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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 29, 2014

Pixel Playground: Create a Billboard in Photoshop

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This week in Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through the process of turning the lynda.com logo into a billboard sitting on the Capitol steps.

Using the image of the Capitol steps as the background layer, he creates a new layer called “Billboard” and ads the logo.

Then, to determine the perspective, he goes into the background image and uses the pen tool to map out vanishing lines. In the billboard layer, he positions the logo exactly where he wants it, and then positions the vanishing lines so they bisect the top and bottom corners on the left side of the logo.

Next, he strokes the lines so they are visible, and then pulls the corners of the logo so the edges of the logo match the lines, which brings it all into the correct perspective.

To add dimension to the logo so it looks like a physical billboard, he needs to add an edge, so he creates a new layer and then uses his pen tool to map out the perimeter.

Using the eye-dropper, he samples the color from the logo, fills the edge with that color, and darkens it slightly.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back for next week’s Pixel Playground, where Bert will create a name plate—the kind you might see on a banker’s desk.

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