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- This week, we're gonna create some nice, sweet honey. Yep, just like you get from a beehive. So, what I'm gonna do is, I've got my text tool here, and I'm going to type in the word "honey." H-O-N-E-Y, there it is. Put it in position right at the middle here, and I'm gonna command-T it, so I can make it nice and big, the way I want it to be. Just make it big like this, and bring it up. I got a nice big word like that. That's good. So now, I want this to look nice and round and gooey.
So, what I'm going to do is I'm gonna make the word selection by command-clicking on the preview icon there, right there. And, I'm gonna save that selection. Save the selection. And, I can call it "text." So now. I can throw this away, don't need it anymore, and I can deselect command-D. And, I go to that channel and there it is. There's that channel "text." So, what I'm gonna do is I want these letters to look nice and rounded, and I'm gonna further manipulate them. So, what I'm going to do is I'm gonna go in and I'm gonna blur them.
So, I get a little Gaussian Blur, and I'm gonna blur them quite a bit so they get nice and rounded. There you can see how they're getting nice and rounded. Click OK. So now, using my Adjustments of Levels, I'm gonna go in there and start to sharpen them up. So, if I bring my blacks in they're gonna get thinner. And then, bring my whites in, so they get nice and thick. So, there we go. So, that when we get the thickness that we want, then we're gonna start getting these guys as close as possible so that the words will become nice and sharp. There we go, click OK, and there it is.
Now, we've got the beginnings of it. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to distort this. I got black for my background color, so I can go ahead and select the words. And, because the background is black, when I twist this around, it's not gonna leave any white holes in there. So, I'm gonna say Command-T, and holding on the Command key so I can play with individual points separately, then I'll go in here and start to kinda twist this around to give me the shape that I want my honey to have. 'Bout like that, that's looking good.
Okay, I can deselect it. Now, I'm gonna give it another filter. I'm gonna go in here, and go into Distort, and we'll give it a little Wave. And right here, playing around with these guys, we can that we're getting these nice little kind of twists right in there like that. So, let's just do something like that. So we don't get too illegible. Little less on that. Okay, maybe we can play with that top one. There we go, that's gonna look really good. You play with those, play with all those until you get something you like.
I'm gonna click OK. And, there we can see that we're starting to get this look that we want. So, to further gooey it up I'm gonna take my Paintbrush and I'm gonna have a hard edge, make sure the edge is hard. And, I'm gonna go in here and start to kind of add to these letters. I'm gonna just kinda add a little drip right here like this. You're gonna wanna keep these somewhat smooth so that there's no hard edges anywhere. And, we can just add a little goo to the top of this guy right there, like that. And, let's just make sure there's no spacing so that we're gonna get nice hard edges.
There we go, so that starts to give me what I want. Give that a little gooey around down there. And, we'll just kind of throw a little drip up there. Let's kind of straighten this out a little bit here, just to give it that nice look in there. And, the O looks good, but we'll play with the H a little bit, just to start to make it a little more gooey. Nice, gooey, sticky honey, there we go. And, we just do that. There's the word Honey.
And, what I'm gonna do is I'm kinda draw a little drop there, and maybe a little smaller drop there. And, a drop there, maybe a little drip right here like this, with a little drop on the side. And, one more right there. So, now that we have this, this is our beginnings for our honey. So, I go back to my RGB and in a new layer, not a new channel but let's go with layers. I'm gonna create a new layer. I'm gonna turn that channel to selection by command clicking on it.
And, there's the selection. I'm gonna get a color for my honey. So, I'm gonna go in here and let's say we pick this nice golden color right there. And, go into that layer and I fill that. I go in there and say Fill that with the Foreground color at 100%. And, there's the honey. So now, we can deselect it. Now, the rest of the effect is gonna come through a bunch of the layer styles. So, I'm gonna go in there and double-click on this to bring up the layer style. And, I'm gonna say let's give it a little Drop Shadow, cause it is raised from the surface. But, I'm gonna bring down the Opacity, so it's not so strong and maybe I'll even kind of warm it up a little bit so it's not such a dark shadow.
See, so it's picking up that nice glow of the honey in the shadow. Click OK. Maybe a little bit of a Distance, a little more Distance there we go, like that. Then, we're gonna give this a Bevel & Emboss, a nice Bevel & Emboss, I'm gonna make it a little bigger, a little bigger, so it's really rounded looking. And, increase the Depth on it and Soften it up a little. And, I'm gonna take that white and push it all the way so it gets that nice strong white, maybe not that much, 'bout like that. And then, this dark color I'm gonna change that to a kind of a amber kind of color.
See, so there we get that nice kind of color right in there. Click OK. And then, I'm gonna give it some Satin. There's some Satin, which right off the bat, I'm gonna change this to something more like this, right there, and I'm gonna Invert it. So, there's my tones I'm gonna go and pick that nice kind of warm color again for right in there, like that. Click OK, and we'll play around with the Size on this a little bit, just so we have it just the way we want, and the Distance just so it starts to have a little more of shape there and the Size, there we go.
And, we can bring down it's Opacity just a little so it starts to have that nice kind of a look, see? We're startin' to get there. So now, for the last touch what we're gonna do is in a layer on top, I'm gonna go in here and create a little circle, a little circle right in here, make it nice and round right there, like that. I'm gonna go ahead and fill that with that same golden color that we have. There we go. And, I'm gonna give it FX, let's see what the FX look like. Option, click and drag, there's that same little effect, but not quite.
So, I'm gonna go in there and go into my FX, go into the Bevel & Emboss and I'm gonna turn off Global Light, so it's not gonna effect everything else the same way. So, I'm gonna bring this guy all the way in, maybe not that far, there. I'm gonna turn off the Satin, don't want the Satin. And, we don't want to Drop Shadow, let's bring that light 'bout right like that. And, let's go in there give it some Depth. And, we got this guy here, let's set this up and the Size of this should be much smaller, see so we get this nice little halo in there, that little highlight right there in our little bubble.
Probably could bring this down just a little and that's what that is, it's little tiny bubble. Bring up this up just a little, see I want it to be within the area of the bubble, right there like that, that's why I'm bringing this guy just a little closer in. There we go, see, see what we're getting there? That looks good, maybe a little more Depth, a little more strength on that white, and we click OK. So now, we have that little bubble in there. So, what I'm going to do with that little bubble is I'm gonna select it, select that guy and copy 'em over to here.
And, this one I'm gonna make a little bit smaller, just a little bit smaller. And then, drag 'em over to here make him a little smaller, just a tiny bit smaller. Each time I'm holding down my Shift key to constrain it. And, I'm gonna copy that over to here, and maybe over to here as well. Then, I'm gonna copy another one right in there, and make this one much smaller. And, holding down that Shift key to constrain it. And, we'll draw another one right there, and one here, a little one there, little one here, one there, and let's throw one here, and one more next to it that's even smaller.
There, and we'll copy that little guy to a coupla places. There, and one right up there. There, now we have all this little honey, but these bubbles are at different levels. So, what I'm gonna do is give it a Mask, give it a Mask and then very lightly, with black go in here, make it larger, and I'm gonna change the Opacity down to about a, let's say just about a 10, let's make it a 10. So, it's just gonna give me a little bit of a touch there, so I can go in there and just kind of touch certain ones so they kinda get a little lighter, see? So, they're a little further back behind the little effect.
And, I'm gonna go into my Layer Style here and say Layer Mask Hides the Effect, there you go. Click OK, and then go in there and just kind of bring that over, oops, wrong place. Should be here, in that Mask, there we go. And, just lighten that up, lighten this one up a little bit and lighten that one up, and there you can see that we have our nice, little, sweet honey.
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