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watch out! signature

watchout-8.png Simple tutorial on how to make this signature. This tutorial focuses on simple composition, stock blending and text effects
Level: Beginner ~ Intermediate
Requires selective colouring.

 

Be prepared for a somewhat long tutorial on how to make this:
watchout-8.png
For this signature, I have used the followings images:

I am ridiculously sorry that I can not provide further details on the sources/origin of those textures and illustrations because I just don’t know…

MAKING THE BASE

STEP ONE
th_watchout-1.png
Open up a 500x200px canvas with a white background. Place Texture 1 mid-center-ish.

STEP TWO
th_watchout-2.png
Place Illustration on canvas, flip horizontally, use marquee-tool with a large feather to cut away mid-center. So that only some of the flower petals remain.

STEP THREE
th_watchout-3.png
Place Illustration on canvas again, use marquee tool with large feather to erase parts except for bird-head and flowers.

STEP FOUR
th_watchout-4.png
Place Texture 2, set mode on “multiply”, use marquee tool with large feather and cut away center and edges

STEP FIVE
th_watchout-4-5.png
Place Model, use marquee tool with large feather and cut away areas except for eyes, nose and mouth. Be careful to not cut away too much of her hair.

STEP SIX
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Place Stock mid-center, use marquee tool with large feather and cut away mid-center (around the model’s face). Be sure to reveal some of the textures underneath. Then duplicate ALL layers and merge the duplicated layers. Then, put a sharpen filter on the merged layer. Name this merged layer, “base layer”.

COLOURING

COLOUR FILL 1
#fca5c0
Mode: Screen
Opacity: 16%

LEVELS 1
Input: 20/1.19/255
Output: 0/255

SELECTIVE COLOUR 1
REDS: -29/+13/+32/+9
YELLOWS: 0/0/+22/0
CYANS: 0/-40/0/0
BLUES: 0/+74/+14/0
NEUTRALS: +14/-3/+4/-3

COLOUR FILL 2
#ba9bd4
Mode: Soft Light
Opacity: 50%

CHANNEL MIXER 1
BLUE: 0/-96/+200/0
Opacity: 60%

SELECTIVE COLOUR 2
REDS: -32/+24/+22/0
NEUTRALS: -11/0/0/+5

COLOUR FILL 3
#fae3ce
Mode: Soft Light
Opacity: 37%

SELECTIVE COLOR 3
REDS: 0/+4/+30/-8
YELLOWS: +1/-10/+14/+12
GREENS: 0/+6/-13/-40
CYANS: +37/-14/+8/-100
BLUES: -25/-12/-25/-43
MAGENTAS: +71/-19/-10/+6

Now it should look like the following:
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Duplicate the base layer, insert at this step (after selective color 3 layer) and set mode to “screen” and opacity to “77%”.

CURVES 1
RGB Output: 171, Input: 183
Opacity: 20%

COLOUR BALANCE 1
+30/-10/-35
Opacity: 38%

COLOUR BALANCE 2
0/0/+20
Opacity: 50%

COLOUR FILL 4
#010a15
Mode: Difference
Opacity: 100%

GRADIENT FILL 1
Style: Radial
#FFFFFF ~ #332619 (left to right)
Mode: Hard Light
Opacity: 23%

SELECTIVE COLOUR 4
REDS: -30/0/+15/0
CYANS: +100/-100/-100/+100
BLUES: +95/-100/-100/+100
NEUTRALS: +15/0/-5/0

COLOUR FILL 5
#e7ac97
Mode: Soft Light
Opacity: 40%

CHANNEL MIXER 2
BLUE: 0/0/+115/0

COLOUR FILL 6
#230d04
Mode: Exclusion
Opacity: 80%

Duplicate Base layer (insert at this step), set mode to “soft light” and opacity to “74%”

Duplicate Base layer again, add gaussian blur filter with radius 28.9 pixels, set mode to “soft light” and opacity to “45%”

SELECTIVE COLOUR 5
REDS: 0/0/+5/0
YELLOWS: 0/-3/-42/+34
GREENS: 0/+36/-59/+100
CYANS: +72/+13/0/0
BLUES: +100/-59/+8/+100
MAGENTAS: +100/-100/+86/-100
WHITES: 0/-6/-1/-21
NEUTRALS: +3/-5/+6/+36
BLACKS: +100/+100/+100/+61

ADD TEXT AND YOU’RE DONE!

th_watchout-8.png
Small white text ~ Letter Gothic Std, 7pt font, white, italics
Large yellowish text ~ defeqto. “Watch” is 48pt font, italics with -100 letter-spacing. “Out” is 36pt font, italics with -100 letter-spacing. Both text has drop-shadow, opacity at “23%”, distance at “2px” and size at “2px”. Also has gradient overlay, #c39035 to #d5ccbe, linear at 90%, normal mode.

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by Parker — August 26, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Great tutorial! But the colors didn’t turn out the same for me, the blending also, but the effect was altogether great. But I think the text turned out horrible for me.

    Here is the outcome: http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa464/OxyKISS14/tutorial.png

    What do you think? 🙂

  2. Comment by Yuki — November 2, 2014 @ 12:34 am

    Hello, I read your tutorial and I love it ^^
    So I can trans your tutorial to Vietnamese?
    I’ll take out with full credit 😉
    I hope you argee 😉
    Thanks !

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