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Battery Power Activate

In this week’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a battery in Fireworks. You will be using simple shapes and colors to create an illuminating battery you almost thing you would have in front of you. Here it goes.

Step 1
1. To begin our project we will start by creating the body of the battery. Start by creating a canvas 512x512, draw a circle 175x30 and insert guides. Next make a copy by (Ctrl + C) and pasting (Ctrl + V), dragging it to the top. Make 4 extra copies and locked these layers for later use.

2. Next using the rectangle tool (U), draw a box between 2 of these circles making sure both the top and bottom of the rectangle lines up with the end points of circles.

3. Now selecting the rectangle with the two circle, go to Modify > Combine paths > Union.

4.Selecting the circle, press Shift + X  to turn it to a fill with a pink color and name it “battery body” and make an extra copy by copy (Ctrl + C) and pasting (Ctrl + V) for later use.

Step 2
The next part of the construction is to create the bottom and top ends of the battery that will represent the negative and positive.

1. To start unlock the extra “battery body” copy made in Step1, #4 and turn it to a red color.

2. Now take the Pen Tool (P), starting from left to right using the horizontal guide created, draw a curve to the center guide line as shown. When you’re satisfied with where the point should be, click the point while holding Alt so it will become a normal point; or else it will expect to continue with the path.

3. Now click the same point again to activate it and continue to finish the curve, bring the next point to right, and click the point while holding the Alt key to transform into a normal point to finish.


4. Next select the newly created line and go to Modify > Alter Path > Expand Stroke.

Apply these settings:

5. Change it from stroke to fill by pressing Shift + X.

6. Now selecting both this new line and the copied battery body from Step 1 #4, go to Modify > Combine paths > Punch.

Result after Punch

7. At this point, you will need to have 2 separate pieces. To get this press the split button, color the top to a grey color and name it “battery top”, while the bottom colored red and named “battery bottom”.

8. This is how it should look by now, with “battery body” pink color, “battery bottom” red color and “battery top” grey color.

Step 3

1. A few more pieces on the body are to be created. Unlock one of the circles created in Step 1, #1 and fill it with a green color and name it “big top”.

2. To make the inner shell like a battery, take one of the extra copy created in Step1 #1, fill it with a yellow, then to Modify > Transform > Numeric Transform or Ctrl +Shift + T to resize dimensions to 156x46. Name it “inner big top”.

3. Next we will turn the focus on creating a protective strip for the battery, begin drawing a curve from right to left using the Pen Tool (P) to the middle then clicking the point while holding the Alt key to create a normal point.

4. Next like previous steps, just again start from the same middle point and continue to finish off the cap. Do some tweaks see fit. When you’re done color it purple and name it “battery cap”.

5.A drop shadow is needed, so taking the extra copy created in Step 1, #1 color it a dark grey, name it “base shadow” and place at the base as shown.


Step 4
Creating the anode terminal

1. Unlock one of the circles created in Step 1, #1, bring it to the front by going to Modify > Arrange > Bring to Front.

2. Next go to Modify > Transform > Numeric Transform or Ctrl +Shift + T to resize dimensions to 65 x19. Make another copy, (Ctrl + C) and pasting (Ctrl + V), push it up a bit. Make 1 extra copies and lock the last one for later use.


3. Following the steps from steps Step1 #2 - #4, taking the 2 newly created circles to finish create the anode shape. Color it green and name it “anode terminal”.

4. After it’s created, unlock the extra circle for created from #2 and bring it to the top of the “anode terminal”, color it blue and name it “anode terminal top”.

5. Adjust these pieces onto the rest of the battery and this is the midway result all base pieces.


Step 5
Now is the time to add the eye candy effect of the battery. First let’s start with “battery body. Apply a gradient and filter(s) as described and shown:

Filters > Inner Shadow > Inner Glow - see the image
Filters > Adjust Color > Brightness/Contrast
Brightness: -17
Contrast: 30

Step 6
The negative end in which is “battery bottom. Apply a gradient and filter(s) as described and shown:

Gradient: Linear
Blend Mode: Normal
Filters > Inner Shadow and Filters > Inner Shadow
Color > #000000, Distance: 27, Opacity: 65%, Softness: 4, Angle: 357, Knockout: unchecked

Step 7
Let’s touch the positive side, “battery top”. Apply a gradient with Photoshop Live Effects as described and shown:

Next apply Photoshop Live Effects.
Filters > Photoshop Live Effects > Inner Shadow and Filters
Color: # ffcc33

Filters > Photoshop Live Effects > Inner Glow
Color: # ffffbd


Step 8
Let’s skin the “big top” and apply gradient and Photoshop Live Effects as described and shown:

Gradient: Linear
Blend Mode: Normal
Stroke > 1px Solid White

Filters > Photoshop Live Effects > Inner Shadow

Step 9
Add touches to “inner big top”, apply the gradient and filter settings as described and shown:

Gradient: Cone
Blend Mode: Normal
Filters > Inner Shadow and Filters > Inner Shadow
Distance: 4, Opacity: 60%, Softness: 1, Angle: 2, Knockout: unchecked


Step 10
“Anode terminal with drop shadow” – to skin this part, this gradient setting will be used as shown. In addition, the anode needs a little drop shadow, unlock the circle(s) of 2a and apply these settings as described and shown:

Solid Color >#333333
Filters >Gaussian Blur: 3.1


Step 11
“Anode terminal top: and apply gradient settings as described and shown:

Gradient: Cone
Blend Mode: Normal
Stroke > 2px Solid White


Step 12
1. Now to give some glossiness to it, some highlights will be inserted. First, just draw a piece at the side as shown apply settings as described and shown:

Gradient: Linear
Blend Mode: Soft Light
Opacity > 24

2. For the middle highlight, draw a rectangle fitting nicely with the curve in the middle. Create a mask, using your judgment erase some of the right side and apply the settings as described and shown:

Gradient: Linear
Blend Mode: Soft Light
Opacity > 25

Step 13
Next time to skin “battery cap”. Apply the gradient and filter(s) as described and shown:

Filters > Inner Shadow and Filters > Inner Glow
Color > #000000,  Distance:4, Opacity:65%, Softness:4, Offset:0
Drop Shadow> Color > #000000, Distance: 2, Opacity: 65%, Softness: 4, Angle: 357, Knockout: unchecked

Step 14
Also lets add the drop shadow. Proceed by taking the extra circle of Step 1, change the color to black, place it at the bottom with these settings as described and shown:

Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur: 3.4
Opacity: 75%


Step 15
Almost done, using the type tool (T) with Arial Font bold or your choice of font type the (+) and (-) signs and apply the filter settings as described and shown:

Filters > Inner Shadow and Filters > Inner Shadow
Distance: 2, Opacity: 54%, Softness: 2, Angle: 315, Knockout: unchecked
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Final Result

Final Battery Result

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