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2.3 Crosshatching

In this part of the course. I'm going to cover how to use the pen tool to create the illusion of hatching or cross-hatching. So, let's go ahead and get started. Okay for this part of the process what we're gonna do is talk about how to create the illusion of cross-hatching or sketching. We want to bring that into our digital illustration. So I'm gonna show you a couple things you can do to kind of create the illusion of that. There, you'll probably come up with different ways of solving the exact same problem, but I just want to give you a solid base on how you can deal with that. So let's talk about creating fake cross-hatching, or faux cross-hatching, I like that a little better. Now, in actuality, it isn't cross-hatching at all its just sketching. So it's the pencil strokes, we're going to implement those into our digital drawing. All right, first things first, lets make a new layer and we'll get this layer named. And this will be pretty quick, won't take very long. So well call it angles lines, all right. And we'll use this layer to create. So I'm gonna go ahead and grab my pen tool again, and I'm gonna use a free-form pen tool this time. Just draw some straight lines and hit F5. We set up our shortcuts earlier, and so once I have this guy here, just this basic layer. I'm gonna go ahead and select, just go ahead and lock this up, And go back to my proper layer. And I'm gonna zoom in a little bit. That should help me out. And I'm just gonna take my move tool, and just copy by holding ALT down and just moving over and continuing to copy that first stroke. So we wanna create the illusion of cross-hatching. This will be very helpful throughout the project. So it's pretty simple. It's not anything too complicated. And what you wanna do is base it off of what your original sketch is, the type of cross-hatching you may need. So this is designed to go with what I have drawn. And we're gonna create a couple different types of cross-hatching. So, you can see I just have crazy layers on top of layers on top of layers, and I'm just gonna go ahead and merge those guys down and turn them into a smart object and gonna move it over here. I already have my shortcuts created for smart objects and for rasterizing the smart objects. So those are F2 and F3 for me. You can set use those actions to set those up if you like. And so here we go I'm gonna create an arch for my cross-hatching. And I'm going to copy each one again and think about it in the way of if you were drawing with the pencil and you wanted to create the illusion of depth shadows. But you don't want everything to be black. Well just like if you see a comic book and if you're a comic book artist or if you've seen comic books drawn you know that those cross-hatchings mean shadows. And if you use them well it just flows with your artwork. So we want to use these the arches and the straights. We wanna use these to create the illusion of digital penciling or digital inking. And so we'll name this curve. Yeah, that's good. And I already have this set up as a symbol. So this will be curved stripes. And let's make a third. So we'll move these guys out of the way. As soon as Photoshop allows me to grab it. All right, now that little red ring you saw is just for me. So you don't have to worry about adding that you don't need that at all. All right, so we're gonna go on a diagonal line here. Now notice I have a popup. I can click delete but the issue was is that I was working on top of a smart object. So if you see that, it's no big deal, nothing to be alarmed about. We just have to make sure that we have a fresh layer. So any time you use, if you run into a smart object or if you use a path, an actual shape instead of a path, you'll have that problem. So if you get that pop-up, it just means you need to create a new layer, all right? So just gonna go ahead and copy this. Stroke over and over again until I get the shape I want. Now your shape's gonna probably be different, more different than what I am doing and that's okay. It's gonna be very individualized. You don't have to do it exactly the way I do it. It really won't matter. But if you're new to this and you don't understand comic book art or sketching or digital inking or inking in general, you can follow exactly what I do. So if you pay attention, you can see that I'm tapering each one down. All right. So that it gets smaller and smaller and smaller. And this is good, so I'm gonna go ahead and make that a smart object. And so we're gonna name this one. And we'll just named it Angle Thinner is a good name for it, okay. Now I can build on what we have here and continue to build and build and build but we don't have to. I can go ahead and take this symbol and copy it or I can just go ahead and scale it to a different shape. It's really up to me and what I plan on doing with these shapes. There are really no rules. It's whatever works best for you and what you're doing with your project at the time. So I'll go ahead and position these and we'll use these later on in the project. So take the time to set up what you think you'll need and we'll go over from there. So now we're ready to move on to the next portion of our lesson.

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