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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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