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Creating a dog tag

From: Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

Video: Creating a dog tag

What we're going to do today is create a dog tag. And there we see that inside there, are highlights on this side, the dark's And then I'm going to go ahead and stroke that path with that brush, and I get that.

Creating a dog tag

What we're going to do today is create a dog tag. A military ID. You can use it for just about anything. And keep in mind, it's techniques that are important not the actual content that's being created. But how it's being created because, a little modification here and there could solve other problems you might be faced with. Let's go in here and start to create our dog tag. I'm going to create a new layer. And I'm going to call that layer Tag. I can get my Elliptical tool. Right here. And I have it set to paths. Because I wanted to create a couple of different effects with the same shape.

I'm going to go in here and create a shape. We see that the corners aren't rounded enough, so let's undo that. And, I'm going to change the radius. I'm going to bump it up to say, 30 pixels. And, let's see what that looks like. That looks much better. That looks more like what I want. Now, keep in mind this is pixels and it's set to the resolution of my particular image here, so yours might vary. Now I'm going to bring it over there right there, and in that layer of dogtag I'm going to go in here and pick a nice medium gray, like that. Click OK, and go ahead and fill that path with that color.

Then let's save the path, okay? And then, we're going to create a new layer, and we're going to call this layer, rim. Now I'll get my Paint brush, which right now is set to a hard edge nice small size. And I'm going to go in here and in my, I make sure that the spacing is brought down to 1%. So it'll be a nice solid line, and in that neutral layer, I'm going to take that path and stroke it. I have the brush selected, so when I stroke it, it's going to use the currently selected brush.

And there we have the little rim. I can now turn off my path. I'm going to go to that Rim layer. I'll give it a little Bevel and Emboss. And increase the depth so we get really strong lights and darks, increase the size, and soften it up a little bit so we get that soft edge to our rim. Click OK. Now in the Tag layer, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my Elliptical Selection tool, and right about at the center spot I'm going to draw a little circle. Now I'm holding down my Option and my Shift keys so I can go in, drawing it from the center out.

And I'm going to hit the Delete key to make it into a hole. I can deselect it now and we'll go in there and give that a Bevel and Emboss. And there we see that inside there, are highlights on this side, the dark's on that side so our light seems to be working in the right direction. So I'm going to go in there and increase the depth on that so we get some nice darks and lights going on there. Maybe beef up that highlight a little bit more. Click OK, there we have the basic shape of our dog tag. Now, on top of this, we're going to put our type.

So, what I'm going to do is I get my Text tool and I'm going to type in, right here, we're going to say, your name goes right here. Okay? Select all, and we're going to change that color right off the bat, we're going to make a lighter gray like that. That looks a little better. And we've got a much larger size. Let's go in there and let's see what a 36 point is going to look like. Well, I'd go much bigger, we'll go with a 60 point, and there's a type in place.

Put it right where we want it, like that. Now, the font. The font has to be the kind you see on a dog tag. So what I'm going to do is, I double-click on this to select the type again, and I'm going to go and find a font that's going to work for us. And that's going to be something like Courier. Right up here I have Courier. And there's, somewhere around here, there's a Courier. There it is. And I'm going to take go ahead and choose Courier, and there's our Courier type. Click OK, and it's looking good. Put it right in position where we want it, and move it over just a little bit, and that's going to get a Bevel and Emboss as well.

So you going to go in there and bring up the layer styles and give it a bevel and emboss, however, in this case I'm going to say, give it an outer bevel so the outside part is being shown. Now this type is usually punched in Into the metal. So, let's increase the depth. We got nice strong lights and darks again. And what we're going to do is change the light source, the direction of the light source. But I want to make sure I turn this off. Because if I change the direction of the light source, notice how everything changed? So, I want to bring it back to where it was, and turn off Global Light.

So now I can affect just the life of this layer. So now I put the light source coming from this direction. Now it looks like the type has been put into the little text, like that. Click OK and now we have our little type in our little name plate. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn off my background and I'm going to say merge visible. I'm going to go in there and say Merge Visible. Now you see how the layers went away. So let me undo that. I'm going to say Option > Merge Visible. That created a whole new layer.

And what the beauty of that is, in case I ever want to change like the type or whatever, I still have all the individual elements so I can make those changes. So we could just turn off the eyes for those right now. And there's my layer. Next thing we need to do is the little chain. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to draw another path. I'll have this path coming around like this, and going through there like that, and coming around down here, and wrapping this way and going out there like that. 'Kay? That's going to be our little chain.

So, we'll take that path, and we'll save it. Make sure we have it. Now, I'm going to get my, I have that nice grey from before. I'm going to get my paintbrush, which is still a hard-edged brush, and I'm going to make it much smaller. So I'm going to shrink it way down so it's this nice little strip like that. And I'm going to create a new layer. New layer on top of that, and we'll call it chain. And then I'm going to go ahead and stroke that path with that brush, and I get that. Okay. And I'm going to create a new layer, and this one we'll call Balls.

The little balls that you see on that type of a chain. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to make my brush much bigger now, so we get about that size right there. That looks Pretty good. And I'll go to my Brush Engine and what I'll do is I'll increase the spacing now, so we have a very distinct space between all the little brush tips, just like that. And in that layer I will now take the path and stroke it with that new brush. And there's all the little balls. So now we can turn off that path and let's go look at those layers.

I'm going to take that chain, I'm going to give it the same Effects that I have here. So I'm going to Option + Click and Drag this up into here so I got that nice little tone happening in there. And I'm going to Option+drag it into here so the little balls will also have that same effect. There they are. Getting there. So now what I'm going to do, is I'm going to give the Ball layer a mask. There's a mask, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn the layer that has the little plate into selection by Cmd clicking on it, just like that.

Then in that mask, using black for my color, I'm going to go in here and let's make sure our brush is back to being a solid brush. I'm going to go in there and start to paint away this part. Now, you see how the, my little effect kind of got built up in there? Well, I want to go back into the Layer Styles for this. I'm going to go back into the Layer Styles, and say that the Layer Mask hides the Effect. I want to make sure that's the case in this one as well. That the layer mask hides the effect. So now when I go back to that and I start to paint, you'll see that there's no difference in that tonality in there so I can go in there and take care of it everywhere I don't want that little chain to show.

Right through there like that. Deselect it, and then I can take that mask and Option click and drag it into this file here. And there we see that now the chain is completely hidden, and we have our little dog tag that's can be used for just about anything you want.

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    1. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  2. 8h 5m
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
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    13. Creating a flower tattoo
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    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
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    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
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    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
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    18. Animating a 3D starfield
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    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
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    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
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    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
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    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
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    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
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    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
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    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
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    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s

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