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Added by Fletch Brendan G.
on Oct 4, 2010.


  • Fletch Brendan G.

    artist: 2009 Manx Grand Prix - title: They Arrive - designer: Mitch Dunaway

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  • Mitchell

    I guess the most complicated thing I did here was the diagonal stripes. The stripes are a pattern applied to the layer mask for the photograph layer. <br /><br /> 1) Create a pattern: open a new file where the file is the size of one tile in the new pattern. Mine was 60px x 60px. Create your pattern in this new file and then save it to the patterns by going to Edit > Define Pattern.<br /> 2) Create a layer mask: select the layer you want to mask in the Layers panel. At the bottom of this panel are 7 buttons indicated with symbols. Click the button that looks like a shaded rectangle surrounding a white circle. This will add a layer mask. Click the new layer mask to make sure it is selected.<br /> 3) Mask!: select the area you would like to have masked off. Press shift+F5 to bring up the Fill dialog box (don't hit OK yet). In the Fill dialog box, click the "Use" drop down menu. Select pattern, then select the custom pattern that you recently created. Click OK.<br /> Viola. The same effect could be done by clipping a layer to another, but the above process is what I used here.<br /><br /> Also, getting a stroked vector object with no fill is a little harder in Photoshop than Illustrator, but it can be done. <br /> Once you have your vector object created (which is actually a filled layer with a layer mask on it), go to the drop down menu Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. Set your stroke properties and hit OK. Then in the Layer panel turn the Fill all the way down to zero (Fill is at the top just under opacity). Turning the fill down will make the contents of the layer disappear while leaving all the layer effects you have applied. <br /> It's a bit of a work around, but sometimes you are stuck making vector images in Photoshop.

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