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Creating concrete and marble

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

Video: Creating concrete and marble

Another material which is easy to be re-create in Photoshop is concrete. I'm going to zoom in right here into this little area right there, and there you can see some concrete. That's what we're going to re-create right now is concrete, and we'll see how incredibly easy it is to do. So I'm going to go ahead and I have this file, and I'm going to select the area right here, and in a layer--always in a layer--I'm going to fill that with 50% gray. Let's go in there and get a nice little density of 50% gray, and there it is.

Creating concrete and marble

Another material which is easy to be re-create in Photoshop is concrete. I'm going to zoom in right here into this little area right there, and there you can see some concrete. That's what we're going to re-create right now is concrete, and we'll see how incredibly easy it is to do. So I'm going to go ahead and I have this file, and I'm going to select the area right here, and in a layer--always in a layer--I'm going to fill that with 50% gray. Let's go in there and get a nice little density of 50% gray, and there it is.

Now to this I'm going to apply a filter, and a filter I'm going to apply is under Texture called Craquelure. Now this is a good texture to go in and start playing around, like they say these were browns. This is a good ways to start getting and say a tree bark kind of a thing, but what I'm going to do is I'm going to a push up that Crack Spacing way up, so we get just this kind of a little thing going on right there. Depth, I'll leave it like that because I want these little highlights in there, and the same thing with the brightness. I'm going to leave those. And I'm going to say OK. Now that we've done that, I'm going to apply that filter again, and one more time. And you can see how it's roughened it up. It's gotten into that nice little kind of a texture that you would find in concrete.

And now for the final touch, I'm going to give it another texture filter, the Texturizer, which I'm going to put in Sandstone mode and bring the Scaling way down, and bring up the Relief a little bit at a time until I get just the right amount of texture that I want, right about there. Click OK and there we have some very simple concrete. Very easy to do. Now, you want the better grade of stone you might say. How about some marble? So I'll go in here and create a new layer.

What I'm going to do is I'm going to pick some colors for my marble. I am going to pick a deep green like that for my foreground, and for my background, I'm going to pick a really dark green, so that I have a nice contrast of these two tones. And in this layer I'm just going to fill that with a filter. I'm going to in there and say Render > Clouds. When you apply the clouds, you're going to get that. Let me undo that. I'm going to hold on my Option key this time--Alt on a PC--so I can increase the contrast between those colors.

So I'll say Render > Clouds, so I get really strong definition between those two tones. And once have applied this, I am going to apply another filter. I want to go in there and say Render > Difference Clouds. Difference Clouds applied on top of this multiple times. I'm going to keep applying it, until I start getting that grain, and you can see it's already starting to happen. I am going to start getting that grain that you see in a really good Italian marble. I am going to apply until I have just about the amount of green that I want, those nice little ripples that travel through the marble like that, and you can see I've this really nice marble.

And keep in mind of course that after the fact we can always go back in there and say Hue/Saturation and we can go in there and say Colorize this, punch up to saturation, and change it to any kind of color that we might want to get the effect that we need.

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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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