Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
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Animating a spotlight against a brick wall


Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

with Bert Monroy

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What we're going to do this week is create a little animation. All right, now we're going to turn that off.
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  1. 7m 38s
    1. Creating a 3D Easter egg NEW
      7m 38s
  2. 17m 26s
    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
      9m 13s
    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
      8m 13s
  3. 36m 43s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
      7m 18s
  4. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
      8m 24s
    3. Creating reflections in water
      6m 8s
    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
      12m 11s
    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
  5. 27m 47s
    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
  6. 33m 21s
    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  7. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
  8. 46m 32s
    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
  9. 45m 16s
    1. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
  10. 28m 56s
    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  11. 42m 42s
    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  12. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
  13. 34m 22s
    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
  14. 29m 7s
    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
  15. 38m 48s
    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
  16. 36m 9s
    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    5. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
  17. 31m 44s
    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
  18. 47m 14s
    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    4. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
  19. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  20. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  21. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
  22. 29m 24s
    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  23. 23m 36s
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s

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Watch the Online Video Course Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
13h 22m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2015

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

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Animating a spotlight against a brick wall

What we're going to do this week is create a little animation. It'll follow a little story line. It's going to be a little detective drama. And it's a search late at night for some kind of a villain that's on the loose. Well, we're going to start off with this brick wall. Now this is created using a pattern and in quite a few of my other series there are ways of creating these brick patterns. This particular brick pattern is created in one of those tutorials. So now, what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to go over to my layers and you can see that the bricks are in a layer and the grout's in a layer.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the bricks right here, and I'm going to go in, let's let's lighten them up a little bit. So I'll just go in here into my adjustments and let's just go into, say, Levels, and we're just going to lighten them up a little bit. Make them a little stronger in color. There we go, nice and bright. Click OK. There they are. Now they're pretty flat against the the grout. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to lift them up a little bit, because they're aged. So the grout should be pretty much indented in. So I'm going to double-click on it. And right now what I'm going to concern myself with is that spotlight.

The spotlight's down below this wall, this is a wall way up at the top of some building or whatever. So what's going to happen here is they're going to have a little drop shadow. Little drop shadow, let's make a little tighter. The size will be about say, two. And let's take away this Global. I want to work totally individually. And the light's coming from down below. See, there we go. And we'll give it that nice little tone like that. Let's say let's give it about let's go with about a three. Just to give us a nice little shadow back there.

There's a shadow. And we'll increase the opacity on that a bit so it's a nice, dark shadow. And we'll give the bricks a little bevel and emboss as well. So there. We'll give it a bevel and emboss. And turn off the Global, make sure the light's coming from below, and we'll bring it down to about a one. We want to give it just that little highlight right down at the bottom there. And we're going to bring the highlight color, bring it into more of the brick kind of tones about like that, maybe a little lighter. Click OK. And that's pretty good, nice and bright like that.

That looks good. Click OK. . There, there's our light, the bricks being lit from below. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in here and say Option > Merge Visible. All right, that created a new layer that merged these two together. And we're going to call this Delight. All right, now we're going to turn that off. So now, let's go back into the bricks themselves again. And now we'll give it the, the bevel and emboss. We'll do it from above.

Now the light's coming from above. And we'll bring this light tone down a bit. There we go. And a drop shadow is also coming from above. And a little less distance, just a little hint of a, of a little shadow there, like that. Now, these are coming from above, and it's, it's dark, it's a little darker. So what we're going to do is we're going to go in, and just use our Levels again, and this time we're going to kind of darken the bricks a bit. You want to darken 'em up like that. And we'll take the grout and we're going to darken that a bit.

In fact, let's, at this point, let's put these guys together. We'll darken this a little. Let's go with hue saturation. We'll darken the grout that way. There we go. Click like that. And now, I'm going to select both there and say Merge Visible again. Again holding down my Option key so that the originals stay intact. There were go. Now this one, what we're going to do is go into Hue Saturation and I'm going to bring down the saturation, bring it down and darken them even more. All right, this is being lit by the night sky.

A little moonlight up there, up above. Click OK. Now we see the difference between these two bricks. All right? We'll call this one Dark. There we go. So now the originals here we can throw these away. We don't need these guys at all. Let's just throw these away for now. What we're going to do is we're going to see both of them. We're going to see the light and we're going to see the dark. So what's going to happen to the light one right here, I'm going to hold down my Option key and give it a mask. Holding the Option key automatically gives it a black mask, hiding all the contents of that layer. And I'm going to unlock the link.

So anything I do to this mask is not going to affect the layer itself. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to get a nice circle. Create a little circle. Kind of a, slightly elliptical like that. And I'm going to go ahead and fill it with white. So the foreground color is white, so I'm going to say use a foreground color 100%, click OK, and you see what's happening? We're seeing underneath. Let's de-select that. Let's soften this up. We're in that mask, we're still working with the mask. So I'm going to go in there and say Gaussian Blur, and soften it up just a, a little bit. Don't want it too soft.

That looks good. Just like that. Now, I've got black for my background color. So I'm going to start doing some stuff now that's going to give me the effect that I want. Now if I want to move that mask around, I can move it. Now you notice that I'm moving the mask. And we'll put it down here. We'll put it right there, like that. Now, even though I moved it, the background remained black because the background is set to black. Had I moved the mask, then I would have all of a sudden had this white border back here. But no, I've got black. So now, I'm going to bring up the timeline. Now, I've shrunk this down here so we can see it real close.

And here we see that we have the lights. I've opened up The Light, right there, let's open this up, and we see that we have the position, the opacity. You also have to layer mask position. So I'm going to click on that, which gave me, not this one, this one we don't want to do. Just a layer mask position. And there you can see that it set up a key frame right there at the beginning of my animation. So what can happen now is I am going to move this timeline up to about let's say, about a third of the way right there. I'm going to take the mask and move it up. And I want just a mask.

So I have to go in the layers and make sure I'm in the mask. Now you saw what happened, I started moving the layer. I want to be in the mask. So now when I move, notice I'm moving the mask. I'm going to bring it way up to about here. Now we'll go down to about a third. Another third. And then bring it way down to about here. Then I'm going to bring it to the end of the animation and kind of bring it all the way over to this side here. And that's it. I now rewind this to the beginning and when I hit play, you'll see that my little mask is moving.

And it looks like, it is in fact, lighting this brick wall. Let's bring this down so we can kind of see things a little better. And I'll make this a little larger. And there we'll hit that play one more time. And there you can see that we have this light that's moving across. It's moving across that entire wall based on how I moved it for the animation. And we can see that the light is in fact lighting this dark wall at night, creating the effect that you would see of a little spotlight.

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