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Creating a brush to make furry text

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

Video: Creating a brush to make furry text

CS5 saw the introduction of a whole new set of brushes. They are called the bristle brushes. These brushes exist in your panel right there. It's the first set of brushes that appear underneath the basic brushes, is all these strange little icon brushes. Now choosing any of the brushes and going into the Brushes panel, you see that the Brush Tip Shape is where you first come into and you can see the controls there. Go in to any of the other brushes, you see that the controls remained the same as such.

Creating a brush to make furry text

CS5 saw the introduction of a whole new set of brushes. They are called the bristle brushes. These brushes exist in your panel right there. It's the first set of brushes that appear underneath the basic brushes, is all these strange little icon brushes. Now choosing any of the brushes and going into the Brushes panel, you see that the Brush Tip Shape is where you first come into and you can see the controls there. Go in to any of the other brushes, you see that the controls remained the same as such.

But when you access any of the new bristle brushes, that Brush Tip Shape panel changes completely to give you a whole new set of controls to work with these new brushes. These brushes emulate real-world brushes, giving you the ability to control the number of bristles, the length of those bristles, the thickness, the stiffness and the angle of those particular brushes. You also get this additional little animated preview up here. So that as I'm working with the brush, you could see that it's moving around based on the shape of the brush and how I'm holding it.

Now if you're using a mouse, this window will appear but it will not be animated. The little brush will be straight up and down, pretty much like that. So that brings the point, the fact that I am using a tablet and the tablet has pressure sensitivity and it has a tilt. As you can see the brush is tilting around. A mouse does not have pressure sensitivity. It doesn't have a tilt. So you can use these brushes but you would be limited on some of the effects that you would be able to get where you really need a tablet to maximize their effectiveness.

Now I am going to go in here and I am going to use this brush. To go in there and start to create some nice little effects, as you can see and so on, but what I am going to do is not actually paint with this brush. What I am going to do is create a brush tip using this brush which can then be used with any of the other tools. Let's switch over to say this guy here, the Round Curve Brush, or this guy, the Flat Curve Brush. It doesn't matter because I am going to manipulate this so strongly, it's going to do all kinds of weird stuff. So anyway, we will go back to that Round Curve.

So now what I am going to do is I am going to reduce the number of bristles way down. I am going to bring down their Thickness and I am going to go there and bring up their Spacing. In fact, let's use one of this little more of a fan kind of a thing. In fact we will use the Fan Brush, right, the Round Fan. So I am going to bring down the number of bristles, cut their Length down, the Thickness. I am going to bring the Stiffness way down. I don't want it to be stiff at all. I am going to play around with this Angle. I'm also going to go in there and increase their Spacing. So I start to get more of this kind of an effect. You can see what it's starting to create now. I might go ahead and increase their length again. There we go.

Getting that nice length going there. All right! So now with that in mind, I got in my Shape Dynamics where I have the Angle and I set the Angle to Direction. So it's going to actually follow my brush the way I am going to manipulate it around. So I will just close this down. And let's just go in here and just kind of doodle around until I get this kind of a weird little shape like that. There it is. That is my brush tip. That's what I want it to be. So what I am going to do is I am going to select that and go over and say Define Brush preset and we are going to call this fur.

So now I could just dump these guys. I don't want to see them. There we go. And I am going to get some text. I am going to type in right here Furry Friends. Now I have chosen a font that's fairly thin. I got Helvetica Neue, Light. I made it a nice large size. I am going to increase this spacing just a little bit. I am going to go in there and just get all these letters together here and I'm going to go into my character. I am going to increase the space between the letters there, Kerning.

I am going to bring up about +25 just to give them a little more room like that. That looks good. So now that I see. I am going to put in position right about there and may go in there and just make them a little longer, do a little Scale to make it a little taller, bring them up like that, bring it down, just so that we kind of fill up the screen like that. That looks good, right there like that. All right! So now what I have here is not exactly what I am going to use. The text itself is of no use for me. So I want to go up to my layers here and I am going to say Type > Create Work Path.

That created a path, which I now see here. There is my path. So in my layers I can dump the text. I really don't need the text, because I have a path. Now I might want to go in there and modify this path, which I can. Let's select this whole set of the paths right there and bring it down a little bit closer to the rest of the stuff here, and take the bottom of the F right here and kind of extend it out a little bit. Since it is a path I can do that. Just take that one and we will extend this one down just a little, just like that. So we have a little more character to our text.

So now we are going to go in there and modify this with our brush. Let's save that path and turn it off for now. In my layers, I am going to take my background and I am going to invert it. Now I am going to create a new layer right on top of it and this is where I am going to create my new text. I got my path. There is the path, so I could see it again. I am going to go and pick some colors for myself here. I am going to get a nice kind of an orangy nice color like that for my foreground and for my background I have the default of white.

Now I am going to go to my Paintbrush tool and I am going to choose that tip that I just created right there. It appears at the end. Nice and big like that. This right now is going to create that kind of an effect. So what I am going to do is I am going to go into my Brushes panel. We are now going to modify this, so it's going to make a big difference in the way it appears. Let's make the size a little smaller and we could see stroke that is creating now right? So I am going to randomizes this. I am going to go into my Shape Dynamics where I'm going to give it an Angle Jitter. Now you see that it's affecting each tip individually.

So I am going to go all the way to 100% so that each tip is following a different direction than its neighbors to the left and right. Same thing with the Size Jitter. I am going to increase it just about 52% so that each tip is a different size than its neighbors on either side. Give it a little spacing as well. Go there and just give it a little spacing just so that we can see the distinct tips like that. Now I am going to go down here to my Color Dynamics where I am going to say between the foreground and background, which right now are the orange and the white, I am going to go in there and say jitter between those two. 100%.

I am going to bring my Hue slider down to 0. I don't want to affect the Hue at all, but I do want to affect the Saturation just a little and the Brightness a little. Again, each tip is going to be affected independently of the ones to either side of it. So now that I have all these settings for my brush, I could turn this off, make sure I am into layer for my text. and I take the path. I have the brush selected as a current tool, so I say stroke it and I get my nice little Furry Friends. Now it looks a little chaotic. No problem. Undo that and make that brush much smaller, right there.

Now it's about the size of the strokes themselves, maybe a tiny bit smaller. Do it again and there we see we have these nice little furry text saying Furry Friends and it's a little more descriptive because we have a brush tip that kind of has that furry look to it. Now this is a technique that I used to create one of the many billboards that are in Times Square. That actual billboard we will see right here. There's the billboard. Furball the Musical. Now this of course doesn't exist. It's just a little tribute to all my cats that I have had throughout my life.

And to see it in the actual painting, we will look at the painting here and that particular billboard is way up in here. We'll kind of zoom into this little area right there. As we zoom in closer, you will see that there is a little Furball the Musical right there. It's really tiny, but it's effective and it's pretty legible. So in the overall painting, which expands 25 feet, it's just a little thing way down in there.

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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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