Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

1 Cre­ate a ta­ble

We can be clever when it comes to cre­at­ing the ta­ble. Cre­ate a new layer and make sure that it is be­neath the other lay­ers. Use the Rec­tan­gle Tool to draw a box that is quite a bit big­ger then the can­vas area. You can move it later, but try to keep the top of the box in line with the bot­tom of the can­vas.

2 Add tex­ture to the ta­ble

We’re go­ing to use brushes as a stroke out­line for the ta­ble, rather than use a gra­di­ent. We used the wa­ter brush (but feel free to ex­per­i­ment with oth­ers to find one you’re happy with). Next, in­crease the stroke size so that it reaches just be­low the top of the gravel.

3 Colour the ta­ble top

When you first add a stroke to any ob­ject or shape, it takes on the colour and noise prop­er­ties that you’ve al­ready got set (though not the opac­ity). At the mo­ment, our ta­ble should have the tex­ture but not the colour of wood. Colour it by click­ing the colour box to the left of the stroke size box.

4 Du­pli­cate a layer

To build up the tex­ture of the ta­ble we can ei­ther re­peat the first three steps, or we can cheat a lit­tle. If we’re go­ing to us­ing ex­actly the same set­tings as be­fore then there’s re­ally no need re­peat the steps, so in­stead we’ll du­pli­cate the layer. Select it and then press ç+J.

5 Use blend modes

A smart lit­tle trick that we can use to make the wood look more wood-like is to change the top layer’s colour (and the brush’s, if you like). Now we can start to play with the blend modes at the top of the Lay­ers pal­ette. Click ‘Nor­mal’ there and move the pointer down the list to pre­view them.

6 Paint the back­ground walls

Paint­ing the walls is eas­ily done with a gra­di­ent. Cre­ate a new layer and make sure it’s at the bot­tom of the pile. Next, draw a rec­tan­gle over the whole can­vas. It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s big­ger. You can give it what­ever colour or style you want, but we opted for a green-to-taupe gra­di­ent.

7 Ex­port our wa­tery world

Switch to the Ex­port per­sona (top-left). The but­tons in the mid­dle of the tool­bar switch be­tween view­ing your work in three ways: reg­u­lar, retina and as an out­line. To ex­port your work, just click one of the res­o­lu­tion but­tons at the top-left: Ex­port 1x (stan­dard), Ex­port 2x (Retina) or Ex­port 3x (5K).

8 Ex­port slices

De­signer en­ables you to ex­port slices of your im­age. Select the Slice Tool and draw a box over an area to ex­port. You can mark out more than one slice. Then, when it comes to ex­port­ing one, click a slice to select it, click the res­o­lu­tion you want to ex­port. Re­peat for the other slices as needed.

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