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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.
In this movie we'll dress up the shield with a few photographic effects, including this brushed metal texture, as well as these brushed highlights. So if you're working along with me, you'll find that I've created a layer for you called polish. Go ahead and turn it on, and what you're seeing is a detail from a photographic brushed metal texture. I'm going to take this layer and drag it down to below the lens flare Layer so that it's sitting directly on top of the shield. Now, I want to wrap this texture around the shield, and I'm going to do so by applying a Warp Distortion. And as with transformations and filters, warps are best applied to Smart Objects.
So with the layer active, and assuming that your Rectangular Marquee tool is selected as well, go ahead and right-click inside the image window, and choose Convert to Smart Object. And you'll see the little place icon down here in the lower right corner of the thumbnail. Then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Free Transform command, or you can press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac. And notice this little Warp icon up here in the Options bar, click on it to switch from the Standard Transformation mode to the Warp mode, and then click on the word Custom on the left side of the Options bar and choose Inflate. And that will create this severe Inflation Effect here.
We want it to bend even farther, so I'll change the Bend value to 100% like so, which is the maximum value possible. And then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that value. Now I'll click on the Warp icon again to switch back to the Standard Transform mode and change the Width value to 50%. Do not turn on the Link icon. And leave the Height value set to 100%. And then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to apply that transformation.
And the great thing about this is, because we're working with a Smart Object, we can always go back and change our mind without incrementally destroying the texture. All right! The next thing you want to do is blend the texture with the underlying shield; and we'll do that by clicking on the word Normal here in the upper left corner of the Layers panel, which brings up the Blend mode popup menu; and then choose Soft Light from the list of Contrast Modes in order to produce this effect here. And next, we're going to reduce the Opacity value to 25%, and you can do that just by selecting the value and entering 25, and then pressing the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac.
Finally, we need to clip this mask inside the shield, and you do that with the polish layer selected by going up to the Layer menu and choosing Create Clipping Mask. And notice that, that goes ahead and scoots the layer over and adds this little left and down arrow, and that indicates that the polish layer now exists inside the confines of the shield layer. All right! Now turn on this brush layer up here at the top of the stack, and notice that I've just brushed in a few highlights, and I did it like so.
I went ahead and grabbed my Brush tool, which you can also get by pressing the B key. Then you want to right-click inside the image window and crank the Size value up to 300 pixels. And then make sure the Hardness value is set to 0%. Then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, and I'm just going to click right there. Now, I made a mistake, that is obviously not a highlight, that's a blob of blackness; so I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that change, and I'll press the X key in order to swap the foreground and background colors. So now the foreground color is white, and I'll click right about there in order to add a little bit of extra highlight.
And that's how I created all these little brushed dollops here, just by clicking. Now, I once again want some of the dark areas of the shield to show through, just as in the previous movie. So I'll double-click on an empty portion of the brush layer here in order to bring up the Layer Style dialog box, and I'll Alt+ Drag or Option+Drag the right half of the black triangle associated with the Underlying Layer slider to 100, so your value should read 0/100, like so. And then click OK in order to apply that change. All right! Now I want to infuse some saturation into the entire composition, and to do that you once again press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, as you so often do inside Photoshop; and you click on the little Black/White icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Vibrance.
And because you have Alt or Option down, that forces the display of the New Layer dialog box. I'll call this layer vivid and then click OK. That causes Photoshop to display the Properties dialog box. Then go ahead and crank the Vibrance value up to +100, which is its maximum setting. All right! Now I want to darken things up and increase the Contrast. So press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, click the Black/White icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Brightness/Contrast. And I'll go ahead and call this layer darker, and click OK.
And I'll take the brightness value down to -35; and then I'll crank the Contrast value up to its maximum setting, which is 100, in order to produce this effect here; and then I'll go ahead and hide the Properties panel. And finally, I want to add a kind of sparkle to the shield, and to do that click on the brush layer to make it active, and then create a new layer by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking and the little page icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. And I'll call this layer splash, and click OK. I still have my Brush tool selected, as you can see here. So I'll right-click inside the image window in order to bring up the Brush panel, and then you want to click on this little gear icon and choose Assorted Brushes in order to load another library of brushes into Photoshop.
The program will ask you if you want to replace the current brushes or append them to the existing brushes. Go ahead and click on Append. And then scroll down the list and you'll find this guy right there, which is called Crosshatch 1. Go ahead and click on it to make it active. Now, by default the brush is only 25 pixels, we want it to be much, much larger than that. So I'm going to change that value to 1000 pixels and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to hide the panel. And now you see this great big brush preview here.
Assuming that your foreground color is still white, go ahead and click just once inside of this layer in order to create this sparkle effect here, and then press the M key to switch back to the Rectangular Marquee tool. And that's how you infuse your artwork with a photographic texture, as well as brush and highlights, here inside Photoshop.
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