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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.
What we're going to do this week is look at a little tiny portion of this painting. We've been looking at a few parts of it the last couple of weeks, but right now we're going to just concentrate on this little hole way up there, this little hole, that you see is just in the body, but it's also raised from the surface. So there's a couple of little techniques going on here. We're just going to illustrate that effect. So, go in here and try to get that. I'll go in here and create a new file, there and I'm going to go ahead and fill this with a color.
Nice color like, say like that, that red. Go ahead and fill it, and that's the background color. So now right here, in the layer right above it, I'm going to create the hole, H-O-L-E. There's the little hole, right in there. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select that with my Elliptical Marquee tool, on the center out, I'm going to create a nice kind of ellipse like this to represent the whole itself. I'm going to switch to black and white. And I'll go ahead and fill that with that foreground color at 100%. So I can now deselect it, and I'm going to do a few things to this.
Well, for one thing I'm going to go ahead and blur it. So I'm going to go in here and say blur, Gaussian Blur, and let's blur it up a bit. About say like that, so this a nice, soft edge to this hole. And now we're going to go in there and start giving it a little dimension. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go in, and double click on it, to bring up the layer styles, and I'm going to give it a bevel and emboss. Now, the lights going to be coming from up here on the upper left, which is where it is now, but this is the hole, so I want the light to be here. So I'm going to want that light down here, so I'm going to turn off global light.
We are going to be doing a couple things here, so turn that off and bring the light down below. See, so I get this little highlight down here. That's about where I want it. And I'm going to increase the size of that, right there like that. So I got this nice highlight right in there. And I'm going to bring down the opacity a bit. So it's just kind of soft. Just a soft little highlight right on that edge. Then up here, up here for the darkness, I'm going to go in here, I'm going to pick up this red, pick up that same red from back there, okay. And I'm going to set that also to screen, so that tone will come through, right through there.
And we'll bring down that opacity, so it's just a little hint of, of a tone right around the top there where it just seems to get a little bit darker on that edge. Just on the edge. And there's the light. So now, it is a hole and it is a nice thick piece of metal so I want some of that red tone to be in there as well. So what I'll do is, I'll give it an inner shadow, an inner shadow. And we want that shadow to be down here. Now, we also want it to be that color. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to choose for the color. I'm going to pick up that same color of the, the metal.
Click OK and increase the distance. All right, now we're not seeing it because multiply. This is black. That red will not multiply. So, I'm going to say Screen That. And there we see that light tone. Now turn off the global light and have the light coming from this side. So now, I can increase that distance. So there, you can see that we're getting that little soft edge in there. And I'm going to go in there, increase the size Just so I can get that nice little soft red halo right inside that hole, right in there like that. So there now we're starting to get this nice little effect happening here.
And for that Bevel and Emboss we might want to just increase the size just a little bit and bring down that highlight. So it's just a little hint of a highlight right down there in the bottom. Click OK. So now, now that we got this we need that little bubble on the outside. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn the hole into a selection by Cmd clicking on it right there and I'm going to go up here and expand that selection. Now based on your particular resolution It might be different. 15, let's see what that gives u. See, I like it to be a little more, so I can expand it some more either.
Re-expand at a higher number or just expand it again. And this time we'll go with a whole 20. So that, now we got this nice big size out there. Okay? So in a new layer, a new layer on top of that, we'll go ahead and fill that with the black. Okay? And now we can deselect it. So now, that's going to be that outside area. So I'm going to go into the layers styles for it and right off the bat, I'm going to take the fill opacity and bring it down to zero, so we don't see the black. But the opacity is still a hun, at a 100%, so the effects that I'm about to create will work.
So, I'm going to say Bevel and Emboss. And there, it's following the original light, which is from the top, which is good. Not the one we modified, where is down here. So I'm going to go in there and I'm going to say that I want that to be an outer bevel, outside, and increase the size a bit. Quite a bit like that, and just as before, I'm going to bring down that highlight just a little bit. Just so it's a little softer right there, and bring down the opacity of the shadow as well, right there. Click OK. And I might want to go and blur this just a little more, so it's going to say to this layer.
I'm going to go in there and say, blur it some more, just so you could see what's starting to happen. So I get this little, bump. And if I want it to be a little bigger, it is a solid shape, so I can go into my transform tools and say let's make it bigger. Like that. There we go. So now what's going to happen is I'm going to take both of them. Both of these holes, just like this, and we're going to rotate both of them. So they're right on an angle right there like that. Now, since we're looking at it at an angle, this hole right now it looks like we're looking straight at it.
We want to be looking at this at an angle, so let's take the actual hole itself and with the Move tool I just move it up a little bit. Make sure we're in the right layer and let's just move it up and over just a tad. A little bit more, there we go. And there we can see that now we have this nice hole inside of our, on top of our little material here. And if we wanted to we can add some, some little texture to it if we wanted to. But right now, let's just go in here and let's go back to the hole itself. And that's still a little too bright there.
So in that Bevel and Emboss we can always pull back on that tone just a little bit more. There we go, click OK. And like I said we can add some texture. So we'll take the background and I'll go over here and we'll say Filter, add noise, and we'll give it some noise, we'll bring it way down to about maybe let's do about an 8. That should do it. Click OK. And there you can see that now we have this nice texture. We have this hole that seems to be raised up from the surface and then indented into the, the thing.
And if we move these guys around, because they're light sources are uniform to each other watch, when I start to go in there and say turn these guys around, you'll see that their light sources are remaining on the top, see? See, no matter where I turn this, the light sources are going to follow suit. because the light sources are going to be consistent no matter where the shapes have moved, their light sources remain the same. So, I can turn this in any direction, let it go and there you could see that we still have that nice hole with all those nice little lights and highlights and shadows all over the place.
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