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★ Owner: Kayla
★ Opened: 06/09/17
★ Program: Photoshop CC 2020
★ Version: 13
★ Started Sw: 2005ish
★ Host: Myself
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beams v1 tutorial

This tutorial has an easy way to do curves for beams because I know alot of people struggle with them. Please keep in mind this tutorial looks very long because it's very detailed. Once you learn how to do this, it wont take you long to do it yourself. There are also multiple "checkpoints" in the tutorial where you can be done or choose to continue with more (like the optional pattern)

What you'll need:
♥ A gradient
♥ Optional: pattern

You'll be making something like:

The Steps

1. Click on the pen tool.

2. Use the pen tool to place the first point of where you want the beam. I outlined mine in red to show you.

3. Put down your second point where you want it. These can be done so many ways it's unreal. Far down from the first point, closer to the first point, far or close from the sitemodel, and so on. Pick where you want it

4. Continue your points.

5. Click on the "Convert point tool" (this is in the same section as the pen tool) and use it on the little squares of the points. This is what will happen with the lines when you're curving it (outlined in red). Your curve can be wide or short or whatever you want.

6. Continue using the Convert Point Tool to curve all of the points.

7. Select a color for the beam (the color you choose doesn't really matter right now though. You'll see why later). Click on the brush tool, select the circle brush that should have came with Photoshop. It's one of the preset brushes. Make it size 3px

If you don't have it than download it >> click here

8. Click on the pen tool. Right click somewhere on your sign where you used the pen tool previously. A box thing will pop up. Click "Stroke Path." Make sure the tool says "brush" and click ok. Click the backspace key on your keyboard twice to get rid of the pen tool selection. Now you should see something like this.

9. Click on the eraser tool. Use a circle brush (like the one in step 7) at a size that isn't too huge. Zoom if you need to. Use the eraser tool to erase EVERY OTHER LINE that COVERS the sitemodel. See how I kept the first line, but erased the second?
TIP: if one of your lines goes over the sitemodels face, ERASE THAT LINE and then do every other around that line because nobody wants to see a line through a sitemodels face lol

Right here I erased one line

And now I've erased every other line.

10. Hold in ctrl on your keyboard and click the layer thumbnail

The beam should be selected now. See the thingie moving?

11. Click "Layer >> New Fill Layer >> Solid Color >> ok" choose the color you want the beam to be. Delete the original layer with the beam. You should have just the fill layer with the beam now. Repeat step 10. Click "Layer >> New Fill Layer >> Gradient >> ok" and choose your gradient.

12. Drag the gradient layer underneath the color beam layer.

13. Click Filter >> Other >> Offset >> Rasterize (if it pops up) >> match your settings to mine

I have this now


You can be done or you can continue.

1. Duplicate the gradient layer. Add a black color overlay to it. Match your settings to mine and click ok.

"Click Filter >> Noise >> Add Noise"

2. There should be two gradient layers. Click on the bottom one, click on the move tool, and move it down 1-2 times and to the right 1-2 times.
I have this now

more optional lmao does it ever end?

1. Duplicate the bottom gradient layer. Now there's 3 gradient layers. Drag the duplicated layer underneath (it should be on the bottom now). Click "Filter >> Blur >> Radial Blur (or do a motion blur if you prefer those)" match your radial blur settings to mine:

I have this now

LOL more options and then I swear i'm done

1. Create a new layer. Drag it underneath the sitemodel layer. Click on the brush tool and choose the circle brush again like you did in step 7 except make the brush size like 20px this time.

2. Use the color black and color inside all of the areas of the beam that are closed off. Like this

Color all of the areas in

3. Hold in CTRL (control) on your keyboard and click on the layers thumbnail. The black areas should be selected now.

4. Click "Layer >> New Fill Layer >> Pattern >> ok" and choose whatever pattern you want.

♥ Cutout & Pattern by Jen!