Rainbow & clouds illustration Ep26/33 [Adobe Photoshop for Beginners]

Rainbow & clouds illustration Ep26/33 [Adobe Photoshop for Beginners]

October 4, 2019 28 By Peter Engel


(upbeat music) – [Gareth] Hello and welcome
to this video tutorial. Gareth here from TastyTuts.com In the previous episode, we learned how to create this
3D paper type composition. Now, if we look at the
final book cover design, we can see that the header
is indeed positioned around additional illustrative elements. We have clouds, an air
balloon and a rainbow. In this tutorial, we are going to look at how we can create these illustrative elements. So this is the composition
we will be building up to in this video. Here, we have the clouds, the rainbow and the air balloons ready to introduce to the header for the book design. In this video, I’ll be demonstrating some simple techniques to create these illustrative elements. If you wish to take a closer
look at this document, you can find it in the
final artwork folder in the project folder. Now, we’re going to be
covering a lot in this video and in quite some depth. If you wish to skip ahead
at any point in the video or back, you can do so quite simply. The topics covered in this video are listed in the description and downloadable PDF
along with their times. So be sure to check that out. So here we are, back in the document we
created in the previous video. Now, we created this type away from the main book of the design so we could focus solely
on the type creative. Now to create these new
illustrative elements, we are going to do the same and create them separately
so that we can focus on getting them just right. So first, I’ll come up to file, new, I’ll click presets and
choose international paper. From the size I’ll choose a four and make sure the resolution is set to 300 and the color mode to CMYK and click okay. Next, I’ll come up to image, image rotate and click rotate 90 degrees. So I’ll come into the layers panel and double-click on the count layer, which is called background, which has a lock on it. A new layer menu will appear, I’ll call this layer white base and click okay. Next, I’ll press command T
to activate free transform. Now I can see a bounding
box around the layer. This is giving me a clear indication of the center point in my document. So I’ll press command
R to activate rulers, I’ll drag a guide from
the right into the middle and a guide from the top into the middle. Now I’ll press enter to
turn off free transform If you cannot see your guides, press command colon repeatedly
to toggle it on and off. So I come back into the type
document I created previously. In the layers panel, I’ll select the background folder, I’ll press V to activate the move tool. I’ll click into the canvas area and click and drag up
into the tabs at the top and into the new document tab. When I see my new document appear, I’ll press and hold shift on the keyboard and drag into the document
and release click. Now the background will
snap into the right place. Now because the previous
document is the same size by pressing and holding shift and dragging into the new document, upon release, it will place
the element in the same place. So now we have the nice blue
sky gradient in the background. Excellent, so now I’m
ready to begin creating the illustrative elements. So I’m going to begin with the rainbow. So I’m going to create the rainbow by using the shape builder tool, in particular, the ellipse tool. So I’ll come into the menu, click and hold on the shape tools and select the ellipse tool. So I’ll come into the canvas area and carefully click just once, precisely in the middle
of the canvas area, on top of the guides like so. Now upon click, a pop-up, a Create Ellipse menu. So here I’m going to set the width and height to 1500 pixels each, then click the box From Center. I must make sure this is checked. Then, I’ll press okay. Upon click, I will now have this ellipse approximately 1500 by 1500 pixels in the middle of the canvas area. Perfect, so now we have
a new ellipse shape and a new shape layer in the layers panel. So I’ll come into the menu and select the type path tool, I’ll click on the new ellipse shape then up in the control panel, I’ll set the fill color to transparent and the stroke color to white. Then in the stroke size, I’ll set the size to 10 points and press enter. Over on the right, I’ll
click the stroke options, I’ll make sure the stroke is solid and make sure the
alignment is set to inside and press enter. Once I’m happy with my stroke, I’ll come into the layers panel and double-click on the layer name and call this white outer stroke. Now with this new shape layer selected in the layers panel, I’ll press command J. This will duplicate the shape layer. Next, I’ll press command T
to active free transform. I’ll press and hold alt
and shift on the keyboard, then carefully drag the corner point in until the outside of the
stroke on the new ellipse touches the inside of
the previous ellipse. Once satisfied, I’ll press enter
to commit to the transform. I’ll press A to active
the path selection tool with the new ellipse selected, I’ll come back up into the control panel, this time I’ll set the
stroke color to a red and then I’ll change the
stroke size to 12 points and press enter. I’ll come into the layers panel and rename the layer to red stroke. With the layer still selected, I’ll press command J
to duplicate the layer. Next, I’ll press command T
to active free transform. I’ll press and hold alt
and shift on the keyboard, then carefully drag the corner point in until the outside of the
stroke on the new ellipse touches the inside of
the previous red ellipse. Once satisfied, I’ll press enter to commit to the transform, I’ll press A to activate
the path selection tool, with the new ellipse selected, I’ll come back up into the control panel and this time I’ll set the
stroke color to an orange color. I’ll come into the layers panel and rename the layer to orange stroke. With the layer still selected I’ll press command J again,
to duplicate the layer. So now you can see what
I’m going to do here. I’m now simply going to
continue to duplicate the layers until I get every color of the rainbow. So I press command T to
activate free transform, I’ll press and hold alt
and shift on the keyboard then carefully drag the corner point in until the outside of the stroke on the new ellipse touches the inside of the previous orange ellipse. Once satisfied, I’ll press enter
to commit to the transform. I’ll press A to activate
the path selection tool. With the new ellipse selected, I’ll come back into the control panel and this time I’ll set the
stroke color to a yellow. I’ll come in to the layers panel and rename the layer to yellow stroke. So now I’m going to continue
to repeat these steps, duplicating the ellipses one step at time, toggling the size with the transform tool, changing the colors and renaming the layers
until I complete the rainbow. And I have a white stroke on the inside. Now with the last white stroke selected on the inside of the rainbow, I’m going to make sure to
set the stroke to 10 points, up in the control panel and press enter. So now I have this ring of a rainbow in the middle of the canvas area. So I’ll come into the layers panel, select the top shape layer and press and hold shift and select the bottom shape layer. With them all selected,
I’ll press command G. This will group them together
into a single folder. So I’ll double-click on the folder name and call this rainbow. Next, I’ll come up into the menu and select the rectangle Marquee tool. So I’ll go ahead and make a selection over the top of the rainbow and along the center line like so. Once I have a selection over the top half of the rainbow ring, I’ll come to the bottom
of the layers panel and click the add layer mask
icon, third from the left. Upon click, I will mask
away the bottom half and here we have a rainbow, simple. So, if we take a look
at the final document and zoom in we can see
we have these clouds here of various shades of gray to white with this canvas texture applied. So let’s now take a look
at how we can create this. So at this point, we need to come back
into the project folder, come to the creative project folder, open the assets folder and then open the clouds
sketch in Photoshop. So this is a sketch I
have drawn previously and scanned in. This is a sketch idea of
the shape of the clouds I wish to incorporate into
the book cover design. So I’m going to use this sketch as a base and I’m going to use the pen tool in Photoshop to trace this. So I’ll come over into the
menu and select the pen tool. Before I start to trace, I’ll click the top-left
toggle up in the control panel and select shape. To the right, I’ll set
the color to transparent and the stroke to black. Next, I’m just going to start to click to drop some points down
along the sketch like so. In this instance, I’m
going to place a point on the corners of the curves and on the top of the curves. Sometimes, adding more in preparation to create an accurate curve in future. I’ll click around until I get to the end and join my path together like so. Once my path is complete, I’ll come into the menu, click and hold on the pen tool and select the convert anchor point tool. Now I’m going to come into the canvas area and click and drag out on the points on the tip of the curves to
add curvature to my line. Now as I click and drag
on some of the points, we can see that I can capture
the right curve immediately. Now, with others, I’ll have
to pull out just a little then click and drag on
the handles a little more to refine the curve. With the convert anchor point tool active if I want to edit a
particular part of a curve I can click and drag over an area and on release the handles
will appear on the points. Which, I can click and drag
further to find the curve. Once I’m satisfied I have
a nice trace of the cloud, it’s time to move on to the next stage. So back in the project
folder, in the assets folder, I’ll come into the texture folder and open texture one. So here we have a canvas texture
as a separate image file. So I’ll click back into
the previous document. I’ll select my new shape
layer in the layers panel, I’ll press V to activate the move tool. I’ll click onto the canvas area and drag up into the tab of
the canvas texture document. I’ll place my mouse cursor
into the canvas area and release click. So now my cloud shape layer is
inside the texture document. So now I’m going to use the cloud shape as a guide to copy and paste
from the canvas texture. So I’ll press command T to
active the free transform and resize the cloud
shape layer to my liking. Once happy, I’ll press and
hold command on the keyboard and click the shape layer
icon in the layers panel. Upon click, I will create
a selection of the cloud. So with the selection, I’ll click onto the canvas texture layer and press command C to copy. I’ll click back into
the tab of the rainbow and press command V to paste and now I have the cloud shape with the canvas texture inside, in the rainbow document as a raster layer. So now I’m just going to
come into the other documents and just close them because I no longer require them. On this occasion, I will not save. So back in my document, I now have this new cloud raster layer so I’ll double-click on the layer name and call it cloud. Then, I’ll right-click and convert to smart object. Now I’m going to do this because shortly I’m going
to be duplicating this and I’m going to duplicate it a lot and I’ll also be resizing them. So to maintain a level of quality I’ll convert this to a smart object. So I’ll press command T and scale down the cloud and place just under the
right side of the rainbow, I’ll press enter to commit and then with the move tool I’ll press and hold alt and
click and drag to the left to quickly duplicate the layer and place another under the left side. Easy, so by using the same technique, I’m going to press and hold alt and click and drag to duplicate the clouds around my canvas area. I’ll press command T to
activate free transform and change the scale to
get a variety to sizes. Soon, I will have something
that looks like this. So now I have a bunch of
clouds in my canvas area and in the layers panel. Now we can see that the
names of all the new clouds are cloud copy two, three, four and so on. Now we don’t have to worry
about this right now, at this point it’s not important. Next, I’ll come into the layers panel, select the top cloud layer, press and hold shift and select the bottom cloud layer. Then I’ll press command G to group these layers
together into one folder and name the folder, clouds. So now we have a little problem here. Currently, the clouds
look exactly the same. They’re all gray and in some instances they seem to be blending into each other. If we look at the final example, we can see that here they have various degrees of brightness, which give them more depth. So let’s go ahead and do that. So we can do this quite simply by coming into the layers panel and adding adjustment layers. So let’s start with the
clouds over the rainbow. So with the move tool active, I’ll right-click on the left cloud, select cloud copy and that will immediately
select the layer. So I’ll come to the bottom
of the layers panel, click on the add adjustment
layer icon in the middle, from the list, I’ll choose levels. Upon click, I should be able to see my properties panel become visible where I can toggle the value. If you cannot see your properties panel, you can come up to window
and activate it there. So I’ll click on the far-right handle and drag in slightly like so. Then I’ll be sure to click on the snap adjustment layer icon located at the bottom left
of the properties panel. This will make this
adjustment layer only apply to the layer immediately below. And we will see a little arrow icon appear on the adjustment layer
in the layers panel. Perfect, if I wish to toggle this further, I’ll simply click on the adjustment layer in the layers panel and in the properties panel, toggle the handles. So I’ll right-click on the
next cloud to select it and again, add a adjustment layer. I’ll tweak the properties and click the snap adjustment layer icon at the bottom the of the properties panel. So using this technique, I’m going to wander
around the canvas area, selecting various clouds, I’ll add the adjustment layers
to them in the layers panel and tweak the properties
to various degrees to get a variety of brightness. Soon, I will have something
that looks like this. So by using the level adjustment layers, I have created a diversity of brightness to give depth to the cloud illustrations. Now at this point, some of the clouds might not
be in the exact order I like, some may be on top where I would rather them be behind. So I’ll right-click on a
cloud I want to be at the back and make sure to select the right layer. This will become selected
in the layers panel. If it has an adjustment layer applied, I’ll press shift and select this as well and then drag them both towards the bottom of the layers panel so they are positioned behind the rest. Once happy, I’ll come and toggle the clouds folder up like so. So now we have this complex composition consisting of many smart object layers, adjustment layers and shape layers in two neat layer folders
in the layers panel So now all that’s left to do is bring in the air balloons. So back in the project folder in the assets folder, I’ll open up the paper
air balloons document. So here we have some images
of paper air balloons. Now we don’t have to make these because they have been made previously. What we are going to do here is simply bring them into our rainbow and clouds composition. So first I’ll select balloon
four in the layers panel, with the move tool active, I’ll click and drag it up into the tab of the rainbow document. Place my mouse cursor into
the canvas area and release. I’ll come into the layers panel, right-click on the new layer and convert it to a smart object. I’ll move it up into the top left corner, press command T and scale it down to a suitable size. Then enter to commit. I’ll come back into the
balloon assets document, select another balloon layer, drag it up and into the rainbow document, convert to smart object, scale and place it over
on the right this time. And I’ll do that one last time. So with the new layers in my document, I’ll select the new layers
in the layers panel, I’ll press command G to
group them into a new folder and name it balloons. And finally we have our
composition complete. Once I’m happy with my work, I’ll press command S to save. So I’ll navigate to the project folder, I’ll navigate to my project folder, currently we can see we have our previously made documents in here, so I’ll save this as rainbow and balloons and click save. So that’s how you can create a simple rainbow illustration with clouds in Adobe Photoshop. So now we have this composition complete, we are now ready to bring these illustrative elements together with the paper type and add the main header to
the book cover document. In the next video, I’ll be discussing how you
can manage your artwork in a smart way by using smart objects. I’ll also be discussing
how to use smart objects and import them into documents. See you in the next video. (upbeat music)