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    Wild West Wooden Sign
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    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Wild West Wooden Sign that would work great for many different applications. In this tutorial the end result will become a very unique navigation system, for a website. Here is an example of what we will be making with this tutorial:



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    Step 10.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate the layer once again.

    Get out the Move Tool (), and position the 3rd plank as l have done here:


    Go to Edit->Transform->Flip Horizontal.

    Press CTRL + T on your keyboard again to get out the Freeform Transform Tool.

    And add a rotation to this plank of 1.8 as l have done here:


    Press ENTER on your keyboard to finalize the transformation.

    Result:






    Step 11.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer for the last time.

    Get out the Move Tool (), and position this 4th plank as l have done here:


    Go to Edit->Transform->Flip Vertical.

    Press CTRL + T on your keyboard again to get out the Freeform Transform Tool.

    And add a rotation to this plank of 2.0 as l have done here:


    Press ENTER on your keyboard to finalize the transformation.

    Result:






    Step 12.)
    Now go down to our original "Plank" layer in the layers pallet, and select it by clicking on it once.


    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.


    Go to Edit->Transform->Flip 90 Degrees CCW.

    Result:


    Name this layer "Vertical Plank", and drag it below the layer named "Plank" in the layers pallet as shown here:


    Result:


    Now press CTRL + T on your keyboard to get out the Freeform Transform tool, on the "Vertical Plank" layer. Resize the vertical plank so that it is a shorter, and fatter than all of the other planks, by placing your cursor near any of the corner boxes/nodes, clicking and dragging your mouse slightly to adjust the size.

    Here's how mine ended up after making the adjustment:



    Now get out the Move Tool () and position the Vertical Plank on the left side as l have done here:






    Step 13.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard, to duplicate this Vertical Plank layer, get out the Move Tool () and position this one on the right side as l have done here:
    Note: Feel free to resize, or rotate this piece a little bit.






    Step 14.)
    Next we'll create some bolts, that can hold up the planks.

    Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.

    Name this new layer "Blots", and drag it on top of all other layers, in the layers pallet as l've done here:



    Set your foreground color to #646464 (grey):


    Get out the Paint Brush Tool (), and set it up like so:



    Now make 2 Dots, on each end, of each plank as l have done here:



    Double Click this layer, and apply the following blending options:

    Drop Shadow:


    Inner Shadow:


    Bevel and Emboss:


    Result:






    Step 15.)
    Next we'll make the chain that's holding the sign up.

    Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.

    Name this new layer "Chain".

    Get out the Elliptical Marquee Tool () and make a long oval selection as l have done here:


    Using the Flood Fill Paint Bucket Tool () fill this selection with black (#000000):


    Go to Select->Modify->Contract with a setting of 4 pixels:


    Tap DELETE on your keyboard, and press CTRL + D on your keyboard to deselect the selection.

    Result:






    Step 16.)
    Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options:
    Bevel and Emboss:


    Inner Shadow:


    Gradient Overlay:


    Result:


    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.

    Using the Move Tool (), position this 2nd link as l have done here:


    Right click on this layer in the Layers Pallet, and choose "Clear Layer Style", doing so will remove the layer style for this layer.

    Now press CTRL + E to merge this layer with the previous.

    Result:


    Repeat this process a couple times, until you have a chain link with about 8 links in it, as l do here:






    Step 17.)
    Go to Edit->Transform->Rotate 90 Degrees CCW to stand the chain up-wards as shown here:



    Using the Move Tool () position the chain on the left side of the canvas as l have done here:
    Note: You may need to use the Freeform Transform tool (CTRL + T) to resize, the chain to fit properly.






    Step 18.)
    Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate the chain layer, and again, using the Move Tool () position this 2nd copy of the chains, on the right side of the canvas as shown here:


    And that covers the creation of this Wild West Wooden Sign tutorial. Here's what l came up with after adding a little text, and some graphics to highlight the piece a little bit.


    The font l used on the final version is called Eastwood Font and can be downloaded freely by Clicking Here. Note: Free registration required

    But as you can see this would make a very unique navigation system for a website, there are literally 1,000's of things that you could use this technique with, and l hope l've gotten your gears turning. Good luck, and happy photoshopping!





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