Adobe Photoshop Beginner: Node Graphic Pattern with Shapes, Groups & Color Adjustments Tutorial | Benjamin Halsall | Skillshare

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Adobe Photoshop Beginner: Node Graphic Pattern with Shapes, Groups & Color Adjustments Tutorial

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your File

    • 3. Draw, Rotate and Duplicate Your Nodes

    • 4. Group & Create Multiple Copies with Layer Groups

    • 5. Add Color to Your Design

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About This Class

In this easy to follow class you will cover how to work with and control vector shape layers as you create this node design. 

Covered in this class:

  • Create Shape Layers
  • Rotate & Duplicate Shapes
  • Duplication shortcuts
  • Grouping with Layers
  • Transforming & Rotating Multiple Layers
  • The Direct Selection Tool to Manipulate Shapes
  • Color Control with Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers
  • Layer Masks for blending layers

All of this along with an awesome shareable design at the end of your class.

I can't wait to see what you come up with in your projects.

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi there. So in this class, we're gonna have a look at how we create this node diagram in Italy for a shop using some simple shape players on some of the transformation tools as well as layer grouping. So all these different techniques are really useful in different areas will be working within Photoshopped. So let's go ahead and get started. Click the enroll button. Andi will dive in and have a look at how we create this note pattern design in Adobe Photoshopped. 2. Setting Up Your File: So for the first step here, we're gonna go ahead and create Our new documents are gonna go to file on new and we're gonna create in 1920 by 10. 80 documents. So this is the HD TV format. We're gonna leave the resolution at 300 pixels per inch. We're gonna leave RGB color in the background is white on the color profiles s RGB So I want all these settings a set. We'll just call this node in true. I'm we'll click. OK, and the first thing we'll do here now is go to file on did save as we're going to save this onto the desktop and make sure that you've got photo shop as the former. 3. Draw, Rotate and Duplicate Your Nodes: Okay, so now that we got our files up, let's go ahead and draw our first note. So I'm gonna come across to my shape tools on the left hand side here in Adobe for shop. And these are all vector based tools that will be using here. So I'm gonna grow first of all the lie Until now, the light is kind of funny because you'd think that with the lines will you be adjusting the stroke in adobe for shop? But that's not the case. We're actually gonna turn the stroke off and turn on the fill and leave us the nice bright magenta. And then with a fill set, we're gonna make sure that we have the weight set to around five pixels. So 45 or six pixels on will be a good wait for this line because actually, the lion toll at over a shop is drawing a very thin rectangle. OK, we've got some different options for different types of line a day before shop, we're gonna stick with the basics solid line that we have here and also make sure that you have shaped layer turned on rather than path or pixels. The nice thing about working with shape players is that they're scalable, so we can scale them up, scale them down, and we won't lose any quality when we're resize and most layers. So I'm gonna go ahead here on D, find roughly the middle of my canvas and just drag out, and I'm gonna hold down the shift key as I do this. Just drag out this line on. I wanted to be able to rotate within my canvas here, so I'm gonna stop it around about here to the space for it to rotate in a full circle in a second. Now, once I've drawn that first shape, I'm gonna go to my shape tools here and grab the Ellipse tool. And because we've got this layer selected were still drawing shapes. When we draw the second shape, it will actually grow these shapes onto the same layer. So now I've just sumed end by tapping control or command and plus, and I'm just gonna hold down shift as I draw on this circle there. Okay? And that's gonna keep the circle in proportion as we drop it onto the campus. Now I want to move this to line up with my line to the tool I need to use to do this. Is the path selection tool OK that we have down here towards the bottom off our toolbar on left hand side and photo shop. So with that selected, I can move my path around. Okay, I'm just gonna let it hang to the end of that shape there. So now we have our first shape drawn out and I'll be Photoshopped. We can hit the enter key or return on. I'm gonna hold down command or control on tap, zero toe zoom back to fit. So we have our our first node there, and actually, I'm just gonna resize this circle just a tiny bit. So I'm gonna highlight that with a path selection tool on. Just transform this a little bit. So it's a little smaller, and we just move that back up and we can see it snapping into the middle of that shape there. Okay, so that's really now I'm gonna jump back to my move tool. I'm gonna jump back to my move told up at the top of the tool by here, and we'll go through the next step of creating our first set of nodes. So now that we have our first no drawn out, we're gonna transform this and then duplicate that transformation around our circle It. So I'm gonna make sure I've got my layers selected festival either by highlighting the layer or command and clicking on the lay here. And I'm gonna then held down Commander Control and Tap the Tiki. And when I mentioned command, if you're working on the PC, then the command key will be replaced by the control key. And so when I've brought up my free transform options here, what I want to do is move this anchor point across to the point of which I want to rotate or pivot my shape around as I rotate and duplicate its. That's gonna be across the left here, right in the center around where are notable? Rotate. So now I'm gonna come to the outside here on begin to rotate this on. I want to rotate this other the angle I'm using divide exactly into 360. So I'm gonna have 20 notes around this. No diagram. So I'm gonna make my angle here 18 so you might want to come out of it. It's gonna mean you can pull a finer angle on. We're just gonna drop this, right 18 there, OK? And you can see up here. I'm in 18.2 up in the options tool by here. And I could actually change that to 18. Enter on that will apply that change. So now we wanna repeat that transformation, but duplicate at the same time on the short cut for this is shift ult option and then held down Commander Control, depending on whether you're on a Mac or a PC and then tap T and you'll see that that transformation repeats itself and we create a Jupiter increment of 18 degrees all the way around that circle. Perfect. We're gonna go ahead and pull these layers into a group so that we can manage them bit more easily as we add more nodes to our project. So I'm gonna pull my layers panel out here just so I can see what we have a bit more clearly here and you can see I've got 20 notes snow from shape, one to shape one copy and so on and so forth are not too worried about the name of that. What I'm mostly really worried about is the naming off the layer groups that I'm gonna create NASA. I'm gonna click on my top most layer, hold down shift click on my bottom layer. And now I'm gonna go ahead and come up to my menu option up here the top right of my layers panel and go to new group from less on local, this mode original. So, actually, when we're working on knows, we're gonna leave this layer intact so that we always have ah, version of the original node layer that we can go back to sewing to do command or control. And it's now to save this on except the maximize compatibility options there. So once I save this, we're gonna go ahead now and how we duplicate these groups on, then create this into ah, bigger pattern 4. Group & Create Multiple Copies with Layer Groups: So now I'm gonna go ahead and duplicate this layer twice. So I'm gonna hold down the hockey click on this layer group and drag it up, and you should see that little double headed black and white arrow there and that's gonna allow me to create copy. You can also hold down the bulky and drag it down to the new labour. And here, if that seems a little bit easier and click. OK, so now we'll call this node 01 and no zero to. And I'm just double clicking on the name there to bring that up. And then I'm gonna go to my original node layer on and turn that layer off, okay? So I can't change or or mess that up. So now we've no no one selected. I'm gonna grab my move. It'll make sure I got a little selected and just drag this across the left. Now, what you'll want to do at this point in time is make sure that you haven't got Auto Select turned on at the moment and also that you got group turned on for the main selection. That means that if I hold down command or control I can flip between the groups, but I have selected here, so held down command or control tap when you're layer and you can see those layers swapping as I select them, I'm just gonna position these. So I've got one of these layers lined up, and I'm gonna connect these notes together. So to connect these two, I'm gonna jump back to some of the tools that have down here from working with my shape players. And it's gonna be a different till this time. We're gonna go to the direct selection tool. I'm gonna grab that. And then around this note on the end of this line, I'm gonna drag a marquee, and it's gonna select all those points within that section of this shape. So now if I He's my left cursor, you can see that I'm moving the end of that light and I'm gonna hold down, shift on tap, my left cursor to move a little more so you can see if I tap up or down, it's gonna move it by slightly larger increment than it does without the shift key selected . So I can just keep going to the left if I'm going to zoom in just so that we can see when we've matched those two circles up perfectly. So it looks pretty good. So now if I go to Commander Zero, you can see we've got our nodes connected there so I can close notes one and two. And I can now highlight both of these. So I'm clicking on node to first highlighting load one, and I've come back to my move tool. And if I hold down command and tap T now I can transform both those layers down, and we can just keep building this up so I'm gonna rotate this. That's the nice thing about the rotation that we're doing here is that there's always gonna be a node on one of these size. It's gonna match up wherever we want to, because we're going to duplicate the same shape. So I'm gonna held down the R key now dragged down to my new layers button on. I'm duplicating both of those two layers. So now if I move these out, you can see I can quite quickly begin to build up this diagram. So will position this guy around about here. I just rename these and Now, I'm gonna come back down to my direct selection tool draw around this note here on just soon right in and then just hovering over one of the points there. I can drag that down. Tom, I know that I have here. And then just use the cursor keys toe lock that into position and hit. Enter once. I'm happy with a position. So if I hold on command zero now, you can see that we're building up these node layers quite nicely. Okay? We can also create subgroups. So if I highlight these layers two and I come across here, I can create a new group from those groups of layers, so I can call this for node circles. And that just means I can make this process happen a bit more quickly. So with this selected now, I can transform, move, rotate, duplicated. Jump back to the move to or make sure I've got my layers selected on. Then I can move this across. And then I jumped to my direct selection tool. Zoom in a little on. We can Pulis across and connect the notes. Come on. Now, jump back to the move tool with both of those selected and then just move these down on into shots on Enter as a couple other things I can do here as well. If I use the direct selection till here, I can grab these notes on move multiple selections at the same time. And I can also transform those notes as well so you can see can transform this up. Enter jump back to the move, talk on de minimis thes, and we are beginning toe, build up some notes and different sizes of nodes on generally improving the design of this . 5. Add Color to Your Design: So now we're gonna go ahead and add some color to these notes. So we're gonna add a backdrop with Grady int and then also drops in color into the nose and look at how we complain. Adjust these multiple layers in one. Go to the first thing you do here is just group these two layers. So I'm gonna grab those two layer groups and create a new group from this layers and I just leave that cold group one on. The reason I'm doing that is because when I now user hue and saturation adjustment layer, I can use a clipping mask toe Just be adjusting those layers. And the nice thing that we have within all these no delays that we have is that everything is still there. It's all still completely creditable on we can keep moving around editing it, changing it. So let's minimize thes I'm not a doctor. My layers panel back down to the bottom right here and we're gonna add a new hue and saturation adjustment layer. I'm gonna click on this and I'm gonna set it to cull arised, which is gonna now colorize those layers. So we're Brighton this up a bit and then tweak The hue actually will go for this nice kind of muted look for this one. Okay, now, this year and saturation adjustment layer is adjusting all the layers behind. So I'm actually going to right click here on, get it to be a clipping mask. Okay. And one last thing we can do is if we duplicate that hue saturation adjustment layer and have to They're clipping masks. Then what we can do here is with this layer mass that we have here. If I grab the brush tool, gonna go back to one of the default brushes here. Nice, soft edged brush, and I'm gonna tweak the hue for this layer. I had a bit more saturation in that. Okay? And now, with this soft brush of the hardness is turned right down to zero. And I just right clicked toe. Bring that up on the brush is made nice and big, so 400 or 1000 should be nice. And so now I've got black as my brush layer. So when I paint this in, it's going to reveal some of that lay behind. So we get this nice kind of blend of those two different layers. Okay, So you can see on the layer mask here and paying black and white here. And if I come in here, I can change different parts of those notes. And I can either do it softly like a Grady in here with this very soft brush where I could use a hard brush to kind of get some very specific points in there. Okay, so let's had a background here. So I'm gonna go to my Grady and Phil, okay? And I'm gonna use the foreground and the background color here, too. Fill my document. And I'm just gonna said it to read my foreground color and yellow is my background color. It's a nice bright colors, and we can modify these with the hue and saturation adjustment layer. So I've got my radiant selected. I've got radio Grady in selected here. You can see up in the options toolbar on. What I'm gonna do is zoom out a little bit. And the reason for this is that now I can get that radio Grady into flow nicely across the whole of that canvas. Now, this is really strong in terms of the saturation that color at the moment, so I'm gonna add a new hue saturation adjustment layer to that. And now I can do is I can darken that down, which is gonna let my nodes stand out a bit more. And then I can also tweak the color. And actually, I think you've hit on something that's working quite well that it's nice. Strong red, nice magenta to the red there. Okay, so what's happening here? And we need to be careful of this one. We're working with Radius is that we're getting this banding across the Grady int. So what, I'm gonna go ahead and do now is add some noise to that background, radiant to break it up a little bit to give it a nicer look. So I'm gonna I'm gonna flatten these two layers now, so I'm gonna cry like my background, hold our shift and highlight the hue saturation adjustment layer that I have here and then come up here and go to emerge layers or Comandini. And then I'm going to jump up to my filters. My noise on. I'm gonna add noise to these lasts now, as we're adding noise these layers, we want to just watch for that banding on. Make sure that we're seeing when it's starting to appear. So as I drop this down to zero or close to zero, you'll see that banding reappear. So if I start to increase that nice toe three or 3.5, we start to lose that banding. So if you printed this out, just click OK there to come back out of that. And if we view this 100% you can see that noise has really kind of broken up that background. So I'm gonna do Commander Zero Control and zero to zoom to fit. And you can see now that we've got this nice note based pan and we can improve and kind of work and build on this by duplicating more than nodes. So if you remember, we kept our original notes. So if we want to duplicate that up here on, turn that on, then we can transform the original note and connect it to something else that's going on here. So you can see when we start to overlay this, it starts to get interesting as well, but I'm gonna leave this to the right hand side and just line these two notes up roughly. Enter and then we'll jump to the direct selection tool. And I'll just pull this down to match up with that smaller node that's down here. Okay, So you can see we begin to connect those different diagrams on what we could do here and what we could do Here we have the hue saturation, Andi, the same colors that we used to change the modes behind. If we duplicate those above this layer, okay? And I'm gonna right click Andi, create clipping masks. That's clipping to this bigger Knoedler. Now, OK, you can see now that we get this color matching up with those layers behind. So if I go to my hue saturation adjustment layer, I can I can begin to brush in. I'm just I'm just gonna flip this to black some of the other color in tow, just that note up at the top. But let it translate down into the same color as these other notes so we can connect These knows these different slides nodes together within their layers. Okay, so we finished up here. Now we've covered everything that I want to cover in this class of making nodes in adobe flat shop. You can play around with it. You can use image layers as well as the vector based layers that we're working with here. Andi, really? All you need to do now is go ahead and play, have some fun and see what you can come up with with some different designs. Andi, I look forward to seeing what you post on the project board.