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How do you do this?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Colin, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Colin

    Colin Major Contributor

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    Sorry for the small sample, but how does one go about getting this effect with a vector? I assume it's done in Photoshop.

    Not the coloring, but the wet, glossy, domed effect.
     

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  2. "Deposit Please"

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    I use Layer Styles/ blending options in photoshop. Play around with bevel emboss, inner glow etc.. Once your satisfied with the effect similar to the pic, you can save your layer style and apply it to anything else down the road so you don't have to toggle with the settings to get that effect again. Best practice is to experiment inside blending options, you''ll be amazed on it's capabilities
     
  3. Salmoneye

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    Ahem. 'Vector'
     
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    I don't think that you can get exactly this effect in a vector piece of art suitable for cut work but I am constantly amazed at some of the .ai files that I see some folks creating for use in print...
     
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    If you cut and paste it from illustrator into photoshop to apply the color and layer styles, will it let you take it back into illustrator and maintain the vectors?
     
  6. Colin

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    sardocs was kind enough to help me with this. In Corel, simply convert to bitmap; double click on the vector or text which then opens it up in Photo Paint, then apply the "plastic" effect.


    Thanks.
     
  7. RebeckaR

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    That is a fun effect. Is there any way to do that and have it remain as a vector?
     
  8. Colin

    Colin Major Contributor

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    I don't think so. Why would you want to?
     
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    At this point I don't know why I would want to. Who knows what I might want to do tomorrow.
    I thought that was the question... how to do this with a vector?
     
  10. Colin

    Colin Major Contributor

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    Yes, starting off as a vector. I think these sorts of effects are inherently a raster image.
     
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  11. Techman

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    it can be done in vector.
    In corel using the interactive fill tool.
    And adding several shapes with interactive fills.
    and some transparency fills.
     
  12. GAC05

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    here is a tut for Xara
    http://www.xaraxone.com/tutorials/jan09/index.html

    The graphic remains vector right up until the last step, so you could save the file at that stage for future edits and just export out to bitmap for printing.
    Should be about the same in Corel.

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    I am not very skilled with the tool so I wouldn't know how to explain how to do it, but I think in Illustrator the "Gradient Mesh" tool could be used to create this effect.
     
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    I think the final image should be bitmap if you are going to print it.
    Interactive fills, gradients and non standard transparency stand a good chance of being misinterpreted by the RIP.

    wayne k
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  16. Techman

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    well. the context of the post was how to do it..
     
  17. Custom_Grafx

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    Illustrator let's you keep things in vector in the 3D filter.

    After applying the filter, you expand - which in corel language is "break apart". You have all the highlights as vectors etc.

    You can then apply what is referred to above as "gradient meshes" to the individual or groups of highlights.

    This would be a truly scalable vector image (maybe only within AI though). I think when you create the PDF from AI, it will convert all those vector data for the gradient mesh etc to a raster image (I'm 99% sure about this).

    In practice, I find it easier to just create the 3D object in AI, without any bevelling (AI bevelling sux and keeps self intersecting paths), apply some extrusion, and perspective. Then I bring that into PS, and start applying effects as above (blending options/effects).

    Work at a size bigger than what you need just in case but usually at 150dpi at the width of your printer is more than enough for most things you'll make for the client?
     
  18. Salmoneye

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    Hope nobody took what I said the wrong way, I thought that the objective was for this to be done as a vector image as in paths and solid fills as if we wanted to do this with cut vinyl. Disregard everything I might have posted.
     

 


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