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Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace

From: Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

Video: Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace

Now layer masks can create a lot of effects, but sometimes they could be a little bit of a conflict, especially in the case of layer styles. But of course Photoshop has a solution for it. I'll show you such a situation like right here, something as simple as the little chain-link that we see right there. Well, let's go in there and see what I'm talking about. Here I have a file where I've created these three little shapes. One of them sits alone down below, and the other two are on top, just like that. So now I want to create the illusion that these guys are in fact little links in the chain, so I'm going to apply a layer style. That's going to make it look kind of like the little link in a chain.

Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace

Now layer masks can create a lot of effects, but sometimes they could be a little bit of a conflict, especially in the case of layer styles. But of course Photoshop has a solution for it. I'll show you such a situation like right here, something as simple as the little chain-link that we see right there. Well, let's go in there and see what I'm talking about. Here I have a file where I've created these three little shapes. One of them sits alone down below, and the other two are on top, just like that. So now I want to create the illusion that these guys are in fact little links in the chain, so I'm going to apply a layer style. That's going to make it look kind of like the little link in a chain.

So I'm going to just say a little Bevel and Emboss, increase the size a bit like that, increase the depth so I get really nice tones, soften it up a little, and let's make this black kind of a brownish tone like that. Click OK. That looks good. Click OK and then apply that same effect to this guy by Option+Alt+Clicking down and creating the effect. Now they both have them. So now I want to create that illusion that they are linking over each other. Let's just say that this guy is through it.

I'm going to do that by applying a layer mask. So I am going to go in there and say give this a layer mask right there. And then I'm going to select this guy, turn them into the selection, and then in that area, I'm going to paint--and let me turn off the marching ants, so we can see the full effect of what I'm about to do. So using black, I'm going to paint in this area where they are overlapping. So I'm going to go in there and just paint right there through there. Now you'll see that it looks like it's going through, but you see what happened to the layer style? Since I've covered up that part of the layer, the layer style now readjusts itself to go to this new edge.

It's getting closer. Look at that. See, right there, we don't want that. We wanted it to be a nice continuous tone, so it looks the way it should. So let's go back to the Layer Styles for this. And in the Blending options, there is a choice right here that says Layer Mask Hides Effects. So I'm going to click on that, and when you click on it, see what happened? Click OK and now you see that the layer style seems to be continuous to the link, and it doesn't stop where the layer mask has been applied.

So now I can go over to the other side here, and I'll apply a layer mask right here. And we'll do it in the mask of course. We'll apply a little layer mask right there, and we see that we this nice look, like it is actually looping through each other, creating that effect, and it looks like it should, because the layer style is now applying itself the way it should. Now to make this complete, what you would do, of course, we would take it to that next step, and that would be to add one layer on top of this where I'll create a little mask, a little shadow you might say.

So I am going to take a little black and let's go right in here, deselect, and we'll throw a little shadow right in there, and a little shadow right here, and a little shadow in here. It doesn't look like I'm doing what I should, but watch. You'll see how it all works in a second. I have a little shadow right down there. This is where the shadows should be. Okay, so I'm going to take that layer and I'm going to blur it a bit. So we'll just give a little softening by blurring it just a little bit, not that much, like so. Okay, I'm going to put it in Multiply mode and bring down the Opacity a bit, just like that.

All right, so now I'm going to give that a mask, in which I'm going to turn these guys into a selection and paint in where I don't want those shadows to appear, like right in here. And I don't want it in there. There we go, right through there, and I don't want it in this area here. And then I'm going to make this one a selection. So I could erase it in those places where I don't want in there. Like I don't it say right through this area. I don't want it in there, and I don't want it in here, and I don't want it up there.

So there are the places where I don't want it. Then I can just take both of these. Right there I've got that as selection. I'm going to inverse that selection, so I can add a little black right up in there, right into that area, and actually go across this whole thing there, right up in here, and out here, right in there. So I'm not really erasing them. I'm hiding them based on that mask. So when I deselect it, you can see that I have all my little shadows where they belong, and the links start to look like they are in fact through each other.

And I have got the 3-dimensional look, and the most important thing was that I did it all very easily. All the highlights and shadows were created with a layer style, which is continuous because of the fact that I allowed the mask to continue to style, as you saw in here, by simply clicking on that button right there, Layer Mask Hides the Effects. And then I added the additional shadows just to complete that 3-dimensional look. The shadows are where they belong, where they would be cast by the links, and then created a mask for them to expose only the areas that we wanted to be exposed.

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  1. 6m 34s
    1. Welcome to the tools used to create "Times Square"
      57s
    2. What is "Times Square?"
      5m 37s
  2. 1h 32m
    1. Using a Cintiq to control the brushes in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    2. Making the chain brush
      8m 49s
    3. Making the single loop chain
      6m 55s
    4. Creating a brush to make furry text
      8m 13s
    5. Creating the look of stitching on cloth
      5m 46s
    6. Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign
      3m 3s
    7. Creating a crochet look brush
      5m 32s
    8. Creating dirt and grime
      6m 16s
    9. Using brushes to create trees in Central Park
      6m 41s
    10. Using a brush to create the look of embroidery
      3m 3s
    11. Creating the stars on the wall of the Toys"R"Us image
      6m 24s
    12. Creating a fabric design
      3m 43s
    13. Creating the look of brick
      4m 27s
    14. Weathering bricks
      8m 23s
    15. Creating light bulbs
      6m 14s
    16. Creating the effect of a fading brushstroke
      5m 36s
  3. 15m 42s
    1. Creating a paper towel
      8m 5s
    2. Creating denim
      3m 25s
    3. Creating asphalt
      4m 12s
  4. 21m 3s
    1. Layer groups
      7m 59s
    2. Making the lights in the Toys"R"Us image
      3m 12s
    3. Understanding the layers in lights
      5m 20s
    4. Creating blinds with a 3D postcard applied to layers
      4m 32s
  5. 32m 55s
    1. Creating a bottle
      8m 50s
    2. Creating an iPhone case
      3m 35s
    3. Creating the iPhone icons
      3m 34s
    4. Creating a ladder
      6m 8s
    5. Creating the effect used on the Bubba Gump sign
      5m 7s
    6. Creating realistic glasses
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 56m
    1. Creating a fabric texture
      9m 46s
    2. Creating Julianne's pants
      9m 28s
    3. Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap
      6m 16s
    4. Creating a wood texture
      8m 26s
    5. Creating concrete and marble
      3m 14s
    6. Creating a brick pattern
      7m 12s
    7. Creating ribbed metal
      5m 40s
    8. Creating ribbing on T-shirts
      11m 18s
    9. Creating a lime
      8m 29s
    10. Creating leather
      2m 33s
    11. Creating rough animal skin
      4m 0s
    12. Creating a grill on a car
      6m 4s
    13. Creating a car light
      6m 2s
    14. Creating the windshield
      10m 39s
    15. Creating a metal screen
      4m 14s
    16. Creating a quilted metal effect
      3m 18s
    17. Creating wafer quilting
      4m 41s
    18. Creating a pattern on the wall
      5m 16s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Making the clipping group used on the manga billboard
      6m 57s
  8. 10m 36s
    1. Applying a layer mask to create a reflection
      3m 53s
    2. Linking masks
      1m 35s
    3. Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace
      5m 8s
  9. 52m 35s
    1. Explaining channels
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a license plate with channels
      6m 47s
    3. Creating shadows on the cables
      5m 50s
    4. Explaining channel calculations
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding calculations in channels
      4m 32s
    6. Creating a manhole cover with channels
      15m 31s
    7. Creating wiring on lights with channels and calculations
      12m 9s
  10. 29s
    1. Parting words
      29s

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