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Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers

All right, here's our artwork so far. In this movie we are going to add some beveled edges along each one of the outlines of the elements associated with the shield-- that is the star and the four circles. And in order to do that we need to re-paste the artwork from Illustrator, this time as a shape layer. Now the great thing about shape layers is they are still vector-based layers, so you can scale them as much as you want. However, they are native Photoshop objects as opposed to being embedded artwork that links back to Illustrator.

Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers

All right, here's our artwork so far. In this movie we are going to add some beveled edges along each one of the outlines of the elements associated with the shield-- that is the star and the four circles. And in order to do that we need to re-paste the artwork from Illustrator, this time as a shape layer. Now the great thing about shape layers is they are still vector-based layers, so you can scale them as much as you want. However, they are native Photoshop objects as opposed to being embedded artwork that links back to Illustrator.

So I'll switch back to my artwork in progress, and I'll double-click on the thumbnail for the shield layer in order to open it up inside Illustrator. If you get the alert message, just click OK. Now in my case I need to maximize Illustrator to see what I'm doing, and then I'll press Ctrl+A in order to select all the objects-- that would be Command+A on the Mac--and then press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac in order to copy the path outlines. Then it's a good idea to go ahead and close the artwork, because otherwise you will have a Smart Object hanging open inside of Illustrator. That's always a bad idea, because you could accidentally make changes.

Now I won't be prompted to save the file, because I haven't made any changes. Now I'll switch back to Photoshop, and we want these objects to come in white, so press the D key and then press the X key in order to make the foreground color white, as you see down here at the bottom of the toolbox. And then press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac in order to paste the artwork. Now last time we pasted the art as a Smart Object, this time we want to go with a Shape Layer. So go ahead and select Shape Layer from the Paste As list and then click OK, and you'll end up with this white circle in the middle of your art.

Now, we don't want this new shape layer to be part of a clipping group, so I'll go up to Layer menu and choose Release Clipping Mask in order to get it out of there, and that also releases the polish layer as you see here. We'll clip it back in later. Go ahead and turn off the Shield Layer because we are done with it for now; but don't throw it away, because we need the effects and the smart filters that are assigned to it. Now let's turn off a few other layers so we can better see what we are doing. And so you want to click and drag in front of the polish and lens flare layers to turn them off, and then click and drag in front of the brush and splash layers to turn them off as well.

All right, now I am going to rename the Shape 1 layer by double-clicking on its current name and I am going to call it red 2, because this will eventually be the second red circle. Now I want to be able to see my vector path outlines, and to do that you switch to the Black Arrow tool, which Photoshop calls the Path Selection tool; and if you see the White Arrow tool in there instead, just click and hold on that tool and select the Path Selection tool from the fly-out menu. Now let's scale the shapes by going up to the Edit menu and choosing Free Transform Path or you can press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac; and then I'll press the Shift+Alt keys, or the Shift+Option key is on the Mac and drag one of the corner handles until I see my Width and Height values turned to something like 1070 pixels.

In my case the close as I can get is 1071, but that's just fine. And then you want to release. And you can see those values, by the way, up and to the right of your cursor. Once you get your path outlines scaled like so--and notice up here the Width and Height values are approximately 290%--then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to scale those shapes. All right! Now we need to bust up these path outlines on independent Shape layers, so go ahead and drag across them; and you can just partially drag across them like so, with the Black Arrow tool to select them all, and then Shift+Click on the outermost circle to deselect it.

And now we need to pop the selected shapes onto a new layer and remove them from the current layer. And you can only do this by way of a keyboard shortcut. There isn't a command to go along with this, as is true of a variety of operations inside of Photoshop. And that keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+J, for jump, that would be Command+Shift+J on the Mac. Now let's go ahead and rename this new layer white, because it will be the white circle; and then Shift+Click on what will be the white circle, that one right there to deselect it; and now press Ctrl+Shift+J, again, Command+Shift+ J on the Mac in order to pop the selected shapes on to a new layer. And by the way your new layer might be called white copy instead of just white; don't worry about that, because we are going to rename each one of these.

Go ahead and double-click on that name and change it to red 1, and then Shift+Click on the outermost selected circle to deselect it. Press Ctrl+Shift+J, again, Command+Shift+J on the Mac; rename the new red 1 layer or red 1 copy, whatever it's called, rename it blue; and then finally, Shift+Click on the one remaining circle and press Ctrl+Shift+ J or Command+Shift+J on the Mac to move the star to an independent layer. And rename that layer star, like so. Now we need to color our new layers; and I will do that by bringing back my Color panel, which you can also get by going to the Window menu and choosing the Color command. And we want to work with HSB values; and if you are not seeing those values, then click on the fly-out menu icon and choose HSB sliders. And then change the Brightness value to 80%.

Press the Enter or Return key in order to change the foreground color, and then press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac in order to apply the foreground color to the star. Now I'll go ahead and scroll down your list and click on the white layer to select it and press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac to fill it with that shade of gray as well. Now I'll click on the blue layer to make it active, change the H value to 210, change the Saturation value to 100%, and reduce the Brightness value to 50%. And press the Enter key or Return on the Mac to change the foreground color, and press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac to fill the circle with that shade of blue.

Then click on the red 1 layer to make it active, change the Hue value only to 0 degrees--that's the only change you need to make--and then press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete to fill that shape with red. And you'll notice by the way that we have a bright cheerful red over here in the Layers panel, but we have a very dark red in the Image window. And that's because we've got some Adjustment Layers turned on. So don't fret about that, we will brighten things up before we are done. And now I'll click on the red 2 layer to make it active, and once again press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac to fill it with red.

All right, so now we've managed to pull the shield apart and assign it to 5 independent vector-based shape layers, all of which are now native to Photoshop. Which means that we can apply Bevel & Emboss Layer Effects to each one of these layers, which we will do in the very next movie.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

118 video lessons · 14570 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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