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In this week's episode, what we're going to do is we're going to look at this oyster bar one more time and we're going to come in real close, real close into this material here, see. This is canvass in here, it's a canvass material. Now, this wrap around. Nowadays, I would use warp, but when I did this painting, there was no warp. So, what I would do, what I did then was to displace this, but that's a whole another episode. So, right now, what we're going to do is we're going to go in there and create that kind of a texture for the canvas.
I'm going to create a new file and let's make this file we'll make it 900 by 700. And we'll go 100%. And here's where we're going to create our little pattern. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in and I'm going to see my, my grid. I'll just show my grid. Which right now is set up to a certain configuration, getting real close here. You'll see that it's set up to a separation of 12. Let's, let's go in there and that will be good. And you set that by going into Preferences>Grids and Slices here and you see that I have subdivisions set to 12.
Alright, so this is going to give me the space that I want. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go in here and just, right here, select one little subdivision and I'm going to create a layer, a new layer, and in this layer, I'm going to go ahead and fill that with, let's just say we fill it with a, a kind of a nice deep blue like this. Alright? There is the blue. So, I'll go ahead and fill that. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to copy it straight over like that. Now we'll do a couple of them, just right there so we see there's, there's three, and maybe one more, four.
And each have a space in between. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that the space in between here will determine how close these threads are to each other. Right now I have the exact same size, it's going to be kind of an airy, more of a rattan kind of a thing. So, that spacing in between is going to determine how tight that, the weave is. So, now that we have that, I'm going to go ahead and duplicate this layer, to the second one. Now, this one I'm going to call, vert, for vertical, and this we'll call, horizontal.
And what we're going to do with that second layer, is we're just going to go in there and say, rotate it 90 degrees. There it is. Now, I'm going to go in there and give these guys a little bit of a layer style. So, come in here, and we'll give it a layer style of about let's just say, a little inner glow. A little inner glow. It's a little big, so we'll go down to about a three. That looks good. And instead of this color here, we're going to use a, a deep blue. Like that. Now, it seems to disappear, that's because the inner glow is set to screen, so if I set this to multiply, like a shadow, there we see that we've got this nice little shadow happening there.
Click OK. Holding down Option key, I'm going to drag this down to the vertical, so they have it as well. Okay, we're getting there. So now, I'm going to pull back just a little bit and I'm going to get rid of the grid. Don't need to see that grid anymore. There, the grid is turned off, and we're going to pull back just a little more to get rid of all those little pixels being seen. So now what we're going to do is have these guys weave into each other. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to give it a mask. There's a mask. These are the hars, horizontals. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to turn the verticals into a selection by Cmd+Clicking on the Preview icon right there.
And I'm in the mask. So, with black, I'm going to go in here and say, mask that area out, and mask this area out. You notice that they're opposites. And right here, as you can see, the layer style got pushed into that area. Now, if you didn't want that to happen, you would go in here, and just turn, see? Layer Mask Hides Effect. We're leaving that off, because we want that little shadow in there like that. So, now we go to the verticals, and we give, let's deselect it. And we give it a mask.
Now, it's important to deselect it because if it wasn't deselected, the mask would reflect the selection. So, I deselected it first. There's the mask. And I turn the horizontals into a selection. And just as I did before, in the vertical, I'm, what I'm going to do is we'll hide this little part. See? It's going behind that weave, and this one here. Right there. Now we can deselect. So, there you can see we have this nice little weave right there in the middle, and that's going to be our pattern. Now I'm going to turn off the background, because I want this to be a nice transparent effect in here.
And, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to kind of select right from the center of the holes. Right in there like that. Let's turn this on so we can see it there. Now, we can see that the top one's a little off. So I'm just going to deselect just a little bit right here, just one little chunk. So, it's going from center to center on the inside holes, right inside there, like that. Turn off the background. And I say, Define Pattern. Now, so I'm not seeing it. Why? Because I'm still in the mask. You see that? So, let's just go, just to a layer, there we go.
Now we're in a layer, and now this appears. There we go. Design>Define Pattern. There's my pattern, I click OK, and it's there. Now, we can pull back to the overall scene, and we can take these two and throw them away. We don't need them anymore. We do Select, and in a new layer, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go in there and say Fill, and my pattern will appear right here at the end. There it is. There's my pattern. I choose it, click OK, and there we can see that we have our pattern just appeared.
Now, it is transparent, so in my background here, I can throw a little, Let's throw a little gradient in there. So, we'll just go from this, grey to, well, we'll go from gray to white. And in the background, we'll throw a little gradient. And there, you can see that we have this nice little tone in back. Now, the way it would wrap around a structure now would be that I'd take the pattern and I'd go in there and say Warp. So now, let's pull back a little bit. And what I would do is, I could just pull this in, and pull this in, and then tighten this up.
Right there, like that. And maybe, bring it up. Let's bring these guys up, like that. And I'm going to bring these lines in, just a little more. To give it more of that sense of being wrapped around. Just like that. And then we're going to wrap this side around as well. And bring those lines in. And there we can see. And we can pull these lines out. We can pull these guys out. Just like that. So, it starts to have that, that nice thick feeling in the center. And this guy gets curled. Just like that. And there we can see that now we have this, really nice canvas, that's wrapping around a surface like that.
The basic pattern was created and again, the spacing in between will determine how tight this weave is. You can even have different size weaves, so they don't all have to be equal. But keep in mind that at some point, that step and repeat pattern has to continue. So, if you have a thick one in there. Keeping in mind that it has to be, that it's going to be thick all the way up, as it would be in a normal weave, and so on. So, there you can see how we create this pattern of a canvas or, in this case, a rattan.
And if it doesn't look like a rattan, well, no problem. Let's go in here and just use a little adjustment. Hue saturation. Say colorize it. Bring it into the rattan kind of a color. Punch up that saturation. Darken a little bit. And now we have a rattan. See? No problem. It's just the pattern itself. Once it's colorized and put into context, it can be just about anything you want it to be.
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