Fake 2.5D Gradient Effect with Paths in Photoshop
Alright in this video we're going to do something similar to what we did in the last one except we're going to use paths in this case it gives us a bit more control, especially if you understand how the pen tool works and plus we'll work out how to interlock these things as well. Why 38? Because that's how many birthdays I've had and the interlock really good. Alright let's get started. Okay to get started. I'm just using the same background, I'm actually using the same file as before, I just turned everything off. I'm gonna make a new layer and this one is going to be my three D. Using path 2.5 D. So for this to work we need a path path to used created using any of these tools. If you are a master of the pen tool, use the pen tool if you have done my illustrated course and you're loving the curvature of tool. Use that one. If you have no idea what any of these do grab the free hand pen tool and this is allowing us to draw paths or lines but freehand so I'm done. Just make sure at the ...
top here it's set the path and not shape And if you want it you can see it says curve fit, I think by default it's at four, I can't remember what the default is but it goes up to a maximum of 10, it's just going to like smooth out your drawing. If it's at zero or one it's not going to be very smooth and I'm drawing you at the beginning there 38, it's my age. It just so happens that they kind of interlock nicely. We really want to grab the pen tool. Alright I can't do it. You can use the free hand, free the free hand pen tool. I'm using the curvature tool because it's your sweet curves. This is the super quick introduction kick. Once click once again it just gives you a line but you click a third time and it's a curve. But here again it's a wiggle maybe one more time a couple more times. And if I want to turn that into a corner I hold down the option key and give it a click and it goes from a curve to a corner suite curve. Huh? So I've got my path freehand tool or the pen tool or the curvature tool and I'm going to go to paths and that's what I need. Now by default a path kind of disappears when you start working with it. Unless you give it a name. So double click the word work path and this is my three. So I can come back to them later on now in the path panel if you can't see paths it's under window and there is there. Okay what you can do is right click any of this great area and say I'd like you to make a stroke on this path please From the options I want to use the mixer brush tool and if you haven't already, you need to go back to the previous tutorial to create the ellipse, set the target, get that mixer brush tool all set up. We're not going to cover that again and just turn on, simulate pressure. Now, what it's going to do is there's a way of getting around. If you don't have a way calm tablets, you want it to be nice and smooth. If yours doesn't look anything like this, there are a couple of things that might be wrong. I'm going to undo. The easiest thing to check is copy my mixer brush. I'm going to go to my mixer brush there. I'm going to open up my mixer brush settings under shape dynamics. Just make sure pin pressure is used, smoothing doesn't have to be on, but definitely pen pressure and along the top here, you can copy the settings that I've got. If you're finding where it gets kind of around the bend, it gets all kind of jagged. A couple of things you might do to fix that is Go to brush tip shape and changes spacing down to like one or 2% higher. It is the more kind of jagged they are that might fix it. If it doesn't, it probably means your original source. The thing we made in the last video this guy here isn't big enough. Your you've made a really small ellipse and you're trying to stretch it really big Photoshop is just kind of smashing it around the place. The other thing we're going to do just because it's kind of cool under the shape dynamics were going to say there is a minimum diameter. Can you see the edges here? Because that one that I did have really pointy ends of the three, let's have a little look and compare them. So I've got one layer, go to my past right, click strict path. Makes the brush all good. Simulate pressure is going to put pointy ends. But what I want to do is make another layer will turn that one off, go back to my paths. But before I go and add the stroke, I'm going to say it's got a minimum diameter. Can you see there? It's going to have that's as small as the line is going to get, it's not going to be pointy anymore. Straight path, depends what you're looking for. All right, let's go through it one more time from the top and make a new layer. I'm gonna grab my curvature tool and I'm gonna draw my eight. Make sure it's on path and I'm gonna say I want you to start kind of there down here, I have a curvature at all, just clicking nothing, held down, no dragging there and yeah, great. You're doing figure eights from infinity signs. If you're not happy with the final result, you can jump into this white area here, the direct selection tool, hold down the path selection, grab this, clicking the anchor points and you can make adjustments to kind of get it more how you want. I'm happy enough with it. I lie, it's been ages fiddling around with that. That's enough. Okay, one more. No. Oh I think it was better before I started touching it. Anyway I want to move the whole thing so we're going to grab the past selection tool, grab any of the edges and just move it up. I've got my own layer, I'm going to go to paths and I've done it totally wrong. All of this has been smooshed onto one layer. So what I'm gonna do is select it, cut it new path, paste it so it's on its own path layer and this one is going to be the eight. So you should do that. First, make a new layer, come into path, make a new path, then start drawing the eight. Do as I say, not as I do. So with that selected I am going to stroke the path mixer brush, You can see it's starting wherever I started. So if I was going to do it again, I'd probably start doing my path at the top here because it looks kind of weird this way but it will do so to get rid of this line in the center here, just click anywhere out of the path, go back two layers and what I want to do is get them to interlock, ones, goes over the top, one goes underneath. Actually I grab my move tool and maybe we're headed around a bit. Look at this so bad, I'm rotating it around so I can hide this little joint here and I want to do two things. I want that to go underneath and this to go above. So I need a version of this, the eight. So I'm going to duplicate it and I need one above and one below the three. There we go. Three sandwich The Top one. I want to add a layer mask. I'm gonna grab my brush tool, make sure the foreground color set to black painting on the mask. And it just kind of paint this bit out. It makes it really easy to do this kind of interlocking thing. As long as there's one of the top one at the bottom, he's master one at the top. All right. So this is how to do our fake three D. Interlocking path 38. I will see you in the next tutorial