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Tutorials Design isometric typography Learn how to build a city of letters, using the Pen tool, selections and layers in Photoshop 56__________________________________________________tutorial DOWNLOAD TUTORIAL FILES

Tutorials Perspective is everything in design. If somethingyou’vedrawnhasaperfect perspective, it will help your work look more realistic; alternately, Pablo Picasso made history by drawing with a very skewed sense of the reality around him. Isometric art is as much of a science as anything, though.Ithasaverystrictsetofruleswhenitcomesto what goes where. That’s pretty difficult to sit down and draw yourself, but when it comes to Photoshop, you can create a guide for anything. In this tutorial, we’re going to set out a perfect isometric grid before we build a world on hexagonally facing lines. In this London-inspired image, we’re going to trace the Thames isometrically, and even create isometric versions of landmarks. You’ll find that anything can be created on this grid, since it simply holds cubic shapes together. Curves can simply be drawn from corner to corner. Everything in the image is going to follow this structure too; you can use images to copy, you can follow our steps religiously, or you can design your own icons following isometric patterns. It’s entirely up to you — within the limits of isometry, of course. 1. Start the grid Begin by creating a new document of 20 x 20 pixels. Create a black strip down the right and bottom of the document with the Rectangular Marquee tool. Use the Grid if you need to, by hitting Cmd/Ctrl+’. 2. Define Pattern GotoEdit>DefinePattern.NameitandthenclickOK. Create a new 1920 x 1080 document by going to File> New, and then go to the Paint Bucket (G). Use Pattern fill and on a new layer, fill with the pattern you’ve created. 3. Transform the pattern Nowwe’regoingtomakethepatternisometric!Makethe width and height much bigger, the angle 35 degrees and place in the centre of the document. The grid should be made of diamond shapes. 4. Choose your palette We’re going to use five different colours for this, but different shades of each. The colours are Royal Blue (#021574), Muted Red (#f22f50), Spearmint (#6ec5cf), Peppermint (#6ecfb0), Tan (#ff935e) and White (#ffffff). 5. Lay out your text Use the Type tool and create the text that you want to use across the document; we’re going with ‘London, England’. This is important, as it will dictate the size, spacing and wholelookofyourisometricposter. 6. Create some letters Create isometric letters with the Pen tool, following the guide that you created. This is a trial-and-error part of the process, and will take the longest of everything. Experiment with shapes and Fill with #808080 for now. Selecting pixels on a layer Hold Cmd/Ctrl and click on the preview layer of a window to select all the pixels on that layer Above Create a flat guitar with the Pen tool, and transform it up so it’s in line with the grid. Duplicate and darken the lower layer by -20 lightness before moving this layer up slightly too, to make it 3D Left Use a reference photo of a whale tail to draw your own whale in the Thames with the Pen tool tutorial _________________________________________________ 57

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