This week we are going to look at how to draw a CD in Photoshop 7.
We will be using the new opacity options on the layer palette. We
will also be using the fade fill command. Not too many people even
know about this incredibly useful tool. So without further ado
let's make a CD! Create a new document 5" X 5" at 72 dpi in RGB
. Use the guides to define the center of the page.
the elliptical marquee tool
and holding down the
key draw a circle from the
Create a new
rainbow conical gradient tool
Begin at the
center and drag
the gradient tool to the outside to create
Now choose a
greenish color and fill right over the top of the gradient.
Edit > fade fill
color mode and lowered the opacity to 73%
. Experiment to see
what works best for you.
You should have
something that looks similar to this. Now make a smaller selection
with the elliptical marquee tool
to cut a hole in the CD. Don't deselect. Create a
and Fill with white. Make a smaller circle and
delete the center. Your CD should now resemble the picture here.
the layer styles, add a bevel
to the small ring.
Lower the fill
opacity to 6%
Notice how the
layer style remains and the fill is reduced. Merge
the 2 cd layers together.
and a drop shadow
to the layer.
Here is our
I hope this
little tutorial showed you how to use some handy Photoshop tools as
well as give you a fun little image to play with. Until next
time...See you at the cafwww.photoshopcafe.com
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allowing us to reprint their Photoshop tutorials here at
Renderosity. You can e-mail Colin Smith, the author of this
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