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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 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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