Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Knocking out the excess smoke

From: Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects

Video: Knocking out the excess smoke

All right, so here I am reviewing the composition. Love the smoke, but it's possible we have a little bit too much of a good thing going on. After all, the smoke is doing a pretty good job of obscuring every bit of those cable-like I-beam extrusions. So in this final exercise, we're going to back off the effect using a knockout layer, and then we'll also add an adjustment layer to enhance the contrast. I've saved my changes as Painted in smoke .psd, found inside the 03_cables folder. I'm going to scroll up to the top of the Layers panel and turn that letters layer back on, just so that we have a sense of the overall composition.

Knocking out the excess smoke

All right, so here I am reviewing the composition. Love the smoke, but it's possible we have a little bit too much of a good thing going on. After all, the smoke is doing a pretty good job of obscuring every bit of those cable-like I-beam extrusions. So in this final exercise, we're going to back off the effect using a knockout layer, and then we'll also add an adjustment layer to enhance the contrast. I've saved my changes as Painted in smoke .psd, found inside the 03_cables folder. I'm going to scroll up to the top of the Layers panel and turn that letters layer back on, just so that we have a sense of the overall composition.

Make sure that the smoke layer is selected. Now, normally I'd go ahead and create a gradient inside of the layer mask, but we spent so much time getting that layer mask exactly right that I don't want to take a chance of hurting it. So we're going to add a knockout layer instead. And as you may recall, knockout layers require a fair amount of set up, so let's get everything established in advance by pressing Control+Shift+N, or Command +Shift+N on the Mac, to bring up the New Layer dialog box, and I'm going to go ahead and call this layer knockout, and click OK. Then we need to put both of these layers in a group, so Shift+Click on the smoke layer to select it, and then go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose New Group from layers, and I'll go ahead and call this group KO group, and then click OK. And then I'll twirl it open so I can regain access to those layers.

Double-click on an empty portion of the knockout layer in order to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Reduce the Fill Opacity value to 0%, and set Knockout to Shallow. That's very important, by the way; we don't want deep. And then click OK. So that's all there is to the set up. Now let's go ahead and create the gradient by pressing Control+Minus, or Command+ Minus on the Mac, to back out a step, then grab your Gradient tool, which you can get by pressing the G key. And just to make sure that we're both on the same page, right-click on that little gradient icon on the far left side of the options bar, and choose Reset tool.

Then click the down pointing arrow head next to that gradient bar, and select the second gradient in, which is Foreground to Transparent. You can also get to that gradient, by the way, by pressing the period key; just a little trick. Anyway, I'm going to press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, to hide that panel. Then tap the D key, just to make sure that your foreground color is black, and begin dragging about a pica, or so, below the bottom of the canvas up to the top of the inside of the A. And I'm pressing the Shift key, by the way, to create a vertical gradient, and then I'll release in order to create that knockout.

So any portion of the knockout layer that's opaque turns the layer below it transparent, and any portion of that knockout layer that's transparent leaves the layer below it alone. That may seem like some pretty strange reasoning, but that's the way it works. All right; now I'm going to zoom back in. Let's enhance the contrast by adding a levels adjustment layer. I'll press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and click that black/white icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and then choose the Levels command. And I'm going to go ahead and call this guy contrast, and then click OK. And, by the way, if you loaded dekeKeys, you can also create a levels adjustment layer by pressing Control+Shift+L, or Command+Shift+L on the Mac.

I'm going to take this white point value down from 255, to 250, just to enhance the highlights ever so slightly. And then I'm going to click in this middle gamma value, and I'll press Shift+down arrow three times in a row to reduce the value to 0.7, which darkens the midtones. That looks pretty good to me. I'm going to go ahead and hide that Adjustments panel. Problem is that even though we've got some decent contrast going on now throughout the image, things aren't faring so well down here at the bottom of the composition.

Notice the I-beam extrusion behind the word pow is turning pretty much jet black, and so we're losing some definition there. What I'd like to do is create a gradient layer mask for this adjustment layer that hides the bottom portion of the image. Well, it turns out I've already got that. Right there, that knockout layer is already providing me with that mask. All I need to do is grab the contrast layer, and drag it below the knockout layer, and release. And that goes ahead and brightens up that bottom portion of the image, because the knockout is cutting through the two layers in this group below it.

And that's by virtue of the fact -- I'll go ahead and double-click on an empty portion of the knockout layer. That's by virtue of the fact that we set Knockout to Shallow, and that's just how it works inside of Photoshop. When you have a shallow knockout, it goes to the bottom of the layer group. All right, and that takes care of it. I'm going to go ahead and press the F key a couple of times, and zoom in on the image. Not only have we managed to create these twisting, cable-like I-beam extrusions, but we've also managed to exactly accurately mask every single surface of the letters, and of the extruded sides, here inside Photoshop Extended.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects
Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects

75 video lessons · 11392 viewers

Deke McClelland
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      2m 25s
  2. 47m 32s
    1. Making thriller/chiller type
      4m 14s
    2. Creating a slanted incline
      2m 54s
    3. Smearing colors across letters
      5m 21s
    4. Casting and catching light
      4m 9s
    5. Masking away shadow errors
      4m 35s
    6. Creating drop-and-splatter effects
      6m 16s
    7. Color-correcting 3D in Camera Raw
      4m 11s
    8. Placing Camera Raw and raster art
      5m 56s
    9. Mastering register and knockout
      7m 8s
    10. Combining layer mask and density
      2m 48s
  3. 41m 44s
    1. Making hand-drawn type in 3D
      3m 44s
    2. Tracing letters with filters
      3m 55s
    3. Restoring missing outlines
      3m 46s
    4. Tracing a photographic background
      4m 32s
    5. Separating letters from the extruded sides
      4m 28s
    6. Turning a cartoon into "glory type"
      3m 25s
    7. Making a hand-drawn neon effect
      5m 1s
    8. Changing glow, mask, and color
      3m 35s
    9. Modifying your hand-drawn 3D text
      6m 6s
    10. Updating static layers and masks
      3m 12s
  4. 54m 24s
    1. Making cable-length I-beam extrusions
      5m 37s
    2. Similarly extruding other type layers
      3m 29s
    3. Rotating, positioning, and scaling words
      6m 33s
    4. Removing one texture and creating another
      6m 47s
    5. Dressing up the cable-length I-beams
      4m 8s
    6. Precisely masking your 3D letters
      4m 32s
    7. Brightening the faces of your letters
      5m 47s
    8. Masking the extruded sides
      5m 56s
    9. Painting in a 3D smoke effect
      6m 55s
    10. Knocking out the excess smoke
      4m 40s
  5. 1h 5m
    1. Establishing a worthy grunge background
      3m 53s
    2. Assigning a bevel with a custom contour
      3m 53s
    3. Matching 3D type to a photographic scene
      6m 22s
    4. Lifting masks from plain 3D letters
      4m 48s
    5. Assigning a rusting grunge-metal material
      5m 26s
    6. Creating matching faux-gold bevels
      5m 36s
    7. Tracing the faces of your letters
      4m 19s
    8. Painting in the back-alley slime trails
      8m 7s
    9. Simulating heavy-duty 3D wires
      4m 50s
    10. Adding a crack to any letter
      7m 1s
    11. Lighting a background to match your type
      5m 23s
    12. Post-processing type in Camera Raw
      6m 15s
  6. 35m 24s
    1. Making a 3D pillow inflation
      3m 59s
    2. "Fluffing up" the letters
      3m 55s
    3. Masking and lighting the 3D type
      4m 1s
    4. Casting colorful ground-plane shadows
      4m 46s
    5. Assigning materials and bump maps
      4m 9s
    6. Removing seams from a bump map
      7m 1s
    7. Simulating worn fabric with Soft Noise
      4m 7s
    8. Resolving last-minute lighting issues
      3m 26s
  7. 55m 41s
    1. Making blocky comic-book-style type
      3m 53s
    2. Scaling depth-map bumps
      3m 19s
    3. Using the built-in shadow catcher
      2m 31s
    4. Opening an ACR image from Photoshop
      5m 19s
    5. Tracing and shading the blocks
      4m 42s
    6. Masking block letters with the Magic Wand
      5m 51s
    7. Adding graphic effects to the background
      4m 11s
    8. Masking the base of the letterforms
      7m 12s
    9. Tracing halos around the letter backs
      5m 57s
    10. Creating a circuit board pattern
      5m 7s
    11. Making a complex pattern glow
      4m 49s
    12. Adding bright 2D shadow type
      2m 50s
  8. 47m 38s
    1. Prepping ACR and Illustrator objects
      3m 55s
    2. Reconciling multiple vector constraints
      5m 19s
    3. Fixing the type onto the tree
      2m 42s
    4. Creating a sunken extrusion
      5m 39s
    5. Combining blending modes and diffuse texture
      3m 59s
    6. Bending 3D text as a Smart Object
      4m 25s
    7. Enhancing carved type with Smart Filters
      3m 6s
    8. Masking away the forward extrusions
      3m 54s
    9. Duplicating the carving up the tree
      6m 45s
    10. Masking the many bits of exposed wood
      4m 21s
    11. Dyeing the inside of the hearts red
      3m 33s
  9. 40s
    1. See ya
      40s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.