Submitted by colleen on 14 February 2013 - 12:15pm.
The other day when I was thinking about ways to not acknowledge Valentine's Day, I took a heart-shaped path created in Adobe Illustrator and started applying a bunch Photoshop layer effects to it---effects I basically lifted four Deke's Techniques (and one from our friend-in-Photoshop, Nigel French)---all of which were originally designed as text effects.
But it had occurred to me that any layer effects you pile onto text in Photoshop can be just as easily applied to a shape. For the most part, I just took the instructions from Nigel and Deke, inserted the heart-shaped path we drew in Illustrator a few weeks ago into a new shape layer, and applied the layer effects to my shape instead of text. Here are the results:
Although reminiscent of sitting around making valentines with doilies, glitter, and glue in my youth, this was much more fun and required much less clean up. Also, my mom never let me use flames.
And any shape will do, so if you want to turn your shamrocks to gold, your easter eggs to chocolate, or set a decidedly unsuspecting snowflake on fire, you're set for every holiday as long as you can create (or find) a path shape to use.
Read on to see my notes and get links to the video instructions I used. Note, all but one of these techniques are documented in movies that are actually unlocked for everyone at lynda.com, (and if you need a free trial week for the fire project, you can sign up for one one at lynda.com/deke). Read more »