A few weeks ago I wrote a post with a picture of a rabbit disappearing into a hat. Or is the rabbit magically coming out of the hat? In any case, here’s how I created my magic hat image.
I may not have permission to use many of the images of rabbits in magic hats on the web as an image for my post, but on the other hand, it’s no crime to look at many different images using Google images. I found a few I liked, and I drew two in pencil on paper. Then I scanned them in and separated them in Photoshop using the crop tool. I decided to concentrate on this one:
This version of the drawing already shows the pen tool was used for the wand – I couldn’t get that straight a line with my free hand drawing. Using Adobe Illustrator, I made a template for the image. A template allows me to have the outline of what I want in one layer, and I draw my new image in the layer above. With a combination of the trace tool, the pen tool, the shape tool and the smooth tool, I created an image that was more or less what I wanted. Here’s a version of the image after I used the shape and pen tools to create the hat and wand and the pencil tool with the smooth tool to produce the ears:
I put the the newly created drawing in Adobe Photoshop and edited various pixels to get it closer to what I wanted. Photoshop has various brushes with fuzzy outlines that one can use to produce the pink of the ears and the fuzz on the tip of the wand. I then added display:none at the bottom, because that was related to my post topic. But the nice thing about creating images in layers in either Illustrator or Photoshop is that I could just have easily created an image that has different text, like this:
Speaking of magicians and magic hats, my son created a film about magicians: