Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the cutaway, part of Creating Commercial Illustrations.
- Now, this main illustration of the cooling unit was used for quite a few different things in the brochures, one showed the air flow, which I created these little arrows, showing how it goes in, come out, and so and so forth, but one really important one was a cut-away showing the interior. So I created all these elements that you're going to see start coming into place, all these different elements that would make up the interior of our little device. There they are, that's all of em.
I need to make this look fairly realistic, like they are in fact part of this whole thing and there's one more, There it is, the inside of the body, now they're all into individual layers, now that was really important, because halfway through the creation of these illustrations, and they were still in manufacturing stage, they hadn't really completed the unit yet, the compressor here, this guy here, was changed. They found a better, smaller, more efficient unit. So it was just simply, took out that layer and replaced it with the final one, which looks like that.
So now, this has to be a cutaway. So what I'm going to do is, I'm gonna create a shape here, using my pen tool, I'm gonna go in here and say that I want it to be cut around like this and gonna cut around and come down through here and let's say, goes through here and down into this little area here, goes across this thing here and comes around and meets it up here. There's the basic shape, so way down here, right above the actual background, I'm gonna go ahead and fill that with a color.
The color that I use is irrelevant, because we're not really gonna see this. So I'm gonna create another layer and call it "Cut" and I'm gonna take that path and fill it and that path is right down here, I just created. Let's save it. You see the ones from the original, there they are, but I'm gonna go ahead and fill that path with the black, now we're not seeing it. Why, because it's way back there, see if we take these guys away, there it is. So now, what's gonna happen is that, that cutaway, I'm gonna go in there and start to clip every piece with it. I'm holding down my option key and clicking between each layer and as I do that you see that things start to get hidden behind this little hole.
And the little fan, boop, let's get that fan in there, there, they can see that everything is contained inside. Now, what I'm going to do, one more thing is that, right now it's cut, but it's just really clear cut. We wanna make it look like it really was cut, so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go to that and give it a path right there, make it a selection, there's a selection, OK and another layer right on top of everything. I'm gonna say "edge" This is the edge of the material and I'm gonna do an inverse of the selection, right there, inverse of the selection and we got this green, so let's use the light color green, right there and I'm gonna go ahead and fill that with that color. Foreground Color, do it.
There it is, so I'm gonna go ahead and clip that with this as well, now it doesn't show up at all, but watch what happens when I use my move tool and hit the cursor keys just slightly and you see it, there it is appearing right inside there. So now it looks like we've cut into the metal and bring it down a little bit, so we can, or bring it up so we can see that bottom part there and then just to add a little drama, I'm gonna take my burn tool and just kind of add a little tone right into here and maybe a little highlight, like right there, a little highlight and maybe highlight it down here and there you see that we have the cut-away for our unit and we're seeing it now.
If you wanna see a little cut on this side, no problem, all we do is duplicate this guy and the second one, all we do is move it in this direction. There it is, it's appearing and we'll add a little highlight to him, right in there and a little highlight down here and a little burning along this edge here and there you see that we have our little cut-away in place and everything's contained inside so it looks like we just cut into the unit to see the interior. And that's how a cut=away is done.
- Creating a lamp
- Adding realistic lighting
- Adding a wood texture to flooring
- Creating metal grills, bolts, and buttons
- Creating a cutaway view
- Adding shadows and reflections to glass
- Colorizing artwork