Groovy 3 Exercise
So, what we wanna do is we wanna turn our three into a groovy three. We're gonna play like we're preschoolers doing this. It's gonna be a lot of fun. So the first thing we want to do is we wanna hide all the layers that aren't the layer called layer three. So we're gonna click the eyeball next to one and two and then we need to select layer three. So I'm gonna click on layer three. So now that's the layer we are working on. Now we wanna use some of the selection techniques we learned earlier to get rid of all the red. And so what we're going to do is we're gonna go over here and we're gonna click on the magic wand tool. So I've clicked on that and then click anywhere in the red to select it. So all the red is selected. We see our marching ants there. We wanna get rid of that stuff. So hit the Delete key and poof, it's gone. We've deleted the red. And so now we just have a three. So now let's deselect that by hitting Command, or Control + D. That gets rid of our marching ants. And we ju...
st have a three on a transparent background. Now, what we want to do is we want to lock in the opacity of this three. We wanna protect the transparent areas. So go over here to the lock in our layers pallet. And the very first thing is we have the little guy right here, lock transparent pixels, click on that. And you should see a little lock over here saying that that is locked. What that does remember is it allows us to paint in the areas that have something in it, that's the three, but it ignores the transparent areas. It protects those areas. So what we're going to do now is we are gonna paint with reckless abandon to make a really groovy three. So what we should do is go over to the left hand side of your screen and about a quarter of the way down where you can see a brush. So you wanna select that brush tool or you can just hit B, that will select the brush tool. And then we need to select a brush that's about, I'm gonna go up here to the Options bar. We wanna make sure that size is about 30. So it can be 25, 28, 32 just around 30. So I'm at what, 33 pixels. Then click that little triangle to hide that. So we should have a brush around 33 pixels. Then also make sure the opacity is at 100% and the flow is at 100%. So all those options should be good. Now I'm gonna show you something new. We wanna choose the color for our paint brush. So let me introduce you to something called foreground and background colors. So on the left hand side of the screen, at the very bottom of our tools palette here, we see a black and a white square. These two square boxes. Those are our default colors. And so you can see that there's a little tiny black and white square box. And there's a little tiny little arrow. If we click that, it changes the black and white. So we have the foreground color, which right now is white. And the background color, which is black. If I click those little arrows, it switches them. So now the foreground color is black and the background color is white. Now in the future you might be doing this quite a lot specifically when we get to layer masks, and so you might want to switch those back and forth and select black and white. You can do that with two shortcut keys that we'll use a lot. So to get our default colors, just hit D on your keyboard. Just click D on your keyboard and that will reset to black and white. To swat, to switch the foreground and background colors hit X. So hit that. And you can see that your foreground and background colors are moving back and forth. Okay, so get it where we have black in the foreground and white in the background and we wanna choose a color that's not black or white. So all we have to do is double click on the foreground color, that little square box on the top. So I'm gonna double click that and this color picker shows up and it says color picker, foreground color. It tells us we're picking a new foreground color. So to choose a color in this menu here, this little bar right here allows us to change the hue. So we can go through the color spectrum and say, hey I want something that's red or violet or blue or green or whatever. So we're gonna go into the blues here. And then on the left hand side we can choose how saturated or luminance that is. And so we're gonna just take this to the top right corner, something like that, to get a really saturated blue. And we're going to say OK. Now notice down here, our new foreground and background colors are now blue and white. So our paint brush is now blue. So now what I want you to do is return to your preschool days and just start painting and scribbling. Just paint right over this three and go crazy, okay? So you should have some squiggles like that. It doesn't matter. Just squiggle away and do that. Now we're gonna go change to a different color. So again, go back, double click on our foreground color. Ah, let's get some red. Yeah, why not? So we're gonna hit OK. Now we're gonna paint again. Squiggly, squiggly, squiggly. Great, let's get a new color. Let's get something maybe orange or yellow. Ah, something like that. It doesn't matter. And now let's maybe change the brush size to ah, 67. That's pretty good, blah. And just scribble away. This should look like Eddie van Halen's guitar when you're done with it. So just scribble away. Let's add some green. Why not? So there we go. I'm gonna change my brush size again to a smaller brush. Ah, okay. So now I've got all that kind of stuff. That's really cool. Okay, so you should have a scribble three that looks something like this. Now let's return to our default colors. How do we do that? Remember, it's the D key. So I'm gonna hit D and now you should see on the lower left hand side, black is the foreground color and white is the background color. It's the default foreground and background colors. D for default colors. So what we want to do now that we have black for our brush color is to get a really big soft brush. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go up to the brush sizes and then I'm gonna make this brush size, oh, maybe up to about 188, about 200 pixels. Let's do something like that. That's pretty good. And then the hardness should be zero. So the hardness, it tells the edge of what you're painting, if it should be a crisp edge or sort of fade out. And so at zero, it should fade out. It should be very, very soft. That's what we want. So we have a soft round brush. So we can click that to collapse that. Then just paint around the edge of your three. Just a little bit so we get just a touch of that black coming to the edge. We want it to fade out. So just go ahead and trace the outside of your three. Like I'm doing here. That's gonna give your three on a little bit of depth. I mean, this is Art 101. Not even that, it's preschool art, but it's fun. We're learning how to do some stuff in Photoshop. Okay, so now that you have your three sort of outlined with a dark color, we want to now add some touches of white to make it three dimensional. So to do that, remember our foreground and background color, by default, are black and white. So to switch them, we hit X. So we're going to hit X. And now notice our foreground color is now white which means our brush is also white. So now what we want to do is to take our brush, we're going to make the size, oh something about 60 pixels, something like that. So it's not super large. And then what we're also going to do is we're gonna take the flow down to about 7 or 8%, something really, really minimal. So what that means is that when we paint, it's just gonna very lightly touch our scene. And so it's not gonna paint a bunch of paint, just a little bit on there. So once we have that flow down to, I'm gonna raise it to about 8%. I'm just gonna paint where I think there should be a highlight. I think that brush is a little too small. I'm gonna get it up to maybe 100 pixels. There we go. And now it's gonna paint a little bit of a highlight. There we go. Now it's looking a little bit better, around the three. So that's gonna give your three little bit of a three dimensional look. Again, I know this is not great art, but we're just having fun. And so now we need to learn about free transform. You can go to the Help menu, and I know I'm looking for the transform tool, so I know I'm gonna type in free. Free transform. There it is. And it tells me exactly where that is. It is in the Edit menu. So I can just go down there, free transform. So that's the benefit of that Help menu in practice. Now, what I can also do is instead of doing that I can hit the keyboard shortcut, which is Command or Control + T and I get the free transform tool. You're gonna use the free transform tool all the time. So if there is a keyboard shortcut that you learn, Command + T or Control + T is one that you should write down right now. You're gonna use this control constantly. Let's see what it does. So free transform allows you to transform an object freely. So I can go to the corner of this little box here. This is called a bounding box and I can move it down and it will resize my item proportionally. I can move it out so it makes it large. I can do the same thing with the boxes in the middle or on the side. If you go to a corner, you'll see that the cursor turns into a little two double arrowed icon. And so that allows you to move your three to the left or to the right. So when you move that to the left, you can move this in the center. If you hit the Shift key and then move one of these boxes you can see it allows you to move it freely without being in proportion. So it can warp and twist this. And so the free transform tool is something you'll use a lot to change the size and shape of things. The thing that's around this three is called a bounding box and you'll see it over and over in Photoshop. Once you have this set up to the place that you want it and you want to accept the changes, you can accept those changes in one of two ways. So at the very top of the menu here there's the Options bar. And you can see there's a check box. So you can click that, that will accept the changes, or you can just hit the return or Enter key. And so I'm going to click this check box, bump. And now we have our groovy three.