Hello everyone:) I’m glad to have found a moment to bring you a new tutorial!
The tutorial I am going to show you is a technique you will use OVER and OVER as a digital designer!
If you already know all about locking transparent pixels, then I’m sure you will agree with me.
I lock my transparent pixels when I recolor overlays / transparencies .. you name it!
Understanding the concept of locking transparent pixels will help you AVOID those nasty, yucky, jagged edges
(unless of course, you are re-coloring something that already has a jagged edge!)
Why is it important to understand and using the lock transparent pixels function? Because it will:
- help you stand out and do your own thing
- It streamlines your designing process by saving time
- avoid jagged edges when recoloring
You must be wondering why I said it would help you by making you stand out by doing your own thing? Say you took a flat pattern out of your CU stash – dots, stripes – any pattern which has enough space between elements to make a selection or to apply the paint bucket. We all know when can purchased layered patterns to help us withÂ multiple colored patterned papers – but why not extend the use of what you have?
I’m going to use a generic flat, single layer polka dot pattern to illustrate my point.
In the above picture, you need to have the layer you want to re-color selected. Then click the lock transparent pixels icon.
*Locking transparent pixels is does exactly as it says – it takes the blank space between the filled pixels and EVEN semi-transparent pixels and locks them up – so if you try to draw or paint in those blank spaces while the transparent pixels are locked – nothing will happen.*
When your layer is locked – you can grab your paint bucket tool and start recoloring the polka dots 1 at a time – using as many colors as you like! If you use your paint bucket tool on the polka dots WITHOUT locking the transparent pixels – you will have jagged edges!!!! AGH! I hate those!!
There will be a degree of anti-aliasing because pixels are square remember – so even on the smooth circles – you will see some anti-aliasing and that is normal – and not a quality issue (ahem.. NOT a quality issue I repeat). Photoshop does a decent job to smooth out those square pixels by altering the color transition which is why you might see a slight stepping (pictured here you can see it at the top of a polka dot)- but I’m not teaching that right now – so let’s move on haha.
It will take forever.. but at least you made it your own, committed your time designing and you will feel pretty darn good about your self.. it’s ok.. go ahead.. pat yourself on your back:)
OR you could use the polygon lasso tool .. also a super way to bulk recolor:)
and the end result. We started with a 1 layer polka dot pattern, and made it our own:) woo hoo!
I hope you learned something, or maybe not:).. regardless thanks for dropping by!
Till next time!