How to Make a Key in Photoshop

Today I will be teaching you how to make a key in Photoshop. This is a great lesson for anyone who wants to make a key for a post card or social network website. This lesson can be done in Photoshop6.0 and above. To begin open a new file. Make the size of the new file 400 by 500 pixels. Now let’s switch over to RGB mode. Click image, mode, then RGB. You will now be working in RGB mode. It’s very important to be in RGB mode if you want to see color on your project. The next step is to change your foreground color to yellow. Next create a new layer to work with. Click on the shape tool and select the rectangle shape tool. Next click and drag to make the basic shape of the key. Click and drag to create the long part of the key. Next click on layer, layer style and then gradient overlay. Click on the drop down arrow and then the tiny drop down arrow. Next click load gradients and click on metals. You will now have the metal gradients loaded. Click on the gradient that says gold and click OK. The next step is to click layer, layer style, and then copy layer style. We can now begin creating the rest of our key.

Now let’s create the rest of the key. Create a new layer to work with. Next click on the shape tool and select the rectangle tool. Click and drag to make the tiny tip of the key. Next click on layer, layer style, and then paste layer style. Now all the effects that were applied to the part of the key will be applied to this new part of the key. Now we must create the final pieces of the key. Create a new layer to work with. Next click on the shape tool and select the ellipse tool. Click and drag and make a round circle. Next click and drag while holding down the alt key to make a copy of the circle. Repeat this process and make two copies. By the time you are finished you should have 3 circles. Put them together so they look the way they do in the example image I included with this lesson. Click on one of the circle layers. Next click layer, layer style, and paste layer style. Now you will see the gold effect applied to the whole key. Finally click on your background and fill it with black. You should now have a very good looking key created. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and have a great day!

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