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Hour 19. Creating Art from Scratch > Task: Create an Umbrella

Task: Create an Umbrella

We’ll use the Shape tools to create a small object: an umbrella. Start a new image using default size, RGB color, and a white background.

1.
Select the Ellipse shape tool. Select a bright color for your umbrella, such as blue or yellow. Make sure that the Create New Shape Layer option is selected.

2.
Click in the image and drag to create an oval umbrella shape.

3.
Click the Subtract from Shape Area option. Then click the Rectangle tool, and use it to cut out the bottom of the oval, flattening it.

4.
With Subtract from Shape Area option still selected, select the Ellipse shape again. Draw small circles with the Ellipse tool that cut out portions of the flattened bottom of the umbrella shape, creating its scalloped edge. Your shape should look roughly like the one shown in Figure 19.7.

Figure 19.7. Our umbrella is taking shape.


5.
Select the Rectangle tool and the Create New Shape Layer option.

6.
Draw a small rectangle at the top of the umbrella. Draw a long, thin rectangle at the bottom of the umbrella for the handle.

Remember that you can move a selected shape by dragging it. This will help you get all the pieces of your umbrella in line. To select a shape, click on it with the Shape Selection tool.


7.
Select the Ellipse tool, and draw a small circle at the base of the thin rectangle, creating the bottom of the curved handle.

8.
Select the Subtract from Shape Area option, and draw a smaller circle slightly above the first circle, creating the upper part of the curved handle. At this point, your image has several layers; that’s okay. Your umbrella should look roughly like the one shown in Figure 19.8.

Figure 19.8. Let a smile be your umbrella.


9.
Name your file umbrella.psd and save it. You will be refining it later in this hour.


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