The Kitchen Project

This small floor plan project illustrates the way a new kitchen appears to a hypothetical client. The spacing and relationship of the major work zones, fixtures, and appliances in the kitchen are immediately understood in the enhanced image. Color and texture add additional levels of information that are not present in the original CAD drawing.

Before you get started, take a look at the color section for the before and after images of this project. We pick up here where we left off earlier in the chapter.

1. Open the file Kitchen.psd that you saved earlier. This file is also available on the companion CD in case you are jumping in here (see Figure 5.23).

2. Switch to 50% or 100% magnification; press Ctrl++ or Ctrl+- (that's the Ctrl key with the "plus" or "minus" key) to zoom in or out so the image fills your screen as much as possible. The line work looks best when the magnification is either halved or doubled from the actual pixel size (12.5%, 25%, 50%, 100%, 200%, and so on). Intermediate magnifications (16.7%, 33.3%, 66.7%) suffer from partial resampling that causes some of the line work to appear to be missing.

TIP I recommend checking Zoom Resizes Windows under Edit > Preferences > General. The size of the document window that you can fit on your screen without the scroll bars appearing depends on the resolution setting of your graphics card.

Filling an enclosed area is also the first step in preparing to use layer style effects. Let's fill the walls and island with black to make them stand out. Technically, you don't have to fill with black; any color will do, including white. You control where the layer style effects appear based on the placement of pixels on the layer to which they are bound. Layers styles do not appear in transparent areas (where there are no pixels).

3. In the Layers palette, select the Kitchen-A-wall layer. Select the Paint Bucket tool in the toolbox, and select Foreground from the Fill drop-down on the Options bar. Press D to set the default colors so that black is in the foreground. Click inside each one of the walls with the tip of the Paint Bucket cursor to fill them in with black, as shown in Figure 5.31.

TIP You might find selecting easier with the precise cursor. Press Caps Lock to toggle into Precise Cursor mode featuring the crosshair cursor. You can press Caps Lock again to toggle out of the mode. Each tool once again has its own characteristic cursor icon.

4. Select the Kitchen-A-mlwk-ilnd (meaning "architectural-millwork-island") layer. Using the Paint Bucket, click inside the island to fill it with black.

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