In this week’s Pixel Playground technique, Bert Monroy shows us how to create a neon light tube. He begins by meticulously choosing the proper size of his brush, and then paints in a solid color for the base of the tube. Next, with the addition of a few layers effects, the tube gets some depth. From there he lowers the transparency and paints in a few areas to add realism. Finally, he brushes in some debris at the end of the tube to give a realistic neon-tube look, and complete the piece. Bert even throws in a bonus technique at the end to show us how to create the connector for the neon tube.
Posts Tagged ‘Layer Effects’
This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.
Picking up where he left off last week, Bert takes us through the steps to add details and a nice shine to the golden boat medallion. He begins by adding a second color to the stroke on a new layer, which adds depth to the design with the help of a layer effect. Next, he adds a label to the bottom of the medallion and applies a similar embossing effect. Finally, he paints in the shine to give a sense of realism to this piece. Join us next week for the third and final video of this project!
This week’s technique will teach you how to build a hand-carved antique sign from scratch.
This week Bert shows off a simple technique to create a pillow effect suitable for a baby shower invite. He begins by creating type on a channel and adding a Gaussian blur to soften the edges. Next he refines the edge with levels, and fills in the selected area with a baby blue color. Finally, he completes the effect with some layers effects including a stroke, bevel, and drop shadow.
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Welcome to this week’s technique, in which lynda.com author Deke McClelland shows you how to create gleaming gold from ordinary type. And being the noted Photoshop trainer that he is, Deke manages this alchemical feat in under ten minutes. This is no garish fool’s gold, but a lovely soft, volumetric effect that will lend luster to your own creations. And because it’s created with Photoshop’s Layer Effects, your treasured text can be edited at any moment if you change your mind about your gilded message.
Stop back next week for another of Deke’s Techniques. We’ll bring you a new free video every week. And lynda.com members should check out the entire course in the Online Training Library®, where you’ll not only find all the techniques to-date collected in one place, but also discover additional short videos that will quickly show you things like how to enhance the effects you see here, apply them with greater efficiency, or display them with greater flexibility.
Yes, layer effects let you make drop shadows. But they also let you create credible compositions, render simple layers in dimension, and add ambient lighting. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke explains why he can’t imagine working in Photoshop without them.