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Learn How to Design Elements with Photoshop in Photoshop
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Now, we are going to add one more design element to our design here. This is going to be a white box with some more text is going to go. We are just going to use some of the drawing tools here in Photoshop CS2 to do that.
Now, let us just come over here to the bottom right corner of our artwork and just click and drag down into the right so we can see the edges around our image. And I am just going to go over here to my character panel and move that down to the right as well just so we can see the entire file.
Now, let us just go ahead and hit the V key on our keyboards to make sure the move tool is selected. And now, let us go ahead and start to draw out this new little background. So, let us create a new layer for it first, so come back to the layers pallet, you may need to click it to make it all visible, you must come down all the way to the bottom. I am actually just going to make my layers pallet a little shorter just like that. You can do the same if you wish for more screen real estate. And let us create a new layer by clicking down once again in the new layer button.
Now this layer, we are going to want to go in between our background layer and our deep royal blue solid layer. So, go ahead and take our new layer layer 2 and let us drag it down until it is between those layers. So now, as I mentioned, we are going to be drawing out a white background, so let us make sure our foreground color is set to white, come back to the toolbox, you will see here our foreground and background colors, we can simply swap them by clicking on the little curved arrow here, go ahead and click that, and now, it is switched so that our background color is black and foreground color is white.
So let us go ahead and select the drawing tool we are going to use to create this graphic element, come up here. You may see beneath the T and ellipse tool or maybe something else. Go ahead and click whatever tool is beneath the T or type tool and you will see here a variety of different drawing options. Go ahead and select the rounded rectangle tool, nice.
So now, let us go ahead and draw out this graphical element, bring your mouse down right here to the left of the artwork just above the blue bar by maybe I do not know, a centimeter or so, and go ahead and click and drag down to the right to start drawing out this graphic element and we want it to go about this far and be about this big. So, do not worry that it is not perfectly centered. Just bring it down, we will make it about this big and then go ahead and release your mouse. And now, let us just nudge this a little higher.
So, what we will do first is we are going to rasterize the layer. Let us come back to the layers pallet to the shape one layer, go ahead and right mouse click it and select rasterize layer, great. Next, let us just go ahead and use the arrow keys, the up and down arrow keys to nudge this higher. But first, we need to make sure our move tool is selected. So, go ahead and hit the letter V for victory key on your keyboard. That selects the move tool. And now go ahead and use your up arrow key to center this with the blue bar. So let us use the up arrow, let us say a few times about like that, great, and that looks pretty good.
Now, I have a feeling we will want to make our globe a little bigger when we get back into after effects. But for now, we are going to create one more graphic element here before we start adding our text, and that is simply going to be a circle to serve as a background for our spinning globe. So, we want to first all yet again create a new layer. So come back to your layers pallet, click on the new layer button and we want this to be in between the blue solid and the globe. So go ahead and click and drag this up so it is in between mac.psd and the deep royal blue solid one layer. And there it is, layer two.
Alright, so now, to draw out a circle, we are going to come back to the left of the toolbox, right over here to where we just have the rounded rectangle tool selected. Go ahead and click it and hold down your mouse button and then come down to the ellipse tool and select it and release your mouse, great.
Now, we are going to do a slightly different color for this, we are going to make it sort of an orangy-yellow, this is going to go perfect with the color pallet of our entire design. So, let us come over here once again to the foreground color. Let us go ahead and click it and now let us take our slider here, let us slide it up to a kind of orangy-yellow zone right about there and then let us take this circle in the color picker, drag it off to the right, and that is going to be pretty good.
Now, if you want to try to match my settings exactly, set 197 for R, 143 for G, and 39 for B or blue and then go ahead and click okay.
Alright, so now, let us draw our circle. So, let us come over here just above the circle of the upper left, and now, let us click and drag down into the right, and we just want to make something that is a little bit bigger than our globe, I think about that should be pretty good. Now, before you release your mouse button, go ahead and hold down the Shift key and as you can see, that is going to make it a perfect circle.
So, when it is about this size, go ahead and release your mouse, great, there it is. Once again, let us rasterize the layer, so come back to your layers pallet to the shape 2 layer and then go ahead and right mouse click and select rasterize layer. Now, once again, let us use the up down, left and right arrows to nudge this. So first of all, remember to hit the letter V for victory key on your keyboard, that selects the move tool, and now, let us nudge this using the arrow keys. Let us up the arrow a few times, let us left few times and just get into position over the globe like that, looks pretty good.
So, one last thing we are going to do here before we start adding our text is we are going to just give this circle a stroke. So now, to select only the circle element in the layer, first, let us select the entire layer, so go ahead and hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and then hit the letter A key to select all, and now, go ahead and hit the left arrow key on your keyboard once and then hit the right arrow key once. And now, that is selected. So, let us go ahead and give this a stroke to surround it.
So, come up to your edit menu and select stroke, and first of all, let us change the color. We want this to be a white stroke. So, come to the color, go ahead and click on the little orange swatch, and now drag the color picker all the way up into the left to select a pure white, come back and click okay. And now, for stroke width, make sure you have this set to 2 pixels. So, come here, click and drag across the text and just type in a number 2 and then for location, make sure you have it set to center and then come up here and click okay, and now there is our stroke.
To deselect our circle, hold down the Ctrl key and then hit the D key on your keyboard for deselect, alright, very nice.
So, I want to point something out to you before we start adding the text. You can see these blue lines crisscrossing us, these are actually the same title and action safe guides we were looking at before inside of after effects. So, the outer guide or the outer box is our action safety and the inside box is our title safety. Now, you can clearly see, we are going to be typing in some areas that are way out of title safety. That is okay because we can adjust this once we get back into after effects.