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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
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Creating a fabric design


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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

with Bert Monroy

Video: Creating a fabric design

Sometimes a stitch is a part of the design in which is not just a thread going through the fabric, but it's woven into the fabric itself. In the Times Square I am in the center of the painting here, taking a picture of my wife right there. That's me. I am going to go to the actual high res version where we could see the detail of the stitching here and I am going to come in real close. So we see that the fabric has a design made up of these little stitches that you see there. So I am going to create that kind of a thing for you right now.
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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 fabric design

Sometimes a stitch is a part of the design in which is not just a thread going through the fabric, but it's woven into the fabric itself. In the Times Square I am in the center of the painting here, taking a picture of my wife right there. That's me. I am going to go to the actual high res version where we could see the detail of the stitching here and I am going to come in real close. So we see that the fabric has a design made up of these little stitches that you see there. So I am going to create that kind of a thing for you right now.

Now let me pull back first and we'll see that there are various paths for all those different lines that we see throughout here. Let's get a little closer and in our layers we just turn on the Background here and just see that by itself. Now we'll look at the paths. There's is the paths for the shirt; there's pants down below. Here's the lines on the collar which you see right up there. Here's the lines on the yolk of the shirt, right there. And here's the lines on the back. All the lines that make up the pattern on the back of the shirt.

There's lines on the front of the shirt, lines on the arm. Quite a few lines there. Now these paths are all going to serve as guides to make our brush do what we want it to do. So now I am going to go in here and create a new file. We're going to create that particular brush that made those little designs in the fabric. And what it is is just a little rectangular shape like that. Let's make it a little thicker. I like that. And I am going to make it back. There it is. So now I can select that and turn that into a brush preset.

We'll call this design stitch. So now I'll throw it away and we're going to make that brush behave the way we want it to. So I go in here and pick up that little stitch right there, which right now is doing this. So what we're going to do is we're going to go into the panel and give it some Spacing. Here's that Spacing just like we do with the embroidery and some of the others. But here we're going to globally now. I am not going to go into Shape Dynamics and play around the angles. No.

Here I am going to set this to Direction. I am going to bring the Size and the Angles down, but I am going to set the Angle to Direction and I am going to go back to Brush Tip Shape where I am a going to play with this Angle here. And I am going to move those guys so that they are at an angle. See they are all working globally, because I am working with this control rather than the individual tips that you find under Shape Dynamics, here under Brush Tip Shape it's working with all of the strokes together. So you could see that they're all moving in that same direction. There we go.

Bring that back down to 0. I thought that a couple were touching. They shouldn't. So there we go; that's down to 0. So now that we have that we can go in there and create the shapes that are going to be our pattern. Now the way it was done on the shirt is I have these shapes, like so. So what I am going to do here is I am going to modify these just to make it look like what I had in the shirt. So I am going to take three, right there like that. Now I am going to select the two outer ones and this one here, those three, and I am going to pick kind of a grayish tone like this.

And I got the brush which I am going to reset its Size. Make it a little smaller. About like that. And in a layer I'll go ahead and stroke that path. There it creates that shape. Then I am going to get kind of a beige tone like this and select that last path and go ahead and stroke that one. And there you can see that we have the pattern that was woven into the fabric made up of all these little stitches.

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