I don’t know why, but we have strange customers from time to time. For example, there was an old lady who came to our office a few weeks ago. She brought a broken sand clock and said that she wanted to replace it with a new one. And she showed me a receipt from WalMart. “Umm, … You are at a wrong place, old lady,” I said. Then she stared at me. I didn’t know what to say. Eventually, I said that I could design a new one digitally using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS2. Then she nodded and smiled. Well, you know… As I always do, I launched Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop on my iMac. In a matter of 12 minutes or so, I created a brand-new sand clock for her.
The following tutorial shows steps to design a sand clock, using Adobe Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop CS2. Note that the screenshots below are extracted from a tutorial video with PNG compression. Therefore, their quality may not be the best.
- Using Adobe Illustrator CS2, let’s use Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a right circle, holding down the Shift key. The fill color should be none, and select a light gray color for stroke.
- Next, grab Scissors Tool, and cut the shape at the top and bottom anchor points. Then delete the right half.
- Let’s turn this 2D shape into a 3D shape looking like a sand clock. Apply 3D > Revolve to the shape.
- We want to create another shape with Illustrator. Use Ellipse Tool to draw a vertically-short ellipse. Then use gray gradient colors to fill the shape.
- You want to turn this 2D shape into a 3D shape as well by applying 3D > Extrude & Bevel.
- Okay. That’s it with Illustrator. Let’s import them to Photoshop with Pixels Paste. Adjust the position and the size of the second shape to make it the top of the sand clock.
- You are using gray gradient colors to fill the lid. That means you can apply Colorize under Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. So let’s colorize it. When you are finished, duplicate the layer and take it to the bottom of the sand clock.
- The next stage is to fill the first Illustrator shape with sand. Make a selection for sand and then fill it with sheer black. Furthermore, apply Noise and a small amount of Gaussian Blur.
- There should be more dark pixels than bright ones inside the selection. So let’s apply Adjustments > Invert to the selection. Then use Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to colorize gray pixels.
- Similarly, make another selection for the bottom chunk of sand, apply Noise, Gaussian Blur, Invert and Hue/Saturation.
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