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Video: Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor

We've been looking at this piece for the last couple of weeks. And I'm going to go into levels.

Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor

We've been looking at this piece for the last couple of weeks. What we're going to do today is we're going to finish it off by looking at the floor. We're going to come in here and look at this floor area. And we see that we have all these little planks of wood with little grains. And, also, some of the grain that you see in the door and on the panels on the side here. So, that's what we're going to do is create this wood. So, what I'm going to do is create a new file. Right here. And I'm going to pick a nice color for my my wood. I got this brown down here, and what I'm going to do is in a new layer, I'm going to create a layer, I'm going to go in here and fill it with that blue, or with that brown.

Foreground color, click okay, and there it is. I'm now going to give it a filter. I'm going to give it a filter of, noise. Add noise. And I gave it a large amount. And it's monochromatic, so it stays in a brown, and doesn't introduce any of those unwanted colors. I click okay, and I'm going to give it a second filter. And this filter here is one of the blurs, lets do motion blur. Which, I have it set to zero, and a large amount, as you can see. That gives it these nice long kind of lines. Push it way up there. We got long lines going across.

Click OK. Now that kind of muted it down. So now we're going to start to intensify the color. So I'm going to go into my adjustments here. And I'm going to go into levels. In levels you see that all my tones are pretty much here in the mid-tone area. There's no real darks and no real lights. So what I'm going to do is going to push my darks into that mass of color there and my whites as well and kind of even them out right there in the middle. And there you can see that we're getting these long streaks. Right there. Click Ok. And that's a good start for a wood right there. But, we're going to take it a step further. What we're going to do now is start adding a little more variety to this.

So, I'm going to go into another filter here called liquify. Now, Liquify what I'm going to do, is I'm going to start off with my little smudge tool here and I'm going to just kind of push these around. See, just pushing them around. You can see how I'm starting to get these nice Kind of little curves here and there, I'm going to want to lift this up a little bit and pull. Lift up and pull, and you can see what's happening. I'm getting these nice longer streaks of tone right in here where I'm getting, these like right in here in this middle part. So I'm going to just kind of streak these out all the way across. Just very, roughly going in here and just pushing these.

So now you can see where we're getting all these nice little waves happening to our, our Our wood, okay? It's not the kind of waves you would get with the filter, which is a little more uniform. No, these are kind of random looking waves. There we go. Now, with the blow tool here, and a real small brush size, I'm going to go in here and add a little knot right there. Add a little knot right in there. Maybe another one right down here. Little knot right there. It'll make the brush a little bigger, and add another knot right about here. Right in there like that. All right, so click ok. We have that.

And there you can see we're starting to get our wood. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to get a much darker version of that brown. Let's go in here and go really dark. And, with a paint brush. Go in here and get the, get my paintbrush. I'm going to get a really small brush. Let's get, let's get them closer and get the brush a little smaller. Or, rather, a little larger. And I'm just going to draw a little shape in there, and, maybe we'll go with a little lighter brown. And we'll draw a little shape in there. And then we get that other knot right down here.

Let's throw a little brown in there like that. That'll go with black and a really small brush, really small brush, we'll just add a couple little lines inside there. Just tiny little lines so it starts to look more like the real knots that you will see on wood. We'll just add a couple. Right in there, there. So there's our little knots. So now we have the beginnings of our wood. Now we have to create the planks. So what I'm going to do, is I gotta go in here in another layer and I'm going to create the shapes that I want.

So I'm going to just create a long shape like this I'm going to go in here and select this long piece here. And go ahead and fill it with any color. It doesn't matter. I'm going to drag another one down, like so, and another one, and one more. There we go, so we got four of these. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn the whole layer into a selection, by Cmd+Clicking on it And we don't need to see that layer anymore. That layer can go away. In fact, we can even throw that layer away with just a quick selection. Which, now, in the background here, what I'm going to do is say, gimme a new layer, via copy.

And there, we have some nice planks of wood. See? So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn that layer into selection. And we don't need to see it back in the wood layer again. I'm going to take that selection and just move it over. Just move it over to about here. Just like that. And then say new layer via copy. And then we're going to do a third one. Turn that into selection. And in here, we go in here. And we drag this over to here. And we say, new layer via copy.

So there, we have three layers of wood, right there. Three layers with our little planks of wood. So what we're going to do to that third one we created is we're going to go into our adjustments. And I'm going to make them a little darker. And there's a lot of ways to making things darker. But what I'm going to use is a hue saturation. And, why? Because there I can make it darker. But I could also bring back that saturation to make it nice and warm again. So make it a little darker and make sure that saturation's in there. Click OK. So there we see the three planks of wood. So, what I'm going to do is let's turn these off for a second, and I'm going to start off with this first one.

What I'm going to do, is I'm going to select this top piece right here, and kind of put it off to the side. Lets just get it off and we'll kind of center it right up there on the top. Maybe we'll bring it right over to the edge just like that. There it is. That's good. Alright, so now I'm going to take my dark planks right here, these. I'm going to select one of those and I'm going to copy that. I'm going to copy that and put it right here. Bleeding off and just touching right in there. There we go. So now we got this bunch.

Alright let's,let's go into. Let's select this guy here. This batch right here. So, what I'm going to do is select this board right here from this, this batch right here, and I'm going to say lets copy that and cut it right into here. Let's bring it down here first, and make a copy of it, and then put it up against that guy right there. Right there, and hit the cursor key and there it is. Right there. So now we've got those two pieces. So now, we have going back to this guy, back to this one, and we'll take the next plank of wood, right here, and we'll just cut that off.

Where is it, there it is. Let's grab this guy right here and we'll just cut him off and kind of place him right about here. Right there. See it's butted up in, into that area there. And we take the dark ones. And then the dark ones. I'm going to select this guy right there, and cut him and bring him into this area, right there. Just put it up right in there like that. Then we'll go into here. You see as I'm grabbing each one individual little pieces here, so what I'll do, is I'll just grab this whole section, and we'll copy them right over into here.

Right there like that. And put it up on both sides, up and down There you go. And these two guys are off a little bit. So I'm just going to bring that up. And in the dark ones, this guy's off so let's just bring him up. Now we a little over. Oh, Yeah. Look at that. We have more to it. So now I grab here and just move it up. There we go. So now they're butted up against each other. There we go. So now we can see where this is all starting to fall into place. So I'm going to take this batch right here. That's these guys.

I got that nice little piece in there, so we're going to take from this batch and it's going here. I'm going to select this guy and we're just going to butt him up. Got to be in the right layer. Here we go. We're going to take this guy and cut him and put him right in here and you can see where this is all starting to fall in to place. There's that, then we can take this darker one, let's just select this darker one, right there and we'll grab it and bring him into.

This area here. We'll leave a little space right in between here for this little, tiny plank, right in there. Put that up, right there. Okay. So then, we'll just start taking other parts. This guy. Now what happens here is what's going to separate these guys. going to go into this top one here, and give it a layer style. We'll give it a little bevel and emboss, which you're going to say chisel hard, so it's a hard edge. I'm going to Make those lights and darks really strong, punch up that light, and punch up the dark, and then bring the size down to about a two, so you want just a little tiny edge, maybe with swirl, we'll make it a one.

We'll make it a one, just so we have this little tiny edge right along the side there. Alright, so now we can really differentiate these guys down below. So I can now go in here and let's say we take this piece right here And we cut them, and bring them up into this area right there. Put them up, there it is. And we can take a little piece of them. We'll take this little piece right here, and kind of bring them into this little area where we left a hole before. Right in there. See, and now we're starting to get all these nice little pieces in place.

Alright, we get some, a dark one here, or we get this other light tone, the other wood. That's this one here. So we'll grab a piece from here. Grab it there And put it into position right there. We grab this next one and put it in position right there. Now we can grab this dark one, get the dark guys. And we put those in position. Right in there. And one more little dark one. Say, we put it let's just take a piece of this one and we're just going to copy it over, to here.

And we take this last guy, right here. Let's take this last of these, these, light color ones. And we'll move that into position right there. Now we have one little dark one left, we can just throw it right into the middle here. Right there. Now, we can continue filling this out, but you get the general idea. What's going to happen now, is I'm going to go in and take that layer of style and just copy it over to the other two as well. There we go, now they all have just a little effect happening and the little holes doesn't matter.

Now what we could do next would be to put nails in there. So what I am going to do is with a little tiny brush, I'm just going to go in and I got a little layer for nails. And I'm going to go in there and just start adding a bunch of little nails to the corners of all the wood boards. Go in here, and let's set this up at 100%, and just so we can see them better, I'm going to make the nails bigger. There we go. I'm just going to go in and start adding all these little nails to the boards like so now you take your time and do every one of them when the time comes that you, you're doing this.

But I'm just going to do a few here and you get the general idea. So once we have all these nails in place, the way they were then manipulated to, going to the room is I took all those layers, turn off the background, took all those layers and I converted them into a single layer. I go in here and hold it down my Option key, I say, merge visible. Now why am I holding down the Option key? because you notice the other layers remain. I can turn those all off so I can now just see the new floor that's merged together, and what I did was, let's just pull back a little bit, is I took that and I did a little transform on it, and we'll bring this down.

And we'll bring these guys out. Like so. And when you let it go, you can see that now we start to get this nice, three-dimensional kind of floor, of all these little wood slacks. Now this is a little more involved than the one in the actual art over here, because here it's kind of monochromatic. Where as here we went in and added some additional tones. And if the whole, whole's things too dark you can lighten it, whatever you want. But there you can see how we got a nice wooden floor. Made up of individual planks, and being affected by the light and so on.

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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

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

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