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Creating asphalt

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

Video: Creating asphalt

The texture that we see way down here in the asphalt, right in here, it looks like a conglomeration of bunch of the light colored dots and black dots and so on, all this is is just a couple of filters. So let's see how that was created. Right here, I'm going to create a layer. We are just going to have our asphalt. We'll call it texture, because we're going to need a couple of them. So now, I'm going to take this layer and we'll just fill it with black. It doesn't matter what color we fill it with because what's going to happen now is we're going to start to apply filters which are going to give us the final effect that we want.

Creating asphalt

The texture that we see way down here in the asphalt, right in here, it looks like a conglomeration of bunch of the light colored dots and black dots and so on, all this is is just a couple of filters. So let's see how that was created. Right here, I'm going to create a layer. We are just going to have our asphalt. We'll call it texture, because we're going to need a couple of them. So now, I'm going to take this layer and we'll just fill it with black. It doesn't matter what color we fill it with because what's going to happen now is we're going to start to apply filters which are going to give us the final effect that we want.

So I'm going to go in here and I'm going to say Add Noise and it's got a lot of noise. Very high numbers so that I get a really strong coarse noise like that. Which I am going to say OK. I have this noise and now we are looking real close. You see that it's basically just a couple of grays but mostly black and white. So what I want to do is I want to add a little variation in there. A little bit of grays so that I can then manipulate this noise the way I want. So I'm going to blur it. I'm going to give it a little Blur More. That's enough.

I don't need to blur it that much because all I want to do is introduce more gray, as you can see there. Now that I have that gray I can go in there and manipulate this by reducing the amount of noise that we have visible. I'm going to do that by using my adjustments of Levels. So in Levels I'm going to push my dark slider in and you can see that right off the bat, we are starting to eliminate a lot of the noise. It's starting to look like a star field. I have another movie where I use this technique for a different purpose, but right here we're just going to bring it down. Bring the whites in a bit so that we get real strong whites. The black a little bit further and there we have that.

So now we've got all these nice little dots but in the street scene there are at an angle, right. So they're usually round and at a slight angle because we're looking at them at an angle, so to get that effect what I'm going to do is I'm going to apply another filter. I'm going to go in here and give it a filter of Motion Blur. The Motion Blur filter, which right now this is great for creating rain. Right there you can see we have some nice rain happening. But what we're going to do is making called straight across. Right here we'll set it going straight across and we'll bring that Distance in just a little bit, just a little bit so we are getting little streaks.

That starts to flatten our little tone right there, so there we have that. So I'm going to duplicate that layer, so I have two of them. Now the second one, what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a little rotate on it. I'm going to go in there and do a complete 180 on it. So it looks totally different than the other. And I'm going to invert this one. Right here and this one's in black dots on a white field. So let's just turn both of them off for a seconds. And here is we're going to create in the background our actual street.

Now you should do in a layer but just for the saving of time we're going to right here. So I'm going to with a dark gray like so, and a much lighter gray for the foreground color. I like that. And I'll throw a gradient in there. Nice, even linear gradient, dark on top, then light at the bottom like that. So there is our street close towards us and going further back. Now we'll turn these guys back on, which right now they completely hide, right. So, let's just look at the first texture. That's the one where we have the white dots.

So what I am going to do I am going to set that one to Screen and now we see that we have the white dots that are appearing above our little gradient. This one has the dark dots. So this one I am going to set to Multiply, and there we have all the little dark dots appearing on top and there we see where we start to get our sense of the gradient, which is the asphalt underneath and then the texture on top of it. Now I could lessen the amount of dots or made them stronger. That's up to you.

But you could see that the basic steps that went into creating that texture that eventually became the asphalt that we see here on the streets of Times Square.

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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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