In this tutorial, the third in a series (if you’ve missed the others, go here), I am going to have some fun using Any Shape’s selection tool and its FX filters. I won’t be covering how to use the selection tool in any detail or the FX filters as I’ve already been there in the first two tutorials. So I’ll be moving through some steps pretty quickly. There are five separate “stages” to this project, each will have the same work flow sequence but on a different part of the image. I tell you this now so if you get the sequence down after the first or second “stage”, feel free to stop.
To get started, open Any Shape…and click on the “+” icon to bring in your image.
Here’s a little “shell-life” I staged for this project. Won’t say it’s an award winner but it does have three elements and a background, which is what I need for this project! To begin…I clicked on “Edit” to bring up the selection tools.
Clicking on the “Pencil” icon (A), I activated the selection tool…and made my points as shown in this screen shot. Done with that, I clicked on (B) to fine-tune my selection. Finished with this step, I clicked on “Done” (C) to take me to the FX screens.
Making sure that “Regular” (A) was selected, I chose “Toon” (B) for my first effect. Clicking the “Check Mark” icon (C) closes this step.
Finishing up Stage 1 and setting up for Stage 2, click on the “Boxed Arrow” icon.
In this pop-up screen, click on “New Editing Layer” to begin Stage 2.
And in this pop-up screen, click “New Layer” (A). This will cause both pop-up screens to drop away. Once these are gone, click on the “Selection Box” (B) to start a new selection!
This screen will come up next…and this step is an important one in the work flow. It took me several attempts to figure this out, so I’m going to save you a bunch of time!! You need to click on the “Garbage Can” icon to remove the selection points on the first sand dollar.
Click on “Delete” to remove the selection points. Have no fear; your FX effect will remain! So click and proceed courageously!!
We begin again! Click on the “pencil icon” to activate the selection point process…
Make your selection points around the second element…and once done…click “Done”.
The “three stars” icon will take you to the FX effect screens…
This time, after making sure that “Regular” (A) was active, I chose “Sepia” (B) for the second sand dollar. To close, click on the “Check Mark” (C).
Now…all of this is going to sound familiar but it did take me a couple of times to get the sequence right….click on the “Boxed Arrow” icon….
Click on “New Editing Layer”….
Click on “New Layer”….
Click on the “Selection” icon….
Click on the “Garbage Can” icon…
And…click on “Delete”.
Create the selection points around the third “element” and click “Done”.
Yep…click on the “three stars” icon…
Make sure that “Regular” (A) is active, chose your effect (B), and then click the “check mark” (C).
Wow! Wasn’t that exciting…going through all of that. Again! Sorry about that…but sometimes repetition is necessary…you know, practice makes perfect and all that. In any case…time for something a little different!!
As before, click on the “Boxed Arrow” but instead of repeating the same sequence exactly, I have a bit of a change-up coming…
I know…you’ve seen this…but click on “New Editing Layer”… and when the next screen comes up…click on “New Layer”. Then…click on the “three stars” icon instead of the “Selection Box”. I left out all these screens because by now I figure you have it down pat. What we’re going to do is to add a FX effect on top of a current effect on the third “element”! Did all of this make sense? Hope so!
So…on top of the current effect, I’ve added the “Bulge Distortion” (B) effect. (After making sure that “Regular” (A) is active.) I used the slider bar (C) to adjust how much distortion. Then, as before, I clicked on the “check mark” (D) to finish.
One last time…with feeling!!! Time to do the background and then it’s done!!!!! Click on the “Boxed Arrow” icon…
“New Editing Layer”….
“Garbage Can” icon…
This time, make your selection points along the outside edges of your elements. Click “Done”.
“Three Stars” icon…
Now…here’s something different. Just a little. Instead of clicking on “Regular”, this time make sure that “Inverse” (A) is active. That way, the background is affected, not the image’s elements. I picked “Vignette” (B), adjusted with the slider bar (C), and clicked on the “check mark” (D).
We’re done! Click on “Home” to start the save sequence!!!
Click on the “floppy disc” icon….
And…when the save is done…you’ll get this screen! All done!!!
Here’s a look at the finished product. Not too bad…for what it is!!
I realize I repeated a lot in this tutorial, but sometimes that’s the best way…never assume that everyone understood the first time through…or the second…or third! For those of you who got it right off and were bored from there on…I did warn you!!
In any case, I hope you found this tutorial informative and enjoyable. Please don’t be shy with your comments and questions. I do love hearing from you!