Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a logo with shape layers, part of Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers.
Here we are going to re-create this simple logo with the aid of shape layers. I am going to split my screen so that we can see the beginning version on the left. The beginning version is missing the bagel and missing the sun boast shape in the background. So firstly, let's re-create the bagel. Clicking into the beginning version, expanding the group that contains all the elements relating to the bagel, which is the type, and this type on a curve. I will click at the top of that group and then come and choose my Ellipse tool, change my color to the bagel color. Make sure that I am in the Shape Drawing mode rather than the Pen Path mode and draw myself a circle.
If I want that circle to be drawn from the center point, after I started drawing I will hold down the Alt Key and for it to be a perfect circle I will also hold down the Shift Key. Okay, now what I want to do is choose my Pen Path tool and select that Pen path and then copy it, and now paste it. But I currently have a two versions of that circle, I am now going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T, to take me to my free transform and scale down the top version, holding down the Alt key and the Shift key, something like so.
Press Return and now with the top smaller circle selected, I am going to come and choose Exclude Overlapping Shape Area. So there on a single vector mask we have created the bagel shape. So now I am going to give this bagel some dimension by applying some layer effects to it, just by double-clicking to the right of the layer name and then we will start out by giving it an Inner Glow, and I want the inner glow to be darker, rather than lighter. Currently it's lighter, so I am going to change the blend mode from Screen to Multiply.
And I am going to change the color to a darker color. I am going to come over and sample the existing bagel color and then just go with a darker version of that. And then I will increase the Size of the Inner Glow up to about 100 pixels. Next, I am going to add a Bevel and Emboss. So I want to increase the Size of the Bevel to about 20-something pixels. Now this is going to add a highlight at the top left and a shadow at the bottom right.
I am going to soften that a little bit just to round it out and I am also going to increase the Depth to about 200%. And then finally I am going to change the color of the Highlight Mode and the Shadow Mode. The Highlight Mode, and sample the existing bagel color and just use a lighter version of that, and then use the same approach with the Shadow Mode. Sample the existing bagel color and use a darker version of that.
Next, I want to apply a Gradient Overlay, which is going to just change the angle of the light on the bagel. So I am going to click on that. I want to change the blend mode of this to Soft Light so that it's a lot more subtle and I think that's pretty much what I want to do with that. Let's just check what that's doing. Yeah, we can see it's just darkening the bottom of the bagel. And then finally, I'm going to add a Pattern Overlay. And if I get this, this is because this may be the default pattern, obviously not what we want.
So I am going to come and choose another pattern set. The one that I want is color Paper. I am going to have that replace my existing patterns. I am going to scroll down in this list until I get to this one, White Textured. Choose that one and then I'm going to reduce the Opacity of this to around about 60s and then I am going to increase the Scale of it and so we can bring out some of that texture. And that's a reasonably good fat simile of a bagel I think.
Okay, firstly just before we move on to the background, I need to just adjust the stacking order, the layer order. So I am now going to move the bagel down and it needs to go underneath the ge, which is of the word BAGELS which is on a separate layer but above the whole word BAGELS, it needs to go right there. And since I've positioned this circle and sized it slightly differently from the original, I am going to have to move this piece of type.
That's now in a wrong position. Maybe I realize that the hole on my bagel is just a bit too big, and it really is a bit too big. So I can come and adjust that. If I choose my Path Selection tool, I should be able to, if I click on to that vector mask, select that inner circle, Command+T or Ctrl+T, and then when I transform this, holding down Alt and Shift, all of those effects should update according to the new size of the circle.
And I may still need to move this just a fraction. Switch to my Move tool and nudge it down a bit. Okay, so that's job 1. Job number 2 is we need to get this interesting pattern in the background. So I am going to come to my background group and click on to my bottom layer, which is just this field of blue. I am going to choose my Custom Shape tool and then I am going to add all of my available custom shapes.
Do I want to append them? Yes, I do in this case and then I am going to scroll down until we get to this one, the Registration Target. Then I am going to position my cursor in the center of the canvas and click and drag holding down the Alt key to add the registration target. Now at this point, it's a bit unwieldy and what I am finding is it's difficult to grow because my view size is too big. So I can either do that and then make it smaller and transform it or I could just make it smaller and do it from scratch, but I will do it this way.
So I have already added it and now I want to transform it. Command+T or Ctrl+T, hold down Alt and/ or Option and Shift and size that up, so that it extends beyond the bounds of my canvas. This is a little it distracting, because we can see all of these gray lines, which indicates the path edge, and I want to hide that. You can come to the View menu and choose Show Target Path. So I am going to turn that off.
I want to fill that shape with white. So I am going to make white my foreground color and press Option or Alt+Delete like so, and I also then want to adjust the Opacity. I am going to take the Opacity down and here is something else that I want to do. I would like to feather it, so that we make it soft. Now you may be thinking, wait a minute, all these shape layers are vectors, how can they be feathered? Surely they can't be softened. Well, in fact, they can.
If we go to Masks panel, I can just increase the Feathering amount and you can see as I am doing that it's softening all the edges of that path. Now one other problem that I have is that the interior of that target shape is showing up in the center of the bagel and we don't want that to happen. So I could spend some time try to position it just so, so that we don't see it. But easier than that, I am just going to double-click onto my Masks to make that smaller.
What I am going to do is add a layer mask to this layer, currently called Shape 2. Obviously we already have a vector mask. That's the shape itself. But there is no rule that says that we can't also have a layer mask. So I am going to click on Add Layer Mask. It's currently white and with my Elliptical Marquee tool, not my Elliptical Shape tool, what we are working on here is a pixel mask. I am going to draw a circle. Hold down the Alt key and draw a shape outwards from the center.
I can reposition that if I want and then I just need to fill that with black, Option or Alt+Delete, and that's going to mask out those protruding bits of the shape that were showing up inside the bagel. I am going to deselect that now, Command+D or Ctrl+D. And just as a final finishing touch, I would like to add a little bit of texture to this. So potentially the problem with the shape layers is because they are so crisp and so flat in color, they can sometimes look a little bit one-dimensional.
Now we've already added some feathering to this. How about we also add some texture as well? I am going to do that by adding a layer above my first layer and I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key and click on Create New Layer, and I am going to call this layer noise. I am going to change its Mode to Overlay and fill it with Overlay-neutral 50% gray. And then what I am going to do is on that layer I am going to come to the Filter menu and choose Noise > Add Noise and you can see exactly what's happening there in the background.
It's just making things a bit more interesting I think. This is probably a bit too much. I would like it to be Uniform and I would like it to be Monochromatic, but maybe 15% I think will be sufficient. So there we have our logo much enhanced through the use of two simple shape layers, which don't look that simple in their finished form, but all they are, it's two circles, one excluding the overlap of the other to make the bagel with some layer effects applied and then the burst shape in the background, it's been feathered using the Masks panel, and it's also had some grain or noise applied to it.
- Converting shapes to paths and paths to shapes
- Moving, deleting, copying, and rasterizing shape layers
- Drawing pen paths
- Inverting a path
- Combining shapes
- Adding strokes to shape layers
- Creating shape layers from type
- Creating custom shapes from Illustrator symbols
- Building a photo grid
- Combining vector masks and layer masks
- Converting a shape layer to a selection, vector mask, or layer mask
- Working with paths and clipping paths