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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Creating a cutout effect

Creating a cutout effect

In this task, you’ll use your selection and some layer styles to create the illusion of a cutout in the sand image. Make sure that your combined pears-shaped selection is still active. If you have accidentally deselected, you’ll have to start this process over, beginning with “Combining selections” on page 424.

In the Layers palette, click the layer with the sand image to make it the target layer.

Choose Layer > New > Layer Via Copy to create a new layer above the original Sand layer, based on your combined selection. The new layer automatically becomes the active layer in the Layers palette, and the pears-shaped marquee disappears.

You can quickly create a selection marquee around a layer by Ctrl+clicking (Windows) or Command+clicking (Mac OS) the layer name in the Layers palette. You can try this with the new Layer 5 to make the pear marquee reappear. Before you continue with this lesson, choose Select > Deselect.

At the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Add A Layer Style button () and then select Pattern Overlay from the pop-up menu.

Drag the Layer Style dialog box aside, as needed, so that you can see both the dialog box and the image window.

Click the Pattern arrow (in the long, narrow button to the right of the thumbnail) to open the pattern picker, which displays smaller thumbnails of an assortment of patterns.

Click the arrow button () to open the palette menu for the pattern picker, and select Load Patterns.

In the Load dialog box, go to the Lessons/Lesson12 folder and select the Effects.pat file. Click Load. When the dialog box closes, notice the new pattern that appears as the last thumbnail in the pattern picker.

Select the pattern thumbnail you added in Step 7. The pattern replaces the default pattern inside your pears selection. At this point, you can drag the pattern in the image window to adjust the area of the pattern that appears in the selection—even without closing the Layer Style dialog box.

On the left side of the Layer Style dialog box, under Styles, select Inner Shadow to add that effect to the selection, and adjust the Inner Shadow options on the right side of the dialog box. (The example uses the default settings for Blend Mode, Opacity, and Angle, but uses 13 for Distance and 10 for Size.)

You can continue to experiment with other Styles and settings until you create results that you think are interesting. When you are satisfied with the results, click OK.



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