that he wrote XXXXXL. So, I plan to do exactly the same thing, by switching back to my Document of progress, I'll press the T key in order to load the Type tool, and I'll go ahead and click at this location here and enter XXXXXL, so it's five X's and an L if you're terribly concerned about that. I'll bring out my character panel, just so you can see that I'm working in Myriad Pro.
And my type size is set to 10 points, 8 points. And I've got all caps turned on, by the way. The horizontal scale value is set to 110%. So, now I'll go ahead and press the Enter key, on the numerical keypad, in order to accept that text right there. Now, I'll go up to the Options bar, and click on the Warp icon in order to bring up the Warp Text dialogue box. I'll change the style to flag and I'll change the bend value to 22% in order to produce this effect here, and now what you want to do is switch to any tool, doesn't matter, rectangular Marquee tool is fine.
Go up to the Edit menu and choose Free Transform, and drag this guy up, so that you can better see what you're doing. Drag outside the transformation boundary, in order to rotate the text to about here looks good. Nudge this guy down by pressing the Down Arrow key a few times. And notice that the angle of the letters is wrong, so I'll press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on the Mac, and I'll drag this bottom handle like so, in order to better match the angle of the little tag right there.
And that looks pretty good actually, and then I'll press the Enter key in order to effect that change. and now I'll press cntrl + 0 or cmd + 0 on a mac and that folks is how you dress up carton fabric layers using a combination of vector based shapes along with pattern effects here inside photoshop
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