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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
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Creating a metal screen


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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

with Bert Monroy

Video: Creating a metal screen

In the Toys R Us store, getting real close right here, we'll zoom in to this area right here, and we're going to see a interesting little pattern right there. See these little patterns of these little fences with all these little holes inside there that are at angles. Looking at the actual file for the fence, it looks like this, but we're going to do here is create that pattern of holes. Now, it's very similar to the little quilted metal we did for the Nuts for Nuts stand, but with an added detail.
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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 metal screen

In the Toys R Us store, getting real close right here, we'll zoom in to this area right here, and we're going to see a interesting little pattern right there. See these little patterns of these little fences with all these little holes inside there that are at angles. Looking at the actual file for the fence, it looks like this, but we're going to do here is create that pattern of holes. Now, it's very similar to the little quilted metal we did for the Nuts for Nuts stand, but with an added detail.

The quilted metal was just these little bumps in the middle, but this is holes in the metal, and that right there adds a whole complexity. The holes are little circles that are at angles, which adds that level of complexity, because when you create a pattern of circles, it just would make him straight up and down. But here they are at 45 degrees angles of each other. So let's go in there and create this effect. Now the first thing we need to do is to show our grid so that we get perfect symmetry. I'm going to come in here and right here, I'm going to select a circle like that.

And in the layer--I am going to create a layer because I want the transparency in between those holes where the actual metal will be-- I'm going to go in there and fill that with a 50% gray. Click OK. Now to this I'm going to add some tones, so I'm going to look at some black, and I get a nice soft-edge brush. I'm just going through a little black along this edge here. I got my Opacity lowered so I can do it in a couple of strokes, rather than giving a strong black right off the bat. And then I'm going to use white, and I will bring my Opacity back up make the size little smaller.

Let's get rid of that Transfer mode there. And I'm just going to go in here and click here, come down here and say Shift+Click, and it connects the two clicks. So, there. We have that. Now that doesn't exactly look like a hole, but you'll see where this is going when we completed the whole pattern. I'm going to go in here and duplicate this straight across, leaving two subdivisions, almost exactly like we did with the quilted pattern. I'm going to go in here and establish that angle by centering one below the other two and then duplicating the ones below like that.

So now here is the point where I would go in there and create the pattern by selecting the center portion of the outer circles to establish the angle right there. Now, I make sure that my background is turned off and I say Define Pattern. Now why have I done these tones if this is supposed to be a bunch of little holes? Okay well, let's go in there and now use this pattern and you'll see why. I'm going to pull back, see the whole image here, and at this point we can turn off our grid.

We don't need to see it anymore, so we just say turn off the grid. In this layer here, I'm going to throw with tone that's going to be the metal itself. So I'll pick a light gray like this for my foreground and for my background, I'll pick a darker gray like that, and we'll just throw a reflected gradient right into that layer like that. So now I'm going to create a layer on top of this, and this layer right here I'm going to fill with my pattern. So I come over here and say gill with the pattern, and there is the little holes that we created, but they don't like holes.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to duplicate that layer to have a second layer. This layer I'm going to lock the transparency, switch my color to black, and say fill that with the foreground color. Now they look like holes, but do they look like holes in a sheet of metal? No, they look like holes on a gray sheet of paper. This is metal. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to clip that layer of the black holes with that layer below that has the pattern we created.

Now that it's clipped, I'm going to take that layer and with my Move tool, I'm going to move it slightly to the left, hitting my cursor keys and up a little bit, and there you see the purpose of those little highlights and shadows, because now it looks like holes cut into a thick piece of metal, giving you the illusion that this is in fact metal.

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