Photoshop Fundamentals: Create Hi-tech Dimension

Dateline: June 4, 2007
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS2

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Take your creative skills to another dimension that provides images or text with a dynamic, hi-tech look. After you choose Window and Paths, you’ll select Make Work Path from the Path drop-down menu. The only tool you’ll use for this hi-tech effect is the Direct Selection tool, which selects a single path segment. The Direct Selection tool can be used for moving and reshaping segments in a path. Creating a number of offset copies of the path will raise the image to give it depth. You’ll then fill the image with color. In the last step, the Stroke command is used to create a border around the image. This multi-path technique adds visual appeal by transforming flat images into a 3D effect.
Download hitech.psd, launch Photoshop and open the file. Press D to set Default colors, then press X to inverse them, so that White is the foreground color.
Press F7 to show the Layers palette. Command-click Layer 1 to make it a selection. Choose Window > Paths. Click the Options arrow and select Make Work Path from the drop-down menu. Use the options in the resulting Make Work Path dialog box and click OK.
Using the Direct Selection tool (A), click and drag around the entire path from the upper left to the lower right to select all the points.
Press Option, then repeatedly press the Right Arrow and Down Arrow keys about a dozen times to create several offset copies of the path. Command-click the Work Path to make it a selection.
Press F7 to return to the Layers palette. Select the Background layer. Click the Create New Layer button. In the toolbar, click the background color sampler. In the resulting Color Picker dialog box (below, left), enter C:73; M:65; Y:29; K:0, and click OK. Press Command + Delete to fill the selection with the new color. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).
Select Layer 1. Set the Layer Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 80%. Command-click Layer 1 to make it a selection.
Click the Create New Layer button. Choose Edit > Stroke. Use the options in the resulting Stroke dialog box and click OK. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).
Our final effect is shown at left (click to enlarge).

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