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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
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Creating an iPhone case


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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

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Video: Creating an iPhone case

The layer styles were so useful in so many of the tiny details in the painting. I'll zoom in right here on this iPhone ad there that we see right there. Now the iPhone was entirely created right here in Photoshop. Here's the file for the iPhone itself before it was put into the billboard. When look at it, we see here that we have the composite layer on top. And underneath it we have all the individual layers that make up all the pieces inside, including way down here we have a whole another set which is the actual phone itself.
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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 an iPhone case

The layer styles were so useful in so many of the tiny details in the painting. I'll zoom in right here on this iPhone ad there that we see right there. Now the iPhone was entirely created right here in Photoshop. Here's the file for the iPhone itself before it was put into the billboard. When look at it, we see here that we have the composite layer on top. And underneath it we have all the individual layers that make up all the pieces inside, including way down here we have a whole another set which is the actual phone itself.

So we can see all the layers that make up the phone. You can see that we have the little labels and the little yellow line and the pin and the 280, all the different pieces that go into there, even the battery life is in there. So what we're going to do is we're going to come down here and create this phone from scratch. I am going to go in here and see just the background. We see here we have the paths. Here is the basic paths and there is a couple of the symbols. There's some other shapes. There's a little envelope, the Safari, the little music symbol, the pin shadow, the route sign, the little gears, all the different parts that go into the overall painting.

So now, what I am going to do is I am going to come over here and I am going to pick up the outside part of the phone right there, that outside edge of the phone. So back in my layers I am going to create a layer right here on top of this, which we'll call the outercase, right there. And I'll fill that with a white. It will be fine. So I'll go in there and say fill that with white. Now let's just see our background. Turn it off so we know that, yep, it is in fact filled with white. Now I am going to pick this inner part here. Switch to black.

That'll be the interface. So let's create a new layer and we'll call it the face of the phone. And I will go and fill that path with the black. So there's our phone. Now let's turn the background back on, and that outer case is kind of like a shiny silver color on this particular model. And being the metallic, it's going pick up all these nice little reflections. Now I could go in there and paint all those reflections and create little masks and go in there and grab all these colors? Far too much work.

So what I am going to do is I am going to take the outercase right there. Let's move this over,so we can see what's going to happen. Next, I am going to go into the layer styles for it and I am going to give it a single layer style, Satin. Now it seems I've turned gray, but Satin is using black at a 50% Opacity to give me the tone that I want. Now right now it just looks like a plain gray right there. So what I am going to do is I am going to choose a Contour that's a little more complex like this one right here. And we see that something happened already. And what I am going to do is I am going to set the Angle here to say 0, so it's kind of straight on, and I am going to play around with the Size.

And you can see what's starting to happen up there is I am starting to get at all these nice little tones. If I set this to say maybe 90 degrees, there, we can see that I am getting all these other little tones happening. So I can go in there and play around with these until I have it just the way I want. And I'll play with these little handles here until we have just the Angle that I want. Maybe I could play around with this. And right there that Angle, there we could see that we've picked up this nice shininess to it. Increase the Size just a little. Click OK and we got to 100% zoom on this. And we see that we have this really nice edge to our phone.

See? I've got these nice little highlights that we picked up along the edges, which gives with that illusion of being this nice metal case on the outside of the phone. That's all it took. It was a simple solid color into the shape and then one layer style of Satin was the setting that provided me with all the little reflections to make it look like the metallic case.

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