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In this final installment of Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One, Deke McClelland creates a total of seven 3D type effects from scratch. This project-based course shows how to create and modify 3D type, craft hand-drawn effects, and design complex character extrusions. The course also explains how to color-correct and post-process 3D type in Camera RAW.
In this exercise, I'll show you how to convert the cartoon letters that we've created so far into the glory type effect. I've saved my progress as Cartoon letters.psd, found inside the 02_drawn folder. I'd like you to scroll down to the bottom of the Layers panel and Alt+click, or Option+click, the eyeball in front of the Background in order to hide all but the Background image. Then click on that Background in order to select it. And assuming that your foreground and background colors are black and white respectively, press Alt+Backspace, or Option+ Delete on a Mac, in order to fill the background with black.
Then scroll your way up the list, and turn on the facemaker layer to make it active. You should see white letters against the black background. Now switch over to the Channels panel and press the Control key, or the Command key on the Mac, and click on any of the Channels, either the RGB composite, or Red, Green, or Blue, in order to select the letters, and deselect the Background. Now switch back to the Layers panel. In order to reconstruct the image, go up to the Window menu, and choose the Layer Comps command. That'll bring up the Layer Comps panel, and then click in this box in front of Cartoon letters, and that'll go ahead and reinstate that layer Comp, so you can see how useful these things can be.
Now click on the facemaker layer to make it active here inside the Layers panel, and turn it off. And we're going to recreate those white letters using the selection by pressing Control+Shift+N, or Command+Shift+N on the Mac, which brings up the New Layer dialog box. And let's call this new layer glow, and then click OK. Once again, assuming your background color is white, press Control+Backspace, or Command+Delete on the Mac, in order to fill the selected letters with white. Now you can press Control+D, or Command+D on the Mac, in order to deselect the image. All right! Now it's a fairly routine matter to create that glow.
Drop down to the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Outer Glow to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Crank the Opacity value up to 100%, and then take that Size value all the way up to its maximum, which is 250 pixels. Finally, click on that little yellow color swatch, and let's go ahead and slightly adjust this color by reducing the hue value from its default setting of 60 degrees, to 50 degrees. A saturation value of 25%, and a brightness value of 100%, are just fine. Now click OK, and click OK again in order to exit the dialog box.
Finally, once again, scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel. Click on the clouds layer, and let's darken those clouds for the sake of contrast by changing the blend mode from Normal, to Hard Light, and that'll go ahead and burn those clouds into the black background. So you can see just how versatile this hand drawn type composition is. All right! Just so that we can switch back and forth between the two versions of the image, let's save out a layer comp by, once again, going up to the Window menu, and choosing the Layer Comps command. Then here in the Layer Comps panel, click on the little page icon to bring up the New Layer Comp dialog box.
Let's call this Glory type, and make sure both the Visibility and Appearance check boxes are turned on, then click OK. Now you can switch between these two versions of the image as simply as clicking on one of these arrow icons. So if I click on this right pointing arrow icon, for example, I'll switch back to Cartoon letters. Click again, and that switches me back to Glory type, and that's all it takes. So we've created the first two versions of our hand drawn 3D type effect. In the next exercise, we'll take on the third as I show you how to create this dramatic neon effect.
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