What will you create
In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to create a photorealistic mocap with a logo using Adobe Photoshop, using several layer styles and a smart object.
Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.
1. How to create a Smart Object with the right perspective.
Download the paper texture from the lesson and open it in Photoshop.
Download the image in perspective and open it in Photoshop.
In the top menu, click Select> All (Select> All) and then select Edit> Copy (Edit> Copy) to copy the selected area.
Return to the document with the background and in the top menu select Edit> Paste (Edit> Paste) to paste the image in perspective over the background.
Rename a layer by double-clicking its name directly on the layers panel. Call it “Perspective”.
Choose orange as the foreground color (any color other than black will do).
Choose a tool Rectangle (Rectangle), move the cursor to the canvas and click. A small dialog box opens in which you can enter the exact parameters of the new shape. Enter 1317 by 947 pixels and click OK.
Rename the layer by double-clicking on the layer name in the layers panel, name it “Smart Object “ (Smart Object).
On the “Smart Object” layer, in the top menu, click Layer> Smart Object> Convert to Smart Object (Layers> Smart Object> Convert to Smart Object).
Click Edit> Transform> Scale (Edit> Transform> Scale).
If we take a closer look, we will see that a thin border has appeared around the rectangle. We can also see small squares located in the center of the upper, lower, left and right sides, as well as in all corners. These small squares are called “manipulators”, and we can transform what is inside the borders by simply pulling on these manipulators.
In this step, it is very important to transform the rectangle using only the manipulators in the corners.
Move the cursor to the manipulator in the upper right corner, hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard (the cursor will become a small white arrow), and then click and drag the manipulator until it touches the upper right corner of the black rectangle in perspective.
Continue pulling the manipulators until the orange rectangle completely covers the black one.
Now that we no longer need the layer “Perspective ” (Perspective), we can delete it by selecting it in the layers panel and then clicking Layer> Delete> Layer (Layers> Delete> Layers).
Good job! Now all that we put inside the smart object is located at the same angle as the orange rectangle.
2. How to import a logo from Illustrator
Now we need a logo to complete our project.
In this lesson we will use the logo from the collection Badges and Logos Vol.01. Download it and open it in Illustrator. (translator’s note: if you don’t have Adobe Illustrator, all documents format.ai can be opened directly in Photoshop).
Choose a tool Selection (Selection) (V). Now select the Kexolo logo (or any other). Copy the icon by pressing Ctrl + C.
In Adobe Illustrator, create a new document with a size of 350 by 350 pixels, and paste the logo there by pressing Ctrl + V.
With the tool Selection (Highlight) (V) move the logo to a gray area, beyond the borders of the white canvas.
Before importing the logo to our document in Photoshop, we need to convert the appearance, convert the text into vector shapes and remove the white area that became noticeable when we moved the icon to a gray background.
If the logo is not selected, select it with the tool Selection (Selection) (V).
In the top menu, select Object> Expand (Object> Disassemble). A dialog box appears, select Object and Fill and click OK.
Open the panel Pathfinder (Contour processing). If you do not see it, click Window> Pathfinder (Window> Edge Processing).
Select Trim (Trimming), to remove spiky elements and clear the logo from unnecessary shapes.
Choose a tool Magic Wand (Magic Wand) and move the cursor to the white area, and then click to select all white areas of the logo. If necessary, enlarge the canvas with the tool. Zoom (Scale) (Z). When all the white areas are highlighted, delete them by selecting in the top menu Edit> Cut (Editing> Cut).
4. How to insert a logo into the scene
Copy the logo by pressing Ctrl + C or Edit> Copy (Edit> Copy).
In the layers panel in Photoshop, double-click the smart object thumbnail to edit it.
When you edit a smart object, the contents of the source will open in a new window. Photoshop. Here you can make any changes, and once you are happy with everything, all you have to do is save the file, and the smart object will be updated when you return to the document.
On the layers panel, paste the logo by clicking Edit> Paste (Edit> Paste) or Ctrl + V and remove the orange rectangle by pressing Layer> Delete> Layer (Layers> Delete> Layers).
In the dialog box, select Smart Object (Smart Object) and click OK.
Find the properties panel and set the location of the logo to 658 by 472 pixels, increasing it by 685% in both fields Width (Width) and Height (Height). When everything is ready, press Enter on the keyboard.
Save the document by clicking File> Save (File> Save) or Ctrl + S.
Returning to the main document, you will notice that the smart object has been updated, and now the latest changes are visible.
4. How to “press” the logo in the paper
It’s time to add some cool effects to the logo so that a 3D sensation appears that fits the scene as a whole.
Change the parameter Fill (Fill) at the smart object by 0%.
Duplicate the smart object layer twice by clicking Layer> New> Layer Via Copy (Layer> New> Copy to New Layer).
Now rename and group the layers as shown in the image below.
Translator’s Note: group two copies, and name the group “Effects “(Effects). Copies name yourself Effect 1 and 2 (Effect 1 and 2). Place the group under the smart object layer.
From now on, if you need to replace the logo in the smart object, you can use the layer “Smart Object “ (Smart Object) by double clicking on it and editing the contents.
Let’s start adding layer styles to the “Effect 2” layer. Open the panel with layer styles and add an effect. Bevel Emboss (Embossed). Color for mode Highlight and Shadow (Highlight and Shadow) change to # 000000 and set the rest as in the screenshot below.
Add a new effect Inner Shadow (Inner shadow), change the color to # 000000, and set the remaining parameters as in the screenshot below.
Add a new effect Satin (Gloss), change the color to #ffffff, and set the remaining parameters as in the screenshot below.
Add effect Gradient Overlay (gradient overlay) and parameters set as in the screenshot below.
Click on the small window with a gradient to edit it.
- Change Opacity (opacity) of the first control point by 75%, and Location (Position) by 71%.
- Change Opacity (opacity) of the second control point by 25%, and Location (Position) at 100%.
Add effect Drop Shadow (Shadow), change the color to # 000000, set the remaining parameters as in the screenshot below.
Let’s add a pair of smart filters to the “Effect 2” layer. Click Filter> Distort> Ripple (Filter> Distortion> Ripple). Parameter Amount (Quantity) Change to -50%.
Click Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Change the radius to 1.7 pixels.
Now add a style to the “Effect 1” layer.
Open the panel with layer styles and add an effect. Drop Shadow (Shadow), change the color to #ffffff, set the remaining parameters as in the screenshot below.
Finally, add a couple of filters to the “Effect 1” layer. Click Filter> Distort> Ripple (Filter> Distortion> Ripple). Parameter Amount (Quantity) change to -60%.
Click Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Change the radius to 0.8 pixels.
That’s all, Congratulations!
In this lesson, you learned how to create a mocap with a “pressed in” logo using Adobe Photoshop!
I hope you enjoyed the lesson and learned something new. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions and work below.