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vector psd tutorial

Be warned that half way through the tutorial, I change the vector. That's why some of it is a totally different vector. This doesn't affect the tutorial.



What you'll need::
One of the Photoshop programs.

What you'll be making:
Something like this.


the steps

1. Create a new document 300x467 with a transparent background.


2. Using the paintbucket tool, fill in the layer with #e6e6e6 (the first few steps do not have this bg, ignore that, the vector switches in the middle of the tutorial and has e6e6e6). Create a new layer and put your vector brush on it in the color black.
This is half of my vector for tutorial purposes.


3. Duplicate the vector layer 4 times. This is because there's 4 color in a color scheme (unless you do 5 than you should duplicate 5 times) Set your layers up like mine.


4. Hide all layers but "1" and "grey" by clicking the little eye
I outlined the eye in red.


5. Put a color overlay (right click layer >> blending options >> color overlay) on "1" of the first color of your color scheme.


6. Ok these next few steps can be REALLY confusing, so pay attention. Click on the eraser tool, find the size 13px circle brush that should have came with your photoshop.


7. You're going to use the eraser tool to erase certain rays. This is color1 of your scheme, so choose where you're starting with color1 and then use the eraser tool to erase 3 rays to the right of it. Then keep one. Then erase 3 rays to the right of. Then keep one and erase 3 rays to the right...Keep going until you've made it completely around the vector. Look below for an example of what I mean...
the rays with the black circles on them are the ones I am NOT erasing (keeping those). All of the other rays are the rays I AM erasing.
click here to see

When you're erasing rays and get down to the middle of the vector, it's very easy to accidentally erase little parts of the rays you're NOT erasing. I zoom in to erase these parts. You don't have to do this, but I find it easiest to zoom and erase these parts. You also might need to change the size of the erasers brush for these areas.


Once you have everything erased, you should have something like this. Again, mine was cropped for tutorial purposes.


8. Click on "2" and unhide it. Put a color overlay of your 2nd color on it. You won't see any of the first color showing so far. You have to find where color 2 would be on the vector (which is on the right directly next to color 1). Hide layer "1" and erase all of the lines that wont be color 2. the rays with the black circles on them are the ones I am NOT erasing (keeping those). All of the other rays are the rays I AM erasing.
click here to see

and so far I have (again it's cropped for the tutorial)


9. If you unhide layer "1" than you should see this


10. Repeat the last few steps for layer "3" and "4." Unhide all layers and you should have this


this is what my layers look like so far


11. Click on the "dont touch" layer. Hold in CTRL on your keyboard and click the preview of the "dont touch" layer.

12. Go to "Select >> Modify >> Expand" Expand it by 1 pixel. Create a new layer and make sure the layer is UNDER the vector rays, use the paint bucket tool to fill in the selected area with the color white. This is what I have so far.[I changed the vector don't mind that.]
click here to see

13. Click on the layer you just filled in white, add a 1px stroke with the scanline pattern. Add a drop shadow: Distance: 0, Spread: 0, Size: 5 and opacity 40%


14. Use the pen tool to outline areas between two rays. Now skip 3 lines and outline again. Then repeat. [don't mind that some of mine is filled in. Yours clearly isn't]
click here to see

15. Right click >> click Make Selection >> ok.
Hide the "grey" layer and now the areas inbetween the colored rays should be transparent. Create a new layer, on the new layer- fill in the selected area with #e6e6e6. Click "Select >> Deselect."


16. Repeat step 14 & 15 for the rest of your vector.

17. Organize your layers into groups. 1 group for each set of rays. Hopefully, you know how to create groups and drag layers into them.

18. Minimize your brushes group and organize the COLORS group from 1-4 instead of 4-1.


19. Hold in the CTRL and Shift key on your keyboard and select the main color layers 1-4. Add a fill layer with the color #eeeeee. Change the fill opacity to 0%.


Now add an inner shadow.


now add an inner glow.


now bevel and emboss.


this is what I have so far


20. Now select all the main layers again, create a pattern layer and use this pattern. Set the layer to soft light and opacity 12%. Now on each main color layer, turn it into a fill layer. If you don't know how to do fill layers, check out this tutorial. Now you're finished!


Finished Product: