I feel very inadequate when it comes to using Photoshop. It has such a steep learning curve and I don’t use it much.
I took an online class but it was all about editing photos, and I wanted to learn how to use it for web design. Before taking the web design class, you need two Photoshop classes under your belt. Ugh!
So when I do need to create something, I’m really stretching myself.
I needed to create a logo for a client who wanted a paw print on top of a heart. Sounds easy enough, but where to find the clipart or what program to use? Do I use clipart or create it myself?
A few hours later and lots of searching on the internet, I finally stumbled onto a Photoshop tutorial on making a heart. Lo and behold, Photoshop had the heart and the paw print.
And then it was about a five minute job, or would have been had I not fiddled with it so much.
Step by Step
- Open Photoshop, New, 72 dpi for the web (300 dpi for print) and whatever size you need – I chose 400×400 (just a wild guess) – and a transparent background.
- Change the foreground color to red, select Custom Shape Tool and choose one of two heart shapes available.
- Click on the canvas, holding until the heart is the width and height you want, let go.
- Add a new layer, change foreground to black, select Custom Shape Tool and choose the paw print shape.
- Click on the canvas, over the heart, holding until the paw print is the width and height you want.
- To rotate the paw print, click on the Edit/Transform/Rotate, grab a corner and rotate the layer to the angle that you want.
- Commit it, save it as .psd and Save for Web using the best optimization.