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- Photoshop celebrated 25 years of being around. So, let's do a little cool sign that says 25 years. So we're going to start off with the 25 itself. So I'm going to get my text tool here, and I'm going to click right here and type in 25. So now, I'm going to go ahead and select that little text right there. And let's go in there and let's say we make it much bigger. Let's say we make it 400, 400, there we go that's a nice big size, and we'll change the font too.
Let's change it to something a little happier. You know, like this American Typewriter, right there, or Typewriter Bold, there we go that's looking good. Put that into position right about there. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and rasterize this type. We know it's good, and I'm going to go in there and just kind of stretch it up a little bit. Kind of stylize it a little more the way I want it. Right about like that, click OK. So there's the 25, right there. So now, I've got to create a nice circle behind it.
So I've got to go in here with my ellipse tool, and set the path right now, so I'm going to create a big circle right behind it. Right there, about like that. So it just encompasses the entire shape there, and we might want to just kind of make that just a little bit more like an oval and stretch it out a little bit. That's looking good, pull it down just a little. Right there, click OK. Now there's the beginnings of our little 25 years. So, let's start giving this some color and some more stuff.
So right now I'm going to go ahead and layer behind the text, I'm going to go in there and fill that with let's say that gold, that's fine. Go ahead and fill that with that existing gold color that we have there, fine. Okay, so that's looking good. I'm going to save that path in case we want to do something with it later. I'm going to click off of it and create a whole new path here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to get myself a little center line. So I'm going to pull up my rulers and pull out a little center line right there right in there, so we have the center.
And I'm going to draw a little off to the side of it, and create this little shape here. And I click and drag, holding down my shift key to constrain it. And come down here and click and drag. That will go down to about here, click and drag. And a little up here, click and drag, or actually let me undo that one, just kind of do one right there like that. And come over here and just click and drag again. And hold down that shift key to constrain it just like that. So now right here what I'm going to do is I'm going to click and drag another little shape that comes out like this and over.
And then I'm going to option + click and drag to get me a new handle. Come this way, Option + Click and Drag, new handle. Come this way, Option + Click and Drag and come out and get this other shape that looks like that. And close it off. And then finally, one last one right in here. Which I'm going to click and come over here, and click and drag and pull this out so it has that nice curvature to it, just like that. And then change directions, come up here, and close it off. So there, now that I have those bizarre little shapes there I'm going to go into my path selection tool and I'm going to select all three of them and click and drag them over here to make a copy.
And I'm going to come up and say take those paths and do a little flip horizontal on them. There we are, and we're going to move them over just a little bit so that they're a little closer. And then I'm going to take my pen tool and I'm just going to close these guys off. Click from one to the other and from this one to that one. So there, now we have all the basic shapes that we're going to need to create our little sign. One last thing, let's save that thing, and that's the word "years." So we'll get our type tool and I'm going to go right in here, let's turn off the paths.
And I'll just type in the word "years." Now it's really big, so let's change that down to about, let's say, about a 30. Okay, and we'll type in the word YEARS. Now, same font, that's okay for now we can use that font. And let's just leave it as is. Now here's the basic elements, now let's start to give this some life. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the word 25, and go in there double-click on it and I'm going to give it a little gradient overlay.
There it is, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to choose one of ones that come with Photoshop, I'm going to take this one right there which gives it that nice little, kind of a golden color like that. Okay, that's good, and I'm going to give it a little bevel and emboss. Now I'm going to sharpen this up a little bit, I'm going to go in there and say give me a chisel hard on it, increase the depth so I get really strong lights and darks. Maybe chisel soft, it's a little softer there. Okay, soften it up just a tad. And you know I don't like those chisels so let's just say smooth, a nice smooth bevel and emboss.
Increase the size on it, just so we get that nice little thing there. And that white is pretty good, let's punch that up a little bit. And the black, I don't like the black, so we're going to go with a nice golden color, a little more orange-y kind of color. There we go, that's looking good, very good. So there, that's that, I'm going to click OK. And I'm going to turn that into a selection by Command + clicking on it, and then the layer behind it, create a layer right behind it. I'm going to go in there and let's get a color, a nice blue color let's say we pick a little blue like this.
And I'm going to say Stroke that, stroke it on the outside about 9 px looks about right, let's make it 10 px, click OK, and there we have that. Now we can deselect, I'm going to take this little layer we're going to call it outline, and what I'm going to do is double-click on it and say give it a bevel and emboss. And punch up that depth a little bit so we get the nice strong lights and darks. And that's good, that's looking good already.
Now I'm going to go into my little circle here, this circle I'm going to double-click on it and before we do that let's change some colors down here. We want those kind of nice golden tones again. So I'm going to go with a kind of a blue in the center, going out to a nice kind of a golden color like say this orange right here. Okay that's an interesting little concept there. So I'm going to double-click on this circle, and say give that a gradient overlay. And I'll choose the color, the foreground and the background right there and say I want it to be a radial.
See, so I've got that blue in the middle, and there we can see that we're getting that. And I'm going to give this also a little stroke. And I'm going to change that color to a bright red, click OK, and make it much bigger. So we get this nice big shape right around it. There we go, so now, we have this little path here. These guys. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the bottom most, right here, this guy here and let's just double check these little shapes here, let's make sure these shapes, this guy has to come in a little bit like that.
Let's take this guy, bring him in a little bit, Because it's just a little fold in the fabric. That's what that little thing is. Now I'll take the one the farthest back there and I'm going to pick the color that I want which is going to be kind of like this golden color right about there. And I go to my layers and I create a layer right on top of the circle here, I created a new layer. And I'm going to go and fill those with that color, see. So now I'm going to select that second bunch, and a layer above that one, I'll fill that.
And then finally, this path on top. In a layer, I fill that. Okay so there we have this nice little ribbon. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start giving it a little dimension. So what I'm going to do is with my burn tool, I'm going to set this up to, well let's save it for highlights and I go into that first layer and I just kind of throw some tones in there like this and maybe right on the edges. Throw it right in there like that, and we'll throw some in here and right in there.
Just to give it a little tone, right inside that area there like that. Now, that second one, that second little batch right there, I'm going to go in there and darken that even more, that's even darker, see. I'm going to darken that one even more. Alright, and then the one on top, we can just throw a little tone see right in here, right in there like that, and right in here. Just to give it a little dimension to it. Then we've got the word YEARS. So, we go up here and we get our word YEARS, let's go and select that, there it is, there's the word.
So what I'd like to do is I'm going to make it a little bigger. So let's just go in there and do it this way, I'm going to rasterize that layer, rasterize the type, and I'm going to just kind of pull it up. Make it a little bigger, center out, that looks about right, and make it a little longer with the center out, a little longer like that. Make that happen, and then finally, I'm going to go in there and say let's take that and warp it, and I'm going to give it one of the custom warps, arc.
And then just pull this down until it just matches the curvature of our little ribbon there, and bring it down a tad, click OK. And let's clear the guide. And let's get rid of rulers and go to fullscreen. And there we see that we have this really cool little 25 YEARS sign. Playing around with some type effects and some layer styles.
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