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Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs


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Video: Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs

This week we're going to see a final little phase of the Oakland Theater here. We're going to create the little light bulbs. which we see way down here. We're going to create these little light bulbs. But before we go there, I just want to show you one more thing. And that is right here. We did the neons last week, but look at these neons. You see, these neons are white. You don't see through those. Those are opaque. You see all the little reflections going through those? Well that wasn't that hard. Let's create a new file real quick, quickly here. I'm going to invert the background.
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Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs

This week we're going to see a final little phase of the Oakland Theater here. We're going to create the little light bulbs. which we see way down here. We're going to create these little light bulbs. But before we go there, I just want to show you one more thing. And that is right here. We did the neons last week, but look at these neons. You see, these neons are white. You don't see through those. Those are opaque. You see all the little reflections going through those? Well that wasn't that hard. Let's create a new file real quick, quickly here. I'm going to invert the background.

And I'm just going to throw a little shape here that's going to become our little neon. Now it's going to be a white neon. Okay? And let's say that it's going to go off the sea like that. Alright so in a layer I'm going to go in there and create a layer. And I'm going to fill this up with a nice white. And we'll get our brush in fact not completely white just a little bit of an off white. And we'll get a hard edge brush, like that one hard edge, and 30's a nice big size we'll make it even better, so we get a nice big thing like this.

And in that layer, we'll just take that path and stroke it. So there's our white neon. Now I've got the little ripples, because I didn't bother making it a solid, but it doesn't matter. It's okay. What's going to happen here is that I'm going to go in there and we give it the little we go in there and give it that little Bevel and Emboss. Just to give it that little bit of a, a edge to it. Oh, we can soften it up that's good enough, but what's going to happen is we need all those reflections in there, and that's a simple thing like satin, which I used in the other ones. I'm going to go in there, give it a complex shape like that, and go in there and increase the distance maybe the size a bit.

Let's go like that. Okay, and we can bring down the opacity a bit. So we just have all these nice little reflections going through there. Click OK, and we have these nice little reflections inside that glass. It's that simple, but now come the light bulbs. Let's get rid of that, and just look at those light bulbs, here they are way up here. They are a little more complex. There's a lot of things going on there with those light bulbs. So let's create one of those. Now I'm going to create a bunch of different shapes. Let's start off with some shapes. So I've got my Ellipse tool here, set the paths, and I'm going to create a little circle right there like that.

Which I'm going to take that and duplicate it, straight up. I'm holding down my Shift key, and my Option key to make a copy straight up. Now, right inside of that, I'm going to take my polygonal tool here. And right from the center, I'm going to draw a little polygon right inside there like that. 'Kay? And we're going to move that one up a little bit. We want to get it centered right in, inside that top one. So let's go in there and let's get 'em and, Move him up, right there. That looks about right. And over just a little bit.

There he is centered inside there. We're going to duplicate him, straight up. Alright, there is the beginnings of our little base and now another ellipse. Right inside there. We're going to cert, cert, put that guy right inside there. Okay? And that's going to be the hole. Well we got all our little guys here. What we could do now is go in there and just make a little horizontal center. There they are now. They're all centered on top of each other, right there like that. So now what we're going to do is start to give these some depth. Let's bring them down.

Here, and we're going to put our bulb. The bulb will come in last. Alright let's take our paths and save it. I'll call this the base, and we're going to start giving it all the colors that we need. So, here first layer, ok we'll call it disk edge. And select this one right here. And we'll fill it with a nice deep gray like that. Go ahead dig that path and fill it. Take this one, and we'll call it in a new layer, we'll call it disk face.

We'll switch so that the grey is in back, cause when we want that grey again. And I will pick a much lighter version of grey. Something like that, maybe even lighter. Let's go really light like that. And we're going to fill that disk, with that grey. I'm going to take, this guy right here, nothing yet. What we're going to do is select this one. And, we're going to create a Layer, we're going to call this we'll call it the Wedge Face. And we'll fill that with that gray. So, fill that path, with that same gray.

And we want to make sure that we have that one. Now sometimes it does select in the opposite, so let's just go like this, and say, inverse. Quick fix, and fill it. There it is. So now, where was that other one we were looking at? So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to get my paths, and I'm going to go in here and start to select that whole series of additional paths that I'm going to make. Now you notice what I, just did there. I created this little selection, that's going to go in there and go right up to that corner. Just, put it into that corner where, there it is.

An it overlaps here. Same thing on this side. I'm going to start here, go down to that corner And down here, let em overlap right there. Then I'm going to do this corner to corner. Right there like that, and a little overlap like that. The purpose for that overlap is so that you're not going to get any white spaces in between there. These are the edges of that little wedge. So we're going to start with the right here in front of this vase, we'll put wedge left. That's this one right here.

'Kay. And, what we'll do, is we'll fill it with a, this dark gray. Now go in there, and just take that path and fill it with that dark gray. This one here, this is. Actually, this one right there. That's the right side, alright. So, put it in that same Just make it the wedge,and we'll fill that path right there in that same layer. There. And then, this is the face, this one here. We'll get a much darker gray for that one. There we go, even darker.

And, in a layer, in fact it could be in the same layer, it's just going to overlap it. We'll go in there an fill that path, with that dark tone. An now we see that we have the, sides of our little wedge, which we can throw a little shadow on them, in a little while. So, I'll go in there, and now we've got the hole. So on top of this, we put a little hole. And that's that top circle. This one. Which we'll just go ahead and we're going to fill with we'll fill it with that dark grey we just created. So we'll go in here, in hole, and we fill that with that.

And again, happens many times when you have multiple paths on top of each other. It'll do the outside of the path. But what we'll do is we'll make it a selection, inverse the selection, and fill it with that. There we go. Now it's working the way we want it to. So now, let's start adding a little tones and stuff to this. So what we're going to do, we can deselect this. If we're going to go down here to the base, disk edge, and what we're going to do is we're going to get a soft edge brush, nice soft edged brush, a nice size, that's a good size right there.

Maybe a little bigger. And I've got the exposure on pretty high, so I'm just going to go in there and start darkening down here in that edge right there, just like that. Okay? So now, we got this disk herre, the disk itself. What I'm going to do is just going to give it a little shadow. Just down through here, just a little bit of a shadow so it looks like these guys are casting just a little shadow. You notice that I'm not making it even, because I don't want it to be even. The sides have to be a little. And, and if it's not quite right, that's okay.

We can easily go in there and clean it up. You pick up that color again, and we can just paint it back in. Lock the transparency and paint it back in if we, if we need to. Let's soften that brush. Soften that in, there we go. Now we're just going to give it a little bit of a shadow down there we don't want a lot, just a little bit right in there like that. There we go, that's better one more. Okay, that's good. So now I'm going to go in here and select this top wedge, right up here to top the face. And we'll just give it a little bit of a shadow going right across like that.

Right there. Which we're going to do to this face is well. Right, really like that. Now we'll give it some highlights. Wedge face, and we'll give it one right through here, and we'll go for the mid tones. Let's bring this up to about 50, 54. And let's just throw a couple of little highlights right through there like that, and maybe one more right there. There. Now the hole itself, we can go in there and let's darken it. We can, give it an inner shadow. That'll make it easy. So let's just give it an inner shadow, which we want it to be right from the top there like that. Increase the distance, an soften it up.

So now it's this deep hole in there, where our light bulb is going to be. So now we've got our base. Here's the base. So now what we'll do is we'll create the bulb. I come up here, and create this nice kind of a round bulb like this, and we can do all the changes later. Right there. This is going to be our bulb. That's pretty good. What we might want to do is just kind of rotate it a little bit. And move it into position right there, and click OK. That's going to be our bulb. Get our path, we'll call it bulb.

And right here, what we're going to do is this bulb could be transparent, and we want it to be transparent, so we're going to do more stuff to it. We're going to go in here and select a little ellipse, right here in the middle. right there. And we're going to build from that. We're going to build this weird shape that looks like something like this. Doesn't have to be even. It doesn't matter. And we're going to kind of finish it off down here, so it kind of matches what we had there before. And now we can kind of twist these around until we have it just the way we want them. Alright, and we can take all of these guys and bring em down.

Right there, and then here, we'll just draw a little guy like this. A little guy like that. And right between em, we'll draw this little ziggy zaggy guy. That's our filament. Alright? So now, you might want to throw a little disk inside here, but it's not necessary. We could deal with that later. And now we're going to create the bulb. So, to keep organized, what we could do now is to create this as a folder, call it Base. Put all the guys that go in the base into there. Now create a new folder And we'll call this one, Bulb. And we create our first, which will be the bulb itself.

First layer, we select this, and we get that gray. So let's go ahead and fill it with let's go with that darker gray. And we'll fill the path with that color, right there. Now, what we're going to do with that, with that layer, is we're going to give it a little highlights and shadows. Bulb is turned off. So we're going to give it a little bevel and emboss, just like we did with the other guy. Depth, big, don't like that. Really soften it up. Okay, click OK, actually this brings us down, and that size down.

And we can soften those guys up later. We can do that. Now we're going to go into our blending options an the fill opacity is going to be brought down. See? The fill opacity's being lowered, so we can see through the bulb, just like that. Click OK. So now, inside that bulb, or behind it, or somewhere in there, let's, in fact let's put it behind it. We'll put the little rod, the rod base, and remember we have those little pieces so we're going to take this guy right here and we're going to fill it with that light gray.

There. And let's just make sure that we can see and, what's happening is that it's behind the bulb. So let's just move that layer in front of the bulb, so we're not seeing it through the shadow of the bulb. So here we go, and we'll just go in there and now fill that path right there, very light. We're going to take this one. And, in a new layer, we'll call it the rod. We're going to go ahead and fill that path again. There. And these two guys, what we'll do is we'll just take black, and we get out our paint brush, and we make it a really small one.

Bring the hardness up, and make it a really small one. Well, he was smaller than that. Like that, that's good, and what we'll do is we will call this one the little wires. I'm sure there is technical name, but we don't need it, and we just throw those guys in there like that, and then the little filament. The little filament will make it a a gray. So maybe we'll even make it a color, there you go. And we'll make it a little smaller, just a tiny bit smaller. And, create another layer and we'll call it filament.

And stroke it. Alright, so now that we have all those little shapes, turn off the path. And now we'll manipulate those a bit. So we'll go into the rod base, and we'll bring down it's opacity. And the rod, we have to bring down it's opacity so we can see everybody through it. Right there like that. And there we can see that we have our little light bulb. We can add some shadows here and there if we want, and, and we have a basic bulb. If we wanted to turn it on, then what we would do, is we would take the bulb, change its, take this off.

Take that off, and we give it a in fact, let's go to background. Let's take the background and invert it. Alright, so now we can really see what's going to happen. I'm going to take out both, and I'm going to fill it with that yellow. These en-lights a yellow color, right? I'm going to go in to the Layer Styles, I'm going to turn off Bevel and Emboss. We don't want that one, and we do want an inner glow. Which we got this yellow, we just click, we are going to increase it's size a bit, and we're going to give it an outer glow as well. So, give it an outer glow, and we've got that same yellow that will work.

Nice, strong tone like that. Click OK. Then I'm going to take the little filament, and a filament we're going to go in there and we're going to give it a really, we're going to make it really bright, and we'll give it an outer glow. So we give it a nice outer glow. A little bit bigger like that. Okay, so now the filament is on. And then, right inside there, we're going to create one more layer. I'm going to take a really bright tone, like this bright yellow here, and I'm going to get my Gradient tool, and I'm going to set it foreground to transparent.

And we'll just throw a little radial gradient right inside there, which will be the light being lit. And there you can see that now we have a lit light bulb. It's real easy, it's just a question of understanding what the different things are going to do and then you can go in there and create whatever mind can come up with.

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