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Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow

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Video: Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow

What we're going to do this week is we're going to And how we're saving it is we're saving it to an alpha channel right there. See? Okay, nothing's happening here.

Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow

What we're going to do this week is we're going to create a nice little logo for say, a baby shower. A logo made up of little fluffy pillows that maybe spell out the baby's name or the date or whatever. But basically what we're going to create is these nice little soft pillows that actually spell something. Now we don't really have a font there are some fonts up there that might give us a little pillow effect but not quite what we want. We just want some straight type so what I'm going to do is I got my type tool down here and I have it set to Helvetica bold.

Nice big sizes, just make it an even 200 points right there. And we have other choices of how to create type and right here you see we have a horizontal type mask tool. When I click on that, when I click here and type in the word baby. Baby, and there it is. Okay, we might want to select it and maybe give a little spacing. So I'm going to go over here to my Window, say >Character and give it a little more spacing. Let's say we'll give it a little, plus, plus 25, maybe a little more.

We'll give it a plus 50 see that gives us a little more space between our letters that's looking good right? So now we can say by that and when I click you see that it's actually created a selection just a selection which I'm going to make a little bigger. So I'm going to go into my Transforms. All my little Free Transforms here, right here, and just kind of make it a little longer like that, a little taller. And maybe a little wider, just about that size there. Click OK, and it's just a selection, it's not real tight.

So what I'm going to do is to make this into nice, little, fluffy pillows. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take that type, which right now is a selection, and save that selection. I'm going to save it, and we're going to call it Text. And how we're saving it is we're saving it to an alpha channel right there. See? All right. Back to here. We can deselect. Okay, nothing's happening here. It's all going to be done in the alpha channels. What is going to happen is I'm going to create a layer right here, and I'm going to call this layer right here, I'm going to call it the baby.

Right, now, go back to that channels, the alpha channel right here, and there's our type. Doesn't look like pillow, it looks like a regular Helvetica type. But what we're going to do now is change this because it is basically a mask, into something that will look more like a pillow. And to do that, I'm going to go in there and I'm going to blur this. I'm going to give it a Gaussian Blur to soften it up quite a bit. So it gets really nice and soft like that, now you notice how all the edges are nice and round now. Click OK. Now it's getting kind of round but it's blurry, it's kind of blurry.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to sharpen it by going into my Adjustments and going to Levels. And Levels what I'm going to do is if I bring my blacks in, the letters are going to get thinner, see? If I bring my whites in, they're going to get thicker. So what I want to do is find a middle ground where I want, right about there. See, that's going to be a nice size right there. So I'm going to bring the blacks to meet that little spot right there. So I'm going to kind of meet these in. Bring them together. Here they go, getting closer and closer until they become totally sharp, like that. Bring it real close.

There. Click OK, and we now have what you see right there. So now when I go back over to here, and I turn that into a selection by Command clicking on it, there's my little selection. So let's pick a nice little color for our little letter pillows to have. So we'll get this nice soft blue like this one right here, maybe a little lighter like that. Click OK. And in that layer, for the word baby, I'm going to go ahead and fill that. With the foreground color. 100%, normal, click OK, and there it is.

Okay, so now what I'm going to do next, is I'm going to pick a nice yellow color. A nice kind of a yellow like that, and in another layer, another layer on top of this, I'm going to go in here and we'll call this one trim. Little trim. I'm going to go in there and Stroke that same Selection. So I'll go in there and say Stroke it and let's just try ten pixels. Ten pixels and this depends on the resolution of the image. I'm working 72dpi so ten is going to be fairly large.

I'm going to say Centered. Click OK and there we have these nice little trims. Now we can deselect it. Now that we have that, I'm going to go in there and take the word Baby, double-click on it and we'll give it a little Bevel and Emboss. And then we're going to bring the depth in and make it much bigger. See? So, we get this nice big thing like that. Let's bring this down to about maybe let's say 20. That's a good thing. And we're going to soften it up to make it nice and soft. And that dark, let's not use that. Let's use a nice deep blue instead, a nice blue like that click OK.

And the light tone is fine the lights coming from that direction that's good. Okay we'll also give it a drop shadow which drop shadow we're going to bring down and make it a little bigger. About like that. And just soften it up just a little so that we have that. Click OK. Now, we're going to go in there and take the trim, and we're going to go in, double click on that to bring up the layer styles for that, and we're going to give that a bevel and emboss; which we see that now we have this nice little trim happening right through there like that.

And have a nice little effect let's just punch up that detail again and this again the black is not good. So we're going to go in and get a nice deeper version of that same yellow about like that maybe a little warmer, there we go. So now we got that nice little tone right in there like that. That's looking good. And you know what, we'll give it a little shadow inside, so we'll give that a drop shadow as well, just inside. Now, we click OK. Now, one thing, that new shadow we just created, created this really dark area right in there, which maybe we don't want.

We just like that shadow right inside there. So what I'm going to do is a last touch is that for the trim we have the bevel and emboss and drop shadow so I'm going to do that. I'm going to come up here and say Layer Styles > Create Layers. And there you can see that it created a separate layer for the bevel highlight, the bevel shadow and the drop shadow. So now I can take the drop shadow right there. An the drop shadow says it is another layer. I can take my eraser, an I'll just erase it on the outside, where I don't want it. Right outside there. Right outside here.

And right outside this area of our little letter, right through there. And finally, on the B, right through there. And there we see that we have this nice little shadow inside, and we created this nice little logo based on existing type, which now starts to look like little fluffy pillows.

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  1. 9m 4s
    1. Creating a Thanksgiving card NEW
      9m 4s
  2. 10h 58m
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    13. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    15. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
    18. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    24. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    36. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    57. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
    58. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    59. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    60. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    61. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    62. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
    63. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    64. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    65. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    66. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
    67. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    68. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    69. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    70. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    71. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
    72. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    73. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s

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