How to make bottle cap images using psp

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How to make bottle cap images using psp
Bottle cap images are relatively easy to make with Photoshop. (bottle caps image by Christopher Walker from Fotolia.com)

Photoshop allows graphic artists and hobbyists a platform to manipulate images or create them from scratch. While it takes some time and practice to become proficient working with Photoshop, tutorials can take you a long way in creating images such as bottle caps. Bottle caps are a popular image used in many ways, including on social networking sites.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Alien Skin's Eye Candy 4000

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download or create a cog shape. The cog shape should not have a drop shadow but must have a solid background. Save the image.

    How to make bottle cap images using psp
    A cog shape has teeth around the edges. (cog image by Andrzej Solnica from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Open your cog shape in Photoshop. Use the Magic Wand to select the background. Right-click and choose "Select Inverse." Right-click and choose "Make Work Path." Select "OK."

  3. 3

    Go to Edit>Define Custom Shape. Name your shape as "cog" and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Open a new image with the dimensions of two inches by two inches 300 DPI. Turn on the rulers at View>Rulers if they aren't already on. Drag a guide from both rulers to halfway across the image.

  5. 5

    Select the Custom Shape tool. Choose the cog shape you made. Paste the cog into the image box you just created. The cog should fill up the box but not touch the edge. Center the cog to the guides.

  6. 6

    Go to Layer>Rastersize. Select the Ellipse Selection tool. Hold down the "Shift" and "Alt" keys to draw a circle on top of the cog where you want the teeth to end.

  7. 7

    Right-click and choose "Select Inverse." Hit the "Delete" button on the keyboard.

  8. 8

    Select the cog shape layer on the layer palette. Run the Eye Candy 4000 Chrome filter on the layer. Choose the reflection map that appeals to you most. Change the bevel width setting to 3.24 and the bevel height to 100. The bevel profile should have a straight diagonal line from the upper left corner to the bottom right corner. Click "OK."

  9. 9

    Select the Circle layer. Go to Layer>Rastersize>Shape. Run the Chrome filter using bevel settings of .02 width and 100 height and Outside Marquee. Click "OK."

  10. 10

    Delete the background layer. Save the bottle cap as a PSD file with layers intact.

Tips and warnings

  • Save the blank bottle cap image first and add decorations later, if you wish.
  • Always save a decorated bottle cap image as a different name so you can reuse the blank bottle cap for new designs.
  • Save your work as you go through the steps just in case you have a crash or accidentally exit the program.

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