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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
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Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap


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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

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Video: Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap

Patterns appear everywhere. They could be on a curtain or on the floor. In the case of a little Snapple bottle here, it's a little tiny checkerboard along the cap here. Let's go see what one looks like. We've got one here, and you can see that it has these three little rows of little checkerboards, and it's a blue cap. So we have to go in there and create that effect for our little Snapple cap here. What I am going to do is I am going to zoom in real close, and the first thing we're going to do is colorize the little cap so that it looks like the same blue.
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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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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
5h 56m Intermediate Mar 25, 2011

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Take a virtual journey to the bustling streets of New York in Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square. Digital painter Bert Monroy reveals how he created the minute details that build the impressive 108,000 x 21,600 pixels, 25-feet wide photorealistic portrait of this iconic intersection.

In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.

Topics include:
  • Making a chain brush
  • Understanding the layers in lights
  • Using the 3D tools in Photoshop
  • Using layer styles
  • Creating wood and fabric textures
  • Applying a layer mask
  • Linking layer masks with layer styles
  • Understanding channels
Subjects:
Design Illustration Design Techniques Digital Painting
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap

Patterns appear everywhere. They could be on a curtain or on the floor. In the case of a little Snapple bottle here, it's a little tiny checkerboard along the cap here. Let's go see what one looks like. We've got one here, and you can see that it has these three little rows of little checkerboards, and it's a blue cap. So we have to go in there and create that effect for our little Snapple cap here. What I am going to do is I am going to zoom in real close, and the first thing we're going to do is colorize the little cap so that it looks like the same blue.

So I'm going to go in there and select this cap. So I am going to go in there and just very carefully, with my Pen tool, surround the area that's going to be the cap just like so, and then come out here and just grab a big area just to refine it there. So now I'm going to go in here and just get this just right, so there. Now we're just picking up just that area of the cap. Now this area back here is transparent, because this is in a layer. You can see that area is transparent. So now I'm in that layer, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn that path into a selection, and then I'm going to go over here to my Adjustments and use Hue/Saturation, where I'm going to set this to Colorize.

So it's going to change the colors of the existing image and pick a nice blue that I want there. I'm going to pump up the Saturation a bit until I have just the blue that I want right there. And you notice since I'm just using Colorize. I'm maintaining the dark tones and the highlights the way it looked originally. I'm not covering any of that stuff, so I didn't go in there and paint over it. I'm simply colorizing what was there before, going from that brown to the desired blue. So now that I've got the color, click OK and I could deselect it.

So now I need that little checkerboard effect. I want that little checkerboard to be on top of my bottle here. So now there are three little rows of white checkerboard. So now I need to create that pattern of that checkerboard. Perfect symmetry is necessary, so I'm going to turn on my grid, Show the Grid. Now I'm going to go in here really close and in a separate layer, I'll create a new layer, I'm going to go in there and turn off my other two. I don't want to see them. I'm going to go in here and create my little checkerboard.

I am going to select a little square, one of those subdivisions right there, and I'm going to fill it with white. So I'll go in there and say Fill with the Background Color, because that's what's white right now. Click OK. There it is. Now I'm going to duplicate that straight down so that it just touches the corner right there. So now I can select both of these and the two blank spaces next to them, and I have the basis for my checkerboard.

Now you're saying, this is only two rows and the cap has three, but that's okay. It's a pattern, so we can have thousands of rows that we can easily go in there and cut later. So now that I have that, I'm going to say Define Pattern. Now it's important that these areas here be transparent because all we want is the white boxes. So now that we have that, we can throw that away. Let's go see our other two layers and we'll take care of the grid. Grid be gone.

All right, so now our pattern is a little bigger than this is, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill a larger area so I can really get in there and scrunch it down later. So I'm going to make my background inverted so I can really see those little white boxes, making it a lot easier to go in there and modify them. So I'm going to select a nice large area here in that layer. I'm going to call this layer the pattern, so we can easily distinction it from the others. And I'm going to go ahead and fill it with that pattern we created.

Pattern and it should be that last one right there and click OK. There is my little white boxes. So now all I want is three rows, so I'm going to eliminate this top row here and eliminate this bottom row here. So there are my three rows, which I can now shrink those until they match the size of my cap. So I'm going to in there, scale them down so they're just the same height as the cap itself, right about there. Perfect! Click OK and we zoom in so we can see what we're going to do next.

We now have to wrap this little pattern right around our cap right here. So what I'm going to do is take that pattern and warp it. Now when you warp it, you notice that there are some pre-done sets right here, and there is one called Arc, which is going to arc it and make it real easy for me. I can just grab this handle and just move it until I have it to where I want it. Let's put in position, and we'll just play with this until we have it just where we want it, right about there like that. And I click OK, and I'm going to take it one step further, because I want this to kind of bend down just a little bit more right there.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select this area here, and I'll go a little further. Let's get a little tighter. Let's make it a real tight along this edge, right there like that. And I'm going to say Warp this. I am just going to grab this side here, just this little batch right here, and move those guys in just a little. By moving them in, I'm actually making it a little thinner on this edge, so it starts to have that sense of foreshortening like it's going around that bottle, just like that.

I'll do the same on this side now. I am just going to foreshorten this just a little bit, so it'll start to thin out as I go towards that edge. I'm going to bring this in, bring this down just a little, just slightly. I'm not doing massive turns here, just a little bit at a time, and then I click OK. Now that I have the shape that I want, I could easily go in there and just clip it with the cap, and there we see that we have our little pattern on top of the bottle. We've reversed this back to white, and we could see our little cap.

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