Before we can launch ourselves into space we need a ship. Luckily for you, I
have already created one (you're welcome), but it is unfinished. We will take
time in this step to give our ship some color, give it a name, apply a logo, and
prepare it for flight.
- If you still have your Space17 file open go ahead and close it now - we
will not need it again until Step 20
- We need to save a copy of the spaceship file, so click the image
Depending on the browser you are using, you will either be asked to save the psd file or the browser will automatically save it to your downloads folder
- either way, get the image saved to your device (and note that it is named
- Open ToolPic and then open the Ship.psd file in ToolPic
You may notice at this point that our ship lacks color in several places.
Your first task will be to select a color and fill in the four areas of your ship
that need color...
- Decide what color you want to use to fill in your ship - I'm going to fill
the four areas of my ship with red
You have probably noticed by now that I have already provided you with two layers
in your layer stack...
The Color layer contains a simple, solid outline of
your ship that you will insert your color on. The Ship layer contains a
feathered outline of your ship, the white portions, the flame at the back, and
is locked (don't mess with it).
By using two different layers to add in our color, we can be certain that we
don't mess up the body of the ship itself and that all of our color sits on one
If you are happy with the color you added you may skip ahead to direction 11.
I'm going to give you an opportunity to customize your ship a little by
choosing a second color if you want. You are free to set the fins to one color and the other
two areas to a different color. This allows for the creation of some interesting color combinations...
- Set the Foreground Color to the color you chose in direction 4
- Make sure the visibility of both layers is turned on
- Make sure the Color layer is the active layer
- Select the Paint Bucket Tool
- Click each of the four areas to add color to them, you should end up with
a ship that is similar to the image below...
Avoid the temptation to use more than two colors as adding in a bunch of
different colors tends to make these cartoon ships look ridiculous. Also, DO NOT change the
white areas of the ship. We will need the body to remain white so we can
easily read the ship name we will be adding in just a second.
- If you wish, choose a second color and click on each fin
Now let's get our beautifully colored ship onto one layer.
- Select both layers then right-click on one of them and click
- notice that the new layer is named Ship (do you remember why?)
Now let's give our ship a name. The coolest ship names
begin with U.S.S. (which, by the way, stands for United States Ship, or if you
are talking about Star Trek, United Space Ship), so this is
how we are going to start our ship name. We need to use the Type Tool to add in
our ship name.
- Click the Type Tool...
- Adjust the Options bar so that it matches the settings below...
You are free to use a different font if you like, but be sure that
whatever font you choose is
large enough to be easily seen on your spaceship and is not some strange font
that is impossible to read
- Click on your ship - notice that this drops the text insertion
I-bar (this indicates that you can type in text)...
Notice also that ToolPic creates a layer in the Layers panel called
Text layer 1 (if the layer is named something else don't worry about it - it
will change in a minute) and that a T shows as the layer icon to let you know
that the layer contains text...
Just a quick FYI here about working with the Text tool. ToolPic includes the ability for
you to click and drag with the Text tool selected to create a box...
so that when you release the mouse, you can enter a paragraph of text...
The difference between just clicking and clicking and dragging is pretty simple. If you just click with
the Text tool and start typing, you will enter one long line of text. If you
create a paragraph, when you have typed enough to reach the right side of the
box your text will wrap to the next line.
followed by your last name in all caps...
Just put your last name - I do not want to see
U.S.S. TRAVIS GOT SWAG
or anything else like that - use only your last name or I will take
off points - LOTS OF POINTS
- Your name is likely not in the perfect spot (notice how mine goes over the
red portion of the ship in the image above), so let's move it by clicking
the Move Tool (remember where that is?)
- Click on your name and drag it into place - it should be in about the same
position as the name in the image below (if you just have to move it a small amount you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard)...
BTW, if you have a long last name, feel free to put the
and your name
on two different lines...
Simply press Enter on the keyboard after typing U.S.S. to start entering
text on the next line
Notice that the layer that contains your text is now named whatever you typed
on the layer...
This is very helpful, especially if we have multiple text layers as it allows
us to quickly tell the
difference between them.
Now comes the part where you get to be really creative. In the space above your name,
you need to add in a graphic of your choice to personalize your spaceship.
- Use the Internet to locate an image you want to include on your
ship (remember that it needs to be an image that does not have a great deal of
tiny details as these will be lost when you resize the image and place it on
your ship) - here is the image I will be using...
Remember that this is a school project and the image you
choose MUST be appropriate for use in school
- Once you locate your personal image on the Internet, save it to your
- Open your personal image in ToolPic
We need to get your personal image onto your ship. There are actually several
ways to pull this off, one of which we have already used (remember when we used
Copy/Paste on Planet 1?), so let's try something new.
- Using your personal image, click on the layer (there should only be
one) and drag it over to Ship tab...
ToolPic will highlight the tab with a blue outline so that you know you
are pointing at the correct spot...
When you release the mouse, ToolPic should place your personal image in the
corner of your Ship file...
Notice that ToolPic creates a new layer and automatically places your image
Note that if this does not work for you, you may need to click your personal image and
press Ctrl+A (this is the keyboard shortcut to select everything)
to select it then press Ctrl+C to copy it and then click your
spaceship and press Ctrl+V to paste your image
- Close the original personal image file...
If ToolPic asks if you want to save it, click No
- Rename the new layer containing your personal image to Image...
- If there are any parts of your personal image that you do not want
included in your finished project, or if you want to alter the image in any way, use whatever method is appropriate (Magic Wand Tool,
Eraser Tool, Levels Editor, Brush Tool, Crop Tool, or whatever works) to remove or
change anything you don't want - in my image for example, I removed the green color around my image
(otherwise I would have had an odd looking
square instead of a really cool circle)...
By the way, removing the color was easy: I simply clicked on the color with
the Magic Wand Tool to select the color and then pressed the Delete key
- Resize your personal image so that it is the proper size for your
spaceship - remember that to resize things we can use Edit >
Transform > Scale
- Use the Move Tool to place your personal image in the correct
position on your spaceship...
- Click File and then click Save as PSD
Name the file as Spaceship18
Our ship is now ready to go, so let's work on getting our head in the image.
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