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LINE – Creating an Optical Illusion

LINE – Creating an Optical Illusion

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An beginner to intermediate Photoshop project using the pen tool, paint bucket, and brushes to create an Optical illusion. Original concept by Jen Runde of rundesroom.blogspot.com.
An beginner to intermediate Photoshop project using the pen tool, paint bucket, and brushes to create an Optical illusion. Original concept by Jen Runde of rundesroom.blogspot.com.

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Published by: Angie Amos on Sep 17, 2011
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THE MAGIC OF LINE
Creating an Optical Illusion
Step 1:
Create a new Photoshop document with the following specifications:1.
 
Name: LINE-Optical Illusion 2.
 
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches 3.
 
Resolution: 1504.
 
Background Color: White 5.
 
Leave all other defaults as listed.
Step 2:
Select the gradient tool, and create a vertical Linear Gradient in Black/White.Apply the Gradient to your canvas.
Step 3:
Next let’s apply a Filter to create our Sunburst effect.1.
 
Go to Filter
>
Distort 
>
Wave 2.
 
In the dialogue box, choose Square as Wave Type 3.
 
Move the Wavelength slider UP to increase the number of stripes and the size of the stripe. (I used 186/187)4.
 
Move the Amplitude slider UP to remove the “gradient” between the stripes. The MIN needs to be at least 100 below the MAX to remove all of the gradient effect. (I used 836/941)
Step 4:
Now we can create the “Sunburst” effect! Go to Filter
>
Distort 
>
Polar Coordinates. Set it to “Rectangular to Polar”. VERY Cool!
Step 5:
1.
 
Use the Magic Wand tool to select EACH white section. HINT: Hold SHIFT to select more than one item at a time.2.
 
Create a NEW BLANK LAYER.3.
 
 To create our outlines we will use Edit 
>
Stroke with the following settings:a.
 
Size: 5 pxb.
 
Color: Black c.
 
Position: Outside 4.
 
Hide the Background Layer (HINT: Eyeball!) to view your new outlines. This willbecome our new working canvas!
Step 6.
Now we’re going to practice the PEN TOOL to create all of the arcs for our illusion.1.
 
Select the Pen Tool. In the Options bar, make sure Paths and Pen Tool are both selected.2.
 
Click to drop your first anchor point on one of your lines, where you’d like tostart your first arc.3.
 
Click on the line directly opposite the first anchor point and
without releasingthe mouse
, DRAG down and to the right to create an arc shape.**Note that you have only drawn a Path, not an actual line.**
 
4.
 
Go to the Paths tab of the Layer Palette. You should see an icon with your path.5.
 
Choose the Brush Tool and use the following Settings:a.
 
Size 5 pxb.
 
Hardness 100%6.
 
In the Paths tab, choose the solid circle at the bottom left (HINT: “Stroke Path with Brush”**You MUST do your brush settings first!)7.
 
Now click the Trash Can to Delete Path (click YES or just hit enter).8.
 
Continue creating arcs around your sunburst lines. They should be in the OPPOSITE direction for each triangular shape as shown in the example below:(HINT: Rotate your canvas as you work if you’re getting frustrated with dragging the pen tool for the horizontal sections!
Image
>
Image Rotation
>
90 CW
)Here’s the finished line drawing, ready for color:

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