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Creating the look of brick

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

Video: Creating the look of brick

In this tutorial I'm going to show another existing brush in Photoshop that's manipulated to perform a task needed to solve a problem. Zooming into this area of the stone wall here we see the separations of the bricks. See how there is a slight rough edge to those bricks all through there? That's what we're going to create in this particular tutorial. I'll create a new file here and this file we'll just fill it with a regular color, let's say this dark tone here. Let's make it a darker tone, a dark brown like that, and for the foreground color we'll pick kind of a much lighter version of that.

Creating the look of brick

In this tutorial I'm going to show another existing brush in Photoshop that's manipulated to perform a task needed to solve a problem. Zooming into this area of the stone wall here we see the separations of the bricks. See how there is a slight rough edge to those bricks all through there? That's what we're going to create in this particular tutorial. I'll create a new file here and this file we'll just fill it with a regular color, let's say this dark tone here. Let's make it a darker tone, a dark brown like that, and for the foreground color we'll pick kind of a much lighter version of that.

Let's say about like that. That's good enough. Now I'll just go and throw a gradient, radial gradient, into the scene right here like that. Now I'm going to give this a little texture just to make it look kind of like a stone, so I'm going to give this Filter > Texture > Texturizer, and we'll use the sandstone and bring the Scaling up a bit and Relief just a tad higher, and now we have the stone texture. Zoom in to 100%. So now this is a wall made up of many tiles of the stone, so I want to do is create those tiles.

First, I'm going to create the actual shape. I am going to go in there and I'm going to draw a series of paths that are going to signify the different separations of the bricks. Now, I'm not really using a perspective guide here, so I'm kind of doing it by eye, just to get a good feeling of what this is going to look like. About like that and so another one here, so I am kind of doing this by eye. If you really need this to be perfect, I'll suggest that you make yourself some nice perspective guides and so on. But there, those are basic shapes of my bricks.

So in a new layer we'll call it seps, for separations, the separations of the different stone slabs. I'm going to use a much darker version of this, not quite black, but a very dark gray. About like that. So now I'm going to use an existing brush, as I said. So I have this hard-edged brush right now, size 8, which gives me that right now based on the lights that we had created earlier. So I'm going to go in there, that's a good size, but I'm going to soften a little bit.

I'm going to give a little bit of softening on the edge. I don't want it to be too soft, so I am just going to go down to about 80%, just to give me a nice soft edge of my brush. And I'm going to go into my brushes here and I'm going to say bring that spacing down so that they are just about touching, not quite touching, just about. There. And in my Shape Dynamics, I'm going to go in there and set up a Size Jitter so that they change in size. You see that, all the way to 100%. And I'm going to setup a Minimum Diameter so they don't get too small, about like that.

Okay, and now the angle doesn't matter because they are all circles, direction doesn't matter because they're all going in straight lines, but there you can see that we have this nice jagged kind of a line that's developed. So what happens here is that in my separations layer, I'm going to take that path, and I'm in the brush, I'm going to go ahead and stroke it, and there you can see that we have these nice irregular type lines. Now what happens in this particular case is that I'm going to go in nice and close and give that layer a layer style.

Now we see that we have these lights coming in from somewhere up here, so what I'm going to do is lights from up above. So I'm going to say give it a Bevel and Emboss, and since the light is coming from above, I'm going to create that illusion by putting the direction of the light right now from below. That gives me my highlights at the bottom, giving the illusion that the lights coming from above and we're looking at these indents going into the stone as you see there. Now I might want to take that light tone and warm it up a little bit, so I jusy give it more of a yellowish tone like that. I'm going to beef up the Opacity.

I'm also going to bring up the Depth. So I get a stronger definition of those tones as you see in there, like so. The darkness I could just bring that up a bit as well, and maybe the Size, the Size could be just a little bit smaller. So we'll bring that down to about maybe a three so we get just this little tone inside the bricks. Click OK and you'll see that now all our individual slabs are not that even anymore. They are kind of rough. Now, had I made it closer in the spacing, they wouldn't be as rough, but I want it to be fairly rough for this particular episode.

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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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