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Lesson 8. Mastering the Pen Tool > Using the pen tool in Photoshop to create hi...

Using the pen tool in Photoshop to create highlights

Now you’ll export your Illustrator art to Photoshop—preserving your layers—and create a highlight on the upper right edge of the vase. You’ll also add shadows to the flowers and texture to various parts of the image.

Choose File > Export, and navigate to the Lessons/Lesson08 folder. Name your file Tulips2.psd, and choose Photoshop 5 (PSD) for Format. Click Save (Windows) or Export (Mac OS). In the Photoshop Options dialog box, choose RGB for Color Model, and select Screen (72 dpi) for Resolution. Make sure that Anti-Alias and Write Layers are selected. Click OK.

Quit Illustrator.

Start Photoshop. Open the Tulips2.psd file that you just created. In the Missing Profile dialog box, click Leave As Is (Don’t Color Manage), and click OK.

Notice that all of your Illustrator layers have been preserved.

Enlarge the image’s canvas by choosing Image > Canvas Size. Specify canvas dimensions of 6 inches wide and 8 inches high. Click OK.

Next you’ll create a white background to set off the shadow you will create.

Press D on the keyboard to reset the colors to their defaults (white background, black foreground). This will ensure that the background you will create is filled with white.

Create a new layer by clicking the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette.

With the new layer still selected, choose Layer > New > Background From Layer.

In the Layers palette, select the Vase layer. Alt/Option-click the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette to create a new layer, and name it Vase highlight. The new layer appears in the palette above the Vase layer, so that the highlight will appear in front of the vase.

In the Layers palette, click the eye column to hide all layers but the Vase Highlight and Vase layers.

Select the pen tool, and draw a teardrop-shaped highlight on the upper right side of the vase. Adjust the direction points to make a simple teardrop shape.

Teardrop shape drawn with pen tool

Click the Paths palette tab to make the palette active. In the Paths palette, Ctrl/Command-click the path’s thumbnail to make a selection from the path.

In the image, fill the shape with white.

Now you’ll soften and blend the highlight.

Deselect the highlight (Ctrl/Command+D). Apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 3.3 pixels.

In the Layers palette, set the layer opacity to 90% to blend the highlight with the vase behind it.



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