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Creative Ballons Using Shape Tool And Pattern Overlay

Khara Plicanic

Create Mixed Media Portraits

Khara Plicanic

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6. Creative Ballons Using Shape Tool And Pattern Overlay

Lesson Info

Creative Ballons Using Shape Tool And Pattern Overlay

so we're ready to create her balloon bouquet. So we're going to be doing that with the shape tool. So let's grab that. The keyboard shortcut for the shape tool family is you. And if we click and hold their we see rectangle tools on a number of other tools. We want the Ellipse tool in this case, and up here, we can choose a fill color. It doesn't matter terribly, because we're going to be changing this as we go, we're gonna create a balloon bouquet that she's holding on to. And then we're gonna duplicate that a bunch of times, changing the color and the patterns and the effects in each balloon. So she's holding a variety of balloons. Okay, so the 1st will create would be more of like a red balloon. So from this fill color, I'm gonna click to bring up the swatches here, and I'm going to choose ho, have a hard time choosing, like, straight up red, Just a very reddish pink. I guess I'll pull up this for the Phil. We want the stroke set to zero, and this option right here should be shape. ...

Okay. And now I'm just going to click and hold shift while I drag to make a balloon. That's going to be about this big and let go. Okay, in the layers panel, you'll notice that creates a new blank layer. That photo shop has called Ellipse one someone. I want this to be on top of her hand, so right now it lips one is underneath the dancer layer. So I'm going to drag the Ellipse so it's on top. Just on top of everything is a good way to start. And now we're just gonna add a texture to this. So we're going to do all of these with effects. So from the bottom of the layers panel, we're going to click to add an effect. And we're going to choose pattern overly. And from this drop down will choose, um, artist surfaces, I think. Or maybe just what did we dio artist surfaces In this case? Let me show you what happens if we choose upend, so we'll go ahead and add to this instead of replace. So now you can see it kept the patterns we had before and added more so I'm just going to choose a pattern, and we can see it here just like before. We can adjust the scale of the pattern. So I kind of want this mixed media look that looks like, you know, it's obviously a photograph of her. The cupcake comes from another photo. We have this painterly look going on in the background with the spattering texture and then I thought would be fun to have this balloon bouquet. That kind of looks more like a cutout. So we're gonna have some texture like this. So I'm scaling up the texture quite a bit. But now we've lost our pink because this pattern is currently in normal blend about. So we want to change that to something like Overlay who? Not overlay. Let's try a soft light. Um, multiply is gonna be really dark, but it does show it nicely. There we go, lightens what we look for. So with blend modes, that's that's proof for you right there. It's a lot of just trial and error, so I'm gonna go with a light and blend boat for this and actually like that, so we'll click. Ok, so right now we've applied a pattern overlay and it looks like I accidentally applied a drop shadow. Let me get rid of that. We're gonna apply it in a minute, but, um, just will do it together. How about that? So let's add a drop shadow to this. So each balloon is gonna have a drop shadow, a pattern overlay. Um, and I think we'll call that good. So to add a drop shadow, then we would just go back to effects in this time Shoes, drop shadow. Or while you're here, you can just click to add this check mark here. Okay, so we'll add a little drop shadow. And just like before, we can click in the image and just move it around like where we want to. So I'm looking at this, and I'm looking like where the light is falling on her and I feel like just following, like, the shadow here from her hair and stuff. The the shadow should be down and maybe slightly to the left. So I'm gonna position it about like this. So that's an angle of like, 36 degrees. We can adjust the size if we want it to be softer or harder edge. But I feel like that looks pretty good. We want It's subtle. We don't want to be like, Hey, drop shadow. So we can also adjust the opacity here. We don't want it at 100% so something like 30% sounds good. Alright, then we're gonna click. OK, so that's our one balloon. All we have to do now is duplicate that of under types and change some of the settings. So she has this red balloon here. Next, let's duplicate that twice quickly, and I'll just do that by pressing Commander Control J twice. So hold down Commander Control and Press JJ. And if we look at our image, nothing really happened. But if we look in our layers panel, we have three different ellipses here, so I can use my move tool and just click and move them around. So maybe this one I want to change the color yellow. So let's go to our swatches panel. We'll pick a nice yellow and then I'm just gonna fill the contents of this layer with my current active foreground color by pressing option or Ault delete and just feels. And then let's see. Here's our other copy, so I'll grab my move tool and move that one to be here. Maybe I'll drag it below in my layers. Panel on will make this 1 may be a different shade of yellow. So I'll just repeat again, Select another color, um, or maybe maybe a light yellow. And then it's option or Ault, who that's really bright. If we look at that were like, That doesn't work. We can change that blend mode. Maybe with that patterns getting washed out, we can double click the pattern overlay. And maybe this would be a good use for multiply or overlay so you can play with this stuff. All right, then we're going to create four more balloons, so I'm gonna But we'll just do like to a two time. So we'll press commander Control J again two more times. Grab my move tool to move it over this one. We're gonna fill with that writing texture. So with this layer active, I'm going to double click the pattern overly and from this drop down, I'm gonna go back to that writing pattern that we made earlier and change the color to multiply and let's scale it way down. So now we have some handwriting in there, which is kind of fun. Maybe we'll change this to Lincoln. Do multiply. But maybe we fade the opacity a little bit. And then let's change that color. So we'll make this one purple. So I'm going to grab a purple color. And then here we are in our layers panel And with purple active here, I can just press option or Ault delete and let's see, where is our other copy of that? There it is. Sometimes if you can't find a layer you're looking for, you can toggle the visibility on and off, and that can be useful for finding it. This one I'm gonna make pink. So I'm gonna select pink and press option or all delete to fill that with a color and will change that pattern as well. So I'm gonna double click, Come back in here, select that handwriting pattern, scale it down and change the blend mode. Here we go. Okay. We have a lot of ellipses here. We just need two more, and we're gonna put our good glitter pattern in there. So we'll click one of these. This happens to be this one right here. Another great way to duplicate things. Issues your move tool and hold down, alter or option, and you can just drag. And I love that because you can like, manually do it and see where it's going, and it's just kind of a nice technique. So for this one, we're going to color this one, uh, orange. So money grab orange and then all or option delete to paint that in and will change the pattern. You'll notice that we don't have our glitter pattern here anymore, but because we saved it, it's very easy to load it back. So to get it back, I'm gonna click this gear icon and choose load patterns. And we saved it to our guest operate Lee thoughts where I put it to my patterns dot p 80. And so now it'll load this up and show me the glitter pattern right here. So with the glitter, because we want it to be orange, I'm gonna change that blend mode to luminosity and will drag down the scale. Now we get orange glitter will reduce the scale to about 50% again. And then let's keep it simple and just duplicate this. So with my move tool active, I'll hold down all or option to drag another layer here. And this time we'll make it pink. Someone to select, uh, or turquoise. Excuse me. I'll select a turquoise color and remember, because that's my active color. And I've got a shape layer here. I can change the shape, the color of the shape layer by just pressing option were Ault delete. And now I kind of want to rearrange my layers a little bit. You'll notice, too. We have these effects open for all of these, and that makes it really It makes our layers panel like, just look really big. So what we can do? Once we've applied all these effects, we can collapse all of these effects panels so that we can actually see our layers a little bit better, I hope. And now what I want to do is rearrange some of these. So, like, I want this layer to be in the back. So to select it, who knows what layer it is over here, Right. So what shortcut we can do is if you hold down Commander Control and click, it will target the appropriate layer so I can grab this and just drag it down. And like this orange one. I want that in the back to so I'll command or control. Click on it in the image using the move tool. And then I can drag it as well. And same with the steal one. Commander Control. Click on it in the image and I can move it down in the layers panel. Mm. About there. So something like that. If you want to adjust the blues using that move tool, just command or control. Click on the different layers and you can drag them around to put them in an assortment. I think like that is kind of a nice a nice little finishing touch. And then the last piece that I wanted to add to this is the flower right here. So we can just use our, um actually a cool, easy way, because this is a really simple image. We don't even have to make a selection anymore. With, um, further shop. You can just hit a button for that. So now I've got a selection tool active, but I don't even have to use it with the selection tool. Active Aiken, just choose select subject on, then just wait for a second and final shop selected it for us. I mean, I used to joke like there is no button to just select the giraffe or whatever is in your image. Now there is literally a button for it. So thanks for ruining my teaching style. Adobe a Just kidding. It's awesome. So that's a great, great thing. So I'm gonna copy that, Commander Control. See, I will move back over to our image and paste it in Commander control, the We'll drag it on top here. Now again, it comes in big. It's always nice to before we scale this stuff down, converted to a smart object that's just good flexibility for later. Otherwise, if you want to scale it back up later, you would have lost the information. So a smart object is going to preserve all that pixel data. So to do that right click on that item in the layers panel and choose convert to smart object now will transform at like we transform everything else by pressing command or control T for transform. Now, if you're like me, you might be zoomed in so closely that year like I can't even reach my transform handles. And that's the reality of how things operate and Photoshopped, but it's a really easy fix. Just press commander controls zero to scoop back and however big your object Is that so? Super handy trick, however big your object is, um, when you press commander control zero, it'll just zoom you out till you can see the corners, and then you can shift drag inward to shrink it down. So I just wanted her to have a little. Now, of course, we have to zoom back in so we can see what we're doing. I wanted her to have a little flower on her skirt here, and maybe we want to add a little drop shadow to that, too. So down at the bottom of the layers panel, click that effects button and choose Drop shadow. And it should just remember all the settings we made from the balloons. So sounds good to me. We'll go ahead and click that, um, and that's really all there is to it. The one thing that could be fun to is if we go back down to this pattern. Phil Layer, this is our layer that have the handwriting on it. If we want to keep it relegated to the background. We can, but we can also take the Slayer and drag it to the tippy top of our adjustment of our layers stack. And then that could be applied so that it shows up, like on top of her skirt here, which I think is kind of a neat effect. So I would say in my rendering of this, I would drag that pattern fill up to the top. I kind of like it being on top of her, too. It's sort of I think it integrates everything. It keeps it from looking like we just stacked a bunch of stuff on top of each other. Sort of brings the background up in a way, but there you have it.

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Part photo, part digital painting & mixed media, 100% fun. Join Khara Plicanic to learn how to create one-of-a-kind mixed media portraits using Adobe® Photoshop® brushes, textures, and patterns. You’ll be amazed with what’s already available and at your fingertips. Explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Photoshop that you never knew existed and wow yourself with what you’re capable of. Pros and novices alike will come away with a finished project to be proud of. 


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