ANIME BEADS Photoshop Tutorial

I received a request from the forum for this effect from one of our Members living in Japan. This is a technique that is all the rage over there. Not knowing what is effect is called, I decided to dub it the “Anime Bead” effect. Enjoy!

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ANIME BEADS Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Create a new document

Create some text. (I used Planet Kosmos at 50 points)

Ctrl/Cmd+Click on the texts’ layer thumbnail to load the selection

Select>Modify>Expand

Enter 5 pixels and click ok

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Step 2

The selection should now look like this

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Step 3

With the selection still active create a new layer and name it beads

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Step 4

Go to the Paths Palette

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Click the top right arrow and choose “Make Work Path” from the fly out menu

Enter a setting of 0.5 (The minimum allowed)

Click ok

We have now made a path out of the selection

Step 5

Prepare the brush…

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Choose White as your foreground color

Select the Brush tool from the Toolbox

Open the brushes panel

Turn off all the boxes on the left

Choose a 10 Pixel hard brush

Set the spacing to 105% (This will make a dotted line)

Step 6

Click on the Stroke path button as shown

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The path will now be stroked with white dots.

Click in the blank area of the paths palette (Below the work path) to turn off the path

Step 7

Go back to the layers palette

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You should now have something like this

Step 8

Click the little “f” at the bottom of the layers panel to add a layer style

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Choose bevel and emboss and use the settings shown

Step 9

Choose inner shadow and use the shown settings

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Click Ok to apply the style.

Step 10

At this point we have a problem. The text is a bit small for the beads (There is a gap showing)

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Increase the size of the text to compensate, the edge of the text should line up with the beads

Step 11

Add a layer style to the text. Apply a default drop shadow and a Bevel as shown

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Step 12

In this variation, I repeated the step and expanded by 10 pixels to create a second ring of beads. I also enhanced it a bit with some sparkles.

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I hope you like this effect

 

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe