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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
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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