THE MAGIC OF LINE
Creating an Optical Illusion
Create a new Photoshop document with the following specifications:1.
Name: LINE-Optical Illusion 2.
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches 3.
Background Color: White 5.
Leave all other defaults as listed.
Select the gradient tool, and create a vertical Linear Gradient in Black/White.Apply the Gradient to your canvas.
Next let’s apply a Filter to create our Sunburst effect.1.
Go to Filter
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)
Now we can create the “Sunburst” effect! Go to Filter
Polar Coordinates. Set it to “Rectangular to Polar”. VERY Cool!
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!
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.**