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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 curled the pages, we created our little spread and we gave it that nice dimensionality. What we're going to do this week is we're going to create the body of the book. So, I need the additional pages in here and out here. So what I'm going to do is in the layer on top of all this I'll create a big rectangle like this, nice, big rectangle. What I'm going to do in this rectangle is I'm going to go ahead and fill it with some white and I'm going to give it some noise, add noise, a lot of noise. Which I'm then going to give it a motion blur, and I'm going to say straight up and down, and a nice amount like that.
That looks good. Click okay. I'm going to go into my levels and increase the contrast between these a bit, just so I get a little more detail, 'bout like that. Click okay. So now, I'm going to create. This turns off the sides of the book. So right here, with my pen tool, I'm going to go and create this little shape. Let's make it thing, it's not going to be extremely thick book. So, we'll go in there and, all right, so there and then little over lap right there. So, that's and create the side body of the book, all right, and I can see right of the back there it needs to be extended or short and on the side just a little bit, like that.
Make that right in the corner and let's give this a little more of an angle like that. There we go, so in there what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that path and go ahead and fill it with black. Now, I got this little pattern here which I'm going to duplicate, and duplicate it right on top of here. I held down my option key and dragged it over, which made a duplicate. Turn off the original, and I'm going to put it right in here, I'm going to clip it. Now we're not seeing it because it's clipped inside of this one here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in rotate it and put it in position. See, there it comes, and I'll put in in position right there so we start to get all those nice little pages.
I'm going to tighten it up a little bit. There we go. Click okay and there we can see he had the side of the book. So now, I got this piece here. I'm just going to rotate it completely horizontal here. So I'm just going to take the whole thing and, and it's gotta be the right one, this one here. I'm going to go in and I'm just going to rotate it, and I'm holding down my shift key to constrain this so I get a perfect horizontal there just like that, and now let me bring this one down, and turn it off for now. This is going to be the two sides.
So I'm going to duplicate it, and have two of them. Now the one here in front there. I'm going to create the shape. This is going to be the shape for this side of the book. going to go in here, and just go right into this edge here, come up, over, and close it off, and this way, we can move it over just so we get that little overlap, right in there like that. Okay, so now what's going to happen is, we have in the back of the book here, we're going to do another one. This is going to be left front, okay? Right there, and fill that path with black.
So now, now that we have that, I'm going to take that little piece right here and put it on top, turn it on, and clip it. So there it is, it's clipped. So what we're going to do is we're going to shrink it up, tighten it up a little bit, and we're going to rotate it right into position just like that, right there like that. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to select this little portion, right here. This nice little portion right through here. In fact, extend it a little bit. We want those to just kind of stay straight, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to warp it. I'm going to go in there and I'm going to warp this.
So I'm going to kind of grab this side and just bring it down. See, bringing this side in. Bring this up, kind of tightening it up, and I'm going to bring this down. I start to curve this side. I gotta kind of bring this out. See, it's starting to get this nice little bubble in there. There we go, now we can kind of straighten out the bottom here. So we've just got a few pages that are going to be curling right inside there. Now, getting a little bit of a distortion on this side. So we are just going to concentrate on here. Click okay and there we can see get a distort.
Now, I'm going to tighten this up a little bit. Right in here, I'm going to warp it again. If I can kind of just get a little more of a curve that I want. There we go, I'll just bring this up, and we see where we're starting to get that curve. That's fairly clean, good enough. All right, and that little extra little holes that just came up, those can happen because of the fact that the warp sometimes will pull away from itself. So all we gotta do is just do a little smear, just smear this right into itself just like that. Just bring these guys over, just to kind of lessen that little effect through there.
Right through there, and then there's a little one down here, which we can just kind of do like that. Just a little cleaning job right under there. Right, so there, so now we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Now to avoid some of those problems what we could do on this side, would be to keep it straight for now. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go in and let's see this guy. Let's bring him down and let's put him all the way in back, right through there and what I'm going to do here is I'm going to kind of just do that curvature right in here.
So I've got to grab this, this whole side here, do it like that, and I'm going to do that warp. There's a couple ways of always doing the same thing. Sometimes it works better than others. So here you can see I'm starting to get this nice kind of curvature right off the bat. Let's bring this guy down, and this guy in. There's that little spit happening in there, okay. Let's see if we can avoid it this time, and there we go. We start to get that. I bring this handle down. So, we start to get that additional curve, right through there and I make that happen, right? So, we're starting to get a goof feel for the thing.
We're going to need some more manipulation. So, right now, what I'm going to do is. Dictate the side of that book. So I'm going to go in there and create my path. Now is just right where I want it and in the layer beneath that I take that path and fill it. Come back, turn off the path coming back, and I go ahead and clip that inside of there. All right, inside, go in there, clip that, and then I'm going to take this guy and rotate him. Rotate him a little bit, just so we have that little curvature in there,aAnd if we need some more of a curve, no problem.
What we'll do is we'll just come in here and kind of. Pull this in just a little bit, right in the edge. going to warp this, just going to warp this side right here, just to get this additional curve right through where it is. That little hole is starting to happen, but no problem. Okay, so what we'll do here is we'll just, and here's another way of doing it, is just take this. Slide right here, and just kind of clone it right into it. There we go, a little discrepancy, no problem. We just kind of stretch it out. Pull back and there we see that we have that side of the book.
So finally, what we'll do is we're going to create the overall, weight of the entire cover, and come over here, and close it off. Now, this guy we're going to pull in just a little. Right through here, pull that in. Or maybe we could pull it out just a tiny bit. In fact, let's pull it out so it's just. Right there through there. We'll see that edge, right there, and then, this guy we can just bring up just a tad like that, and then way in the back here, what we do, is we'll take a nice color, like a, say brown. Like that, and we'll fill that path with that brown and we gotta create a layer.
We'll call this cover and I haven't named all the layers, but you know you should. I'm going to go in there and just give it that brown and there we can see that we're starting to get our book. The last thing that we need is for the cover, I'm going to go in and give it a little bevel and emboss. Which you're going to have the light coming from this direction, right through there. As you can see, we're getting this nice little highlight right through here and let's increase the size and depth just a little bit. Let me get this little edge right through there which we don't want that white so what I'm going to do is I'm going to get a kind of a tan color.
There it is, that's better for the side and I'm going to give the whole book a little drop shadow, a drop shadow as well. So, we'll go in there and let's turn off the global lights so we can manipulate that drop shadow independently, and just go in there and just give it a little bit of a shadow right underneath, and we'll kind of tighten up the spread. There we go, tighten the spread a little bit and a little distance. Click okay and there, you see that we have this nice little book that didn't exist before. Completely created with just a little imagination and knowledge of the tools.
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