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This week, we're going to take another look at this cover I did for a magazine quite some time ago. Now last week, we saw how the perspective for all the different elements was generated. What we're going to do today is we're going to get a little closer, and we're going to look at this little lamp over here. Get this little lamp happening, right there, this little lamp. How was that created? So that's what we're going to do today. We're going to create that little lamp. So, we're going here and and we'll start a new file. And let's make it 900 wide and 900 deep, that's good.
Click OK. That's where we're going to create our little lamp. Now, I am going to rely on Illustrator because of the fact that gives you a lot more control over vectors. So I'm going to start here in Illustrator. I'm creating a new file here. And just regular, standard size letter. Click OK. There it is. What I'm going to do is call up my rulers command. R brungs, brings up my rulers. I can drag out a guide right down the center there. That gave me a guide. So now that guide becomes my rule right down the middle of the lamp, making it easy to get everything justified and the right shape, and so on.
I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to take that guide and lock it. Lock the guides. I don't want to be able to move that guide. So I'm going to get my elliptical tool, my Ellipse tool, and I'm going to drag right over here on top of the guide. I'm going to hold down my Option key to draw from the center out, and draw a little oval, like so. And that's going to act as the top of my lamp. And down here, or actually the top of the shade of the lamp. So down here, I'm going to drag, from the center out, a much larger path, like so.
Now, I'm not seeing either of these paths, so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to select both of them. There's the other path right there. I'm going to select both of them. I'm going to give them a little black line just so I could see it. Now that line is just for viewing. I'm not going to be doing anything specific with those li, these paths here except they're going to be used to select things in Photoshop. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just take this now, now that I can see it and drag it straight down to about like that. That's good. So now what I'm going to do, is I'm going to click the top point right there and hit the Delete key.
And then I'm going to get my pen tool, and start from this point and go up there and meet that point, go straight across, and come down and close it off. So there's the shade of my lamp. So now I'm going to create the base of the lamp, and I want it to be this kind of 50s looking, kind of big bulbous thing. So I'm going to just click and drag to get a nice little handle like that. And I click and drag like that, and go right in here and click and drag. Now that I see it, I'm going to go in there and modify it.
So I'm going to just grab this point and drag it up. Drag this one down. Maybe bring it in just a little bit. So I get this kind of a shape like that. See? This guy will just pull that handle out a little more like that. There. That looks good. So now, what's going to happen is I'm going to take this. I'm going to select this whole line. So all the points are selected, and I'm going to go over here and underneath my Rotate tool is the Reflect tool. There's the other little guy right there. I'm going to click on that and I'm going to have this guy selected, so I'm going to place the guide right, right there, right on top.
Hold down my Option key and click. This gives me the controls of how I'm going to reflect this. What I want to do is I want to reflect it on a vertical axis, and make a copy. That made a second one, see? So now I can go in there and select those two points, and I'm going to go up here and say Path > Join them. I'm going to select these two points and do the same thing. Path > Join. So there, that's one complete shape now. Now I'm going to grab this little guy that's up here and holding down the Option key to con, to come straight and copy it.
I'm going to drag it down, straight down to here. Right down about there. And like I did with the bottom of the shade, I'm going to select the top path right there, or that, that top anchor point. Hit Delete key, and then with the Pen tool, I'm going to finish it off just like that, straight across and down. And there's my little base for my lamp. Now these paths are all I'm going to need to create the lamp in the Photoshop file. Now looking at it, you might want to make some little adjustments, like maybe this needs to be a little more round.
So I'm just going to pull it down a little bit, so it has more of a rounded feel to it. So now I can select all the paths. All of them. And I'm going to go in there and just say Copy. That's it. The basics for my lamp are done. I'm going to go into my Photoshop file where I'm going to go in and say Paste. It's going to ask me how do I want to paste these. I'm going to paste them in as Paths. They're just the shapes that I need. Click OK, and there's the basic shapes. Now I can go in there if I want and make them a little larger. So just go in there and say, Transform Path, and we'll make it a little bigger, about like that.
That looks good. So now we're going to start to create the lamp. First thing we're going to do is we're going to work on this base, right here. This guy here. So I get my Selection tool. This is the guy that's going to allow me to go in and select individual paths. And I'm going to go in here and select the very bottom base. This is going to be kind of like a maybe a bronze colored material. So in my layers, I'm going to create a new layer and call it the base. All right. And I'm going to get a color for that, so I'm going to go in here into the kind of browns, about like that.
That's a good color. Click OK. And in that layer, I'm going to take that path and fill it. There it is. So now, I'm going to add some more tones to this thing later. Next thing we're going to do is well, first let's save that path. I want to keep it. I'm going to select the body of the lamp. Go over here, and in a layer, I'll call it Body, and we'll get a color for that. So let's say we're going to make a nice green color, about like that. Click OK. In that layer, I fill that path.
Now, here, we're going to start to do some little effects here. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go into that layer, and I'm going to double click on it to bring up the Layer Styles. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it a bevel and emboss. Now I'm going to make it a little bigger, about like that. And I'm going to make sure it's coming straight from above, because that's where the light is, right up here. So I'm going to say, for the lighting, I'm going to make it 90 degrees, 90 degrees right there on top. And we're going to make that size a little bigger, and we're going to soften it up a little bit.
And, let's bring that depth and make those lights little stronger up there, like so. And we'll add a little more light in a few minutes. But there, we can see that we're getting this nice base down here, bring that down. And we want to give it a little design, kind of a 50s look, this is what we want. So we're going to say, give it a satin. And with the satin, I'm going to go in there and pick the most complex effect there. And then I can go in there and start playing around with the size, and we'll make this a nice even tone here. We'll go into zero and here we have this bizarre kind of a tone.
That's going to be good. That's going to give us our effect. So now, what I can start to do is to lighten up the top. So I'm going to go up here, and with my Dodge tool, I'm going to make the tool much larger. Let's get this size on my brush a little bigger. And in the body there, I'm going to start to lighten it up. And I'm going to set this up for my shadows. I want to lighten up those tones, up there. There we go, and we're getting those nice little light tones happening right up in there like that. Okay, so there's the base of our lamp. Now that we've got that in there, we can start playing around with the bottom base.
There we go. So here what we're going to do is we're going to give it a little shadow being caused by this big body here. So I'm going to take my Burn tool, and I'm going to just kind of follow this edge down here and just give it a little shadow right down there like that. Then I'm going to kind of darken the edges just a little, and maybe a little line right down the center there like that. And then we're going to get the Dodge tool and we're going to make the tool much smaller. And we'll throw a couple highlights right through here.
So we'll go in there and we'll throw a little highlight. I make it smaller and smaller as I go. And we're just going to get this little highlights going in there. So this starts to look like the bronze that we're talking about. And we might want to add a little color, as well. So let's just get a, a nice, kind of, a soft brush. We got a nice soft brush here. And it's fairly small size, and we'll get a color. Let's get a color, more of a kind of almost a golden color, goldenrod kind of a color like that. And we'll just do it in a layer just in case.
So we can go in here and we can start adding a couple tones. See, it's right off the bat, that's a little too hard. So we'll go in there and soften this up all the way. And we'll just go in there and give it a little tone. And now, why is this still sharp? That's because probably there's no spacing. There you go. See there's no spacing? So we increase the spacing a little bit, which is going to soften those edges. So now, see now we get a much softer edge. So now I'm just going to go click and Shift+click, so I get that little tone in there. And we'll add one right here with a smaller brush, click and Shift+click, right there.
Now, if they're not exactly the way you want it, no problem. That's the beauty, we can just undo that and put it there. Now, they are in a layer, that's why it's so easy to do that. I'm going to go ahead and clip that layer right there, like that. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to kind of soften it up. I'm going to bring down opacity a bit so it's not so bright. And I'm going to give it a mask. Give that layer a mask. And then with a little black, I'm just going to very lightly erase that little edge in there, so that we don't get that highlight happening in there.
There we go. So now, let's lighten it up a little bit. There we go. So we have the little brown space. Now comes the shade. So on a layer on top of this, we'll create the shade. Okay, and we have our paths, so there's the main path for the shade. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn in into a selection. And we're right in, in the right layer. So I'm going to get the colors that I want. So I'm going to get a, kind of a, almost a yellow tone, like that, going to a much darker brown. Say, about like that.
That looks good. And what I want to do is just give myself a guide here of where this is going to go. It's going to go from foreground to background, radial gradient. And a light bulb is right here. So it's just going to throw a little tone right in there like that. That's good. Now we have a basis of, of where our light is. So what I'm going to do is create another layer, which we'll call the texture. And here, what we're going to do is we're going to select the shade area. Just like that. And based on what we see there, we're going to give it a little highlight right in there like that. The same kind of a thing. This one, let's get a little closer.
What we're going to do now is give this a texture. So here it is. So now what we're going to do is give this a filter. So I go into my filter gallery. And in the filter gallery, we have, under Texture, we have a little thing called Texturizer. And you can see that it has a canvas, it has sandstone, it has a burlap. So the burlap is what I want here. Burlap is going to be really good. So I'm going to bring the scaling down so I have a really tight little burlap. And I'm going to raise the relief a bit, so we have really strong texture happening.
Click OK. And there's that texture. So now what I'm going to do is clip it with the shade, so we see that texture only inside the shade. But, as you can see, it's not really following the, the curvature of the, of my my shade there. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to warp it. So going to go in here and say Warp. I'm going to drag this corner to here. Drag that corner to there. Drag this corner to here, and drag that corner to there.
Now that I have the corners in place, I'm going to move the handles so that they follow the curvature. Right there like that, and this one pull it up and have it go straight down. There you go, straight down. Bring this up and this one straight. Bring these down a little bit just until I, my, I can see that I'm following the curvature of my overall shade. And these have to be curved a little bit more, like that. There we go. Click OK. Now we're starting to get that curvature, deselect that.
And then the final thing we need is, right on top, is the opening. And we have that last path. That last path, which is right on top here, is this guy. So what we're going to do is turn that into a selection. And in that layer for the opening, we've got those two colors. We're just going to go in there and throw a little radial gradient inside there, just like that. Deselect. And when we pull back, we see that we have our nice little lamp, just like the one that we had in the scene, with a nice burlap shade and a 50s style of design down below and a bronze base.
And keep in mind it's not the actual thing that's being done, it's how it's being created that's important, because these individual techniques can be used for so many other things.
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