Draw an outline shape around the character using the Pen Tool, which will work as a stroke. With this step we have finished building the character.
Lets move on to creating the type. Download and install the “Deftone Stylus” and “Poplar Std” fonts. Start with “the” set the font to “Deftone Stylus”.
Create the second line and set the size and position similar to the below instruction image.
Type out the “CAT” and set the font to the “Poplar Std”.
Your image should look like this.
As you can see, the second line is overlapping the “CAT” layer, We will accommodate “angry” layer by subtracting the overlapped areas of the “CAT” layer. Hold “Ctrl” button and click on the “angry” layer to load selection.
Expand the selection. Go to Select > Modify > Expand.
Select the “CAT” type layer and click on the “Add a mask” button.
Lets create the Ribbon shape using the Rectangle tool. Make sure “Shape” option is selected. Draw a horizontal bar like below.
Draw the ribbon fold and tweak the top right corner using the “Direct Selection Tool”.
Duplicate and flip the shape for the other side as well.
Draw another shape and place it behind the other 2 layers.
Now add a cut to ribbon. Add an anchor point to the left edge of the shape using the “Add Anchor Point Tool”.
Select the anchor point we just added using the “Direct Selection Tool”.
Move the point inwards from its actual position. You can use arrow keys on keyboard to nudge it.
Lets straighten the “Convert Point Tool”.
Duplicate the shape and use it for the other side.
Apply gradient to the the center shape of the ribbon.
Add type and set the font to “KiloGram”.
Now we will create a speech bubble shape with the Ellipse Tool.
Draw the tip of the speech bubble.
Add type above the speech bubble, set the font colour to white.
I have duplicated the whiskers from above and resized, place it above the “CAT” layer, just to give a bit of symbolic treatment.
Select star shape from the custom shapes palette. Draw stars between the Cat and the ribbon layer.
Open up the the folded paper texture. Select all (Ctrl+A) and copy the whole texture.
Paste into the working document.
Adjust the brightness using the Curves command.
Set the layer blending mode to “Overlay”
Open the “emerald_green_scratch_paper_texture”.
Copy and paste the scratch paper texture into he main document.
Resize the scratch paper texture to fit the canvas nicely.
Desaturate the texture (CTRL + Shift + U).
Darken the texture using the Curves command.
Change the layer blending mode to “Screen”.
Add Curves adjustment layer to the scratch texture layer.
Add “Photo Filter” adjustment layer.
Finally we will add some noise to the artwork. Create a new above all the layers and fill it with black.
Add noise to the layer. Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Change the layer blending mode to “Screen”.