A hush has fallen over the crowd….Clearly I have your undivided attention…
So – Picking up where we left off…
The FSU seal legally should not be available for download in its full resolution format….however…I tempt thee to google image it – Low and
behold, it’s there…
. o O (What isn’t these days?!) O o .
However – I obtained my copy fair-and-square, thankyouverymuch
And now we’re going to liven things up a bit with some color….If I were being thorough and precise here, I’d go on with the world map backdrop,
but we’ll get to that later…I like to spread the more challenging parts out so it seems like we’re having fun here
Lets play with the seal first…
Once you’ve isolated the seal, break out your magic wand again – Select all of the white areas within the seal, including the spaces in the Os,
As, Ds, etc…Select Inverse…Ctrl+J (create new layer from selection)
That layer should automatically go to the top of your other seal layer and will plop right over what exists there presently, which for now, is the
same thing…Go to your blending options…
All we want to do here is give this seal some vibrancy and glow, so we’re going to check the Gradient Overlay box….Change your blend mode to
Linear Burn….Click the actual gradient bar there that has the default color fade showing….We want to change those colors – The Gradient Editor
will pop up after clicking there and you’ll see a larger version of the gradient bar with little squares on each of the four corners….Double click
the bottom left box and select a garnetish color….Double click the bottom right box and select a goldish color….Batta-bing, batta-boom
Hope we all don’t go to jail for that
Oh – While I’m thinking of it – Let me just apologize real quick if you see different versions of the images popping up as I go through this
tutorial – I’ve probably created around 70 variations of this logo, so I may not be pulling my examples from the same one each time – Especially
since they’re coming from mixed PCs (home/work) – And no…I don’t have PC Anywhere damnit – I don’t want access to work files while I’m
trying to relax away from work at home
So we’ve got the Florida image resting there – I think I want to merge all those files together now (Key point here…Use the “Save As”
function each time you make a major change, that way you’ve got access to every stage of development)
Now I want to warp the image some more as a whole…Have fun with it – You can reverse it all by canceling out at any time…
Select a garnet color again as your foreground color in your color palette section – Get out your paint bucket tool - About three or four clicks in
each open space should fill the white areas…
Now we’re going to give this a little more panache…¡El Blendo Optioniono Seniora!
How do you say?? Ah yes! Go to blending options
We’re going to add a stroke again…About 7 pixels, outside, black
And we’re going to add a gradient overlay…Select the garnet and gold like we did last time…Reduce the scale all the way down to 10 so you can
see exactly where the gradient line will be…By either scrolling your mouse wheel in the angle box, or clicking the mouse button around the wheel,
find an angle you like, then increase the scale until you find a blend that works…
Yikes!! Does your Florida look crooked?? Mine sure does…
Right click on the eyedropper tool above the magnifying glass on the bottom left section of your toolbox….That gives you the option to select the
Find a line in your image you want to be straight – I’m going to go with the upper left tip of the West coast, and the upper right tip of the East
coast – Click and drag your mouse across those points…
Image, Rotate Canvas, Arbitrary, Do nothing but click okay here….Voila! Straighter than a Conservative Republican watching Brokeback
Go back to your blending options again because I forgot something here…Check the Bevel/Emboss box – Turn every dial and push every button – See
what you like and don’t like…Play around – All of Adobe Photoshop is like a big sandbox….a big old Etch-a-sketch….You can just shake it and
it all goes back to the way it was – Note: Do not actually shake your PC and blame me if it doesn’t work again…
So once you’ve found an emboss you like, smooth things out a little with the contour feature….And if you want to give Florida a huge case of the
measles, check the texture box
Got something like this? Good on ya mate….Any of my fellow “Vegemites” know the origins of that phrase? Just seeing if you’re all still
awake out there
The text used here is a Sans Serif…Why? Because tradition says so….haha – Apparently it’s easier for people to read quickly – That’s why
we all type and submit 99% of our daily work in Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Tahoma, what-have-you…
The text has been set to center…I’ve made a few adjustments in the character editing field….In the upper tool bar, you’ll see in the
middle-right a text warping button – Right next to that is a button that looks like a menu….The Character Editing box pops ups when click
there…Play around with it to get the feel for how you can change your font…You’ll have to go to select another parameter before you’ll see any
changes you made, again, all easy to restore if you goof something up….
You’re all pros here at gradients by now…But did you know you can make your stroke a gradient?!
Go on, that’s the ticket, hop in that
sand-box kiddo….In the stroke section, just change the “fill type” to gradient and have at it….
Now all that’s left really is the world map in the background – See! I told you guys I would get to this eventually…
I didn’t incorporate it into my logo until last b/c it wasn’t until I actually spoke with The Big Cheese that he said, “Eventually our goal is
to go global….Can you add a globe in the background?”
“Sure thing,” I said…
Finding a globe map on google images is tougher than it sounds….Take a look for yourself – This was the best I could find….
While I’m sure that “German Imports of Chrome Ore” maps are probably a dime-a-dozen in your neighborhood - why….given the excitability of the
subject matter and all….but I just couldn’t find a niche to fit into our little center logo…
We’re going to take that map…zoom in…Get an appropriately sized paint brush….Alt-click on any of the white countries (Note: White as in RGB
value, not nations of Caucasian origin, for all you sticklers out there) and begin to fill in those arrows and text markings….
If at any time you feel like you’re committing fraud or debauching another’s artwork while doing this…..Drink a few glasses of wine, read
one more time while soaking in a hot tub, then commence to tell yourself you’re a starving artist, you’re a starving artist, you’re
a starving artist….Repeat until cleansed…..
Do the same thing for the black areas…
Now we’re going to commit mass genocide…
See! I told you guys this would be fun! Bring the kids in and do this as a family exercise!
Keep that black paint brush handy and wipe out some of the smaller islands and tiny little inlets around the globe...While you’re at it, make the
parts that are supposed to be black, completely black, and the parts that are supposed to be white, completely white….
Now to invert – Ctrl+I
Ahhh! Blink your eyes a few times, it’ll be okay….
Magic wand time again….shift-click once in the Atlantic…once in the Arctic behind Russia….and one last time in the Caspian….Select
Inverse…Copy….paste into the rest of our logo….
You may need to stretch this out a bit to fit in the background….Edit, Free Transform, hold the shift key down while you pull the cursor out
diagonally to keep the image proportioned…Also, make sure this layer is dead bottom…
So there we have it folks…That’s pretty much it – Where you go from here is up to you, so long as you don’t slap this logo on your business
card and call it your own, have fun and do what you want with it….I don’t think you want the State of Florida suing you ;-)
Lots of potential still for subtle changes and personalization….
For example, we’ll be using this version as our full-color web logo….
The other one I showed at the beginning will be our limited-color print logo to cut down on print costs…
Another version of the logo has been modified to black & white for non-color print…
Little details….That’s where it’s at
I hope this has given some of you a few new pointers on how to use Photoshop….I’d love to see the fruit of your labor if you actually took the
time to go through this tutorial…
Ask me any questions you may have and I’ll be more than happy to answer…Maybe I blew through something too quick, or perhaps in my capricious
sarcasm and windy text, I overlooked a step….
This is meant for someone who has CS or CS2 and has a familiarity with Photoshop, but again – If something isn’t clear – Just ask!!
[edit on 3/10/2006 by EnronOutrunHomerun]