Next we want to get a water image to crop to the H2O shape. (If you happen to be pretty snazzy with Illustrator and Photoshop already, you know there are Clipping Masks that can do what we are about to do. However, I want a clean file build with as little excess digital information as possible.)
Open Illustrator file in Photoshop.
12. Open Photoshop and clean up your workspace (Select, then Shift + Tab if there are many boxes open).
13. File : Open your Illustrator file. Photoshop sees that this is a vector file and you are opening it into a raster program. You know it is going to rasterize when it asks you what the DPI should be. Vector isn’t concerned with DPI. Bring it in as 150 DPI and RGB. Crop to the Media Box.
14. Be sure when it opens the background is transparent (gray checkerboard). As long as you didn’t add a white background in the Illustrator file, you should be fine.
15. Save as YOUR LAST NAME_SoftwareReview.PSD. << The PSD will be added by Photoshop because it's the file type.
FYI: Even tracing a raster file in Illustrator will not retrieve the clean vector. Photoshop cannot save over an .AI file (but it can save over a vector .PDF and .EPS, so be careful with those file types).
Then crop a water texture to the shape.
16. Open WATER_1.JPG* from your SOFTWARE REVIEW SUPPLIES folder. *This is pulled from the web and I do not own it. I have also already made sure it is large enough for what we need in this project because you can't just assume!
17. Select : All and Edit : Copy.
18. Edit : Paste this into your H2O PSD document. You can close the WATER.JPG image now because we're done with it.
19. Window : Layers to open your Layers palette to see that Photoshop will automatically create a new layer when pasting work into it.
20. Label your layers “Image” and “H2O”.
21. Place your Image layer below the H2O layer.
22. Select your H2O layer. Using the Magic Wand tool , select everything outside of the letters. Hold down the Shift key and also select the area within the O. (Or just do it in two separate steps like I did in the video.)
23. Click to the Image layer while the "marching ants" are still selecting the area from the H2O layer. Click Delete.
24. File : Save again. Just always do that as often as you can.
25. Hide the top layer that held the H2O black lines (click on the eye by the layer). You should have 1 visible layer that is a water image shaped like letters. You should also still have a transparent background. SAVE.
Create a shadow in the shapes.
26. In the Images Layer, click within the artboard and Select All (Cmnd + A) if you had deselected. Then double-click the Images Layer to open Layer Style.
27. Add an Inner Shadow as shown below. (Multiply; Opacity 44; Angle 118; Distance 11; Choke 22; Size 9) Then save again.