just do the letter "P" to give you a quick idea of how I did the
effects.....using several Photoshop filters in conjunction with
1. First, I created my letter path in Illustrator....
2. Then, I created an exaggerated path around the letter path in
Illy, then "copied" both selected paths....
3. Then I opened up Photoshop, created a new file with will
automatically take on the boundary size of the Illustrator path
objects you just copied...and then pasted them "as paths" into
4. Next, I activated the outer path with the "path tool" and
with the Path tab selected, clicked the upper right flyout and
selected "Make a selection"...followed by "New Selection" on the
subsequent dialogue box...
5. Then, I
filled that selection "white"....and opened up Eye Candy 4000
Photoshop plugin and selected "Bevel Boss."
I unchecked the "shade interior" although technically, you
really don't need to...and then I adjusted my "light" source,
made sure I had a dark gray shadow color selected and gave the
outer path shape selection an exaggerated bevel on "layer 1."
6. Then I selected the "inside Path object" and made it a "new
selection" as outlined above....and created a "layer 2"
positioned above "layer 1."
7. I filled this layer "black" and then, while still
selected...opened up KPT5/shapeshifter...and added several light
sources and bevel height settings etc until I got the look I was
after for the inner dark "P" shape.
8. Then, I
re-selected the outer path shape, went to
Select/Modify/Contract....and contracted the selection the
amount shown here...
9. Then I created a "layer 3", made sure it was the active layer
and I opened up Eye Candy 4000 again in the photoshop plug-in
filters and selected "Cutout"....made sure I had a dark color
selected...and adjusted the direction, bevel amount and blur to
get a nice dark lower accent to place over the outer letter
And finally...added a dark background to pop it..
Of course...I added additional layers and paths to create the
Chain Link...which I gave a chrome appearance...and added a
thick dark shadow glow around PUS to knock out the chain
link...so the logo would remain distinct from the background
pattern.....and added a solid white PIMPLE UNDER SKIN with a
border/drop...to complete it.
Believe it or not...this was a very quick, whip-it -out banner
so they would have something to hang behind them....it was a
last minute touch....
And then their dance/gig got snowed out till March 2nd...hahaha....oh
well, that's the way the cookie crumbles...
Hope this has been fun and educational for some.
"PUS (Pimple Under Skin) was a name the kids conjured up. They
purposefully wanted something really "stupid" sounding...and
gross...and something like "zit squeezings" seemed the
appropriate subject matter somehow to them...hehehe...
Here's some pre-gig practice pics:
Kid's trying to look "baaaaad" in church where they were
Son on church's drums (his are a lot nicer!)
The band practicing