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Preppy Beams Tutorial

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, feel free to leave me a wordpress comment on this page, or contact me on Facebook! :) Enjoy~!

Step one

Cut out your site model, stroke them, and make your vector, but do NOT merge them together.

Step two

Take the pen tool and make a new anchor point (by clicking) on the top left.

Now, click and drag downward on the right side of the site model, like below.

Again, click and drag downward on the left side of the site model.

Continue on in that fashion until you’re close to the bottom, and make your final point without dragging downward.

Step three

Make a new layer. Take a small circle brush at size 3-4px, and go to Window > Paths. In the paths palette, there is a work path item. Right click on it, and hit “Stroke Path.” Uncheck the “stimulate pressure” box, and hit ok. Then, right click and delete the work path.

Step four

Duplicate this layer, and on it put a gradient overlay of your color scheme. Then, duplicate the layer again and merge them together. Drag the gradiented beam layer underneath the white beam layer.
Then, go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Make your settings:
Amount: 15%
Distribution: Gaussian
Check the Monochromatic box.
Now, click on the move tool. Click the down arrow key twice.

Step five

Merge the two beam layers together, and then you are going to erase every other line over your site model so that it looks like the beam is going around them. See below for reference:

And then when you erase the lines:

Step six

Now, add a drop shadow to your beam layer, at 30% opacity.

And that’s it!

Add some text and a border to your sign and you’re done!

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