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Be amazed and learn as master digital artist Bert Monroy takes a stylus and a digital pad and treats them as Monet and Picasso do with oil and canvas. Learn the tips and tricks you need to whip those digital pictures into shape with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Read More
Bert Monroy shows you the step-by-step Photoshop lesson of creating a plastic shirt button.
Take a look at Bert Monroy's Time Square piece to see the plastic shirt button he used in a billboard of Cindy Crawford. He starts with a blank document, then uses the ellipse tool to create a cream colored round button shape. He duplicates the shape, moves it a little to the left, then bridges the gap between the shapes. Dodging and burning allows for some toning on the under layer.
On the top layer, Bert selects roughly half of the circle and then adds a gaussian blur to the edge where the shape meets the toning.
In a new layer, create two smaller circle shapes filled with the same creme color. Join the two shapes to make a pill shape. With a bevel, this will serve as the depressed area inside the button. Blurring the entire layer will add softness. Dodge and burn the upper base layer of the button as necessary.
Use the pen tool to create an arc that serves as the path where the threading will pass through the button. Custom brush settings will fill this path. Create a brush made of a few dots, then modify the brush settings. Turn the spacing down to 1% for solid lines. Finally, stroke the arc shaped path with the brush and repeat as necessary. In a new layer, change the foreground color to grey and stroke the path once again. This creates two layers of thread. Repeat with an even lighter shade of grey, and add some shadowing under the stitching to complete the look.
Add a masked layer to the flattened thread and the shadow, then brush the mask so that it appears to continue into the button. Rotate the entire button and you're complete!
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