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Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover

From: Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

Video: Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover

What we're going to look at this week is at that angle like that, then I can take this little batch right, here and I'll duplicate those straight over And then hit command b, command b, command b.

Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover

What we're going to look at this week is one of the more complicated parts of the Oyster Bar. I'm going to zoom in here and get into this manhole cover right there. And there you can see that manhole cover picking up all kinds of reflections, it's quite involved. There's a few of them in here. There's a different one right down here on this, oh the Actual asphalt. And a third one up here, which is very similar to the one on the other side, but the light is all being picked up in different ways.

That's what we're going to do, we're going to look at how those were created. Now for one thing, they were created in Illustrator. Illustrator made it a lot easier. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go into Illustrator, and show you how they would create it. Now, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to create the basic shapes. I've got a rounded rectangle tool right here. I'm going to create a little shape like so. Now, if I go like this, you'll see that it's a rounded rectangle, but by turning into like a little, Kind like a little ellipse there. There you can see that it's got that kind of a shape.

So what i'm going to do is i'm just going to just kind of, take this guy and copy him down below and this one what i'm going to do. I'm going to rotate it 90 degrees and put it right here. This is going to give me a little guide so that way I can take this guy up here and duplicate him straight across so that he's even with that guy. Alright there you go. Now, I can dump these two, this guy away and duplicate the two of them on top, come down right below them like that. And I'm going to rotate these. So right from here axis is rotated at a 90 degree.

And then line them up so that they Minor break with themselves like that. Pull back a little bit and we'll see what's going to happen next and when we take this from way up here and I'm going to duplicate this straight down like so and then I'll hit the command key, command 'd' key then do that again and again and again and when we pull back we'll see that what we have done is we've got a whole row of these things. Going down, right. So now what happens is that I could take the entire pattern like that and I'll duplicate it straight over like that, so that they are binding up at that angle like that, then I can take this little batch right, here and I'll duplicate those straight over And then hit command b, command b, command b.

And there you can see that we have this pattern being formed for those little designs in the manhole covers. Now, right here, I have the manhole cover. Now, I've already rotated those designs. I've added the other elements inside and so on. All the different parts and the little letters that are just going around a circle and a the big circle that are on the outside. Now I colorize them just so I can see them, making it easy to differentiate different shapes when I'm creating them. So now what happens is, I'm going to go in here and I'm going to select the entire batch.

And I'm going to shrink them down this way. To put them into the angle that I need for my overall scene. I make it a little bigger. There we go, like that. And I'm going to copy it. I just go in there and say, copy. Those are the paths that I'm going to use. So when I come back over to Photoshop, we'll create a new file here. New file will reflect the contents of the clipboard. So I'm going to say let's make it a little wider. Let's go with 900, and 700, and RGB. Click OK. There it is.

Go to 100% so we see this full size. And I'm going to say paste. Paste as paths because these are all going to be manipulated separately. Now I can make it larger here as well. So I'll just hit command t to bring up the transform and there we go. We can make it nice and large. Now each one of these paths is going to be manipulated. In some cases, together, in some cases, separately. Like for instance, I'm going to select this path right here. This is that inside part, the, the pressed area in the center of our manhole cover.

So in the layers, I'm going to create a new layer, and we'll just call this well. And I'm going to fill it with a nice deep. Almost black color and go to my path and say, the, there it is. So now, I'm going to select the, all these guys right here. I want to get all those little those little shapes right? I going to deselect I, when I did this originally did, I don't want to grab all this. I just want to get a nice little section that we can zoom in on. Now that I've got those, I also selected d obviously, so holding down my shift key, I'm going to click on those.

To deselect those particular ones right there and this guy, so now only those little guys inside are, are being selected, so I'm going to go to my layers and create a new layer on top of those and we'll call those little things design, we'll call them design and we'll fill them with a different color. A gray paths and fill. So there, we see that we have the basic shapes. Now, these things are going to be exposed to a lot of different effects.

One of them being layer styles. So I'm going to go in there, and in design, I'm going to say, let's give it some layer styles. So I'll say a bevel and emboss. I'm going to bring the size down to about a 2, and make the depth really strong there, soften 'em up a bit. Okay, and then, I'm going to change the light source and come a little more from this side, like this, so we get a little more of a highlight on the sides. There we go, just like that. About like that. And I don't want that white. Let's say I want the reflection of the lights. I'm going to go in there and pick a nice red, nice bright red like that.

Click Okay. I'm going to punch up that, capacity for the red, right there like we see it, right? And, maybe we'll bring this in just out a little more until we get more of a highlight right in there. And then decide here, we'll be picking up say, the sky, so we'll go in here and we'll pick a, kind of a, a light bluish color, like that, right? Now, it's not that visible, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to put this in normal, so I get that blue. See, there's the blue that I want. I'm going to put that down a little bit. Bring down that in opacity.

Click OK. Now, I want to manipulate these again. I want to take them a little further, like the red is not going to be all over the place. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take those layer styles and separate them from the layer. So I go to layer styles and say create layer. There we go. So now, I see that here's my little red and there's my little blue. So in the red, I want to be a little stronger here, but not so much out here. So let's pull back a little bit. We could see it.

The red one, which we see right there, I'm going to go ahead and give it a mask. And in the mask, using black and a nice big brush. I'm going to go in here and, it's a soft brush, I'm going to just kind of get rid of them in those areas where I don't want them, see? And in these areas over here, maybe I don't want the blue, so I can go in there and let's give that a mask. But we'll tone down the blue, not just completely, let's bring the opacity down. And we'll just kind of tone the blue down a little bit in that area there. And you can see how we were able to control those particular tones at different sides of all our little shapes.

Now let's look at the actual manhole cover. There it is. This is the manhole cover, and let's pull out the layer panel so we can see everything in here. There are lot, a lot of layers that make it up. I'm going to just open this up, so we can start to see all the different layers that make it up. Now, you can see here, all these things that have been kind of separated here, they are in fact layer style, see? These are all layer styles that have been separated and put into their own layers. Like here, we have an outer bevel and an inner bevel. This is a bevel and emboss, there were two different bevel and embosses that were given to this one little section here, which is the outer ring.

See? Let's go look at this outer ring just that piece, right there. So, what it got was, first we had the outer bevel and the inner bevels. And then, there's this little tone that just appeared there, there's a satin, satin filter was satin layer style was applied, which gave me these nice little shapes in there. And on top of that, we have the inner, a little red glow all the way around, and an inner shadow, which we see appear down below.

The deep set area was set inside of that and an opening on top of that, which has a bevel and emboss. And again, red was substituted for the white with the black on the side. And the larger inset inside. There you can see that, that has an inner shadow, right there, a hard edge inner shadow. Then there's the little drop shadow for the pattern. Here's the pattern. The pattern originally had a drop shadow, and it has a bevel and emboss now. Let's turn it on. It has a bevel and boss. It has an outer bevel and a boss.

See, tt is an outer bevel, which is this blue and this black. and we see em right here. Let's get the pointer tools so you can see it. There's the blue, there is the black. Turn that off, you could see them disappear. Now at one point, this had an inner bevel. So, there you see there's that red and there's a little darkness on that side. So there it is at one point had two different beveling bosses. The one the outer bevel right there which is the blue that we see there and then the drop shadow had been separated.

The inner bevel emboss and the drop shadow were separated. This bevel emboss remained with it because we didn't need to modify it any more. The little center cut, same thing. All series of different effects that were applied all the way through and I, each piece gets brought up. You can see how it all starts to come together. And there's little tiny highlights that were added. These were just painted in, little tiny highlights right in there and then the whole thing was then assembled into a main piece which this is the one that was on the other side, and other changes were made to that in another file.

From there you can see how the basic manhole was created by just utilizing layer styles into the shapes themselves and putting layer styles on top of layer styles by taking the original layer styles out of the layer, allowing me to then create additional layer styles that would have additional effects creating the overall effect. Little complicated but remember you might not have to create a manhole cover, but all those steps that went in there can be applied to so many other things.

It's just a question of understanding what it is you're trying to get, and understanding how these styles work, and then manipulating them.

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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

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  1. 8m 53s
    1. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
  2. 8h 43m
    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

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