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Creating a pattern on the wall

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

Video: Creating a pattern on the wall

Now there are many patterns that appear in Times Square. All of them are created in many different ways. Let's go in here and look at one of these patterns really close. Right here in the foot locker store, we see that there is a little pattern right inside there up on the wall-- this little pattern made of all these little cylindrical shapes right there. We're going to create that pattern right now. Right here in this blank file, I want to create this pattern. Now what's important with any pattern is perfect symmetry. So in order to ensure that symmetry, I want to bring up my grid. I am going to say show the grid.

Creating a pattern on the wall

Now there are many patterns that appear in Times Square. All of them are created in many different ways. Let's go in here and look at one of these patterns really close. Right here in the foot locker store, we see that there is a little pattern right inside there up on the wall-- this little pattern made of all these little cylindrical shapes right there. We're going to create that pattern right now. Right here in this blank file, I want to create this pattern. Now what's important with any pattern is perfect symmetry. So in order to ensure that symmetry, I want to bring up my grid. I am going to say show the grid.

Now I want to get in real close here, so we can see clearly what I'm going to be doing here. Right now, it's broken up this way. I need three cylinders, so what I am going to do is I'm going to increase to the number of subdivisions, so I have a better guide for the three shapes that I need. So I'm go into my Preferences and go to Grids right there. I'm going to increase to subdivisions to a higher number, say 10, and you can see them back there. They just became this tiny little squares. So I will click OK, and that's the basis for my pattern right there. So I'm going to take my rounded corner tool right here and I'm going to draw a shape right inside there that's going to snap to the grid, leaving one subdivision on the tops and bottoms and sides.

Okay, so now I am going to duplicate that straight over, leaving one subdivision in between and then one more, again leaving one subdivision in between. There we see that we have the three shapes that we want. So I am going to go to my Path Selection tool and select the other three right there. I am going to grab them all and copy them down to this block right here. Now I'm going to copy them over again over to this block, but here I am going to do one slight difference is that I'm going to rotate them. I am going to rotate that path, so that it becomes a nice even horizontal kind of a shape like that. There they are.

Make that happen. So now I'm going to take them and copy them up to this one here. So there, now we have all the basics for my pattern that I am going to create. So what I am going to do is I want a little space in between these guys, and I'm going to apply a layer style, which is going to give me the effect that I want. So I'm going to create them in a layer. I am going to go here. I've got a color selected. Let's see the color we've got. Let's make it a little lighter. Let's say we go about like that right there. And in this layer what I'm going to do is I am going to take all those paths and fill them. There they are.

They are filled. So now in the background layer, I'm going to fill that with a same color. So I'll go in there and say Fill with the Foreground color. Fill it. So there, now we have this one complete shape. So what I'm going to do now is I am going to take that layer, the layer has little cylindrical shapes, and I am going to double-click on it to bring up the Layer Styles, where I'm going to add that little definition of that raised surface. So I'm going to give it a Bevel and Emboss, and the Bevel and Emboss, based on my light direction, I want to say let's bring the light over this way just a little bit, increase the depth, so I get really strong lights and darks.

I am going to soften it up a little bit, just like that. I'm going to give it a very slight drop shadow. Let's just go in there and say 2, and its size of about 2, and bring down the Opacity, so it's just a little hint of a drop shadow back there. Maybe a little bigger. Let's go in there and increase the Distance to say, 4 is good. There we ago. Let's spread it out a little bit, so it just softens up a little bit. Actually, let's bring the spread back down like the size. There we go. That softened it up nicely. Click OK. So now we have the basis for our pattern right there.

When I create a pattern, it's going to look at all the layers. I don't need to flatten this at any point. So what I'm going to do now is to create the pattern, and I'm going to select it in that place right here, which is one big square right across both of them, snapping to the grid as well, and let's pull back and see what we've created. It's just this little shape right there, right? So now that we have that, we don't need the grid anymore. So I can go in there and say let's turn off the grid. Now we can really see the shape that we've created. And if they are not quite exactly the way we wanted, let's go in there and go back to our Layer Styles, and go to that shadow tone right here. Let's bring that down a little bit.

It's a little too strong. There we go. That looks a little better. Click OK. Now that we have that, we can say the Define Pattern, and we can call this whatever we want. We'll say wall. We can now just throw it away, no problem. In that same layer--we can even turn this one off--this layer, I'm going to ahead and fill it with the pattern, and the new pattern we just created should appear at the end, and there it is. Click OK, and there is our wall, which then in the scene is slightly tilted at an angle, so all I need to do is go in here and take my Distort tool and just bring this down a little bit on this edge, and bring this one up a little bit. And there you can see that we started to establish our nice little three-dimensional look.

Now it isn't really three-dimensional because of the fact that these guys are just as big. Let's undo that for a second. What I am going to do instead is I'm going to take that layer and convert it into a 3D postcard, and now that it's a 3D postcard, I go in there and simply turn it into the perspective that I want, just like that, and there you can see that now I have a truer sense of the perspective that I need for that particular wall.

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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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