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Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign

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

Video: Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign

The new bristle brushes has made it easy to do a lot of special effects that require the look of traditional brushes. In Times Square there is billboard right up here for the play Tarzan and you can see that it's made up of rough kind of letters. Now I have the actual file in back. This is a low-res version so let's open up the actual file. Here we see that as we get closer you will see that there is a lot more detail and you can start to see that the letters are in fact very rough looking brushstrokes and you can see little hairs and stuff sticking out all over the place, all of the things that make them look like they are rough brushstrokes.

Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign

The new bristle brushes has made it easy to do a lot of special effects that require the look of traditional brushes. In Times Square there is billboard right up here for the play Tarzan and you can see that it's made up of rough kind of letters. Now I have the actual file in back. This is a low-res version so let's open up the actual file. Here we see that as we get closer you will see that there is a lot more detail and you can start to see that the letters are in fact very rough looking brushstrokes and you can see little hairs and stuff sticking out all over the place, all of the things that make them look like they are rough brushstrokes.

So let's go see how those were done. So right here, I'm going to get my Paintbrush and I am going to choose one of the bristle brushes. I am going to use the softest one, this little round-bristle one here which is one of my favorites. The Round Fan. It allows you to go in there and be very loose with this thing. I am going to modify it. I am going to reduce the number of bristles that are there now and you can see the effect it's going to have. I am painting with black. Let's go in here and see what it's doing right there, and I am going to go in there and start increasing Length of the bristles so it'll be a little longer.

And you can see that right now it's starting to create a whole different effect. I am going to give it a little Spacing. I like to test each mark as I do it. I like to do a little test there just to see and I am going to bring down the Stiffness as well so that they are not so stiff. Now you can see we are starting to get a nice little feel to this brush. Let me give it a little more Spacing, so there is even more air around it. There. So now I am going to go down here to the Shape Dynamics. In the Shape Dynamics I am going to set the Angle Jitter to Direction. That's going to completely change the way this brush is going to start to behave.

So let's go back in there and make a few more modifications. Like increase the Length again, bring that up a little more. There we go, and let's play around with this angle here. So now when I start to just play with it you see that it's a much rougher kind of a stroke. So what I am going to do is I am going to do my background here. I am going to invert it and in a layer on top of that, which is where I am going to create my letters. I am going to create them with white. I am going to go in here and just going to create the nice letter that I want. So I am going to kind of fill it in, in certain spots I am going to fill it in just as I get it its basic shape.

I am just going to go and I am just dabbing over the filled area. I'll go in there and clean some of those rough areas later and I am going to go in there and just kind of paint this whole thing right through here, like so. There is the basics of the letter A right through there, like that. And we can go in there and just kind of roughen those guys up a little bit, and then we'll just throw a little connector right in the middle here, just like so. And I am just constantly changing the angle of my brush. I am going to get a little hairs showing up in different spots all through there like that.

And there you can see that I've get this kind of a rough looking kind of a letter made out of some really rough brushstrokes by just going in there modifying one of the existing bristle brushes to make it behave just the way I wanted it and give me my rough brushstroked letters.

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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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