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Create a High-Gloss, Bubble Gum


Text Effect in Photoshop
bySamuelMensah

25Feb2014

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When combined with the right techniques, the Pen Tool in Photoshop is an incredibly
powerful tool to help you create your artwork. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a
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glossy, bubble gum text effect using a combination of Photoshop's Pen Tool and Layer
Styles. Let's get started!

1. Create a Sketch
Step 1
Create a New Document with dimensions 3000x2400. To ensure quality, we will make it
with resolution of 300 DPI so our artwork will be good enough to print.

Step 2
We will now create our base sketch of what our design will be. You should preferably use a
Wacom tablet to do this properly. With your Wacom pen in hand, select the Brush Tool and
enable pen pressure.

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I will be molding my design upon the well-known script typefaceBello. I will be tweaking the
shape of certain letters to make them more unique to my design. Create a New Layer and
start sketching. Start with a thin pencil to get the general idea, around 4px is ne.

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And then move on to the thicker brush setting. 8px brush size will be ne for this part.

Step 3
Once you are comfortable with the general outline of your design, it is time to select the
Pen Tool (P) to create a proper outline of your design.
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Be sure your Pen Tool (P) mode is on Path, as that is all we will need for now. You can now
go around your design creating a smooth owing path.

Be sure to hold down the Command/Ctrl key while tweaking the anchor points to get the
perfect curves you need.
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Once you have made your path, the next step is to ll it in. Right Click and select Fill Subpath. Make sure you do this on a new layer and not on the same one you created your
sketch on.
Select the Colour Fill option and we are going to choose this uorescent pink colour right
here with the colour value #ff0060 to be exact.

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Use the Pen Tool to go around and ll in all the letters in the entire design.

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Once you have nished, turn off the visibility of the sketch layer.

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2. Creating the 3D Effect


Step 1
We are now going to begin the process of creating a 3D effect around our design. To do
this, we must start by creating a thick border around our letters as a base. Select the layer
that contains the entire design and hold Command/Ctrl while hovering over the layer
thumbnail.

This will select the design and create the marching ants around it.

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Now create a new layer above the primary layer by pressing Command/Ctrl-Shift-N. Go to
the select option on the top menu bar then down to Modify > Expand. We are going to
expand the selection by 20px.

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Then grab the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and ll in the selection with a colour you may like.
Preferably Black so the shadow effect will work more effectively.

Now move the Shadow Layer behind the main one.

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Step 2
We arent done with perfecting this layer. If you look closely there are a few inconsistencies
with the shapes and curves of some parts of it.

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We will now take some time going around and making all the curves and points perfect. So
grab your Pen Tool again and round off all the edges. Play with the anchor points as much
as you need to, to get the perfect curve.

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When correcting your curves, be sure to always stay in line with the rest of the layer. This is
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so your new path, when lled in, will blend better with the rest of the shape and will create a
seamless effect rather than an obvious disconnection. So please take your time.

Step 3
Once you have lled in and corrected all the curves and points on your stroke layer, and are
happy with them, it is now time to create some shadow effects by slicing our design a little
bit to give it that illustrated typography feel.
To do this, you must begin by selecting the main design layer and selecting the Add Vector
Mask option at the bottom of the layer panel. This will make it possible to slice our shape
how we want and later cover them up again if they need to be.

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Now we are going to going to go around our design and make slices where necessary.
When doing this, it important to use your instinct on what looks right. It is also important to
not overdo it and apply too many slices in your design.
A common place to add slices is where one corner meets another or on a curve to
exaggerate its movement.
With a design like this, adding slices in the correctly places is really crucial to bringing out
that glossy cartoonish feel as realistically as possible.
Get your Pen Tool again and draw your path of what you want to slice. Ensure that you
have clicked on the Layer Mask Icon itself so you will be erasing that. Once you've made
your selection, right click and choose Make Selection select a low feather option so the
slice is as ne as possible and simply brush out the part of the layer using your Brush Tool.

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On the Mask Layer, use a black brush to erase parts you do not want anymore and a white
brush to bring them back. Go around and select areas that you feel could do with a slice
and implement the same steps.

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Once you have nished the rst word it should look like this.

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If you are happy, and like the effect it creates, carry on and nish the second word (Yeah),
as well. Once nished, it should look like the below image.

Step 4
Now it's time to create our rst 3D Effect by creating an extrusion of our stroke using basic
Selection and Fill Tools.
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First, select the outer stroke layer we made earlier and then press M to select the Marquee
tool.

Step 5
Once that is selected create a New Layer, this is where your extrude layer will be created.
Pick a colour to make your extrusion. It doesnt matter what it is for now, we can always
change it via Layer Styles later on. It would be advisable to pick something that clashes
with the rest of the design so it is very visible while working.

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Great! Now that we have our colour selected, let's go ahead and begin the steps to extrude
our layer and make it look 3D. With the outline layer selected click on the Marquee Tool
and press Alt-Backspace.
This will create the base layer. If you look closely, you can see it behind the stroke layer.
Now that we know we have lled the space we can carry on and carry on lling in the 3D
manner.
With the marquee tool still selected we are going to repeat a layer ll method by pressing
the Down key, then Right key then repeat the Alt+Backspace ll.

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You will see that we are creating a downward 3D effect by merely using this repetition
technique.
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So we carry on doing this technique steadily making the depth thicker and thicker. When to
stop is your choice. I personally am going to stop when there is no more white space left in
the gap on this H.
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Once we have our 3D layer made. It should look like this.

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We can also change the Colour Overlay of it by using the layer styles option.

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4. Creating Stringy Bubble Gum Bits


Step 1
Because we want to give the illusration the effect of real bubble gum, we will now create
stringy bits connecting some of the letters.
To do this, we will need our Pen Tool (P). Begin by creating a new layer. The style of
creating these stringy bits will be to make the end parts thick and the middle parts thin to
make it look as if the pieces are being pulled apart.

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I have created a rough shape of this and lled it in.

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Step 2
To go an extra step, we can create a Layer Mask and make a hole in the stringy bits to
again make it look like it's been torn apart.
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Once nished, our rst stringy bit should look like this.

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We will now go around the entire design and add stringy bits to liven it up a bit more and
give that authentic bubble gum effect. Once completed it should look like this.

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5. First Stage Highlights


Step 1
Now here comes the exciting bit. We are going to begin the rst stage of making our design
look like glossy bubble gum through a series of Fill and Brush Effects.
We are going to begin with the highlights. Create a New Layer above the main design layer.
In this design, the light source will come from the right side. Below, I have drawn a rough
map of where the light will hit.

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This is a rough indication of where our shadows will appear.

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We will start very basic for now, adding at layer highlights. We are going to use the Pen
Tool (P) and go around the design adding glossy highlights. You can also make these
shape layers if you like.

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The colour we will use to ll it in is #ff92bb. I am going to start with Yeah. Once the
highlights are lled in it should look like this.

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Step 2
We are now going to create a new group and begin work on the Heck highlights. They'll be
pretty similar to the other ones.

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Go around the word and apply the Highlight effect like you did previously.

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Once completed, the rst level of highlights your design should look like this.

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5. Creating Shadows
Step 1
Now that we have created a base layer of highlights. We are now going to move forward to
create our rst and single layer of shadows on our text. For this we will require the Pen Tool
(P) and brush once again.
To get a rough idea of the pars of the design we will be sophisticatedly shadowing here is a
quick sketch of what areas we will be affecting.

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Begin by creating a group called Shadows where you will create your new layers for
shadows.
Get your Pen Tool (P) and create outlines that will later be turned into selections for you to
brush and shade. When crafting your outlines, always be sure to leave a little gap between
your outline and the edge of the character.

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You will now grab your Brush Tool (B). Make sure it's a soft brush and set it to about 100px
with 100% opacity but set ow to about 15% and of course make sure the colour of your
brush is set to Black. You can switch on the airbrush function too but it isn't necessary. You
will be able to achieve this effect with a regular mouse or a tablet.

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The idea is to brush in the selection in a faded manner to have the top be lled in more than
the bottom to create an airbrushed effect.

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The idea when shading is to start at the slices/cuts of the design and create shadows
starting from there. Ensure to also get into the stringy bits and shadow them in.

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We are now going to go around the entire word Heck when you are nished it should look
like this.

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Keep it going for the second word.

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Once complete, the whole phrase should look like this.

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Step 1
Now that we have made a decent shadow for our design. You can really see its starting to
esh out. We are now going to add another highlight layer to make it really pop. We will be
doing it in the same style as the shadow except this time we will opt for a white brush.
With the highlights, we are lling in the rest of the space of the letters, so really play with
the curves of the highlight edges this time around, and freestyle. Do not be scared to play
with the Flow of the brush either. The more spontaneous, the better. Once complete, the
whole phrase should look like this.

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Step 2
Overlay/Overlap the highlights to create a much more glossy effect on the letters giving
them a juicy texture. Once complete, it should look like this.

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The rst word it should look like this.

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Start working on the second word and continue as usual.

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Once this stage of highlighting is complete, the design should look like this.

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7. Depth Highlights
So we are now going to begin work on adding highlights to the Depth/3D part of the design.
We are going for a retro method of staggered bars to create this effect.

Step 1
Go back to the depth layer and hide the Colour Overlay so we can see it again in contrast.
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Create a new group called Bars and create a rectangular shape layer along with it. To get
started on creating our staggered bars, we will opt for a simple black medium sided bar.
Make sure it is long enough, as we are going to rotate it to match the perspective of the
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depth.

To create a cool effect of staggered highlights, you will duplicate the layer and play with the
width of each bar. Just make sure you add a guide just at the base of you bars so they are
on the same level.

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Once your layout is starting to look like a barcode it probably means you have enough bars
to rotate and match the perspective of the depth. To do this you must select the entire
group and hit Command/Ctrl-T to free transform the entire group. Then set the angle to
rotate to -45 degrees

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Step 2
Once you have the bars in this position you are free to control the spacing of each bar to
you own liking.
We are going to begin with the bottom area of the design and work our way anti-clockwise.
We are also only going to focus on the outside of the design with the highlights for now.
Once we have worked our way around the design it should look like this.

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We are now going to create a Clipping Mask for this so the bars t around the depth layer.
To do this, you must duplicate the group then convert it into a smart object to merge the
layers. then go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask to create the mask we need.

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Step 3
The color of our bars needs to change. You can do that with a simple Color Overlay, switch
it to white using a Layer Style. We now need to turn our Color Overlay back on, in our
depth layer. Once complete our design should look like this.

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We also need to trim the bars slightly so they aren't touching the edge of the depth. Just
Command/Ctrl-click on the depth layer to select it and contract the selection by 10px.

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Step 4
We are now going to create a colourful layer style effect for our highlight too, since we can't
leave it looking all boring like that. We will begin with a Pattern Overlay and then a
Gradient Overlay. The colours to use for the Gradient Overlay are - #631ca5 and #4a0882
respectively and set the blend mode to Overlay. We will also add a Colour Overlay
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To add a bit more realism to the effect, we will create a new layer get our brush and lightly
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brush over parts of the layer to create a more sophisticated effect.

Once completed. It should look like this so far.

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8. Creating The Background


Almost done now. Here we are going to create a nice background with a geometric pattern
for the typography to sit in front of.

Step 1
Create another layer to sit behind all your layers. This will be your Background Layer and
you should name it as such. Place this layer inside a new group named background, if you
like. We are going to colour this background the same colour as the base layer on our typo.
If you've forgotten its #ff0060

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Step 2
We are now going to create a New Document to design our geometric design in. Use these
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values when creating the new document. It will be a 35px square with a Transparent
Background.

Once this is done, create a new layer and make a right angle triangle from the top left to
the bottom right corners of the document using your Pen Tool. We are also going to ll it
with this shade of Purple #c70083 so it blends well with the rest of the design.

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We are now going to slice out a section of our triangle to create a cool pattern within.
Select your Pen Tool and create a similar outline to the one in the diagram. Once nished
convert the Path to a Selection and erase the slice revealing a nice interior pattern.

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Once complete it should look like this.

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Step 3
We are now going to slip this layer back into our original document and begin the process
of duplication to create a pattern over the whole artwork. Hold down Alt+Click and drag the
layer to duplicate them quickly and merge while going along to speed the process up even
more.

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Once duplicated to the end of the page ensure that the nal triangle aligns perfectly with
the end of the document like this (same with vertically when you begin that also).

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Once nished duplicating the pattern across the while design it should look like this.

Tip: This could also be done by going to Edit > Dene Pattern and by lling your background
layer with that pattern.

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We're now going to add a bit more colour to our pattern by applying a Gradient Overlay.
The two colours we will use to create our gradient will be our purple #c70083 that we've
been using so far blended with a darker shade of our base pink colour. #e30357. Follow
the diagram for the other values you need.

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Step 4
Now let's add a vignette. There are numerous ways to create this. The fastest way I know is
to quickly create a New Layer, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and create a selection
over the document. Right-click and add a feather of 250px to the selection

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Then Invert the selection and Fill it with Black. Control the Opacity and maybe scale of the
layer to get best results. I want my vignette to be relatively subtle so we are going to set the
layer's Opacity to 20%.

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9. More Shadows
Step 1
Now we are going to create an authentic shadow effect across the entire design using a
similar method we used to create our 3D depth effect.
We are going to begin by merging the group that contains all the layers of the design and
converting it into a Smart Object. Then select it to get its outline. Create a New Group and
a layer inside it. Contrary to what you may think we are actually going to Fill it with white. I'll
show you why in a moment.

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Step 2
Now that we have our lled in layer we are going to apply the Colour Overlay to make it
black and set its opacity to 80%. Most importantly we must set the groups Blending Mode
to Multiply and its opacity to 60%.

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Step 3
We are going to use the Fill-Nudge and repeat method we used earlier to create our depth
effect. Only now, the difference is this that this time we will create a fading shadow by
reducing the Opacity of the Colour Overlay by 2% each time we Duplicate-Nudge.

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This effect will take some time to complete and you should end up with about 40 duplicate
layers if you go all the way down to 2% Opacity. While duplicating the layers, make sure to
place the most recent layers beneath the former for the effect to work properly. Once
completed it should look like this.

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Step 4
The nal touch to this shadow is to add Noise Filter after converting the Group into a
Smart Object. Use a Noise effect of about 8%.

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10. Finishing Effects


Step 1
Just before we wrap up this project, we are going to add a few nal touches to the design.
Beginning with adding a few more glow effects around the highlights of the typography. To
do this simply create a New Layer above the merged layer and use a soft brush with
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varying Flow to brush around the design in spots you feel deserve a glow to them. Once
nished, set the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light.

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Step 2
Finally, we are going to add a Gradient Map to our design. Set the colour to to black and
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white and be sure to set to Reverse.

We will then set the Blending Mode to Difference and Opacity to 5%. This will give our
illustration a subtle vintage texture which nishes it off nicely.

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Conclusion
In this tutorial, I showed you how to create a glossy, bubble gum text effect, from a sketch
in Photoshop. I hope that you learned something from this tutorial and can apply these
techniques to create some bubble gum lettering of your own.

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Bon

3 months ago

All of this could've/should've been done in Illustrator...


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Morgan Glassco

3 months ago

You are mad talented.


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Ng Chin Liang

3 months ago

Amazing tutorial! I've learned alot from this, mainly because I'm still a beginner. Although
it took me half a day to finish this tutorial, I think it will have a great impact for a long--time. Really, thank you very much taking your time to make this tutorial!
I've even learned how to use the pen tool as it is my first time using it, and have greatly
improved my understanding of... curved lines. (Well, it sounds weird.)
And I also have no idea that you can create such an amazing shadowing effect using
such a simple method!
Thank you.
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Nikhil Sakhare

2 months ago

ohh god i think you are the only man who can do it
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The Mandalorian

2 months ago

This is truly amazing. I love that it looks like something that was created in illustrator. I
will be trying this soon with photoshop as I really have a hard time understanding
illustrator. Thanks for posting this tutorial.
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Jess Valenzuela

2 months ago

Amazing!!!
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BelvedereClear

2 months ago

one of my all time favs type piece. Of course the original "FUCK YEAH" looked better
but still...thanks for the tut!
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Heather Tyter

3 months ago

A very clear and helpful tutorial. It of course could also be done in Illustrator as Bon said,
but not everyone has both programs
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ss

3 months ago

good
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Pawe Kuc

3 months ago

this is awesome! big up!


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VectorFunk

3 months ago

Nice, but maybe it's easier to do in Illustrator


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Jessi Linh

3 months ago

Thank you for sharing this. Very nice.


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Emilio

3 months ago

woooww.... bless ! amazing ! (Y)


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Billy Holm

3 months ago

Haha. That's insane! I'm getting to old for this sh*t ;-)
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Wow. Amazing! I will try this out this week!


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lm124194

3 months ago

fantasic and very useful, thank you


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Jillian Caillat

lm124194 3 months ago

Im tryin too, It looks too good not to try!! Ur amazin


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