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Tutorials Design isometric typography 7. Work on the letters The isometric letters are going to have to have one side that predominantly faces forwards. Work out where the curves are on each of the letters by reducing the opacities. This might take some time to figure out, and you may need to redraw some letters. 9. Colour and build bridges Create new Overlay layers above each of the letters and fill with one of your colours. Add Colour layers, clip, and brush in another colour to flesh it out. Next, create bridges between some of the letters. Colour this with another colour. 12. Plant some trees Trees are easy to create with the Pen; create a triangle with the two bottom sides lining up along the isometric guide and then darken one side. Repeat this twice, then add a stump. Colour with an Overlay layer. 8. Shade the letters Group each set of layers for each letter. Create clipping masks for each, and add either light or shade to the letters so that they appear 3D. Work out where the light is in the image and judge accordingly. 10. Create a speaker Now, we’re going to add objects to the scene. Create a box using the isometric guide, lightening and darkening either side of the box to create perspective. Create two circles, and Transform these to fit into the box along the guide; add a Stroke to the circles using Layer Styles. 13. Escalators and map planning We’ve created escalators using the same methods we used to create the other objects, using the isometric guide to draw over. After that, we’ve used a real map of London to roughly trace the Thames and draw a white outline for some water to fill. 11. Add a flag Next, we’re going to create a flag. Again, use the Pen tool to draw along the guide, and then fill with white. Clip layers to this, and touch soft black brushstrokes over one side of the flag to add shade. 14. Curve the edges Use the Pen tool to curve the edges of the white structure that you’ve just created, and fill with #808080. Use a soft, black brush to create the illusion of a curved space for the water to sit in. Grouping and merging Group a set of layers that you may still want to edit individually; merge a set of layers that you want to start editing as one Above Create a circle with the Elliptical Marquee and Ctrl/ right-click to choose Stroke to draw your main circle. Draw lines within it, and draw a structure to hold it up. Transform this to the grid Right With your London Eye in place, draw the round brush strokes around the outside of the wheel. Make them smaller the further away they are in perspective. 58 __________________________________________________tutorial

Tutorials Design isometric typography Drawing the train Start by drawing the train track along the grid, and use a reference photo to design the front of a tube train with the Pen tool. Transform it to the grid and place it over the tracks. Create a new layer below the front of your tube train, and create straight lines leading up under the ‘N’ with the Pen tool, before you create the rest of the train by filling in selections with blue, red and white. Create a window in grey, and then create three new layers. Reduce these new layers to 20% opacity, and on each create a white circle getting progressively bigger with each layer. 15. Fill with water Use the Pen tool to select the grey space in each of the white structures and falling from the top structures, and fill with blue on a new layer. Set this layer to Hard Light to make it look like it’s actual liquid. Clip a white layer and delete a jagged pattern in the middle for added effect. 18. Create Big Ben Use a stock photo of Big Ben to draw the clock with the Pen tool; you don’t have to be as detailed, though, of course. Draw it in shades of grey; draw the spire to one side of the building rather than straight upwards, too. 20. Finishing touches Make any final flourishes that you’d like to add more to the image; this might include stars in the background with little dots, a whale in the Thames or altering the colour with a Curves adjustment. 16. Start the chandelier Create a new layer and add dots in the intersections of the lines like you can see in the screenshot. Select the back rows of these dots and reduce the Lightness to -10 by using Hue/Saturation (Cmd/Ctrl+U). Duplicate this downwards to create more dots. 19. Place the landmark Colour Big Ben with some Overlay layers, duplicate the layer and then flip this new one horizontally. Resize both layers and Skew with Free Transform to fit along the guide that you have created. 21. Add noise Finally, select black and white in your Swatches (D). Create a new layer, fill with black (Alt/Opt+Delete) and go to Filter>Noise. Choose 400%, check Monochromatic and click OK. Set this layer to Soft Light, 10% opaque. 17. Finish the chandelier Create the same effect three times with multiple rows of dots, then resize the two latter ones. Stack these to create a chandelier effect. On new 20% layers, create white dots to suggest light emanating outwards. tutorial _________________________________________________59

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