The Photoshop software sold as part of Adobe’s Creative Suite may be your default choice for editing and working with your digital images, but the program offers you far more than just ways to tinker with photos. Photoshop provides a full palette of drawing options with which you can sketch, doodle digitally and create shapes right on the screen, bringing them to life with shadows and other 3-D effects. With just a couple of clicks, you’ll be able to create a 3-D diamond shape sure to be a girl’s (or anyone else’s) best friend.
1. Open Photoshop, click the “File” menu and select “New.” Name the file “Diamond” and type your preferred dimensions, such as 4 in. by 4 in. Pull down the “Color Mode” menu and select “RGB Color.” Pull down the “Background Contents” menu and select “Transparent.” Click the “OK” button and the Photoshop workspace opens.
2. Click the “View” menu and select “Fit on Screen.” This enlarges the workspace, giving you more room to draw. It doesn’t increase your actual dimensions.
3. Right-click the “Rectangle Tool” on the “Tools” palette. If you don’t see this tool, look for a gray circle, line or gray star; these shapes all share the same tool space until they are used. Right-click any of those shapes and select “Custom Shape Tool.”
4. Pull down the “Shapes” menu at the top of the screen and search for a diamond shape. If you do not see it, click the small triangle in a circle icon to open a drop-down menu. Click the “Shapes” link. When Photoshop asks add the shapes, click the “Append” button. Scroll through the shape list again and double-click the diamond shape.
5. Position your cursor near the top-left corner of the “Diamond” box and drag your mouse down toward the bottom-right corner. A diamond shape appears on the screen, filled in with the default paint color. To change the paint color, click the “Edit” menu, click “Undo Custom Shape Tool,” double-click the top-left square of the “Color Picker” on the “Tools” palette, choose a new paint color and click “OK.” Repeat the draw and drag process to make the new diamond.
6. Double-click the shape layer in the “Layers” palette on the right side of the screen. If you don’t see the “Layers” palette, click the “Window” menu and click “Layers” to open it. The “Layer Style” window opens. Check the “Drop Shadow” box on the “Styles” column, then click the words “Drop Shadow” to open the dialog window.
7. Move the “Distance” slider bar to the left to enlarge the diamond’s shadow. Move the “Spread” slider bar to increase the darkness of the shadow.
8. Check the “Bevel and Emboss” box on the “Styles” column, which makes your diamond look as if it is floating on the page. Click the “OK” button.
9. Click the “File” menu, select “Save As” and choose “GIF” from the “Format” menu. Save the diamond file to your computer.