Jump to content

[Tutorial]Create A Leopard ‘X’ in Photoshop


Recommended Posts

With the recent release of Mac OS X Leopard, I’ve decided to create a tutorial where you can create your own ‘X’. This tutorial is a great exercise in using the dodge and burn tool as well as working with selections.


Set the stage. Take a dark photo will very little color so you can see the X in proper lighting. If the X were against a white background, it would be hard to see the highlights of the edges in the later stages of this tutorial. This desatuared Cosmos Wallpaper will do the job to achieve this.




Type out the ‘X’


Take the text tool and type out the capital letter ‘X’. I’ve found that the “Myriad Pro Bold” font creates a close resemblance to the real X used in Apple’s artwork. Make the size of the X around 800 pt. (Remember, its always better to start large, then scale down when you are finished.) Set the color to the default black.


Gradient Overlay Layer Style




Next, apply a layer style effect to the ‘X’. To access the layer style palette, with the X layer selected, go to the menu under Layer >> Layer Style >> Gradient Overlay. Set the opacity to 9% and the angle to -90 degrees.

Bevel Edge


Right click the ‘T’ corresponding to the text layer and choose “Select Layer Transparency”. Create a new layer above the X and fill in the selection with the color #4c4c4c. After that, go to Select >> Modify >> Contract… Contracting the selection will reduce the size of the selection similar to how a image transform would. Depending on how large you’re, you’ll want to change the contraction size, but the particular size I made the ‘X’, I’ll choose 3 pixels. Now with that new layer still select, hit delete so that the new layer trims around the ‘X’.



A small subtle trim will give the effect of depth.


Dodge & Burn Tools

Its time to take out the dodge and burn tools. These tools are very good for a situation like this because they won’t add any new pixels and the tools won’t harm layers other than the one that is selection. With both of these tools, make sure you use a brush hardness of 0%. This will stop any harsh lines created. It takes a while to get the setting right for the situation, but I’ve found the dodge tool works great at a Range of Shadows and Exposure at 21% (changes these in the options palette). For the burn tool, a Range of Shadows and Exposure set to 6% (yes that 6%, these tools need little exposure have an effect on the image). Add highlights and shadows to the trim layer just like you were painting on it.



The dodge and burn tools should add perspective and proper lighting to the ‘X’.


Use the Selection Tool As A Mask

A great way to create an edge is to take the square marquee selection tool, and create along the crease of the ‘X’. Take the dodge tool and brush inside the selection, then go to Select >> Inverse and burn the other side.




Using the rectangle marquee tool is a great way to create edges at joints in the ‘X’ when using the dodge and burn tools.



Last but not least is the large gloss reflection that will come across the X. Create a new layer and select the pen tool. With the paths option chosen from options palette, create a swoosh across the ‘X’ and close the pen path outside & around the ‘X’. Take the Path Selection Tool (the point just above the pen tool) and right click on the path and pick “Fill Path…”. Fill the path with white. Again using the “Select Layer Transparency” from the X text layer, create the selection and go to Select >> Inverse and delete the white outside the X.

Change the opacity of the gloss layer to around 40%. Create a layer mask for the gloss layer. Take a white to black gradient set to radial, and drag a gradient from the left side of the X where the reflection appears on the X to about 200 pixels past where the reflection leaves on other side of the X. With a large black brush set to 0% hardness (we don’t want any edges) brush along top left of ‘X’ to fade out some reflection.


Final Result:




Download PSD File


Video how to:


Credits: tutorialdog

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Posts

    • DESTARION.COM - New Fantasy World Lineage 2 High Five Craft-PvP x50. » Grand Opening 3 December 2021 at 18:00 UTC +1 « Lf you were looking for a quality server High Five, on which you can really have a good time and stay for a long time, then you to us! At us you on advantage estimate service and quality of work of all resources of the project! Our team is interested in absolutely every player who, of course, does not violate the rules of the project. We are happy to provide our players with a truly high-quality product, accompanying it all with a decent advertising budget, which will bring together great online! And also the advanced system of support of players where everyone can address on any question and receive the answer satisfying it! We are happy to provide you, the first and unique game world of its kind «Naga» Craft-PvP x50.   • WEB SITE: - Destarion.com   • BASIC: - Server Chronicles: High Five. - Platform: Java + PTS (Skills, Ai, Geo Engine). - Server: Craft-PvP - Easy start, without difficult character leveling.   • ON THE SERVER YOU WILL FIND: - Players from all over the world! - The strongest clans and const party! - PvP battles 24/7 and hot Olympiad! - Constant server support by advertising! - Server without Wipes! - Stable operation of all project resources! - Quality assurance and protection from third-party software!   • MAIN INFORMATION: - Server Rates: Exp: x50, SP: x50, Adena: x30, Drop: x15, Spoil: x15, Quest Reward: x10, Quest Items: x10, Quest Drop: x10, Epaulettes: x10, Raid Boss: x10, Fame: x2. - All prices are indexed according to our rates. - All characters appear in the starting location Town of Dion. - Unique Community Board (Alt+B) - Here you can find absolutely everything. - Daily steep promotions and contests. - In all places where characters appear, there are all necessary NPC. - Automatic learning of all skills. - All characters have been added a small starting capital. - There are commands to turn off the experience and block the buff. - The slots in the inventory are increased. - Unique Buffer, GM-Shop and Gatekeeper. - Unique system for changing the appearance of the armor, weapon and character. - Increased Chance Craft Master Work on 5%. - The island of Hellbound is open and has 11 level. - Unique ACP-service. - Regular automatic Tournaments / Events with awards. - The Mana Potion restores MP like HP recovery cans. - Qualitative support for players.   It is simply impossible to list everything! To see everything with your own eyes, just go to the game and plunge into the fabulous world of our project (and this is not just words, you will find a lot of little things in the game that will simplify your game).   • More information of the server: https://forum.destarion.com/topic/2916-description-of-the-game-world-naga-x50/
    • After i change IP on l2.ini, the client seem still connect to old Trinity server, how can i sold it?
    • Best luck my friend! 100% recommended
    • Please vote for rates!
  • Topics

  • Create New...

AdBlock Extension Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our members.

Please disable AdBlock browser extension first, to be able to use our community.

I've Disbaled AdBlock