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This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it

Here is what we are going to make

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Yes, i know. Cheap preview, but it was kind of rushed. Let's get started!

Start off with a grey circle.

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Now add a radial gradient to it like this.

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Add An Oil Paint filter with The Brush Size Seto to 1, And the Caorseness 50. This is added to make it look more like metal.

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Now set the blending to color dodge.

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Now to add a little more detail. Make another radial gradient like this.

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Set the blending mode to Reflect, and opacity to 45

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Now add a line to it

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Duplicate the layer and invert colors.Move it one pixel up, then set blending mode to Negation

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Done!

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Mirror is an easy way of getting the distances just spot on but if there is a reflection then it gets reversed (mirrored).

I, too, have made this error. Most of us have.

There are a couple of ways of doing this. You can duplicate the layer, select & move the second screw head (use rectangle select), repeat. You can try playing with the Align Object plugin.

Alternatively, on a new layer, create a grid & use this as a guide for placing the remaining heads. Once they are placed you can delete the layer.

Nicely written tute!

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For a first tut the outcome is good

... I always look at tuts as something to interpret and try your own things on. This gives a great basis for screwheads

Nice touch using Negation

BTW I linked to your tut here http://forums.getpai...-viking-helmet/

I'll remove it if you want and put some more steps in

Thanks!

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