In your layers panel you will find a bunch of folders, two of them grouped up above, five others below.
All you have to worry about is the top two.
- The first of the two is called "Deltas" this is where you find all your silver arrow-shapes that are all trek-like.
- the second one is for all the other shapes that add to the arrow-shapes. this is what makes your plaque different era's in my opinion.
All you have to do is select what shapes you want to be visible on your plaque by hiding/unhiding them
Now, just below that (in the Green layer called Shadow) this is where it gets tricky. First you must clear this layer, CTRL+A and DEL. Next you have to CTRL+Click the "deltas" and "backs'' layers that you have visible, then fill that selection on the Shadow Layer with Black. Looks much better doesnt it.
Lastly, is the Color layer (marked in blue) all you have to do is fill this with the color you want your plaque to be shaded. Have fun with this. I reccomend silver, (which you will find in my Metallic Swatch file) or blue, or copper works really well.
All the other layers are pretty straight forward, just edit them with the text tool.
One last thing: Please credit me if you use it for your own plaque.
So, I found these templates in my fleet's 'vault' a couple of years ago. I made a few during that time, but recently decided to add some stuff to the .psd. Changed the angle of the pattern, added some more deltas, and created 4 color variations. If you would be interested in a copy of it then hit me up with a email address.
One thing I do want to ask about, is there a sharper version of the font you use avalible? I've found that when scalled up for the ships name at least, the font starts getting a little....wavey.
Also, I added in two collums and matched the names to those on the official Defiant Dedication Plaque, as well as scaled the whole thing up. I have it sized to 1488 by 1080, and it still looks stunning