Extract a selection from one of your textures by highlighting that layer and using the Marquee tool, go to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy to create a layer from the selection. Make sure the texture extract looks as though it could be the horizontal part of the letter H. Colour overlay this layer with yellow and rotate and position it neatly over the letter.
To boost the ‘constructed’ feel and add more detail, duplicate the layer with the lines on which we drew earlier three times. Then scale, rotate, and position these new layers in and around the letters. Duplicate the original lines layer again a few times and place it over the letters layer, then go to Image > Adjustments > Invert to make them white and scatter them around over the letters.
Let’s bring out the light background texture a bit and add a sense of depth. Create a new layer underneath all your layers except the default white background, and click on the Gradient tool. Draw a black to white gradient from the bottom right to the top left then set the opacity of this layer to 10%.
Who: Up-and-coming designer and illustrator Mike Harrison currently lives and works in Torquay. He says: “I am always looking to expand my skills in various fields of design as the design scene moves rapidly. I enjoy keeping up with it and inspiring others along the way.”
Software: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS2 or higher
Time to complete: 3 hours
On the CD: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD.