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Spiral Engraving Tutorial

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In this tutorial, we'll use both Illustrator and Photoshop to create a spiral engraving illustration. I recently saw an engraving done with a single spiral and I thought it would be fun to recreate this inside of Photoshop.

The first challenge is creating a linear spiral. We do this inside of illustrator (and if you don't have illustrator—I have included the spiral EPS in the assets for the tutorial). 

With our spiral, we use some techniques in Photoshop to create the engraving—namely the Hard Mix blend mode. This is one of those blending modes that hardly ever gets used, but it creates a threshold effect and it does so inside of your layer stack, opening a lot of creative possibilities! 

We finish it up with a gradient map to color the illustration and then some paper texture on top of the whole thing. The paper texture I got from one of my favorite resources— And if you haven't checked out Brady's YouTube channel, you're missing out! He's the master of procedural effects in Photoshop. 

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