Making Wires in Photoshop

Making Wires in Photoshop
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Learn to create simple wires easily with the help of this tutorial.
Author: Mike; Date Added: 2006-07-13; Views: 68621
In this tutorial, I shall explain how to create a detailed wire that can be used in layouts, signatures and much more. When you've finished the tutorial, you should have something like this as an end result:


You can use any document size, I suggest 400 x 400 if you simply wish to attempt creating this wire but I must warn you, due to a bevel effect that we will be using, the ends of the wires may seem too bright or dark. Just cover the ends with whatever you like (mostly metal objects such as screws if you would like to apply and use the wire for your signatures, layouts etc.)

Step 1:

First, select the pen tool (P), and use these settings:


Step 2:

Create two anchor points (by clicking) just past the canvas edges where both ends of the wire will be situated.


Step 3:

Next, click (and hold down on the mouse) on the path where you wish to have a curve. I'll put mine approximately at the center. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the anchor point in any direction and distance to acquire a desired curve size and shape.




Step 4:

Press D for the default colours. Select the brush tool (B) and use the default brush settings, (which you can access by pressing F5 or Window -> Brushes) then pick your brush by clicking on the buttons indicated by the blue circles surrounding them:

Then select one of the circle shaped brushes, I suggest the 18 sized one entitled "Circle 1".

Select the Pen Tool (P) again, right click on or near your path, and select "Stroke Path".

After clicking, a window will pop up.

Select Brush in the "Tool:" drop down menu and click OK. You should have something similar to this:


Step 5:

Make a new layer and drag it under the first. Select the brush tool (B) again and go to:

Select the Soft Mechanical 1 pixel brush. Press F5 and the Brushes menu will appear. Click on Brush Tip Shape in the options on the left. Check the Spacing box and set the percentage to 25%.

Select the pen tool (P) once again. Right click near or on your path. Select Stroke Path and make sure the "Tool:" is still set to Brush. Click OK.



Step 6:

Press enter to get rid of the path. Hold Ctrl and click on the layer you just made in the layers window to select the line. Go to Select->Modify->Expand.

And set the settings to about a third of your original brush size for the rings/circles which was eighteen for me. So 18 divided by 3 equals 6.

Fill it in with white by pressing Ctrl+Backspace multiple times (I pressed it three times). Then press Ctrl+D to deselect.

Step 7:

Right click on the layer in the layer window and select Blending Options.

Check the Drop Shadow option. Check the Outer Glow option and use these settings (the color is: 000000):

Check Bevel and Emboss and use these settings:

Check Satin and use these settings:

Click Ok.

Step 8:

This part is optional, I used it to lighten the edges of the image: right click on the first layer (the ring/circle frame layer). Go to Blending Options, check Bevel and Emboss and use these settings:


Step 9:

Finally, in the layer window, set the opacity of the layer to 85%

This is my result:


I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial,
Michael