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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.
So now this week we're going to put our little medallion into the third dimension. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go down here and take my Background I'm going to invert it. Just going to hit Cmd + I, convert it to black. All right so there we go. So now see our little medallion. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the little medallion. Let's turn off the Background and we see our little medallion in place. And what I'm going to do now is I'm going to turn it all into one Layer. So I'm going to put this guy at the top and if I go here and say Merge Visible it's going to go in there just merge them all together.
Undo that. I want to keep all my Layers in tact just in case I want to make changes or do something else to them. So I'm going to hold down my Option key. Which is Alt on the pc, and I'm going to choose that same Cmd, Merge Visible, and now you'll see what happened is that it created a totally separate Layer, up on top here, that is compositable of all the layers beneath, leaving the originals intact. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take those and put them into a little Folder, I'm going to call it Medallion and I'll take all those Layers that make it up and put them into there, close it up and turn off the eye.
We're dealing with just a little composite, so we'll call this Charm Face. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take it and I'm going to distort it into the third dimension. So let's see our background again and I'm going to hit the Cmd+T. Which is going to allow me to manipulate this in different ways. So I'm going to hold down my Cmd key so that every time I grab a different handle, it's going to have different effect. So I'm going to kind of just pull it back like this. Bring this up, bring this guy over like this and just give it a little more drama, about like that.
There's our medallion in place, right there like that. Maybe just, looking at it, just give it a little more drama, right in there like that. Make it happen, there it is, so now what I'm going to do with this Charm Face is I'm going to duplicate it. I've got a second one, and the second one, I'm going to put in back, and I'm going to call it Charm Edge. Now I'm going to lock the transparency, I'm going to lock the transparency for that Layer and I'm going to pick a nice dark brown.
Let's say we can pick it right from here. So pick a nice deep golden brown like that. Click OK, and I'm going to go ahead and fill that with that color. At 100% normal and there it is, you can see it in the, the Preview. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that and with my Move Tool and holding down my Cursor keys. I'm going to go down and you see that I'm getting this little edge, see it? Right up in there, I'm getting this little edge for my little medallion. I want to move it a little bit to the left and there's my edge, now it's not quite right watch what we're going to do next.
So now I'm going to go in here an start connecting these corners, so let me get close. An with my Lasso tool, which will make it really easy, I'm just going to start clicking right here. I'm going to hold down my Option key to turn it into the little Polygonal Lasso an I'm going to go in here an just Fill that, hold that right there, and then fill it with that foreground color. Now, make sure oh, and you see why it, why didn't it work? Right there, it's still locked. I have to unlock the transparency, if something isn't working, look around. Somewhere, you're doing something wrong, Photoshop is not going to go in there, and try to do things on its own.
No, it's usually a mistake that you're making. So I'm going to go in there now again and Fill it and this time yes, it filled it. Deselect that with a Paint Brush and let's make it much smaller and we'll make it nice and hard. I'm going to go in here and just that big, I'm going to in there and just Fill this with 100% Opacity. I'm going to Fill that whole area right in there and, have it come down this way right here, I've made it a little smaller. There we go, and there we have that inside edge right through there.
And then we have this little piece right here, which we'll do just as we did the other corner. We'll just go in there and click right across and fill it with the color. There we have our little depth to our little medallion. So now we're going to start giving that some detail. There's a little line there when we look at it, we see there's one we missed right in there. So I'll get my little paintbrush and just paint that in right there. Okay, so now this is that top edge. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to segregate that a little bit because of this little edge right here.
So I'm going to Option click up through there, then like this and over and then I'm going to kind of select all the part of the edge that we see through there, 'kay. There, excluding that little spot right there. So now, I can go in there and start adding some tones, which is what I'm going to do, I'm going to mostly do it with my dodging and burning. So I've got my Burn tool here, and I'm going to just it a little hit right across the top like that, and then I'm going to make the brush much smaller.
I'm going to set this to Shadows, cause these are dark tones in there, I'm going to just kind of start right in here. I'm going to go like that, hold down my Shift key and go across to there just bring it down. Just slowly start to paint right in there get this little shadow going down the bottom down there then right here on this edge here I might want to lighten it up just a little as in here. So I'm going to go and get my Dodge tool, make it much smaller and I'm going to add a little bit of highlight right through here and let's set this to Shadows.
So we're going to just lighten up that up in there and make a little bigger, and lighten up right in there, see? So we're getting this nice little sheen inside there and we might want to throw a little sheen because it's picking up a little highlight from somewhere, right through there, like that. There maybe a little wider and there we have this inside of our little medallion, pull back, Deselect it and there's the inside. Now there's that little part that we left, let me undo that Deselection and do Inverse selection.
Come back in here, and here we're going to be a little more specific because we see the shape that this has. So we know that if we get a really small Dodge tool, we can throw a little highlight right through here. We'll set this to Mid Tones, and we get this nice little highlight right on that edge, right in there like that. ' Kay and maybe another right here a little tiny one, right in there. And then with the Burn tool, we'll go in there and start to really darken these inside parts like so. Just to get this nice dark edge in there and then, over here, we gotta do the same, right in there, darken that up.
And there, you can see how we've got that inside part going of our medallion. And then, this down part underneath, we're still in that same layer we're still in the layer on the edge. So what's going to happen here is we can just very quickly go in here and start doing some stuff. So, its just kind of darken this edge, maybe make it a little darker here, a little darker right in there give it a little shadow. Maybe a little shadow right through here. And then we're going to do a little dodging, make this a little bigger and we'll throw a little dodge right around that edge right up in there.
Maybe a little sheen, because you got this strong light coming from somewhere. Right in here, make that much brighter like that. And add a couple of sheens right into this area here, just a couple. And right there in that corner, just to give it that nice little edge. And right here we'll give it a little, a little shine and there's some more. And there you see that now we have this nice charm made out of gold, it's just sitting somewhere. And you say well, it needs one final little touch. Okay, so let's give it a little sparkle. So in a final Layer right on top here what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my Paintbrush and I have it really soft and I'm going to go in here.
And let's say we put off sparkle let's say right here at this edge of the ship right there. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into my Brush Engine, and I have it all set up the way I want but I'm going to give it a little spacing. I'll give it a little bit of spacing there and I'm going to go into my Transfer Modes, and I'm going to set the Opacity to a Fade. And we'll see what 25 pixels looks like. That's what it looks like, right there. Alright, so what we are going to do is we'll make it a little more. We'll make it 30 pixelsand we'll make the brush a little bit bigger.
And we're going to layer right here which we're going to call Sparkle, then I'll click, right there. And go straight up and click. Then click right there on the same spot again, come straight down, and click. Now I'm going to set up that that fade to something a little less. Let's go with about a 20, I'm going to click right there in that centre spot where I did before, go out this direction, click, click here and that direction and then we'll do little tiny ones, about ten right here.
Click there, that direction, there. There and that direction, click there. That direction, that direction and then one big one. One big brush which I just touch in the centre to give it that little blending aspect and this is a layer so I can go in and transform it. So what we'll do is just give it that little bit of a twist right there and we have our sparkle. And, because it's such a pretty sparkle, what we'll do is, we'll duplicate it down to here, and here we'll just make it a little bit smaller.
And there's our nice, golden medallion of the QE2.
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