Step 14 Similarly, make a 3D triangle in Illustrator. Create the basic outline with the Pen Tool (P), then change the line weight to around 20pt. Now use Effects > 3D > Extrude and Bevel as outlined in the last step. Bring the triangle into Photoshop and position it sitting, relatively small, under the large central circular element.

Step 15 The final colour change is achieved simply by adding a purple-to-orange gradient map (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map) with the blending mode set to Hue. Also add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels) to give the work more contrast.

Step 16 Finally, to add yet another touch of realism, paint on some glows that would result from the central light beam. I’ve marked arrows on the artwork to show each place where the glows were added. If you paint these on a layer below your gradient map, they will automatically assume the appropriate colour. 

Rob Shields

Who:  Based in Philadelphia, self-taught digital artist Rob Shields explores a wide variety of commercial and self-initiated projects.  To see a selection of his latest work and find out where his images are on display, visit his website.
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3
Time to complete: 3 hours


Download the project files here.