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Creating a metal grill

From: Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

Video: Creating a metal grill

This week, I'm going to get an oldie, something I did a long There we go, and I'm going to select it to make it a pattern.

Creating a metal grill

This week, I'm going to get an oldie, something I did a long time ago and I realized I hadn't done this in a long time. Until the other day I was doing a demo and someone actually asked for this. They said, could you do that thing you used to do a long time ago? So I decided, let me do it now for everybody. It was a technique that I first developed for this painting back in 1998, which was just this nice little grill on a subway seat in New York. In Toys R Us, we also, so this is the inside of the store of Toys R Us in the, my painting of Times Square.

And the same technique is happening here, with all these little fences here, so that's what I want to do. I want to create a pattern for you, that's not a straight-on pattern. So, I'm going to create a new file here. Now, by saying it's not a straight-on pattern, it's just something that's going to be a little unusual. going to be interesting to think because of the fact that for one thing, when you create a pattern, in fact let's create a pattern right now. Let's create a little circle here because these are little holes in a sheet of metal. That's what that image is, a little holes in the sheet of metal.

So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go ahead and fill that with black. There we go, and I'm going to select it to make it a pattern. Now, if white is on, then you will have white in your pattern. If it's transparent, there is nothing in the background then, it will be a transparent. But here we're just going to show you what happens. Now when I select this, this space, plus this space, will mean how close this circle will be to the next one in the pattern. Likewise with the top. So if I go in here and say, let's say, we say Define Pattern. Right there. Click OK. Now I could just throw it away.

And I send it right to the Background Color, OK. So now, when I go in here, and let's start a whole new layer. I'm going to go in here and go ahead and fill that with that pattern we just created. So I say Pattern. And I'll choose that pattern which is right here at the end. Click OK, and there, you can see how much space they have between them. Now if I cut this down like this, so that they're real close, and I say Define Pattern. And now fill this with that new pattern, which is right there, click OK. You see that those circles are nice and straight and much closer.

However, in the case of the metal sheet that I'm creating, the circles are at an angle, kind of like the front of a Mac tower. All the little holes are at an angle. So now, before we create the pattern, we have to really think, what is this pattern? In this particular case, the pattern is a hole, or a series of holes, that are cut out of a metal plate. So, right there is something you have to think about. Because this pattern is going to give you the sense of what this thing is.

Holes cut into a metal plate. So, when I start to create the pattern you're going to start to see things a little weird at first first, and then it's going to start to make sense. So right here, I just threw that layer away, and what I'm going to do is that I'm going to turn on my Grid. So, I'm going to go over here and say, Show the Grid. There it is. This is the default, which is the space at each inch with four subdivisions at between. That's going to be great. I'm going to go in here and create another layer. And, I'm going to go in here, get a little closer, so we can really see what's going to happen next. I am going to create a circular selection is going to snap to one of those little inch sections there. Okay? And I'm going to fill it, not with black, I'll fill it with a gray.

I'll go ahead and fill that. Let's just do it this way. We'll say Fill, the Foreground Color which is that gray. So let's set that up, click OK. There it is. Alright. So now, I want to do some stuff to this. I'm going to go in here and get white. Now, I'll take some white. I'm going to make the brush a little smaller. This will make the brush a little bit smaller, right there. I like that. A little bigger. And I'll going to make sure it's real soft, let's make it a real soft edge. I'm going to click up here, and Shift+click down here. Now, what's happening there is the default. Let me Undo that.

The default in my brush engine, now let's go see the brushes, right there. Alright? See that. It automatically has Shape Dynamics on, so I'm going to turn that off. I'm turning that off. Alright? That's the only thing I'll do. So now I've got a nice even stroke there. So another click there Shift+click down there. Just like that. Now, I'm going to return this to black and with a slightly larger brush. Let's get this a little back a little bit, so we could see what's happening. And with a slightly larger brush and I'll just throw a little dabber on there a little dab along here, okay? Right inside there like that.

And we can bring down the Opacity just to kind of add a little more tone in there like that, there you go. And I say, well, what is that? What is, what exactly is happening? You will see in a second. We are now going to create our pattern. Now when we saw before, the pattern was straight up and down and across. This is at an angle, so what I am going to do is, I'm going to take this little circle we've created with those tones in it, and duplicate it, straight across, leaving two subdivisions in between. I held down my Option and Cmd keys to make a copy and bring it straight over. Still in the same layer.

I'm now going to Copy that and center it underneath those two, see? It's snapping to the grid, so it's going to be nice and even, right there, centered underneath those two. And then I'm going to go in here and grab two more copies down at the bottom which reflect the ones on top. Now I can de-select it. In between, it is transparent. Alright? It is transparent in between, which is going to make a difference. In a second we'll have, we'll have to utilize that transparency. But first we got to create the pattern. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select this, based on my grid.

From the corner or the center of that corner of the circle, down to the center of this lower right corner circle. And there you can see that it intersected. I have that center and then upper left, the other three sides are here, here and here. So there's my pattern that establishes the angle. So I'm going to turn off the background, so I'm going to have transparency in between. And I say, Define the Pattern. There it is. So now, I can de-select. I no longer need my Grid, I can turn that off, so I say Show>Grid, turn it off, there it is.

See our background. Now the background, let's just say the background is going to be the metal. The metal itself. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this background right here, and I'm going to give it a little Gradient. I'm going to take this layer here and just dump it. We don't even need, need that anymore. We have our pattern. So, right here, I've got this nice black. Let me reverse this so black is at the back here. And I'm going to get a nice light grey, say about like that for foreground. For the background a little bit lighter like a dark grey like that. And I get my Gradient tool.

And I want it to be a reflected Gradient. And, I just going to create a nice little gradient like that. See, there we go. So now an layer right on top of this. This is the one I'm going to go ahead and fill with that pattern I created. So I go in here and say Pattern. And I'm going to choose that pattern, the one I just created and click OK. There it is. Now, what is the business with all those little things? This is cut out of a piece of metal, so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to Duplicate, that layer, going to, take it and Duplicate it.

I held down my Option key and just dragged it up above, right into there like that, or you could just drag it down into here to make a duplicate. This one, I'm going to lock the transparency for it, and I'm going to go in there and fill it with black. So I say, fill it with the Foreground Color, which is now black. Click OK, and there. They look like the holes, right? Okay, so now, in a layer above this, I'm going to create some shapes. This is the stuff that we see through this little fence here. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to just create a little thing like this.

And let's, give these other colors, give it a nice dark gray, in there like that, and reverse this and we'll throw a little gradient in there. And we'll duplicate this straight down so we have two of them, just like that. So now, this is what we're seeing through the hole so what I'm going to do to create that illusion is, I'm going to take that layer and clip it with the layer beneath. Holding down my Option key, I click between the two, and there we see that those two objects are now inside there, see? They are inside. Back there. You can see them back there. Here comes the big trick.

What we have right now is that this is a thick piece of metal. Remember that? Thick piece of metal. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take that little background and just merge it down. And I'm going to take that, right here there's a, a little pattern behind. I'm going to take that and clip that with our original path, or our original pattern right there. And now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take that layer, this pattern can stay, this is the original effect, let's call it original. And because this is a piece of metal, I'm going to take my Move tool and move this guy up just a little bit.

And up and over and there you can see what's happening is that when I created those particular tones, I was accounting for the way light is going to hit this metal. Creating a nice little highlight there with little shadows on the edges. because my light source is coming from this direction. So I planned this all ahead. So, what I needed was to create the effect of the edge of the metal to create the illusion of the holes themselves. So there you have it. And remember, it's the technique is not exactly what I did, you might never want to do a bunch of holes in a piece of metal but you want maybe there's some holes in a nice piece of yellow loose sider or whatever the purpose might be.

But there you can see where I took into account what the material is, how it's going to react to light. And then I created the illusion of the holes cut out of a piece of metal.

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    1. Making a New Year's 2015 card NEW
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  2. 11h 20m
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    13. Creating a flower tattoo
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    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    15. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
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    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
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    18. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
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    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    24. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    36. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    57. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
    58. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    59. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    60. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    61. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    62. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
    63. Making a desk nameplate
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    64. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    65. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
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    66. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
    67. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    68. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    69. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    70. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    71. Creating a superhero type treatment
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    72. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    73. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    74. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
    75. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    76. Creating a wintery scene
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