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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.
- Last week we've created this little egg that we see on the screen. What we're going to do this week is create a little basket to put our egg in. And a couple of other eggs. But the other eggs are already made. So, we're going to create our little basket. So we're going to go in here and create a new file, We're going to keep the same size file so let's make this about 600 by 600. Okay, click OK. There it is. So now we're going to go in here and start to create the basic shape for my little basket. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to create an ellipse.
This is going to be the opening of our little basket. So I'm going to go in here to my primitives here and get the Ellipse Tool. And I'll create a little ellipse right here in the center. That's going to be the top of our little bottle. You see how it just became pixels, let me undo that. That's because it is currently set to Pixels. Now the default is Shape, but what I want is a Path. I'm gonna click on Path and create that same oval again, but you notice this time it's a path.
I'm going to close the Properties, which automatically opens when that happens. And I'm going to just kind of move it over here just a bit, kind of center it a little better, alright? So there's our little path for the ellipse. So now with my Pen Tool I'm going to go in here and start from right under here. I'm going to click and drag and create this little shape. It comes down, about like that. Notice I'm kind of straightening it out towards the bottom? Come over to about here and click and drag another one and bring it up and then just kind of close them off just like that.
Now we can adjust these. So I'm going to go in there and grab this guy. Just kind of, give him a little more of a curvature at the bottom. Both sides right there. So there you can see that we're starting get this nice little bottom of our basket. Let's move this over, there we go. So we're getting this nice, symmetrical look to it. Alright, and then finally we're going to need a little handle. So I'm going to go in here and click a path. It's going to go up and go over just a little and curve a little bit and go over here.
And curve a little bit and go down into there. Alright, so there's our little basket. Let's just see what it's looking like. Let's make this guy just a little bit bigger like that. There, that's looking good. So now what's gonna start to happen is I'm going to start to create this basket. So, let's start off with this bottom part right there. I'm going to pick a color that's going to be good for this basket so I'm going to get something like a nice kind of a color, somewhere around like that. That's a nice color. And in a new layer right on top here, I'm going to take that path and fill it.
There it is. So now, here we go. I'm going to save that path and let's turn it off for now. So now I'm gonna create a large area like this. Select a big area like this, and in another layer right on top I'm going to go ahead and fill it with that same color. I hit "Option + Delete" and it filled it with that color. Now I'm going to deselect that. I'm going to clip that with the base of my basket.
And this guy right here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it a filter. I'm going to go into Filter Gallery, which we used the Texturizer before. Look what I have now. This time I used a Burlap. I got a Burlap, I can scale that Burlap make it a little smaller, make it a little tighter, whatever I want, I can make it bigger. Get that Relief going a little stronger. And that Light is going to be coming from the top right because that's the way I lit the little eggs. So there, there's our little texture. We can Scale it up a little more or a little down, get it a little finer, that's good.
Click OK. And there we see that we have that little texture inside. So now what I'm going to do is I'm gonna go in and Warp it. So go in and Warp. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to bring this over to match this side here, bring this over to match right over there. And then I'm going to kind of bring these guys, these handles in so that they kind of match that curvature over there. See, there we go. And bring this up a little bit and there you can see that curvature that's starting to happen there. Now, I'm going to do the same thing on this side. I'm going to bring this over, and bring this guy way over, and kind of bring these in to start to match that curvature that we see on this side.
There we go. And we're going to tighten this up a little bit more and right in there like that, see? We're getting that nice curvature. If we want, we can bring these handles in just a little bit. I'm grabbing the lines there so I'm getting a little tighter edge right through here. Just like that, see? There we're getting that nice kind of a curvature that we want. And we want to make sure that that's got that curvature. We have a guide down there by the bottom of this basket so I can bring it just like that. Click OK and there we see that we have this nice little shape starting to happen.
So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go in there and give it some definition. So I'm going to get my Burn Tool and I've got my Midtones selected. I'm going to make the brush a little larger and I'm just kind of going to hit it on this side here. See, so I'm starting to get that darker tone right along that edge there like that. Just like that. And we'll give it a little bit just right in here, right in there like that. So we're starting to get some nice tonalities happening. And to our Highlights, we want to darken those as well.
So let's get those really nice and dark back in there. And there we see where that shape is starting to happen. So now I'm going to create a new layer on top here, and this is going to be the rim. So we'll call this the "rim." And we go back to our Paths, and there's our Paths. So here's the path for the rim. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a paint brush, and I have a hard-edge brush selected and I go over to my brush engine where I make sure the Spacing is brought down to 0 or 1% which is a nice, tight even line.
Which is going to give me that, nope. The Spacing got changed again, let me redo that. Yep, got to move that Spacing and bring it all the way down to 1%. There we go. Click OK and there's the effect that I want. So now, right there on that rim, there's my rim. I'm going to go in and take that path and make sure I'm in the right layer for the rim, and I'm gonna say stroke it. There's the rim right there. So now, I'm going to... And don't worry about the stuff in there, that's all going to be hidden. So now we're going to give that a little bit of an effect.
So I've got that layer "rim", and I'm just going to hit "Cmd + F" to give it that same pattern. There's that pattern inside there. Now here we don't have to worry too much about the pattern because you're going to do some stuff to it. So the first thing I'm going to do is give it a little Drop Shadow. Give it a little Drop Shadow right there. So we're going to give it a little drop shadow so it's falling, and we're going to say right from above, and let's increase the Distance on that a little bit so it starts to look like it's there and that looks good. Click OK. I'm going to separate that layer.
The Layer Style, say Create Layer so that my drop shadow can now be clipped right here inside of my little basket. See how it disappears outside? Because it's clipped with that same shape from below. Okay. And let's ... There we go there's the clip. So there you can see the clip and it disappeared everywhere else. If you undo that clip, see, it appears outside where we don't want it. Clip it and it's being seen only inside that area of the basket. Okay, go back to the rim and we'll give it a little bit of a Layer Style.
And we'll say let's give it a little Bevel and Emboss. And the light's coming from this direction here. And we'll give it a little more Size. Okay, so we're getting those nice dark tones in there. And is it light? No, we don't want that one. Let's go with something a little more in the warm tones. And let's keep to the colors of our actual basket. And let's get a little lighter. And there we go. So that's starting to get that nice little effect there. We click OK. And let's see what that's looking like, not bad.
So let's go in here and increase this Size a little bit more, and the Depth so we get stronger tones. There we go. Click OK and there's the rim. So now comes the final touch of course which is right in front of the rim or behind the rim right here in front of this layer and I'm going to create a new layer, and this is going to be the handle. And what's going to happen with the handle is...
I got my Paths, right? There's the Paths. And there's the path for the handle. So we're going to do the same thing we did to that little rim right there is we're going to go ahead and stroke that path right there like that, and again, don't worry about that 'cause that's going to be hidden. So now we can turn off the path, we don't need it anymore and we go back to our Layers and right there we're on the handle layer. And I'll just give it the same filter we gave it before which is that same little texture. Now I'm going to give it that same effect as well so I'm going to just "Option + Drag" that down into there.
So now that we have this, we have our little basket we have to create a little bow for it. So now what's going to happen is we're going to create a nice little bow that's going to signify our gift basket. So next week, when we come back, we're going to go in there and create the little basket and put the eggs into it.
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