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What we're going to do this week is, we're going to create a top secret document. But it is top secret, so we're going to have to put it in an envelope, because not everybody can see this thing. So we're going to basically, create a manila envelope that's top secret. So, here we go. I'm going to start off with a blank screen. And I'm going to create a nice, big rectangular shape right here, like this. And this is going to be basically, our little envelope. So what I'm going to do is, in a Layer. I'm going to create a new layer.
And I'm going to call this Envelope. Okay, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill it with let's go in there, pick a nice color. Let's get a kind of a beigy color. But we can adjust the color later on, just like this, and let's just fill it in there like that. Okay? That's, just so you could get a feel of where the size is, or where the shape is. Now we're going to start to manipulate I'm going to bring this back to black and white, okay? Now I'm going to give that. Area that's now filled with something, and I'm going to call it, give it a Render Cloud.
I gave it some clouds right there. Now, to that, I'm going to give another filter. So I'm going to come over here to my Filters and I'm going to go down here and under Stylize I have a little one called Emboss. So I'm going to click on Emboss. And you can see what it's starting to do. I'm going to give it a little more Height, just to give it a little more more texture, about like that, maybe a little more, just a tiny bit of texture. There we go, click OK. And there we can see that now we have this nice texture, for our envelope. Now we can go in there an actually create the color. I'm going to go into Hue Saturation.
Where I'm going to say, Colorize it. And it's going to colorize it. Let's find the color that we want, bout like that. And maybe, little more Saturation, and lighten it up just a tad. So there we go. Click OK. And there we have, our nice little texture. All right so now, we're going to do a few things to this. First thing I'm going to do, is I'm going to go in there and select half of it. Select half of it right here, right there. Right there I'm going to say, send it to a New Layer, New Layer, Via Copy.
Okay and there, that one right there. I'm going to say, let's do a little flip horizontal on it. Now the reason I'm doing that, is so that, our texture isn't going to match exactly. Now there's a little bit of a. Little antialias in there. So I'm just going to go in there and select that little part and thump it. All right. So, now we can see that we have a little separation there. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to give this one a little shadow. Just a tiny little bit of a Drop Shadow. I'm going to say Drop Shadow. And then we can see this little shadow that just appeared.
I'm going to bring down the Opacity a bit. Just a little bit. And I just want it to be a little one. So I'm going to go in there a distance of about 2 and a size of about 2. Just so it's a little tiny separation. Right in there like that. Click OK. So now, I'm going to go in here and I'm going to take my pen tool and I'm going to start in this corner right here. I'm going to come down here and say we go right about to here. Click and drag out a little handle. I can then click and drag a little handle going this way. Notice the, directions in which I'm going.
Go right to the center here, and click and drag. Now I'm holding down the Shift key this time to constrain it right there. I'm going to come over to about here and click and drag a little tiny handle. Go up. Click and drag a little one. I'm kind of equalizing the same sides and go up to there and then, close it off. Now I'm going to do is I'm going to take that path. And turn it into a selection. And go back to the basic envelope right there and say give me a New Layer Via Copy.
So now that new layer right there, I'm going to put on top of the other one. There we see that now we have this nice little shape going on there. We'll give it the same Drop Shadow. So I'm going to Option+Click and drag the effect right onto that layer. There we see that now we have the basic envelope going on. Okay? Now we got that little edge back there. Let's, let's get rid of some of that. We're just going to go in here, and grab these little edges right through there, where we see. They're kind of objectionals. I'm going to knock that out, and knock it off the top as well. Right up there, knock that off.
There we go. Now, I'm going to go in there, and I'm going to trap these guys into it. Make sure that they stay inside of that envelope area. There it is. Now, we've got the basics of our envelope. Now I'm going to go in there and create the little clasps. So, I'm going to select a little circular area, right here, right about here. Click and drag a nice little circle, like that. And a layer right on top of the whole thing. And you know, it's really important to stay organized. So I'm going to, start getting organized right now. I'm going to create a group here and call it Envelope. So I can take these three layers and put them right in there.
This one we'll call Flap. And this one we call, Side. All right? So everything has its own name, right there. Then, we can, at any time, turn that off. Now, we're going to create a new group, which we're going to call Clasp. All right? And create a layer right on top of that which will be outer ring. And I'm going to pick a nice color for it. Let's say we go with this kind of a, deep red like that. Right there. And I'm going to go ahead and say Fill that. Fill it with the Foreground Color. OK.
There it is. So, I'm now going to go in here, and I'm going to take that selection, and I'm going to contract it. Now. The number you use here. It's going to be kind of depending on the resolution you're working at. So let's just try with a 10. Let's see what a 10 is going to do. Click OK. And there we go. We have this nice little circle inside. Which I'm going to take that outer ring, and I'm going to hit the Delete key. And now it's a hole, see? Now, I'm going to go in here, and we'll call this Clasp.
We'll call it just the little thing that holds it in place. And I'm going to select another color. So we'll get a nice kind of a golden color, about like this, that looks good. And right there, in that layer, I'm going to go and stroke that. And we'll stroke it let's say we stroke it about 4 pixels and click OK. There we go. Now we can deselect it. So now we have that. So what we're going to do is I'm going to go in here and I'm going to just open up my envelopes here and that same shadow, let's drag it over to this guy.
And to that little clasp. Now the clasp is going to get an additional effect. So I'm going to go into the Layer Styles and give it a little. Bevel & Emboss. See, there we go. We have this nice little kind of a gave it a little dimension right there. But that white is a little too strong, so I might want to go in there and give it more of a, kind of a yellowish tone, a little more yellow. There we go. Click OK, and we'll just make it a little stronger. And the dark one here, we'll just give that kind of an orangey color. About that like, that looks better.
Click OK, there we go. So now, now that we have that, I'm going to go in here and take the two of them, and I'm just going to go in here and take that little clasp and duplicate it. And Option+Click and drag it. Let it drop, click and drag it. Right below there like that. Here's the second one. So that second one, I'm going to just drag, right below. Right to about there. So now we got the two clasps. There they are. So now what we're going to do is we're going to create the strings.
The little strings that hold on to this. So, right on top of the envelope here, I'll create another group. And I'll call it the String. There. And using my pen tool, I'm going to go in here. I'm going to, start right there. Actually, start at the bottom one here. And I'm going to click here, and go up there, right to there. And then come down here, and click there. All right? So now, I'm going to hold down my Command key to give you the pointer for a second, so I can deselect that path. And I can start a new one. Which I'm going to go from right about here, up to here.
And the, down on that one. But that one, I'm going to then continue, into a little loop like that. There I have these two different paths. Now the reason I have these paths separately, is because I want this to look like a bunch of individual little strands of string. We're going to create one layer. And we'll call it, we'll leave it layer one. It'll be the first. Set of strings. So, I'm going to go in here and pick a color for my strings to have. And let's pick a, kind of a deep color like that. I get my paintbrush and I'm going to make sure I have a, a nice hard edged brush like this one.
bring that size down considerably. And the hardness at 100% and, make it smaller. Smaller, smaller, still about six. That's a good size right there. Maybe just a little bit smaller. Go down to about let's make it a four. Five! There we go. That makes it perfect. All right. So I'm going to select this one path right here. And in my path I'm going to say. Stroke it. Okay, so now, let's save that path. Then I'm going to create another layer on top of it. And ,with my path I'm going to select the, second path.
Go in here, select the second path, make sure I'm in my paintbrush, and I'll go in there and say stroke that one. So there we have two separate little strings going there. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it the clasp. Remember the clasp has a little effect, I'm going to give that, the Strings that little effect. There. And before we do that, I'm going to go in here into the Effects and give it a Drop Shadow. So I'm going to give it a deeper Drop Shadow right here. Which I'm going to increase the distance, just a little bit, like that.
There we go. Just a tad. Let's make it about 8. There we go. Click OK. And then we'll copy that effect onto the other string right there. And there, we can see that now, our little string is tied. All right, so I'm going to click OK. I'll get rid of this for now. And now I'm going to get my type tool. Let's get a nice color here. We're going to pick a, kind of a deep red. Nice deep red like this. And I'm going to get my text tool. And I'll type right here. Right here. Now it's really big. But it's okay.
So we're just going to type in TOP. SECRET. Now that's, not the font I want. So we're going to go in there and play with it a little bit, so. I'm in that font right there. There's the font. I'm going to change that font, to something a little better. So, in this particular case what I want is something that looks like this guy here, Stencil. A little thing called sten, Stencil. There it is. And the size I'm going to say about a 72 point. That looks good, and maybe will make it even smaller. Will make it a 60 point. There it is. Now take it and move it into position right about here.
And, we might want to twist it a little bit, but we'll do that in a minute. Now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to get my rounded corner rectangle, and a layer above it. I'm just going to create a little shape here and I'm going to make this in a path. So we go in here and select that just like that. Now that's a little too strong so, let me undo that. And I'm going to bring this down to about a 20. There we go. That's a much better kind of a thing. Now, if it's not quite right, it is a path so I can go in there and say, let's select these two bottom ones and bring them up a little bit.
Bring 'em up. Just hit my cursor keys, bring it up, and then grab these two up here, and bring them down a little bit. So there, that's a good shape right there. So now, what I'm going to do next. Let's bring it down just a little more, and these up a little bit more. There we go. So now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take my brush which still has that red, and I'm going to make the brush a little bigger. And make it about the size of the letters themselves, right about there like that. And I make sure, that my brush is, got a solid line, so I'm going to bring this spacing down to 1%. Now that I have the brush selected.
I come over to the path and I say, take that path. And stroke it. And there. Now we can turn off the path. Now we can see that we have the, Top Secret, in there. So what I'm going to do as the final step, is I'm going to take the Top Secret and the the little. Box around it. I'm going to give it a little tilt. Just tilt it a little, little like that. And I'm going to bring down their opacity just a little. There's the Opacity. Bring it down to just about there, like that. And there we see that we now have, a Top Secret document hidden inside that envelope, waiting for somebody to leak it, or whatever they want to do with it.
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