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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 take the dripping, gooey ghost letters that we've created so far and turn them into this opaque, green slime effect. Which features these drips, that not only occur inside the letters but also drip down below the bottom of a few of the letters as well. So I'll go ahead and switch to the image that we created in the previous movie and I've got to perform a few housekeeping chores up front. I'll select the Letters layer and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of it. And then I'll right click on this empty Filter mask thumbnail and I'll choose Delete Filter Mask to get rid of it.
And that will just give me some more room to work here inside my Layers panel. Now notice this Color Scheme Adjustment Layer is responsible for turning the composition purple. I want to to go ahead and drag it and drop it to just above the wall Layer to produce this effect here. Then, go ahead and select the Smart Object, which is called Rough Horror, because we roughened the word horror inside Illustrator. And, assuming that one of the Selection tools is active, you can press Shift+0 in order to reinstate the fill value to 100%.
And you'll see the letter fills with black, like so. Then you want to drop down to the FX icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Color Overlay. Then click on, what is by default, Red Color Swatch, change the hue value to 70 degrees. Take the saturation value down to 65% and take the brightness value down to 75% and click OK. Then you want to change the blend Mode to Hard Light and you want to reduce the opacity value to 25% to achieve this effect right here.
Then click on the Inner Glow effect and click on the little Peach color Swatch if you're working along with me. And we want to change the Hue value to 80 degrees this time around. Set the saturation value to 60% and take the brightness value down slightly to 90%. So 80, 60, 90, click OK. Then you want to change the opacity value to 50% and reduce the size value to 20%. Now click on Bevel & Emboss and this is where most of the wizardry happens. You want to take the Depth value down to 40%, so a slight change, take the Size value down to 80 pixels and then set direction to Up.
Now go ahead and take the angle value up to 130 degrees. Leave the use Global Light checkbox turned on and take the Altitude value down to 20 degrees. Now you want to click on the Highlight mode color swatch and we're going to dial in that same shade of green that we used for the Inner Glow. That is 80, 60, and 90 for the HSB values, then click OK and take the Opacity value down to 65%. Click on the Black color swatch for Shadow mode and the values you want here are 45, 35 and 35, respectively, for H, S and B.
And take the Opacity value down way low to 15% and then finally, here's where things get really interesting. Click on the Down-pointing Arrowhead next to the words Gloss Contour and select this one, two, three, four, fifth icon in. And you end up with this very slimy looking effect here. And finally, you want to click on Drop Shadow to go ahead and select that option as well as turn it on. Raise the Opacity value to 100%, your color should be black. And you want to set the Distance value to ten pixels and raise the Size value to 40 pixels.
Then go ahead and click OK, in order to accept that change. Now, for the drips, notice that I have a Drips Layer that I've created in advance. Go ahead and turn it on if you're working along with me and select it as well. Then we want to Copy all of the Layer Effects that we've created so far by Alt dragging or Option dragging this FX icon. And dropping it onto drips and because you Alt or Option dragged it, you don't move the Layer effects, rather you go ahead and Copy them. Then you want to double click on Drop Shadow in order to bring up the Layer style dialog box.
We're going to take the Opacity value down to 50%. I'll take the Size value down to the three pixels and I will take the Size value down to 20 pixels and then go ahead and click OK. Now at this point you might say, well gosh Deek thanks for teaching me how to adjust the drop Shadow but otherwise you did all the work in advance so how am I supposed to learn what's going on? Well actually, there's one drop that I have not created, the one that exists at the bottom of the second O. So let me show you how that works, I'll go ahead and switch back to the image in progress.
And the little cheat that I've performed here is that every single one of these drips is the same shaped repeated over and over again. And here's how I made it, I went ahead and brought up the Shape tool Fly Out menu and selected the Ellipse tool. And then I drew in a ellipse that's about something like this anyway. That creates a new Shape layer and you can name it if you want to, I'm not going to bother to. I'm just going to go ahead and switch over to the Pen tool now which you can get by pressing the P key. And then I clicked right about here and at that same spot over on the other side.
And then you want to press and hold the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac to temporarily access the White Arrow tool. Click on that top anchor point to select it, then you can release the Ctrl or Cmd key. And press the Backspace key or the Delete key in order to get rid of that point, so now we've got a gaping hole in this path outline. Drag from this anchor point right there with the Pen tool and that way, you're maintaining the fact that this is a smooth point. And then you want to drag some place up here, for example you can use the Spacebar to modify the location of the anchor point.
Press the Shift key by the way, to constraint the angle of the Control handles so that this lever is exactly vertical. Now, I want to create a symmetrical sort of segment over here on the other side. But if I start dragging right here then, of course, I'll join these guys together in a very unpleasant way. So I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac to undo that change. Press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and click. To deselect the path outline and then notice that your cursor features the Pen tool along with an asterisk that tells you that you're going to create a new path, or extend an existing one.
So now, you want to Ctrl click or Cmd click on that existing path outline and drag, from right there. You should see the little Connect cursor like so. And then drag up here, you know, roughly at that same spot, where your top Anchor point is. Alt click or Option click and then, Alt click or Option click here, to join these guys in a straight segment. And then, if you need to make some adjustments and you can switch to your White Arrow tool also known as the Direct Selection tool. I think I'm going to grab one of these points here, I'll click off them and then click on again and move this guy out, move this guy over a little bit.
I want to get this shape as symmetrical as possible. Of course, I could always draw it inside of Illustrator where I'd have more control. But then I can't see it in the context of Photoshop, the Photoshop Artwork, that is so, I prefer to work this way. And now I'll go ahead and select both these points and drag em upward to, let's say, about there. And I think this guy's still a little too far over maybe, so click on this anchor point, kind of move it over. Maybe give it a little more bend, doesn't really matter. So now, I'll switch to the Path Selection tool, the one I call the Black Arrow tool.
And that'll select this entire Path outline and then you want to go up to the Edit menu and choose Define Custom Shape and call this guy drip and then click OK. Now of course I want to get rid of the Properties Panel, I don't know what the heck it's doing there. And I'll turn off that Ellipse 1 layer and I'll click on my Drips layer to make it active. And I'll press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on a Mac to zoom out. And then I will switch from the Ellipse tool here to the Custom Shape tool at the bottom of the Shape tool FlyOut menu. And you want to go up to your shape option in the Options bar, click on the Down-pointing Arrowhead and select a final shape now.
You see way more shapes than this. Just go ahead and scroll to the end and you'll see this guide called Drip if that is indeed what you named it. Then you can hide that little Panel and drag like so to add a drip down here at the bottom of this second O. And I'm pressing the Shift key as I drag to constrain my shape so that it's the same portions. As I drew it and I'm also using the Space bar to get this guy into the proper position. This right here looks pretty darn good, so I'll go ahead and release.
And I messed up, I forgot that I wanted to add this shape to the other ones. So what you typically do is you click on Drips and then you would change your path operations to combine shapes. But if you've already drawn a shape and messed up like this, here's what you do. Just press Ctrl+X, or Cmd+X on a Mac, to cut that shape. Make sure that Drips is selected and that the Vector mask is active here inside the Layers Panel. And then press Ctrl+V, or Cmd+V on a Mac in order to paste that guy into place. And I am going to go ahead and move this guy upwards a little bit with the Black Arrow tool.
I could also use my Arrow keys in order to nudge it upwards and this looks pretty good to me. You want to switch over to Layer Mask by clicking on this thumbnail here inside the Layers panel. Switch to the Brush tool, which you can get by pressing the B key. Right-click inside the Image window, won't you and make sure that the hardness value is 0%. You can set the Size value to anything you want. I'm going to go however, with 125 pixels. Make sure that your foreground color's black, which you can get by pressing the D key followed by the X key.
So default then switch and then go ahead and paint that portion of that drip away like so. Now this doesn't really look right and that's because I need to select a Check Box. What you want to do is double click on an empty portion of this layer right here for example, below the word Drips in order to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. And then go ahead and turn on Layer Mask Hides Effects in order to produce it's much better effect right there.
So, I'll show you what that looks like again in a moment. But just make sure that you select that fourth checkbox. Press the Enter key or Return key to accept your changes. Zoom on in, so that we can see this drop right there and then, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac. This is what the drip looked like before we selected that Check Box. And then if I press Ctrl or Cmd+Z again, this is what it looks like after. And that takes care of the effect, folks. I'm going to press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on a Mac. I'm actually going to Zoom this guy into 40%, works best.
And I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode. Go ahead and Space Bar drag this guy down a little bit and now, just to get a sense of what we've been able to accomplish. I'll press the F12 key to revert the image to its original ghostlike appearance. And then I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac in order to restore the green slime text. Complete with the internal drops, that also every once in a while extend beyond the bottom of the letter forms, here inside Photoshop.
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