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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.
- Fall is in the air, and trees are getting all nice and orange, the leaves are falling down. Holiday season's around the corner. Let's start with one of the holidays. Let's start with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a good time here in Canada and quite a few places where people just like to eat away. One of the main symbols of that time is the good old pumpkin. Let's go in here and create a little visual for our little Thanksgiving card. What I'll do is, I'm going to take my pen tool, I'm going to start to create this shape here. Now, I'm just going to go in here and start to create this big thing, just like this.
You can see, I'm just very quickly, just clicking and dragging. The beauty of the pen tool is that we can always modify it after the fact, so I can go in there and just kind of pull these guys out a little bit. I just want this kind of a shape, just like that, all right? Then, I'm going to create another one. I'm going to create another one right in here. Let's just deselect this one. I'm going to go in here and just create this other little shape coming right out of here. It's going to come down, and down here, and around, right into there.
And close it off. Now, this one, again, we can go in there and modify it, so I'm just going to kind of push this out like that. And I'm going to do it on this side. Now, I could just copy one over, but I want them to look different. I want every little side to be slightly different from the last. And I'm going to close it off. Then, finally, I'm going to go in here, and let's just make these nice and thick here. These are the outside ones here. Let's make them nice and thick, like that. Then I'm going to draw another one right up in here. That's going to come in, about like this, and come down.
And then one more on this side, right through here, like that. Then, finally, one right here, going right through that little spot right in there. Okay, so there's our basic shapes. Then I'm going to create another one right here. It's going to come in like this, and up, and over. And make that nice little rounded edge, come down, and in. Any you know what that is. That's that little stem up on top. All right, so now we have all these pieces.
Let's just go in there and thicken that up a little bit, just like that. Now what we're going to do is, start to colorize this pumpkin. I'm going to just bring this up, just a little, and we see the basic shape. It doesn't look like much right now, but once we start adding the color, it's all going to start to come to life. The first thing I'm going to do is, I'm going to take this one way in the back. Way in the back. And I'm going to create a layer right here. I'm going to pick a color for our pumpkin. I'm going to go in here and get a nice, kind of an orange, but like that, that's good. And way back there, in that layer, I'm going to go ahead and fill that path with that color.
There you go. Then a layer on top of that. I'm going to take these two. These are the two next ones, right there. Okay, and that second layer, I'm going to go ahead and fill those two paths with that. Then I'll select these two, create another layer, and fill those paths there. Then, finally, the one in front, another layer, and fill that path. There we have the basic shape of our pumpkin. Now, behind this layer in the front, so right here, I'm going to create a layer right here.
Let's call this one Stem, so we can see what they are right here. This one right here, I'm going to select that guy. Let's pick a color for the stem. I'm going to go into the greens, and I'll get kind of a muted green, something like about like that. In that new layer right there for the stem, I'm going to go ahead and fill that path up on top. There we see that we start to have the basis for our little pumpkin. Now I'm going to go in there and I'm going to take that front piece and give it a little layer style. That'll give it a inner glow, inner glow, which is going to give me that nice shape all around.
I'm going to increase the size so I get a nice size like that. And I'm going to say, change the color to that of a nice, deep orange. About like that. Now, we're not really seeing it because it's a screen. So I'm going to set that up to Multiply. There you can see it. Now we have that nice, dark color all along the bottom there, or all the sides. Click Okay, and what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take that and copy it. Holding down my option key, I'm going to grab the FX and drag it down to layer three, layer two, and the layer in back, layer one.
You can see that now our pumpkin is starting to have the look of a real pumpkin. Now I'm going to look at that stem. Here's the stem. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to lock the transparency on it, and I'm going to pick a different color, little more towards the beiges, about like that. Little lighter, maybe a little warmer. That looks good. I'm going to take my paintbrush, and I'm going to make sure it's nice and soft. Let's bring this down to about like that. I'm going to make the size a little bit smaller. Little smaller. I'm just going to kind of draw a little shape right through there.
I'm making the brush smaller as I go along. And another one going right up in there. Now, they're not really clean right now. It doesn't matter because what's going to happen now is, I'm going to take my smudge tool. And with the smudge tool ... I'm going to make it a little bigger ... I'm going to kind of just push these guys around, see? So I'm getting a nice little shape in there, and it's roughing it up. I'm getting it all nice and strong, right through there. And we'll push this one around. We got this nice little effect going through there. There we go. Let's push this one around.
And let's push this green out, and there we go. So now we have that little stem on top. Which, I'm going to give it a little bit of noise, just give is some noise. Add some noise, just a little bit on that. About like that. A little less. And we'll say Monochromatic so it stays in the colors that we want. Bring it down, click Okay. I maybe want to give it a little facet. We'll go to Pixelate and say Facet. That gave it all that nice little texture in there. Now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take my burn tool, and it's set to mid-tones, and I'm going to just kind of darken this edge right in there, like that, so that we have this little look like it is, in fact, a three-dimensional object.
So there, there's our little pumpkin. Now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take the whole batch, all of them, select them all, and I'm going to hit command + t, and I'm going to shrink it down just a little bit. Right there, about like that. In the background what I'm going to do is, I'm going to get some colors. I'll get a nice bright blue, like that, and for the background color, a much deeper blue, say, more about like that. In that background, I'm going to take my gradient tool, and with the radial gradients, just going to throw a nice radial gradient out there like that.
And then, for a final touch, right here at the top level, I'm going to give it a little border. I'm going to say, Border. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to pick some colors for my border. I'm going to get this nice yellow, nice, bright yellow like that. For the background, we'll pick up that orange, but we'll make it a little stronger. About like that. Maybe even way up there. Nice, bright yellow orange. And I'm going to go to my paintbrush, and I'm going to choose the little maple leaf brush, which, I'm very proud to say, is one of my brushes.
Right there, okay. Now that we have that brush, we're going to go in here, and what we're going to do is, we're going to go and modify that brush. We'll go in and make it a little bigger. There we go. Nice size. Make it a little bigger so we can see the brushes. Okay, let's make it really big, and now we can see that we got these brushes going on in there. I'll make them even bigger. Now we got some spacing. Going to give it a little bit of spacing. What I got, scattering, it's scatterered. This is the way of the presets of this brush, and I got my color dynamics.
What I want to do here is, I want, between the foreground and the background, to go 100 percent. I'm going to push up the Jitter just a little bit. If I move that Hue Jitter a lot, it's going to introduce all kinds of colors. But I just want to introduce a couple of tiny little colors in between, possibly some greens and stuff like that. I'm going to play with the saturation. We're going to push that up a little bit, and the brightness. So I get some little variation through this whole thing here. Then what I'm going to do is, I'm going to make the brush a little smaller. Let's just see what that's going to look like. Yep, there we go. What I'm going to do is, I'm just going to draw along that whole edge, right through here, and go up that way and across.
And there you see that now we have this nice little border going and our little pumpkin in the background. We see that we have ... All we have to do now is to write a little word in here that says ... I can erase some of these, in case you don't want them, want to keep it nice and simple. So we can erase some of these if they're in your way. I'm going to do it just because we want it to look good. All right, so now we got these guys out, and let's get all these things nice and clean going through here. Okay, maybe take care of some of these guys, too. There we go. Now it's nice and clean.
Then the final thing, of course, would be to throw in the word "Happy Thanksgiving" right across here, and whatever you want to do. But there you can see the basis. We created our pumpkin, with all the different parts that make it up, and then we gave it a little border so it starts to have that nice, kind of autumn, look. The leaves are falling down, and our pumpkin is ready to turn into pumpkin pies.
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