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Creating a car light

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

Video: Creating a car light

Here we are going to look at another pattern that's somewhat complex. But keep in mind, you may never have to do what I am doing here in this movie, but look at all the different steps. A little modification here and there, a different color, different mode, it's going to give you a completely different effect. So take into account what is being done, not necessarily the subject. I am going to come in real close on this cab right here, and we see that it's got this little light right here on the side. I am going to get really close on that light.

Creating a car light

Here we are going to look at another pattern that's somewhat complex. But keep in mind, you may never have to do what I am doing here in this movie, but look at all the different steps. A little modification here and there, a different color, different mode, it's going to give you a completely different effect. So take into account what is being done, not necessarily the subject. I am going to come in real close on this cab right here, and we see that it's got this little light right here on the side. I am going to get really close on that light.

And we see that it's got this nice little intricate little pattern happening here and some lights and glares and stuff around it. That's what we are going to create here. It's this kind of a pattern right now. Now that's complex, but it really isn't: as you'll see, just a simple block with some layer styles. So let's go in here and create that effect. Let's get in a little closer. I am going to create a little block right here, a little shape like that. That's going to be the basic shape of those little rectangles that you saw there. I am going to do it in a layer, because we are going to use some layer styles to create the basic effects.

So I've got it in a layer. Now, I got a color. I am going to pick a warmer orange color like that, right there. I am going to fill that color into the selection. Let's go in there and say Fill with the Foreground Color, fill it. Okay, so now that's enough right there. That's the basis for what we need, because everything else is going to be layer styles applied to that particular shape. So I am going to go into my Layer Styles for that little layer there and I am going to, first of all, give it a Bevel and Emboss. And I am going to set it to a hard edge.

So I am going to say Chisel Hard, which is going to give me that nice little hard edge. I am going to increase the Size so it starts to look like right there, a little crystal shape. I am going to push the Depth so I get really strong lights and darks. And I am going to move that light over just a little bit over to the side, so I get a nice little tonality like that happening there. Now, I am going to play around my colors as well. I am going to change this color right here. I don't want that white, so I am going to go to a bright yellow. See? So that kind of warmed up that area up there. Say it was this black. Not good. So I am going to change that to say maybe a deeper brown.

So now I start to get my effect that I want. Click OK, and that's looking a little better. It starts to look like that a little crystal shape. Now I want to add some gleams and stuff in they, so I'm going to give it a little Satin. Now Satin gave me this little tone right here, so let's set the Angle to 0, so it's going to be following the basic lines of our rectangle. So I am going to go in there, and let's change the color as well. Let's try something really light like a white. Now, it's set to Multiply so we don't see it. White is not going to multiply those colors, so we are going to set to Screen.

Now we see the white. It doesn't make any big difference there; it didn't really add anything to it. So what we are going to do is change the contour to something a little more complex like this. Push up that Opacity a bit. Now we can start to see what's starting to happen. And we'll play around with the Size and the Distance on this. So we'll start getting these little sheens in there. Think there we are starting to get these little tones happening in there. We might want to change the Angle as well. Let's change it to 90 degrees. There. Now we got these cool little highlights like that. That works. All right, so now, we might want to add another little tone in here.

Let's give it a little Inner Glow, but the Inner Glow is going to not really be a glow, but it's going to be like a darkening along the edge. So I am going to change that color to a deeper kind of a brown color, about like this, maybe real deep, click OK and change the mode to Multiply. So I am going to get that little dark edge right along the sides there and increase that just a little. See what's starting to happen there? It's giving me that nice little tonality. And now, for the final touch, is I do want a nice little edge around this, just to separate one from the other.

So I am going to give it a stroke. Now the stroke right now is set to the outside, so all of it's outside of our selected area, and remember that our pattern is going to be inside of the selected area, and that's pretty thick. It's set to 3. I want about a 1.5 pixel, so what I am going to do is I am going to center that box in there, and I don't want it to be black. So let's change it from a black to say kind of a dark gray like that. That's it. There's the basis for our patterns. So I am going to click OK, and I am going to say Define Pattern.

Okay, so now I can deselect it. In fact, I can throw it away. I don't even want it anymore. I am going to create a new layer here, and I am going to fill that layer with that pattern we just created. Use the pattern, and there is that one we just created right there. Click OK, and we get that nice little pattern happening all through there. Now there is some lights going on behind this thing. So what I am going to do is I am going to create another layer on top of this, and I am going to switch to a white for my foreground color.

I am going to get my Gradient tool. I am going to set it to Radial Gradient. White is in the center so it's going to make the circle white going to a black, but I don't want the black. So what I am going to do is I am going to switch the mode that I am using for Foreground Color to Transparent. So I click on that. So now the white is going to go from white to nothing in a nice soft gradient. So right in here in the center, I am going to click and drag out like that. I am going to get this big white glare like that. It's a little strong, and it's kind of blocking everything. So what I am going to do is I am going to set the mode for that to Overlay.

Overlay is going to give me this nice kind of a light tone in their now. It's not enough so I am simply going to duplicate that layer, so I have two of them. And there we can see that now we start to get that sense of this light inside of our grill right behind there that's causing all this nice bright tone, and you have seen the effect on our little plastic grill on top. Now remember, you might not be creating a grill like this, or maybe you want a grill like this, but with a slightly different pattern, and so on. It's the steps that are important here, all the different steps, how I was able to get the beveled edges to make it look kind of crystalline, how I was able to get the glow in the middle, and so on.

A few additions here and there will make your piece a wonderful thing to look at, and create your own masterpiece.

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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

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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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