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Stroking the composite flames

From: Designs dekeConstructed: Retro-Style Superhero

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Stroking the composite flames

Cause otherwise it's going to add unnecessarily to the file size. In this movie, we're going to take our Because we're going to convert this selection many flame layers, which look great against this outline right now to a layer mask.

black background, but if I take away And converting from an alpha channel to a selection outline the background, we're starting to lose some definition.

and back to a layer mask is altogether, 100%, non-destructive. And we're going to stroke all of the flames as a group So now I'll switch over to the layers panel, and I'll turn off that black to create this kind of xerography effect, as in a Xerox machine. back layer right there and I'll go ahead and click on it to make it active. So, I'll go and switch over to my image so far. And now I want to create this selection outline right here filled with yellow. And I'll turn the black back layer back on And so first what I want to do is turn and then I'll go ahead and turn these layers off. off the flames group, right there just for a second. The layers above the flames because for the moment we don't need them. And now I'll drop down to the black and white And we never need the hands template group ever again. circle down here at the bottom of the layers panel. So, I'm going to select it and press the Backspace key to get rid of it.

I'll press the alt key or the option key And we're going to be doing a lot of file cleanup to try on the mac, and I'll choose the solid color command. to reduce the size of these incremental files as we move along. And even though I'm going to fill this layer with yellow, I'm going to call it Now I'll switch over to the channels panel, and speaking of stroke, because it's main purpose is to stroke as opposed to stoke the flames. file reduction, notice that we've got a couple of masks here. So I'll go ahead and click OK. We're done with those, we've got backups, so I'm going to select both And now, what you want to do is dial in a of them, by clicking on one and shift clicking on the other. yellow, so I'll change the hue value to 50 degrees. And then I'll drop down to the trash icon I'll take the saturation value up to a 100% and I'll take the brightness value up to 100% as well and click OK. and I'll alt+click on it, or opti+click on the Mac, And notice now if I Alt+click or Option+click on and by virtue the fact that you hold the the layer mask in order to view the mask independently alt or option key down, you bypass the alert message.

Now you want to select the channel with the most contrast, and because we're looking at of the image, that's that exact same mask that a very warm image, that's going to be red, although you can check out the others. we saw represented as an alpha channel a moment ago. There's green, and there of course is blue. That's why I got rid of it, we just don't need it in this file twice. So I'll go ahead and grab the red channel, and I'll drag it and drop it onto the little page icon at the bottom of the panel to create a copy of it. And I'm not going to bother to name this alpha channel because we're going to throw it away in just a moment and you'll see why. We're actually going to be able to throw it away and So now, alt+click or opt+click on that layer mask thumbnail again, and I'll keep it at the same time, strange as that sounds. drop down to the fx icon, at the bottom of the layers panel, and I'll choose stroke. But first I need to increase the contrast by going up In order to bring up the layer style dialog box. to the image menu, choosing adjustments and choosing the levels command.

Which you can also get by pressing ctrl+l and I'm going to change the black point value to 100. So, we're darkening up this mask quite a bit and then I'll press the tab key twice to advance to the white point value and I'll take it down to 235. I'll leave the position set to outside by default, the color's black, also a And that increases the contrast as you see right there. So, if I turn off the preview check box, this is the way it looked before. default setting, to opacity is 100%, the blend mode is normal, that's all good. This is the way it looks now. Alright, now click OK in order to accept that change. Now we want to load this mask as a selection outline by pressing the ctrl The one change that you want to make is to the size value. key or the cmd key on a Mac and clicking on it's thumbnail right there. And I suggest you crank it up to 25 pixels in And now we're done with this alpha channel, order to create the effect that you see here in the background. so you can grab it and throw it away. And, now, I'm going to click OK. Cause otherwise it's going to add unnecessarily to the file size. I don't want this much yellow showing through. Because we're going to convert this selection I want the yellow fill to be translucent. outline right now to a layer mask. And, any time you want the fill to be translucent, but you And converting from an alpha channel to a selection outline don't want to effect any of the layer affects, such as the stroke. and back to a layer mask is altogether, 100%, non-destructive. Why then you want to modify the fill value, as opposed to the opacity value. So now I'll switch over to the layers panel, and I'll turn off that black So, I'm going to go ahead and click on the word fill, in order to select it. back layer right there and I'll go ahead and click on it to make it active.

And, I'm going to change that to 50% and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac, to accept that change. And now, notice, if I turn on the flames group, we have this wonderful interaction of flames, along with the zerography And now I want to create this selection outline right here filled with yellow. effect and the stroke, and everything else. And so first what I want to do is turn So, it looks nice and old timey comic book, I still off the flames group, right there just for a second. want it to look retro, even though it's a photographic effect. And now I'll drop down to the black and white And now, I'm going to go ahead and turn on these three layers, merge, BBQ circle down here at the bottom of the layers panel. hands and hand grills that are sitting on top that represent the character himself. I'll press the alt key or the option key So that we can see the character shooting those flames. on the mac, and I'll choose the solid color command. And then finally, these flames layers are taking up a ton of room inside the file. And even though I'm going to fill this layer with yellow, I'm going to call it stroke, because it's main purpose is to stroke as opposed to stoke the flames. So I'll go ahead and click OK. And now, what you want to do is dial in a yellow, so I'll change the hue value to 50 degrees.

And, the only reason I'm doing this, normally I would keep all I'll take the saturation value up to a 100% and I'll of these independent flames in case I wanted to change my mind later. take the brightness value up to 100% as well and click OK. And notice now if I Alt+click or Option+click on the layer mask in order to view the mask independently of the image, that's that exact same mask that But, I've been saving these various synchronization of the files and they we saw represented as an alpha channel a moment ago. are getting to be 200 megs, they are getting to be very huge. That's why I got rid of it, we just don't need it in this file twice. And we can cut that file size in half by merging So now, alt+click or opt+click on that layer mask thumbnail again, and I'll these flames together, and you can do that just by going drop down to the fx icon, at the bottom of the layers panel, and I'll choose stroke. up to the layer menu and choosing merge group, or you In order to bring up the layer style dialog box. can press that keyboard shortcut ctrl+E, or cmd+e on the Mac. I'll leave the position set to outside by default, the color's black, also a And now that goes ahead and merges all the flames, default setting, to opacity is 100%, the blend mode is normal, that's all good. now messes up the blend mode, and the reason is we The one change that you want to make is to the size value. used to be able to see through all of the flame And I suggest you crank it up to 25 pixels in layers to the background because they were also at the screen. order to create the effect that you see here in the background. Now Photoshop has merged them all according to the screen blend mode, so And, now, I'm going to click OK. I don't want this much yellow showing through.

they're merged with each other but the blend mode is set back to normal. I want the yellow fill to be translucent. You want to change that mode to screen once again in And, any time you want the fill to be translucent, but you don't want to effect any of the layer affects, such as the stroke. Why then you want to modify the fill value, as opposed to the opacity value. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on the word fill, in order to select it. order to get exactly the same effect we had a moment ago. And, I'm going to change that to 50% and press the Enter If you bring up the history panel by going to the Window menu key or the Return key on a Mac, to accept that change. And now, notice, if I turn on the flames group, we have this wonderful and choosing History and, you back up, two steps here, to fill opacity change. interaction of flames, along with the zerography Notice that you're going to see exactly the same effect on screen. effect and the stroke, and everything else. So, it's not changing the appearance, it's just changing our ability So, it looks nice and old timey comic book, I still to access all of those layers and, it's reducing the file size. want it to look retro, even though it's a photographic effect.

Now, I need to make this extremely important because And now, I'm going to go ahead and turn on these three layers, merge, BBQ hands and hand grills that are sitting on top that represent the character himself. So that we can see the character shooting those flames. And then finally, these flames layers are taking up a ton of room inside the file. And, the only reason I'm doing this, normally I would keep all of these independent flames in case I wanted to change my mind later. But, I've been saving these various synchronization of the files and they are getting to be 200 megs, they are getting to be very huge. I, every once in a while, I get this question. And we can cut that file size in half by merging these flames together, and you can do that just by going Well, what do you do, after you merge the layers? up to the layer menu and choosing merge group, or you How do you get back to them? can press that keyboard shortcut ctrl+E, or cmd+e on the Mac. You don't. And now that goes ahead and merges all the flames, That's the whole point. now messes up the blend mode, and the reason is we They're gone. used to be able to see through all of the flame But the upside is that we have a smaller file and aside layers to the background because they were also at the screen. folks will make is like well you can always buy more hard drives. Now Photoshop has merged them all according to the screen blend mode, so You know, why would you do this? they're merged with each other but the blend mode is set back to normal. You want to change that mode to screen once again in order to get exactly the same effect we had a moment ago. If you bring up the history panel by going to the Window menu Well I've got multiple incarnations and that's not really true. and choosing History and, you back up, two steps here, to fill opacity change. Notice that you're going to see exactly the same effect on screen. So, it's not changing the appearance, it's just changing our ability Yes, you can buy more hard drives till the to access all of those layers and, it's reducing the file size. cows come home but they have limited lifespans and sometimes you want to be able to keep everything on a portable machine that has a small hard drive. And so, we don't all have just gobs and gobs of storage space to work with or to access very quickly. So, I like to keep things trim when I can. In any case, that aside you can do what you want. Just to give you sense for what we were able to accomplish in this specific movie I'll go ahead and press the F key a couple of times to fill the screen with this image. And, we now have this awesome version of the superhero,

and I'm going to zoom in a little bit as well. And so, we don't all have just gobs and gobs With these flames not only circling his body, but leaping from his hands as well. of storage space to work with or to access very quickly. Thanks to our, just mind boggling ability to add photographic flame effects, So, I like to keep things trim when I can. whether old school or new, whichever you like here inside Photoshop. In any case, that aside you can do what you want. Just to give you sense for what we were able to accomplish in this specific movie I'll go ahead and press the F key a couple of times to fill the screen with this image. And, we now have this awesome version of the superhero,

With these flames not only circling his body, but leaping from his hands as well. Thanks to our, just mind boggling ability to add photographic flame effects, whether old school or new, whichever you like here inside Photoshop.

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Designs dekeConstructed: Retro-Style Superhero

43 video lessons · 1573 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 41s
    1. Welcome
      41s
  2. 13m 6s
    1. Masking a person from a white background
      8m 20s
    2. Smoothing out the edges of a jagged mask
      4m 46s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding power and motion with Liquify
      8m 21s
    2. Puppet warping the legs closer together
      6m 36s
    3. Applying a perspective-style transformation
      5m 34s
    4. Smoothing and removing details with Liquify
      8m 21s
  4. 28m 34s
    1. Filling and stroking the silhouette
      3m 47s
    2. Drawing with the Pen and Brush tools
      7m 56s
    3. Hand-painting the face
      8m 56s
    4. Refining brushstrokes with Median and Minimum
      7m 55s
  5. 39m 2s
    1. Adding complementary colored clouds
      5m 28s
    2. Drawing a handful of spikes in Illustrator
      8m 34s
    3. Creating a burst pattern with Transform
      9m 36s
    4. Adjusting the spikes for a better effect
      7m 20s
    5. Bringing the burst pattern into Photoshop
      8m 4s
  6. 51m 4s
    1. Creating the extreme paths for the grill lines
      7m 31s
    2. Blending the grill lines in Illustrator
      9m 42s
    3. Correcting potential blending problems
      9m 58s
    4. Bringing the blended paths into Photoshop
      8m 27s
    5. Simulating pressure when stroking paths
      5m 35s
    6. Contouring the grill lines onto the face
      9m 51s
  7. 23m 47s
    1. Drawing a hand with the Pen tool
      9m 29s
    2. Converting the hand path to a shape layer
      6m 2s
    3. Finishing off the hands and gloves
      8m 16s
  8. 28m 49s
    1. Blend, scale, and rotate photographic flames
      6m 17s
    2. Filling in gaps with symmetrical flames
      7m 15s
    3. Shooting flames out of the hero's hands
      7m 34s
    4. Stroking the composite flames
      7m 43s
  9. 19m 13s
    1. Drawing cartoon flames as a shape layer
      5m 56s
    2. Enhancing the flames with layer effects
      5m 32s
    3. Adjusting Puppet Warp and Expansion
      7m 45s
  10. 16m 56s
    1. Installing a free comic-lettering font
      3m 59s
    2. Formatting the monologue text
      5m 43s
    3. Drawing the talk balloons (a.k.a. speech bubbles)
      7m 14s
  11. 43m 10s
    1. Selecting a font-creation software
      5m 17s
    2. Drawing consistently rendered letterforms
      9m 10s
    3. Pasting the letters into Glyphs Mini (Mac only)
      8m 11s
    4. Copying capitals into lowercase positions (Mac only)
      6m 45s
    5. Generating an OpenType font (Mac only)
      7m 56s
    6. Stylizing the custom font in Photoshop
      5m 51s
  12. 4m 24s
    1. Time lapse of the retro superhero
      3m 4s
    2. Until next time
      1m 20s

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