Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create this powerful, superhero-style, emblem of a letter from scratch. This tutorial is in 2 parts. In the first part, I’ll show you how to create this carbon
fiber background and design the template for your emblem. In Part 2, I’ll show you how
to add color, texture and dimension. The first step is make your foreground and background
colors white and black, respectively. It they aren’t, click this icon to make them black
and white and invert them by clicking this icon. Create a new document by going to File
and New. Name it whatever you’d like. Make its Width: 1550 pixels, its Height: 870 pixels
and the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch. The Color Mode is RGB and 8 bits per Channel.
Open your list of Background Contents and click “Background Color”. Then, click OK. Make a copy of the background by pressing Ctrl + J on Windows or Cmd + J on a Mac. Go to View and make sure Rulers and Snap are checked. If they aren’t, just click on them.
Go to the ruler on the left and drag out a guideline to the center of your document.
It’ll snap in place because we have “Snap” checked. If you don’t see the guideline, press
Ctrl or Cmd + H. Go to the ruler at the top and drag down another guideline to the center. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure your Click the Radial gradient icon is active. Click the gradient box, which opens the Gradient Editor. Click the top, left preset thumbnail, which
represents your foreground and background colors. Click the lower, left Stop and the
color box. In the Brightness field, type in 50%. This gives us 50% grey. Then, click OK on both windows. Go to the middle and press and hold “Shift” as you drag a gradient line
to the right edge of your document. Then, release. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery.
Open the Distort folder and click “Glass”. Make the Texture: Tiny Lens, the Distortion:
20, the Smoothness: 1 and the Scaling: 50%. Then, click OK. Click the New layer icon to make a new layer. Open your Pen Tool and choose “Path”. If you’re working on version CS5 or
earlier, the Path Tool is here. Click approximately here on your guideline and release. Click again approximately here. This draws a straight path. Release and press and hold Shift as
you click again approximately here to add a 45 degree path. Holding Shift adheres the
path to 45, 90 and 180 degrees. Release and press and hold Shift again as you click on
the guide line to add a horizontal path. Release and press and hold Shift again as you click
your first anchor point to close the path. Right-click directly on the path and click
“Make Selection”. Keep the Feather Radius 0 pixels and click OK. We’ll fill the selection
with black and since black is the background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. To deselect
it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Make a copy of it. Go to Edit, Transform and Flip Horizontal. Press “v” to open your Move Tool and press and hold Shift as you slide it across until
it snaps to the vertical guide line. Merge the 2 shapes by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E. Hide the guide lines by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H. Double-click on an empty area of the
shape layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Inner Glow”. Change the Blend Mode
to Normal and the Opacity: 100%. Make the Technique: Precise and the Source: Edge. Make the Choke: 100% and the Size: 45 pixels. Click “Stroke”. Make the Size: 12 pixels and the
Position: Inside. Then, click OK. Click off the eyeball next to the gradient background
to hide the layer. We’re ready to add text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and choose
a heavy font. I’m using “Kilogram Regular”. If you’d like to use this font as well, I
provided its link in the video’s description or project files. Temporarily make its size
100 points, Sharp and Center Alignment. The color should be white. Click in the middle and type your character. For this font, I’m using upper case. To enlarge it, click your Move Tool and open
your Transform Tool by and pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a
diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it out. To reposition
it, go inside the Transform and move it. You’ll probably notice it’s not moving smoothly.
That’s because “Snap” is still active. Go back to View and click “Snap” to deactivate it. Continue to reposition and resize it. Don’t be concerned with the areas of your
text that are outside the background shape. We’ll take of that next. To accept the Transform, press Enter or Return. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the text. Using the layer mask, we’ll hide areas of the text that extends past the background
shape. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a selection over the top of your
character. We’ll fill the selection with black and since black is the foreground color, press
Alt or Option + Delete. Then, deselect it. Open your Pencil Tool and the Pencil Picker.
Make its size approximately 70 pixels and its Hardness and Opacity: 100%. The, press
Enter or Return. If you don’t see your pencil, you probably have the Shift key active. If
you do, just press the “CapLocks” key to see your pencil. Now, draw over the bottom
areas of your character that extend past the background shape. Click the large “T” to make
your text active. Open the Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels.
Click the small circular icon at the bottom to make a selection of the image on your canvas.
Open back your Layers panel and click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. In this
empty layer, fill the selection with black. Then, deselect it. Make the gradient background visible and hide the text and the original background shape. In Part 2, I’ll show you how to transform it into a powerful, superhero-style emblem. This is Marty from Blue Lightning
TV. Thanks for watching!