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Making a book: Perspective

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What we're going to do this week is we're going to take a Make it happen.

Making a book: Perspective

What we're going to do this week is we're going to take a book, and we're going to lay it down on a table somewhere. So we're just going to basically put that book into perspective. Now, the book doesn't exist. So we're going to make one up. We could, if we wanted to save time, just take a book and photograph it at the angle we want and put it somewhere else. But in this particular case, the book doesn't exist. So we're going to go in there and make this book up. Now what I've done is created this spread, let's turn off the background, it's a two page spread. So I've got one of my pieces of art there, and I'm going to consider this as a two page spread in this fictitious book.

So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to the Background here. I'm going to give it some tones. So I gotta little dark gray there for the, for the background, for the foreground, and for the background, I got white. So I'm going to throw a little gradient back there. Just throw a nice, little gradient right through here like this, so we got this nice little look, kind of a light going on there. All right, so that's the background. For the book, what I'm going to do with the book now, I'm going to put it into perspective. So I'm going to hit Cmd+T to bring up the Transform tools; I'm just going to hold down the Cmd key, so I can just move individual points independently, and then I'm going to put this book into perspective, about like that.

There's my book. It's going to be laying flat on the table somewhere, right? Just like that and it's, make it a little flatter there like that. There we go. That looks good. Make it happen. So now, our book is now in perspective. going to make it a little smaller too. Just a little smaller to play with in here. All right so there, there's the book, so now what we're going to do is give it the look that you would have for a book laying down like this, now if you take a book and open it up, you'll see the pages curl inward, from the center out there.

So that's what we need to create is that effect, now you might say, I could do that with warp, not as cleanly and quickly as you can the way I'm going to do here. Say they have a puppet warp, far too many distortions happening. You want a nice, clean bend in this that's going to be real easy do. So what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to take my Pen tool; I'm going to divide the book in half. going to go in their and select, the right-hand page. Then I'm going to take my, Direct Select tool, so I can grab individual points. And I'm going to go in there and move them around until I have it just about centered the way I want it.

Right there. There's the center of the book going right through there. So now that I have that, I'm in the book spread layer. I'm going to go in and say, make it a selection. So now, we have a selection. So what's going to happen now is that I'm going to take tha,t and I'm going to take that guy and bring it right over to the, a new layer. New Layer via Cut. So when I go and look at it, there it is. So what I'm going to do is call this Right, and the one in back I'm going to call it Left. Okay, so now, we have two individual pages.

So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to create what's called a displacement map. I'm going to bend these using a filter, that's going to utilize the values in that displacement map to bend the pixels in different directions. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start with the right, right here, and I'm going to do that displacement map in a channel. I'm going to create a new channel right there, which right now, is totally black because nothing was selected, and I want to see the other layers on top. Now let's turn off the Left, so we see only the Right. Okay. Go back to those channels, and there we are, we're in the channel, and we're seeing the right page.

So what I'm going to do now, is I'm going to take my Pencil, and I'm going to draw a shape that's going to kind of follow the same perspective that my book has. Kind of like this. All right, so I'm going to go in there and manipulate it. And just to make sure this guy bring it out just a little bit like that. And that's pretty good. That's pretty clean. Bring this over, about like that, and that'll work. Right about there. So in that layer, I have white for my foreground color, so what I'd like to do is, and it's not a layer; it's in that alpha channel.

Take that path and fill it. So now when we go look at that channel, let's turn off the rgbs; there it is. So I'm going to go in there and just turn off that path for now, and I'm going to go in there and blur this. I'm in that channel; I'm going to go in there and give it a Gaussian blur, nice, big blur like that. About 21, let's make it an even 21. So we get this nice softness going on through there, click OK. And that's going to be my displacement map. Now in this case, the black pixels, the dark tones are going to move pixels down and to the right.

The white pixels will move them up and to the left. And then the gradients in between will give me that soft curl to it. So I'm going to do a select all. And I am going to copy it; I'm copying the alpha channel, so I am going to New, which is going to reflect to content of what is in the alpha channel right now, click OK, and I am going to Paste. So there it is, so now I am going to do a Save As, and we are going to call this map, MAP1. I'll put it right on my desktop.

Save. Then I, I can close this. I don't need to see this file anymore. I can just close it. And it's gone. So back here, I deselect. And I'm going to go and look at my channels again. This time I'm going to go to RGB and turning off the alpha channel. Don't need it anymore, in fact, we can even throw it away. So back in my layers I'm in the right. So when I come up here, I say Filter > Distort > Displace. Now I'm going to up the percentage a bit. I'm going to go up to about 14 by 14, and this, I don't concern myself with.

Does the spacing match? The other image do I want to stretch it to fit? Or Tile it? Do I want to Wrap Around? Repeat Edge Break. Well, I created it the exact same size, so therefore, it's perfectly in register, so I have full, full control over what's going to be bent, so I don't worry about these at all. I just click OK, and it's asking me for the map, and it's showing me, there it is, there's my map. So I take that and say Open, and there you can see that my page has now been curled. So, on top of that, I'm going to add a layer right here.

We're going to take my Paint Brush, and it's a soft edge, so I'm going to go in here, and let's get some black. I'm going to go and click right here, and Shift + click down there. I'm going to make the brush a little bigger; let's make the brush bigger. And I'm going to bring down the opacity to about 50%, and I'm going to click here,and click there. Then I'm going to take white and make this brush smaller again and bring it to about there. And I'm going to click and Shift + click right there. Now I'm going to clip this layer right there and bring down the opacity a little bit.

And there you can see that I've just added this nice curl and shading to my page. So now, I'm going to go to the Left page, and we can turn these off. We don't need to see those. And just as before, I'm going to create a channel, and I'm going to see the others in front. And then I'm going to take my Pencil and create a little shape here. And again, it's going to follow the perspective of my scene, of the book itself, so I'm going to go in there and just kind of bring this guy over. I'm kind of lining it up with the text and the edges, as you can see right there.

Okay, we've got that in the channel; I go ahead and fill that path with white. Turn off the path, and we go and look at the channels, and we turn off the others. And just as before, I want to go in there and blur it. Now, it should remember the settings from before. There they are, and I click OK. So I do a select all. I copy. New and paste. Now go ahead and close it. going to ask me to save it. And I will do, yes, save it.

And we'll call this one MAP2. Okay, so back here again, I can deselect Anthro with that alpha channel. Don't need it. Come back to our page; there's the Left page, and I'm going to say Filter > Distort > Displace. Same settings as before, okay, use MAP2. Open, and there's our front page on that side. So now, I'm going to go in here and add a little tonality on top of that. We're going to take my white, and we'll throw a big white right through here.

Big Ben going on through that page there, and with the black, we'll just throw a little black right through here. And we'll bring the opacity back up to 100% and try that again; we get a nice dark tone through there; we clip it, and we bring down the opacity, so it's not so strong, right through there, like that. There we go. So there we see that now we have the pages. Now, there might be a little modification necessary. So, what, I see it right now, for the, the Right one, I need to move it up a little bit and over just a little. I'm going to link it with this guy, move them both together.

And just come over. Let's go, I'm going to connect the top up there. Here we go right there, and then the bottom, I'm just going to go in and just tweak it just a little bit. Just so that it go in there and touches that page, right about there, let's move it up. Sometimes it requires a little modification because things do kind of move around, and let's just bring this down. That'll do it. Make that happen. Bring it down. And there we go. Now, we're matching that nice little book there. Now that we've got the two book pages bent, just to give it that nice little curve.

Next week, we're going to create the rest of the book, the pages in-between and the cover of the book. See you next week.

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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

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

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