Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-02
hello i want to learn step by step
how can make as this file
with photoshop CS
Question by:newnewmommon

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    First you might need to obtain the fonts that are not with the file.  Can you get the fonts from the website?  The font needed is JadeMonkey.  I will look around to see if I can find that font for you.  But until you get that font you can't replicate that font.

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    Now that you have the font, install it with photoshop so you may use it.
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    by:David Brugge
    I have been working a couple of hours on a tutorial for this, but my monitor just went out.
    I can't see a thing. I went next door to the neighbors in order to post this. It will be tommorrow even before I can get back up and running.

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    D_Brugge  i will wait u
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    Okay, here goes.

    There are a whole lot of neat tricks that you can do using Adobe’s layering and blending options. These can be automated and you can get a ton of them here: Folks upload actions and filters all of the time and some of them are pretty good. They won’t give you instructions on how to use them however.

    The problem with using the canned effects is that they tend to look…well..canned. All of the effects start to look the same. Better graphic designers try to break out of the mold and produce a product that’s different. That is what the unnamed artist did with this graphic that you were trying to copy.

    If we break down the design, we notice several things. First off, the reflections have sharp edges and these edges have a fluid shape of their own. The reflections follow the outline of the letters, but are not the same from letter to letter, nor are the edges the same distance from the top and the sides of the letter.
    Where the reflections fades out to white. This would make the letters hard to read against a light background, so each letter is outlined with a dark line that is unaffected by the reflections.

    Last, there is a conventional drop shadow.

    Knowing this, let’s go to work on your image:

    Note: I use shortcuts a lot but mine are not always the shortest or most direct, it’s just the way I’m used to doing it. anyone seeing a better way, please let me know.

    Isolate from the background
    The first thing that we need to do is isolate the image from the background. Take the image layer in the layers pallet and drag it to the new layer icon at the bottom (next to the trash can) Then select the bottom layer and fill with white (press the letter “D” to set your colors to black and white, then press ctrl-backspace or cmnd-delete to fill with white)

    Now select the top layer. Select the magic wand (press W) and click any white area to select all of the white. With the white area selected, press the backspace or delete key to erase the white. You should now have the image isolated from the background with dotted lines surrounding the image.

    Make an empty layer and fill with white gradient
    Click the new layer icon to create a new empty layer above your image.
    Select your gradient tool (press G) Make white your foreground color (press ctrl/cmd-X).
    At the top of the screen, you will see a gradient sample fading from white to black. Click the arrow next to it to open the gradient picker. Choose the white to transparent icon (second from left) and close the picker. Next to the gradient sample are the gradient style icons. Make sure the linier gradient is selected (the one farthest to the left).
    You will now make a gradient that starts out white and fades out. Click the gradient tool just below the bottom of the image and drag at an angle about halfway up the image like this:
    You should look like this:
    Make top graduation
    Click the new layer icon to make another empty layer. Make another white to transparent graduation coming from the other directions like so:
    You can experiment with the placement of the graduations by clicking on a new starting point and dragging to a new end point. This will erase the old graduation and replace it with a new one each time.

    Make a layer mask
    In the layers pallet, select the layer with your image and make it active. Select the magic wand (press W) and click any of the transparent area surrounding the image. Now reverse your selections (ctrl/cmd-shift-I)
    Goto the top and pull down Select/Modify/Contract. We are going to make the selection edges move in from the edge of the image. Type in 8 px for this example (this will change depending on the resolution of your image) Now, in the layers pallet, select the top layer that holds your top gradient. At the bottom of the layers pallet, click the mask icon. (second from left) You should look like this:

    Modify mask
    Select the mask to make it active: figure 5. Notice that the frame is around the mask when it is active:
    This means that any work that you do on this layer will affect the mask and not the gradient that we drew earlier. We could paint on the layer and modify the mask, but lets take a step to make what we are doing visible.
    Switch to the channels pallet. Notice that the bottom channel says layer 3 mask. Click the window next to the thumbnail to make it visible.
    You now see your image surrounded by a pink mask. You can paint on this mask to modify it. Anything that you paint with white will subtract from the mask and will allow more of the image to show through. Anything that you paint with black will hide more of the image (any anything with gray will allow just some of the image to show).
    You should still have white as your foreground color and black as your background. Reverse them (press ctrl/cmd-X). Set your brush to 50 pixels (for this example) and your hardness to 100% and opacity 100%. Now paint a swosh across the image like this: and the fill in the bottom.

    Click the eye icon on the layer mask channel to hide it and return to the layers pallet. Your project should look similar to this

    Adjust to your hearts content.
    You now have almost all of the elements in place and are ready to make adjustments.
    Start by adjusting the two gradient layers making them lighter and darker. You can use your gradient tool and redraw the gradients if you want them to cover a different area or be a different angle, or perhaps fade out a little more quickly or slowly. Just be sure, when you work on the layer with the mask that you select the gradient itself and not the mask to work on.
    Next, you can make changes to the mask. Remember in the original that the borders around the reflections were not the same on all sides. You can draw on the layer mask to change that. You can also redraw the swoosh so that it matches your other artwork more.
    Play with it and save different versions.

    Final steps.
    Here is how to make the solid outlines that define the shape where the bottom gradient washes the image out. In the layers pallet, hide (make not visible) the two gradient layers. Make a new layer above all of the other layers. Select the eyedropper tool (press I) and select one of the colors. Go to Edit/Stroke and draw a 2 pixel stroke (inside, center, outside…your call). Now repeat this for the other two colors. Make your gradients visible again. The last step is to add a drop shadow. Return to the layer with the original artwork. In the layers pallet, double click the layer (not the thumbnail picture) to bring up the layer style dialogue. Select drop shadow. Double click the drop shadow name to bring up the drop shadow dialogue. Adjust to taste.

    You’re done.

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