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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 stroke a path outline with a simulated pressure sensitive brushstroke. In order to create these blue lines above and below the fish eye. I'll go ahead and switch over to the result from the previous movie. And I have this helpful trace me layer, that shows you the exact path outlines you need to draw, using of course the Pen tools. So go ahead and grab the Pen, and make sure that this first option right here is set to Path, so that you're drawing a path outline.
And, I'm going to turn off Rubber Band, which is turned on in my case, you can turn it on if you like it, but it kind of gets in the way. And then, I'm going to drag from this point right here up and over to the right, like so, in order to create both a smooth point and a control handle. And then, I'll drag from this second anchor point, each one of these paths contains just one anchor point a piece. I'll drag from it, and I'll drag away in the opposite direction of the path outline, until my opposite control handle right there aligns into place with the template.
Once I have it in the right place, so I'll go ahead and release my mouse button. Now I'm going to switch over to my Paths panel, which I can also get by choosing Paths from the Window menu. And, I'll double-click on this path, in order to save it, because otherwise I could end up losing my work path. And, I'll call it new lines, and then I'll click OK. And now what you want to do, is switch to your Brush Tool, which you can get by pressing the b key. And you want to bring up the Brush panel. So go ahead and do so either by clicking on that Brush icon, or if you don't see it, then choose Brush from the Window menu.
And I'm going to change the Size value to 50 pixels. I want the Hardness value to remain at 100%. My brush is upright, as you can see, it's a circle. And the Spacing value, I've taken down to 5%, so I get nice smooth results. Then you want to click on Shape Dynamics. And make sure that the Control option under Size Jitter is set to Pen Pressure. Very important, so you see the next option which is Minimum Diameter. And notice that this preview here, you only see this preview if you actually have a drawing tablet hooked up to your machine.
But notice that it tapers to a point on either side. I want it to be a little more rounded than that. So I'm going to take the Minimum Diameter value up, and notice the more I raise it, the more of a rounded end I get. What I found worked best was 25%. So I'll just go ahead and change that value accordingly, and then hide the Brush panel. This is not the color I want. So, I'm going to press the x key, to make the Background Color white again, as it was by default. And then, my last Foreground Color that I was using was blue, which is great.
So, its got a Hue of 210 degrees. I want to take the Saturation value down to 75% however, and a Brightness value of 50% works as well. Normally what you could do, is you can just press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to paint a brush stroke along the path outline, like so. But if you do that, you going to end up with no pressure simulation. Now, I've got a problem because I failed to create a new layer. So I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac, and switch back to the Layers panel.
And with the trace me layer active, I'll press Ctrl+Shift+N or Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac in order to create a new layer, and I'll call it eyelines and then click OK. Now back to the Paths panel, so you can't just press the Enter key, like you would normally. What you need to do instead is, go up to the fly-out menu for the Paths panel, and choose the Stroke Path command. And that gets you the Stroke Path dialog box. Now, by default I believe the Tool is set to Pencil, which is of course madness. Nobody would want to stroke this path with the jagged pencil.
So, choose Brush and then turn on Simulate Pressure, that's our guy right there. And then click OK in order to create this tape ring path outline. And in case you're having trouble seeing it, I will go back to the Layers panel and I will change it's Blend mode to Screen, because that makes it very easy to see. Alright, we need to draw an other path outline. So grab the Pen Tool, and then you want to drag from this point right there down and to the left, in order to create that control handle.
And if the anchor point didn't quite align, which it didn't for me, you can move it around now by pressing the spacebar, which is a magical thing. And then I'll get it into place, and then I'll release the spacebar and then I'll drag this control handle, into the desired location there. And now, I'll drag from this anchor point over away from the path of course. And I'll make sure that the opposite control handle is in the right location that I've got alignment. And I do, and that looks great, and now I'm ready to stroke again. So I'll go back to the Paths panel.
I'll choose a command once again, just so you can see it now reads Stroke Subpath. Your option should be set the same way they were the last time you saw this dialogue box. So now click OK and you'll create another tapering brush stroke. Alright we're done with the paths, so you can click underneath them, in order to hide them. It appears that we're still seeing them, that's the template, so switch to the Layers panel and turn off the trace me layer, and you'll end up with this effect here. Now that's not exactly what I want because this is the wrong Blend mode.
So, I'll change the Blend mode from Screen to Multiply, so it becomes darker. And then I'll press the Escape key, so that my Blend Mode's no longer active here on the PC, and I'll press the seven key in order to reduce the Opacity to 70%. All right, so I'll go ahead and press the f key a couple of times, in order to enter the Full Screen Mode, and zoom on in as well. And that friends, is how you simulate pressure sensitivity with very precise results, using a combination of the Brush and Pen tools here inside Photoshop.
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