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					 Chains in Photoshop 5.5


Chains
Welcome to the Chains tutorial. This tutorial was designed to teach you how to create realistic shiny
industrial chains for your interfaces and wallpapers. This is an advanced tutorial, therefore, I won't provide
e-mail support.


                                                1    Start by creating a new 500x500 document. Set the
                                                     type tool up with the following settings:

                                                     Font: Verdana
                                                     Strength: Bold
                                                     Size: 200pt

                                                     Type the letters "O" and "L" on seperate layers.
                                                     Rasterize the letters and stretch them to 130% of their
                                                     original height. (Check the Info palette while you are
                                                     adjusting the height with the Transform command)

                                                     Note: You won't be able to get the round edges on
                                                     your "L" letter, I'll show you how later on.



                                                2    Activate the "O's" Transparency Mask (Ctrl + Click
                                                     On Layer), and click "Save Selection As Channel" in
                                                     the Channels palette. Apply four consecutive Gaussian
                                                     Blurs with the amounts in this order: 10px, 5px, 2.5px,
                                                     and 1.25px. Apply a Curves adjustment with these
                                                     settings. Invert the selection and hit the Delete key on
                                                     your keyboard.
Chains in Photoshop 5.5


                          3   Select the "O" layer and apply these Lighting Effects
                              settings. Activate the "O's" Transparency Mask, lock
                              the layer's transparency and add a 2.5 pixel Gaussian
                              Blur. Now add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer
                              with these settings. Add a Curves adjustment layer
                              with these settings.

                              You have now finished the "0" link in the chain.




                          4   To get the round edges for the "L", activate it's
                              Transparency Mask and click "Save Selection As
                              Channel" in the Channels palette. Deselect the channel
                              and apply a 10 pixel Gaussian Blur to it. Now add
                              these Levels settings. You should now have an "L"
                              with round edges. Import this new shape back into the
                              layers palette, and repeat the commands you applied to
                              the "O" layer to finish it.




                          5   Now place the chains however you want. You can
                              align them strait like I did, or you can bend them with
                              a bit more work. Once you have them positioned in the
                              way you like, merge the links into one layer and add a
                              Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer with these
                              settings. Now add a default Drop Shadow and Inner
                              Shadow Layer Style. Put a simple background in there,
                              and you should get something like the image to the
                              left.
 Chains in Photoshop 5.5




Discussion
This is an advanced tutorial, therefore, I won't provide e-mail support. Post your question in the tutorials
forum. Click here to go to the discussion forum.

Dan Caylor
http://www.thinkdan.com
E-mail: dan@thinkdan.com
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