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Create a Cocktail Blueprint Using Actions in Photoshop

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Photoshop actions are excellent tools for speeding up your workflow. In this tutorial we will use Photoshop actions to create a cocktail blueprint from scratch. Let's get started!


Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.


Before You Begin

In order to make this action works in any language, we need to make some steps using the menus (instead shortcuts) so we can fully control the names of every single layer we make.


Step 1 - Loading Assets

Go to Edit > Preset Manager. In the new window, from the dropdown menu, select Patterns. Click on the Load button and locate the "Blueprint.pat" file. Once located, click on the Load button. Click Done.


Again, go to Edit > Preset Manager. In the new window, from the dropdown menu, select Styles. Click on the Load button and locate the "Blueprint.asl" file. Once located, click on the Load button. Click Done.



Step 2 - The Action

We do not need to create a canvas here to start the action because we want let the user to set their own canvas size. In order to do that we will go directly to the Actions window and start the action. If you do not have the Actions Panel visible, go to Window > Actions. Click on the "Default Actions" folder, and then in the New Action icon. In the dialog box, set the action name to "Blueprint Generator" and click Record. From now on, every step we make will be recorded to our "Blueprint Generator" action, so be sure to make all the steps exactly as showed, otherwise the action may not work in different languages.



Step 3

Go to File > New and set any width and height you wish. I will be working in a 343 x 343 pixels canvas for you to have a better view on the tutorial screenshots. Click OK.



Step 4

Press "D" to reset the swatches. Double-click on the foreground color in the tools panel and set the color to #486da6. Click OK.



Step 5

Go to Layer > New > Layer and set the name to "Background", click OK. Go to Edit > Fill. In the new window, set the Contents to "Foreground Color", the Blending Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 100%. Click OK.



Step 6

Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object (this will rename the layer according to your Photoshop language). Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. In the new dialog window set an Amount of 0,6%, the Distribution to Uniform and be sure to have the Monochromatic checked. Click OK.



Step 7

Go to Layer > New > Layer and set the name to "Outer Border", click OK. Press "D" to reset the swatches. Go to Edit > Fill. In the new window, set the Contents to "Foreground Color", the Blending Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 100%. Click OK.



Step 8

Be sure to have the "Outer Border" layer selected and go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and set the following values. Click OK.



Step 9

Still in the "Outer Border" layer, go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object. Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize.



Step 10

Go to Select > Color Range. In the new window, select from the dropdown menu "Sampled Colors". Set the Fuzziness to 0 and be sure to have the "Image" preview selected. Click on the normal dropper tool and click over the black color. Click OK.



Step 11

Go to Select > Inverse. Hit the Delete key (this will delete the white stroke we made). Go to Select > Deselect.



Step 12

Still in the "Outer Border" layer, set the fill to 0% in the layers panel. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the showed values. Click OK.



Step 13

Go to Layer > New > Layer and set the name to "Inner Border", click OK. Go to Edit > Fill. In the new window, set the Contents to "Foreground Color", the Blending Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 100%. Click OK.



Step 14

Be sure to have the "Inner Border" layer selected and go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and set the following values. Click OK.



Step 15

Still in the "Inner Border" layer, go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object. Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize.



Step 16

Go to Select > Color Range. In the new window, select from the dropdown menu "Sampled Colors". Set the Fuzziness to 0 and be sure to have the "Image" preview selected. Click on the normal dropper tool and click over the black color. Click OK.



Step 17

Go to Select > Inverse. Hit the Delete key (this will delete the white stroke we made). Go to Select > Deselect.



Step 18

Still in the "Inner Border" layer, set the fill to 0% in the layers panel. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following values.



Step 19

In the Layer Style window, check the Pattern Overlay option and apply the following values. Don't click OK yet.



Step 20

Click on the Pattern thumbnail arrow and select the "100x100" pattern. Click on Snap to Origin button and then click OK to apply the style we've just created.



Step 21

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "50 Grid" and click OK.



Step 22

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and uncheck the Stroke option.


Click on the Pattern Overlay tab to bring the pattern options available, then click over the pattern thumbnail.


From the pattern thumbnails select the 50x50 pattern. Click on the Snap to Origin button. Click OK.


This is how the file should look so far:



Step 23

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "25 Grid" and click OK.



Step 24

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Patter Overlay. From the pattern thumbnails select the 25x25 pattern. Click on the Snap to Origin button, then click OK.


This is how the file should look so far.



Step 25

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "10 Grid" and click OK.



Step 26

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Patter Overlay. From the pattern thumbnails select the 10x10 pattern. Click on the Snap to Origin button, then click OK.


This is how the file looks with all the layers we have made so far:


Don't worry about the unmatching lines, this is due the 25 grid overlaping with the 10 grid. We are making all of these grids to provide the final user with more options. Hold the Shift key and click over the Inner Border layer in order to select the 10 Grid, 25 Grid, 50 Grid and Inner Border layers. In the layers panel, bring down the opacity to 39%.



Step 27

To work more comfortable, turn off the layers "50 Grid", "25 Grid" and "10 Grid".



Step 28

Select only the "10 Grid" layer and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Set the Name to "Fold 1", the Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 10%. Click OK.



Step 29

In the Gradient Fill window, click over the gradient thumbnail and select the #000000 to Transparent fill.


Set the Style to Angle, the Angle to 90º, the Scale to 100%, check the Align with layer option and click OK.



Step 30

We will repeat the last two steps three more times to make the folds. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Set the Name to "Fold 2", the Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 10%. Click OK.


In the Gradient Fill window, click over the gradient thumbnail and select the #000000 to Transparent fill.


Set the Style to Angle, the Angle to 0º, the Scale to 100%, check the Align with layer option and click OK.



Step 31

Two more times. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Set the Name to "Fold 3", the Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 10%. Click OK.


In the Gradient Fill window, click over the gradient thumbnail and select the #000000 to Transparent fill.


Set the Style to Angle, the Angle to -90º, the Scale to 100%, check the Align with layer option and click OK.



Step 32

Last time. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Set the Name to "Fold 4", the Mode to "Normal" and the Opacity to 10%. Click OK.


In the Gradient Fill window, click over the gradient thumbnail and select the #000000 to Transparent fill.


Set the Style to Angle, the Angle to 180º, the Scale to 100%, check the Align with layer option and click OK.



Step 33

Go to Layer > New > Layer and name it as "Light". Set the mode to Soft Light and click OK.


Hit the "X" on your keyboard in order to switch Foreground and Background colors (this will set White as Foreground color).


Go to Layer > Fill. Apply the following settings and click OK.


In the layers panel, set the Fill of the Light layer to 0%.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Click on the arrow next to the gradient thumbnail and select the Foreground to Transparent fill.


Set the Blend Mode to Soft Light and the Style to Radial. Click OK.



Step 34

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Set the Name to Color and click OK.


In the Adjustments panel, check Colorize and set the Hue to 210, the Saturation to 66 and the Lightness to -5. We are doing this to let the user adjust his own blue color tone.



Step 35

Finally, we just need to make one more thing to allow the user setup his own blueprint background size. In the Actions Panel, expand the "Blueprint Generator" action by clicking on the arrow next to the name in order to view all the steps we have made.


Click on the showed empty squared space.


This will turn on the canvas window when you play the action in order to let you specify the size you wish.



Step 36 - Using the action to create a blueprint.

Now we will use the action we just created to make the background for our custom blueprint. In this case, i've chosen to make a cocktail cup inspired in the work of Engineer's Guide to Drinks which is based on the work of a demo print for Calcomp pen plotters back in the late 70′s. But before we begin, we will work always with shape layers, so please be sure to select the Shape Layer option in every single shape we make, doesn't matter if is a circle, rectangle or even the Pen Tool (P) always have it selected from the tool menu.


Close all your opened documents. Go to the actions panel and click over the Blueprint Generator name to select this action to run. Finally, click on the Play button.



Step 37

As you will notice, the New Document setup window will show up letting you set your own canvas size. Set the name to Blueprint Work, the Width to 843 pixels, the Height to 543 pixels and click OK.


The action will now play until the end and make your blueprint background at the specified size.



Step 38

To work more comfortable, delete the Background and 10 Grid layers and turn on all the remaining layers.


Select the Color layer and bring down the opacity to 60%.


Select all layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Background and click OK.



Step 39 - The References

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw seven squares of 24px each. Name the squares as "S1", "S2", "S3", "S4", "S5", "S6" and "S7".


Go to Window > Styles in order to have the styles panel visible and apply the following styles: for "S1" use "Blueprint 05", for "S5" use "Blueprint 02", for "S6" use " Blueprint 09" and for "S7" use "Blueprint 06".


Select the "S2" layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 30%. Click OK.


Select the "S3" layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%.


Click over the Color Overlay tab and apply the following settings. Click OK.


Select the "S4" layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%.


Click over the Color Overlay tab and apply the following settings. Click OK.



Step 40

Select the Text Tool (T), set the size of the text at 12pt, the typeface to Banda Regular, the color to #FFFFFF and type these seven words next to the squares, each in a new layer: "Visual Concept", "Photoshop", "Tuts Website", "Artist Touch", "Thinking", "Writing" and "Screenshots".


In order to have the italic version of the typeface, you can buy the font or do a little trick. Select the Text Tool (T) and select all the text layers we have just created. In the top menu, click over the Character Panel icon and in the new window, click on the Faux Italic icon. NOTE: Remember this little trick, because we will use it in almost all text.


Still with the Text Tool (T) active, and in a new layer, type "Components of a good Photoshop tut" and set the color to #B0E0FF. Rotate the text 90º and place it as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick i have just described.


Select all layers we just created (except the Background layer group) and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to References and click OK.



Step 41 - The Colors

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle of 37px (width) x 11px (height). Set the color to #7ab5e1 and name the layer with the same color name. We will repeat this process six more times.


(1) Duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #6facd9 and name the layer with the same color name.


(2) Duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #295491 and name the layer with the same color name.


(3) Duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #dff1ff and name the layer with the same color name.


(4) Duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #70a1c6 and name the layer with the same color name.


(5) Duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #70afde and name the layer with the same color name.


(6) Finally, duplicate the last rectangle we have made and place it next to the other. Set the color to #b0e0ff and name the layer with the same color name.


Select these seven layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Colors and click OK.



Step 42 - The Label

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle of 251px (width) x 76px (height). Set the color to #486da6 and name the layer as "Label".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings. Click OK.


Select the Line Tool (U) and draw a horizontal line of 1px as shown. Set the color to #92c8e2 and name the layer as "H Line".


Now, with the Line Tool (U) draw a vertical line of 1px as shown. Set the color to #92c8e2 and name the layer as "V Line".


Select the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 13pt, the color to #b0e0ff and type "PsdTuts+ blueprint tutorial" as shown. Now do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


In a new layer, set the typeface to Banda Regular at 10pt, the color to #92c8e2 and type "Learn how to make a blueprint action and use it to make your own blueprint." as shown. Now do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


In a new layer, with the Text Tool (T) set the typeface to Arial at 10pt, the color to #92c8e2 and type "Part of the Plus education network" as shown.


Finally, in a new layer, set the typeface to LubalGraph Bold at 13pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "psdtuts+" as shown.


Select these seven layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Label and click OK.



Step 43 - The Title

Select the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 48pt, the color to #ffffff and type "PsdTuts" as shown. Now do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following values: Click over the Color Overlay tab and apply the following settings. Click OK.


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 30%. Click OK.



Step 44 - The Toothpick

Select the Pen Tool (P), and draw a shape as shown of 2 px (widht) x 94px (height). Name this new layer as "Toothpick".


Rotate the Toothpick layer 30º.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 20%. Click OK.


Select the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 11pt, the color to #ffffff and type "EDITOR PSDTUTS" as shown.


In a new layer, and with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #b0e0ff and type "Responsible for selecting only the best tuts." as shown. Now do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Select these four layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Toothpick and click OK.



Step 45 - Top View

Select the Ellipse Tool (U), and draw a circle of 141 px as shown . Name this new layer as "Base".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 03" style in order to apply it.


With the Ellipse Tool (U) create another circle in a new layer with half of the size of the Base circle.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Select the Color Overlay tab and apply the following settings:


Select the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Click OK.


In a new layer, with the Ellipse Tool (U) create another circle of 13px as shown. Name this layer as "Center".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 11" style in order to apply it.


Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle of 101px (width) x 26px (height). Set the color to #486da6 and name the layer as "top label".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings. Click OK.


Select the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 11pt, the color to #7ab5e1 and type "TOP VIEW" as shown.


In a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "105mm" as shown. Once again, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Select these six layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Top View and click OK.



Step 46 - Main Image

Select the Pen Tool (P), and draw a shape as shown. Set the color to #b0e0ff and name this new layer as "Main Shape".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 15%. Click OK.


We will now do a repetitive task due the nature of the chosen shape, but the end result will be good. Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a triangle as shown and name this new layer as "screenshots".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 06" style in order to apply it.


Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape as shown and name this new layer as "writing".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 09" style in order to apply it.


Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape as shown and name this new layer as "thinking".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 02" style in order to apply it.


Again, using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape as shown and name this new layer as "Photoshop".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 30%. Click OK.


Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape as shown and name this new layer as "visual concept".


From the Styles Panel, click over the "Blueprint 05" style in order to apply it.


Using the Ellipse Tool (U), draw a ellipse of 62px (width) x 40 (height) as shown and name this new layer as "artist".


In the same layer, and with the Ellipse Tool (U) still selected, draw a small ellipse inside the one we just have made, but be sure to have the Subtract From Selection selected in the Tools Options.


Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate and rotate the shape 45º. Place it inside the Main Shape as shown.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Color Overlay tab and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Click OK.


Select the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw a small circle as shown, set the color to #dff1ff and name this new layer as "Small circle".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 30%. Click OK.


In a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "75mm" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Again, in a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "85mm" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Again, in a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "105mm" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Again, in a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "secret ingredient" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Select these twelve layers and go to Layer > New > Group from Layers, set the name to Main Image and click OK.



Step 47 - Final Details

Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px, the color to #70afde and draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "References lines".


Hold the Shift key, and draw three more lines as shown:


In a new layer, with the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px, the color to #dff1ff and draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "Upper Part".


Hold the Shift key, and draw three more lines as shown:


In a new layer, and with the Line Tool (U) still selected and with a weight of 1px and the color set to #dff1ff, draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "Bottom Part".


Hold the Shift key, and draw two more lines as shown:


Again, in a new layer, and with the Line Tool (U) still selected with a weight of 1px and the color set to #dff1ff, draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "Base Part".


Hold the Shift key, and draw three more lines as shown:


Finally, in a new layer, and with the Line Tool (U) still selected with a weight of 1px and the color set to #dff1ff, draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "Top Part".


Again, hold the Shift key and draw three more lines as shown:


In a new layer, and with the Line Tool (U) still selected with a weight of 1px and the color set to #dff1ff, draw a horizontal line as shown. Name this new layer as "X".


Hold the Shift key and draw a vertical line as shown:


Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate and set a 45º rotation angle.


With the Move Tool (V) drag the rotated X to the place showed:


Using the Pen Tool (P), set the color to #dff1ff and draw a small triangle as shown. Name this layer as "Triangle down".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 30%. Click OK.


With the Pen Tool (P) selected, set the color to #dff1ff and draw a small triangle as shown. Name this layer as "arrow right".


Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px and the color to #dff1ff. Holding the Shift key (in order to make the line in the same layer) draw a horizontal line as shown.


In a new layer, and with the Line Tool (U) still selected, set a weight of 1px and the color to #dff1ff. Now draw a line as showed and name this layer as "slashes".


Holding the Shift key, draw another line next to the last one.


Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "slashes 2" and click OK. Now, using the Move Tool (V) drag the content of the new layer at the showed position.


Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and draw a rectangle of 29px (width) x 17px (height). Name the new layer as "45 label".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Click OK.


In a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "45º" as shown. Do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Select the Pen Tool (P), set the color to #dff1ff and draw a small triangle as shown. Name this layer as "arrow left".


Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px and the color to #dff1ff. Holding the Shift key (in order to make the line in the same layer) draw a small horizontal line as shown.


Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "arrow left 2" and click OK. Now, using the Move Tool (V) drag the content of the new layer at the showed position.


Select the Pen Tool (P), set the color to #dff1ff and draw a small triangle as shown. Name this layer as "arrow left 3".


Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px and the color to #dff1ff. Holding the Shift key (in order to make the line in the same layer) draw a horizontal line as shown.


Select the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw a circle of 100px. Name the new layer as "Outer Circle".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Click OK.


Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer window, set the name of the layer as "inner circle" and click OK.


Go to Edit > Transform > Scale. In the tool panel, click over the small link icon to scale the widht and height at the same time. Set a 50% value and apply the transformation.


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings. Click OK.


Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px, the color to #dff1ff and draw a horizontal line as shown. Set the layer name to "center".


Holding the Shift key (in order to make the line in the same layer) draw a vertical line as shown.


In a new layer, with the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "0º" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a quarter circle as shown. Set the new layer name to "angle".


Go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke and apply the following settings:


Click over the Blending Options Custom tab and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Click OK.


Select the Line Tool (U), set a weight of 1px, the color to #dff1ff and draw a diagonal line as shown. Set the layer name to "45".


With the Line Tool (U) selected, change the color to #70afde and, in a new layer, draw a horizontal line as shown. Set the layer name to "0".


Again, with the Line Tool (U) selected and the color set to #70afde draw, in a new layer, a vertical line as shown. Set the layer name to "90".


Select the Text Tool (T), set the typeface to Banda Regular at 12pt, the color to #dff1ff and type "45º" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


With the Text Tool (T) selected, change the typeface color to #70afde and type "0º" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.


Finally, and with the Text Tool (T) selected, type "90º" as shown. Now, do the Faux Italic trick described in the Step 40.



Final Image

Here is the final result with the design I have chosen.


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