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Saturday, 15 November 2008

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Saturday, 8 November 2008

The Body
Kirby doesn't really have a body. It's more of a head with hands and feet. But since it's such an easy to do shape, all you need is the Circular Marquee-Tool and while holding SHIFT, drag a perfect circle on your canvas. Grab your Gradient-Tool and set the foreground-color to #FEBECF and the background-color to #B37D8D. Then, create a new layer and click and drag the Gradient-Tool from the bottom of the selection, to the top.

Create a new layer, and again with the Circular Marquee-Tool, draw a circle, but this time make it a little bit more oval. Fill this selection with white. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set it to 10-20 and make sure it's nice and blurry. Then press CTRL+T and rotate it a little to the right (Clockwise) and place it a little to the top-left. Finally, lower the opacity to 50%

The Feet
On a new layer, use the Circular Marquee-Tool to draw an even more oval shape than the last one. Make sure it looks like a long egg. Fill this selection with #E45032.
Press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer and place both shapes underneath the body. Then, using CTRL+T, place his left foot a little to the left and rotate it a little. Place his other feet a little more to his side then his bottom.

Create a new layer above the first foot and use the Pen-Tool to draw a shadow-shape and fill this with black. To mask this with the foot-layer, press CTRL+SHIFT+G.
Then add a very soft Blur using Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set it to 3-8. Then lower the opacity to 10-20.

Now do the same as last step, but this time, draw the shadow on the side of the foot near the floor.
Also continue doing this for the other foot, but remember that the first shadow is the shadow of the body and the second is the shadow of the feet. Also remember to be consistent in your shading. If the light comes from a certain direction, it's impossible to have shadow on places where light hits the area.
As you can see below, the shadow on both feet is directed to the middle and bottom.

The Hands and Shadow
On a new layer, using the Circular Marquee-Tool, create an egg-like shape for the hands. Before we continue on the hands, we will first add the drop-shadow, because that annoys me! You gotta have good shadow in order to make it realistic.
Using the same tool we've used all this tutorial now, create a VERY thing and long shape and fill this with Black on a new layer. Then place this layer at the bottom of the layer-stack above the background.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and add a soft 3-6 blur. Then press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer and use CTRL+T to make the duplicate a little smaller and place it in the middle.
Then duplicate that layer again using CTRL+J and place this underneath the foot that's closests to the floor.

Select the hand-layer and press CTRL+J and position them next to the head in the opposite direction of the feet, both like Kirby's cheering.

Using the same shading-technique as we used for the feet, draw black shapes on the bottom of the hands and mask them with the hands using CTRL+SHIFT+G.
But instead of creating another shadow-layer, we are gonna add some highlights. Using long oval shapes place over the hands filled with white, perform the same blurring-actions on these layers as you did with the black shadow.

The Face
On a new layer, use the Circular Marquee-Tool again to draw a flat oval shape on it's side. Fill this layer with pink. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and add a soft blur of 2-5 pixels and stretch it a little using CTRL+T.
Then, press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer and place both gloss' on either side of the face.

Then, using the same tool, draw a long oval shape and fill this with black on a new layer. Press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer and press CTRL+U. Check the box COLORISE and lower the darkness and play around with the top slider to achieve a nice marine-blue.
Then press CTRL+T and while holding SHIFT+ALT, draw one of the cornerpoints a little to the center. This will make the blue oval smaller than the black one.

Grab your 300px soft brush Eraser and erase the top part of the blue away. Then add a nice small oval shape filled with White on a new layer and place it in the top of the black oval.
Add a very small inner stroke in lightblue by going to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke and setting the stroke to INNER and 2px and choose a nice light blue as color.

Select all the eye-layers and merge them together using CTRL+E. Then press CTRL+J to duplicate the eye and place another one right beside it. Now select both eyes and the gloss' and merge them as well. Press CTRL+T and rotate the eyes a little Counterclockwise to the left. Also make them a bit smaller.

Using a deep, almost maron-like, red, draw a nice mouth that actually looks like a small wok or a mountain upside down.
Grab a pink color and use the Circular Marquee-Tool to draw a nice round shape and fill it with this pink. Press CTRL+SHIFT+G to mask it with the mouth and give the pink orb a black OVERLAY inner glow by going to Layer>Layer Style>Inner Glow.

Conclusion
And there you have it! Kirby. He's completely yours. Obviously in a figure of speech, because Kirby still is a copyrighted trademark of Nintendo. But now that you're learned how to draw Kirby, you can place him in all kinds of different poses. Also note that the Circular Marquee-Tool was today's most-used-tool. It's amazing what you can do with it and since Kirby is the perfect example of an organic being, the Circular Marquee-Tool is one tool you cannot miss when making Kirby.

thanks to :http://www.tutorialkit.com/tutorials/Drawing-Kirby-69590.html

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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

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IHEA Vector Curves Brushes for Photoshop  

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it's a nice photoshop brush and i used it for my works.

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Photoshop Tutorial : Glossy Buttons  

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Example 11

Create some shiny glossy buttons for your website's menu system. This tutorial illustrates how to add a glossy finish to your buttons or other nifty shapes.

Photoshop 5+5+


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Start with a new image about 400x400 pixels with a background color of your choice, (the example uses white). Make any kind of wacky shape you'd like for your button (for this tutorial I will show you one particular shape, though you can use any shape you can imagine). Start by creating a new layer and using the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a rectangle roughly the size you want your button to be.

Example 1

2.

Open the Channels palette and create a new channel. Fill the selection in with white, and deselect (CTRL+D). Now go to Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur and use a setting of about 3.5. Click OK. Next go to Image » Adjust » Levels and drag the two bottom triangles towards the center until the button looks nice and smooth (see the example below). Click OK when done. Hold CTRL and click on the "Alpha 1" channel to select it. Click the Layers tab to return to the Layers Palette.

Example 2

3.

Create a new layer, make that layer current, and then fill your selection with your chosen color (the example uses R:255 G:126 B:0), and deselect (CTRL+D). Now to make the button more interesting go to Edit » Transform » Perspective. Drag the bottom right point inwards so that your button is shaped similar to the example (or of course feel free to experiment with other shapes).

Example 3

4.

Now, to make the highlight, create a new layer. Using the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">Freeform Pen. Ensure that the "Paths" options is selected in the Options bar, and not "Shape Layers". Draw a rough wiggle circle around the top of the shape as seen in the example. Once you have your path, right click and choose "Make Selection" - use the default settings. If the path is still visible under the selection, right click again and choose "Delete Path". Now create a new layer and fill the selection in with white.

Example 4

5.

Next hold CTRL and click on "Layer 1" to select it. Go to Select » Modify » Contract and enter 1. Now go to Select » Inverse. Make sure you have "Layer 2" active and hit delete. Now hold CTRL and click on "Layer 2" to select it then hit DELETE about 4 times to completely get rid of the white. Do not lose the selection.

Example 5

6.

Now press D then X to reset the colors. Select the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">Gradient Tool and ensure that it is set to Linear mode. In the options tab change the gradient type to "Foreground to Transparent" and drag the gradient from the top of the selection to the bottom. You should now get a highlight effect. If you'd like you can save the selection for later use by choosing Select » Save Selection » OK. Then press CTRL+D to deselect. If the bottom of the highlight isn't as well-blended into the rest of the button as you'd like, choose Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur and add as much blur as needed to soften the edge of the highlight.

Example 6

7.

You have the highlight, now you need the dark shadow. Do the same as before, using the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">Freeform Pen draw a wiggly line across the bottom of your button (see the example). Again, right click and choose "Make selection", use default settings, and if applicable, right click and choose "Delete Path". Now create a new layer - don't lose the selection.

Example 7

8.

Create a new layer, select the layer and fill the selection with black. Hold CTRL and click on "Layer 1" to select it. Go to Select » Modify » Contract and enter 1. Then, go to Select » Inverse and with "Layer 3" active in the layers palette, hit delete. Now hold CTRL and click on "Layer 3" to select it, hit DELETE about 4 times to remove all the black - do not lose the selection.

Example 8

9.

Now set black as your foreground color, and using a the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">Linear Gradient at foreground to transparent still, drag from the bottom of the selection to the top (you may want to drag from a spot a bit below the selection and stop right at the top, so that the gradient won't appear too dark). Then Deselect (CTRL+D). Now you may want to blur the black shadow a little using Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur (the example uses a setting of 3.0, with the layer's opacity lowered down to between 40-60). The button is now complete, so if you'd like to add a drop shadow at this point, select "Layer 1" and choose Layer » Effects » Drop Shadow, and adjust the settings to your preference.

Example 9

10.

When you add text make it the same color as the button but a lot darker. To make it look like it's inset into the button's surface, make a copy of the text layer by dragging it to the ','black')" onmouseout="hidetooltip()">New Layer icon in the Layers Palette. Drag the new copy layer below the first text layer and change the color of the duplicate text to white. Hold down CTRL to temporarily enable the Move Tool, and using the arrow keys on your keyboard, move it up a pixel and left a pixel. Set the layer blend mode to "Color Dodge". Go to Layer » Type » Render Layer (or depending on your version, right click on the text and choose Rasterize Type), and then Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur, choose a setting of about 1.0. Finally, turn the bottom text layer's opacity down to about 50% and you're done.

Example 10

11.

Don't stop there though. Make some whacky shapes and see the cool effects you get. Just experiment and see what you can come up with.

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