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In this course, author Nigel French covers the ins and outs of creating professional designs and artwork using crisp, scalable vector graphics in Photoshop. The course demonstrates the fundamentals of drawing and manipulating shapes; achieving various artistic effects using blend modes, layer effects, and Smart Filters; and combining shape layers with pixel-based imagery and photographs. The course also showcases practical applications for shape layers, including posters, logos, and web buttons, and includes tutorials on building custom shapes and making modifications with vector masks.
Here's where we left off with our re-creation of this WPA era poster. Now we still have left to create the toothpaste, the toothbrush, and the mouth. And it's the mouth I'm going to do first. So I'm going to come to my top layer and then I'm going to choose my Rounded Rectangle tool. Zoom in to the area where I want to draw the mouth. I have a Radius of 100 pixels. Realistically, when I'm doing this I don't really bother about what the color is.
I just draw the shape, see what I get, and then change it accordingly. We could set the color first right here, but I like to work a bit more fluidly than that. So I'm just going to draw this shape and then we'll change the color afterwards as needed. So I'm going to start drawing, then hold down the Alt key, and there's my mouth right there. Okay, so it's blue, so I need to press my X key and make white my foreground color and press Alt or Option on my Backspace/Delete key.
Now the mouth is a little bit too big, so I'm going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to go to my Free Transform and just adjust that as necessary. Press Return to accept that transformation. And I'm going to adjust it a little bit more because I can't stop adjusting it. All right! I'll be happy with that one. So now what I want to do is draw the black lines to represent the teeth. So I'm going to press Shift+U to cycle through my shape tools until I get to my Line tool.
I want a line white of 4 pixels. And likewise, with the mouth, I'm just going to start drawing it. Don't worry about whatever color it is. We'll sort that out later. Start drawing the line. Okay, there it is. Obviously, we want it to be black, so I'm going to press D to make black my foreground color. And then Alt or Option on my Backspace/Delete key. Aha, now here's a problem. What's happened is the line has been added to my existing shape layer.
I didn't want that to happen, so I'm going to undo that. And now when I start drawing with the line, I'm holding down the Shift key to constrain it, but I need to add the Shift key in after I've started drawing and not before, because if I add the Shift key before, Photoshop thinks that I want to go to the Add to shape layer behavior. And in this case, I don't. So I'll start drawing, then hold down the Shift key. And that's made a layer by itself, which is what I do want.
Option or Alt on my Backspace/Delete key, and I'll now select the two of those layers, come to my Move tool, and I could use my Alignment options here just to make sure they are aligned as necessary. Back to my Line tool now, let's zoom in a little bit closer and I'm going to draw a vertical line like so. And then I do want the other lines to be added to this same shape layer. In this case, it's called Shape 4.
I'm going to come to my Path Selection tool, select the first of those, hold down my Option or Alt key, drag away from it, and then just repeat that. I'm not even going to try and get them evenly spaced because in the next step what I'm going to do is hold down the Shift key, select them all, and then I can distribute their spacing. And I always get mixed up about which one this is, so with these distribute options here, just trying one.
If it doesn't work, then try another one. I think it's that one that I need. And I got lucky that time. So there's my mouth made up of these three layers. What I'm going to do is hold down the Shift key, select all three layers, Command+G or Ctrl+G, group them together, and then we will call it mouth. So I'm going to zoom out so that I can see whole of my poster. Press Command+A. I'm in my Move tool.
And now I can come and choose my alignment options just to make sure that the mouth is horizontally aligned on the canvas. Click that and it's going to align the whole group. Now I'm going to press Command+D or Ctrl+D and next I want to recreate the tube of toothpaste. So this is going to start out with just a regular rectangle. It's going to overlap that field of color at the top. That's okay. So I want to change the color of that, Option or Alt+Backspace/Delete key. Let's zoom in.
I'm going to draw another rectangle. And then I'm going to draw a rounded rectangle on top of that. I'd like all three of these shapes to be aligned together, so I'll select all three of them, come and choose my Move tool, and not that one, but that one. And with the top shape which is the cap and the-- or the top two shapes.
In fact those top two shapes could really become one. Not that it's really necessary, but let's do that anyway just because it makes things a little bit tidier. So I'm going to select that shape that is currently Shape 7, cut it from there, and I want to delete the whole thing. So that's the option I want. Click OK. And then click into this one and paste it. And we can see that we've now added that to there.
And then we want to change the color of this whole shape layer, shape layer 6. I want to change that to white. This needs to go underneath Shape 5. I'm going to select both together, hold down the Shift key, group them, Command+G or Ctrl+G. We'll name it toothpaste. And then let's just zoom out. We can see that the toothpaste needs to go underneath the top field of color.
So I'm going to drag this underneath what I've called the background layer. And I've actually misspelled that. I just noticed that, so I'm going to... And that's not going to make many difference to the appearance of the poster but it's always good to spell things right. Okay. Finally, I'll need my toothbrush. And this is going to be another rounded rectangle. In fact, several rounded rectangles. So I'll draw the first one like so, let's get in a bit bigger.
And I want to change the color of that and then I'm going to draw my bristles. I want the bristles to actually be on a separate layer from the handle of the toothbrush. That needs to be white, so I'm pressing Command or Ctrl and Backspace/Delete key and I'm going to switch to my Path Selection tool, select the first of those bristles. All of the bristles can be on the same layer. So I'm going to hold down my Alt or Option key, drag away, and then repeat that.
And I can come and select them all. Maybe I want to make sure that they are distributed evenly. And perhaps they are a little bit too big. With them all selected, Command+T or Ctrl+T, put a transformation rectangle around them where I can resize them as necessary, press Return. They now need to go underneath the handle. Two layers can be selected together.
Command+G or Ctrl+G to make them into a group, and I'm going to call that one toothbrush. And the toothbrush also needs to go underneath the background layer. And now we have our finished poster. So we see it's pretty straightforward to create striking graphics like posters like this that are made up with these very bold and impactful shapes, just by using by a basic shape layer options, rectangles, rounded rectangles, lines, and circles.
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