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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
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Adding paper behind the letters


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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

with Nigel French
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 13m 22s
    1. What are layer effects?
      3m 9s
    2. Using the Layer Style dialog box
      2m 25s
    3. Moving, copying and removing layer effects
      2m 20s
    4. Working with preset styles
      5m 28s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Shadow effects 1: Drop Shadow
      7m 11s
    2. Shadow effects 2: Inner Shadow
      1m 2s
    3. Glow effects 1: Outer Glow
      3m 41s
    4. Glow effects 2: Inner Glow
      1m 35s
    5. Bevel and Emboss effect 1: Structure
      2m 9s
    6. Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading
      2m 46s
    7. Bevel and Emboss effect 3: Contour
      1m 44s
    8. Bevel and Emboss effect 4: Texture
      1m 29s
    9. Overlay and stroke effects 1: Satin
      1m 1s
    10. Overlay and stroke effects 2: Color Overlay
      1m 27s
    11. Overlay and stroke effects 3: Gradient Overlay
      1m 58s
    12. Overlay and stroke effects 4: Pattern Overlay
      1m 43s
    13. Overlay and stroke effects 5: Stroke
      2m 0s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Blending modes
      2m 55s
    2. General opacity vs. fill opacity
      1m 16s
    3. Creating a knockout layer
      2m 37s
    4. Blending interior effects
      1m 35s
    5. Blending clipped layers as a group
      1m 18s
    6. Transparency Shapes Layers
      2m 34s
    7. Converting a layer style to image layers
      1m 45s
    8. Blending with the Layer Mask and Vector Mask Hide effects
      1m 56s
    9. Using the Blend If blending option
      3m 53s
    10. Working with contours
      5m 48s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Placing multiple files as Smart Objects into the type poster
      1m 29s
    2. Creating offset outlines with Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Fill Opacity
      6m 19s
    3. Using Fill Opacity to create "ghost" text
      2m 19s
    4. Creating live (editable) blurred type with Drop Shadow
      1m 56s
    5. Creating an extruded shadow
      4m 42s
    6. Customizing a drop shadow
      5m 53s
    7. Reflecting a shadow and applying a displacement map
      6m 44s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Inflating type by softening a smooth bevel
      3m 7s
    2. Creating a chiseled bevel
      6m 14s
    3. Embossing a stroke
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a soft bevel and customizing the contour of the inner shadow
      5m 20s
    5. Combining a smooth bevel with transparency effects
      2m 34s
    6. Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture
      4m 13s
    7. Set in stone: Customizing a bevel with diffused light
      2m 22s
    8. Creating an embossed stamp
      2m 35s
  7. 19m 45s
    1. Working with texture: Pattern Overlay or Layer Mask?
      6m 25s
    2. Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
      1m 23s
    3. Creating and applying a custom pattern
      5m 57s
    4. Layer effects and Smart Objects 1
      1m 21s
    5. Layer effects and Smart Objects 2
      4m 39s
  8. 26m 7s
    1. Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
      7m 6s
    2. Choking an Inner Glow effect to create inline effects
      2m 4s
    3. Adapting an Inner Glow using the Contour, Range, and Jitter controls
      1m 30s
    4. Creating a stencil effect with Outer Glow and Shallow Knockout
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
      2m 11s
    6. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 1
      1m 51s
    7. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 2
      1m 24s
    8. Using Satin with a custom contour
      2m 20s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Building a type poster
      4m 26s
    2. Adding paper behind the letters
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      18s

Video: Adding paper behind the letters

Okay, here is our poster in progress. We now need to add some paper behind this. Let me just mention that between finishing the last one and starting this one, I did just go in and fix up a few inaccuracies of placement and you might want to do the same, and do that at an enlarged view size, 100% or more. First of all, I am going to select all of these layers and I am going to put them into a group. Command+G or Ctrl+G. That's going to put them into a group. And then I am going to select the background layer. I am going to come and choose my Rectangle tool.

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects
3h 3m Intermediate May 19, 2011

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For the first installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French shows how to create editable, non-destructive effects such as shadows, glows, and bevels with layer effects in Photoshop. The course covers the use of layer effects like Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Gradient Overlay, as well as how to combine effects with blending modes, transparency, and textures. With these techniques, designers can finesse type and graphics, control light, warp text, and extrude shapes, creating drama and adding depth to their compositions.

Topics include:
  • Moving, copying, and removing layer effects
  • Working with gradient, color, and pattern overlays
  • Converting a layer style to image layers
  • Applying layer masks and vector masks
  • Beveling and embossing type
  • Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
  • Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
  • Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Adding paper behind the letters

Okay, here is our poster in progress. We now need to add some paper behind this. Let me just mention that between finishing the last one and starting this one, I did just go in and fix up a few inaccuracies of placement and you might want to do the same, and do that at an enlarged view size, 100% or more. First of all, I am going to select all of these layers and I am going to put them into a group. Command+G or Ctrl+G. That's going to put them into a group. And then I am going to select the background layer. I am going to come and choose my Rectangle tool.

Make sure that white is my foreground color and I am going to draw myself a rectangle like so. That will go behind the letters. And if I wanted to, I could Command+A to Select All and then come to the Layer menu and choose Align To Selection > Horizontal Centers and Vertical Centers. Next, I am going to add a shadow to this. I am going to pull that shadow away like so. I'm not really worried about where it's going to go, because in the next step is going to be to create a layer from that shadow, which I will then go to the layer off and offset that slightly.

So now what I want to do is I want to warp the paper a little bit. I am going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to go to Free Transform and then come and click on my Warp option and I just want to slightly warp it so that it's not exactly the same size as the shadow, so the shadows doesn't look so processed. Now, I might also consider adding a small amount of warp to the shadow itself. I am going to turn off my grid now, Command+ Apostrophe or Ctrl+ Apostrophe. I am going to reduce the Opacity on that shadow, and I'm also going to soften it a bit.

I am going to come to the Filter menu > Blur > Gaussian Blur and let's add a 10 pixel blur to that. Now, I think I would like the color of the paper to not be so shockingly white. So, I am going to choose a color that has a little bit of yellow and maybe a little bit of black in it. 3% yellow, 2% black. And I am going to fill the shape layer with that color. Option+Backspace. I might also consider just going and adding a Pattern Overlay to it.

And if I come and choose one of my paper patterns. Stationary, how about that one? Very subtle affect. In addition to which I would also like to add a Gradient Overlay to the paper. I am going to make the blend mode to Multiply. I am going to reduce the Opacity significantly. Now, it's time to knock through the J. So I am going to expand the group of the letters and come and find the J, now I could hunt and pick for it there, but they are not actually in alphabetical order, because we have had to rearrange them to adjust the overlaps of the letters.

So, I am going to hold down my Command key and click on the J. That would have worked had my Auto-Select being set to Layer, so I am going to set it to Layer and do the same thing again. Command and click on the J. That will select that layer. I am going to double click on it and then come to the Knockout and I am going to choose Deep Knockout, and I will need to now reduce the Fill Opacity of that to 0 and I will just and add an Inner Shadow to it. I can just pull that Inner Shadow around and increase the size on that.

And perhaps I will just slightly reduce the size of the letter itself. And upon closer inspection, I realize that I have got a few misalignments, which with my guides turned back on, I'll endeavor to fix. And it's going to need a bit more fussing with, but there essentially is our finished type poster.

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