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Creating a quilted metal effect

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

Video: Creating a quilted metal effect

The many vendors that fill the streets of Times Square have all kinds of carts that sometimes incorporate some interesting textures. Like here, we have this pattern on this metal of this little Nuts 4 Nuts stand. It's kinds of like a quilted metal. This is a pattern, so let's go in there and create this pattern. Right here I'm going to create my pattern. Now the pattern requires perfect symmetry, so I am going to turn on my grid, and I've created a layer where I'm going create my pattern. Why? Because I want space, or transparency, in between the various little diamonds that will make up the pattern, so that way at some point I could turn off my background, so I would have transparency.

Creating a quilted metal effect

The many vendors that fill the streets of Times Square have all kinds of carts that sometimes incorporate some interesting textures. Like here, we have this pattern on this metal of this little Nuts 4 Nuts stand. It's kinds of like a quilted metal. This is a pattern, so let's go in there and create this pattern. Right here I'm going to create my pattern. Now the pattern requires perfect symmetry, so I am going to turn on my grid, and I've created a layer where I'm going create my pattern. Why? Because I want space, or transparency, in between the various little diamonds that will make up the pattern, so that way at some point I could turn off my background, so I would have transparency.

I have a white background. That way I could see what I'm doing. It makes it lot easier. So I'm going to come in here and create one of the diamonds. I'm going to use my Pen tool. I'm just going to click over here and drag the little handles out to this corner here and come down here and grab them, drag it to that corner, down to here, click and drag to that corner, and come up here, click and drag, and then close it off. So there is one diamond. I'm going to get little closer here, so I like to see what I'm about to do, which is I'm going to scale this down so that it fills up just one little section like this.

I work larger. That way it makes it easier to do things without having to strain. So I'm just going to going here and just shrink it down to fill up one set of sections right there. Click OK. So now that I have my shape established, I'm going to go in there and turn it into a selection. So I've got the path. I'm going to say make data selection, make sure I am in the right layer. And I have a couple of colors set up here. I've got this light gray, which I will make it a little lighter, and I've got a dark gray for the background. So right in that selected area I'm going to throw a gradient, a linear gradient for straight up and down right there.

So now what I need to do is to start to establish the step-and-repeat pattern, but it's an interlocking pattern, which makes it a little more complicated. So I'm going to in there and duplicate this guy straight across, leaving two subdivisions right in between. So I can now take this and drag it down below and center it underneath those two subdivisions, right there. Then I'm going to duplicate the ones below right here and across, and I have now established my pattern.

I'm going to go in there and create the pattern. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the inside center of the four outer diamonds. Now we the center one and there we see the lower part, the three missing sides out there, there and there, so when this steps-and-repeat, it's going to give me a complete pattern. I turn off my background to ensure I got that transparency back there, and then I go in here and I say the Define Pattern. There is my pattern. I can now select all and throw it away, because the pattern has been established.

I can turn off my grid. I don't need to see that anymore. And in my background here, I'll just throw a tone. In fact, we'll throw in this very same tone that we have here, except I'll do it as a reflective gradient like that. I'm going to do that in the background. Then in this layer here we're going to fill it with that pattern we just created. So I'll go over to here and say Fill, and I choose that pattern we just created, click OK, and there you see that we have our nice little quilted pattern.

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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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