|Puppets made in Photoshop for animating in After Effects|
|Right click on your layer and click Blending Options... or just double click on the layer's thumbnail.|
Kind of a tangent, but I thought I'd show the steps of how I made those animals above. These were made to animate, and the bevel, along with a little drop shadow, gives them just enough dimension to seem more like actual little paper cutout puppets. Sort of. Anyway...
|Original sketch. I was looking at Oaxacan folk art when designing these guys.|
|I brought the sketch into Flash and made all the separate pieces on different layers. Then I exploded them out so nothing overlapped, and exported the pieces as a png. I reassembled in Photoshop, lining up all the pieces on separate layers.|
|I have folders full of textures and fabrics. Mayang Textures is a great resource.|
|Here's a piece of tweed I found and then played with different colors and layer properties until I got something I liked.|
|I want to add the texture to the top shell. When I hold down the Command key and click on the shell layer thumbnail, it selects the shell. (The shell layer doesn't have to be selected to do this.)|
And one final little step-by-step with bevels. Sometimes the bevel tool isn't enough and I have to paint in my own bevel.
|Finished illustration for three rhyming words in Russian: Picture, Car and Tire (or was it Wheel? don't remember.)|
|Character imported from Flash.|
|Standard Bevel and Drop Shadow applied to the layer.|
|Because this guy wasn't in lots of pieces like the armadillo, the standard bevel wouldn't cut it. I had to go in and paint some of my own bevels and shadows. Then I added a little bit of shading and accents to finish him off.|