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Video: Oyster Bar: Creating puddles

We're going to spend the next couple of weeks looking at this guy here, the Oyster Bar. There's a lot that went into the creation of this particular piece, and today what we're going to do is we're going to look at some of these little ripples down here. So I'm going to zoom in down here so you can see all the little ripples in the water. It is raining, and so there's the little drops that are forming all over this little pool here. And so, we're going to go in here, and I have here a file which is just the sidewalk. Here's the little curb area. No ripples in there yet, but here's where we're going to start to create all the ripples.
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Oyster Bar: Creating puddles

We're going to spend the next couple of weeks looking at this guy here, the Oyster Bar. There's a lot that went into the creation of this particular piece, and today what we're going to do is we're going to look at some of these little ripples down here. So I'm going to zoom in down here so you can see all the little ripples in the water. It is raining, and so there's the little drops that are forming all over this little pool here. And so, we're going to go in here, and I have here a file which is just the sidewalk. Here's the little curb area. No ripples in there yet, but here's where we're going to start to create all the ripples.

What I'm going to do is with my elliptical selection tool, I'm going to go in here and select a nice little ellipse right here. It's going to kind of conform to the perspective of the overall scene. So there it is. So now, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take that background and duplicate it into a background. There's a background copy. So I have a copy of it. I'm working on top of a copy. And you'll see why that's necessary in a little while. So now that we have that in there, I'm going to go in, and I'm going to start to I got white. So, I'm going to draw a couple little chunks of white right into this area right in here like this.

Cup, just a couple pieces here and there. Just to really accent the white that's in there. And, maybe we'll pick up this yellow and we'll throw a couple little yellow pieces right in there. So now, what we're going to do is we're going to introduce the sky. Because what happens with these ripples is they are rippling like this, and at some point you're going to see a reflection of the sky. Right here, these colors are going to show the reflections that we see down here, of the lights on the sidewalk. But now we need to see the sky, because it isn't nighttime, it's just early evening. So, what we're going to do is pick a nice blue color that's going to serve for our evening sky.

Now it's maybe a little darker. Say about like this, right there like that. And it's a little bit muted because it is a rainy day. So I'm going to go in here and just introduce the, the sky here, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to bring down the opacity to about a 90%. Yeah, lower it to about 90%. I'm going to just throw a little blue here, a little blue in there, some blue in here. So you can see I'm just drawing different dabs in different places, just kind of rough like that. So now comes the ripple. And I have a filter here called Distort > Zigzag.

Now it doesn't say Ripple. It's called Zigzag. But here's what happens, is that I have a lot of different forms. There's the pond ripples themselves. There's the round center and out from center. They all give us different things though. The pond ripple's right there. If I use that one, I can bring down the amount a bit and the number of ridges. So I can totally play with this until I have exactly what I, what I would like to have. Might want to try the, around the center. Gives us even more dramatic kind of an effect like so.

See? But the pond ripple's going to work perfectly. That's going to work in this particular case. So I'm going to bring down the amount. And let's just bring these up just a little bit like that. And click OK. And there we can see that we have the beginnings of our little ripples. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it another filter. I'm going to go in there and just give a little, just a little softening gau, Gaussian blur. Click OK. I can deselect it now. So there we can see we have our basic ripples. Now, they don't really work this way. What happens is that, they draw pits and the little ovals move away from it.

So what I'm going to do is in the layer, I'm going to go in there and give that layer a mask. And in the mask, I'm going to get a nice soft edge brush. Nice and soft. And with black for the foreground colors, make the brush, brush a little bigger and just going to kind of very lightly, get rid of that center part, just like that, leaving the outer areas alone. So now I can go in here and we'll create another one, right here. Right there. And here, I'm going to throw in that blue.

Throw in a couple of the little blues. Get a little smaller brush, and we'll introduce a little blue in here, and this time I'm starting off with a soft brush. It doesn't matter because we're going to soften it up afterwards anyway. I'm going to pick up that white and throw it in there. And then we're going to pick up this little yellow and just kind of throw a couple little, little touches in there. Give it that same filter as before. We'll go in there and say Distort > ZigZag. And there's our little pond ripples. Increase those just a little more this time. Click OK.

And give it that little blur. Gaussian blur, just enough to soften it. Next time, we'll make it even less. Click OK. And in the mask, we go in there and start to paint away that center part, just to leave us with our little ripples. And there you can see where we start to get all these little drops of water, or something just falling into our little pool. And creating that nice little effect as if we have a couple of drops that just happened to hit inside that area. You can make a tiny one, you can make a little tiny one if we want. So we'll make a little one right here.

Just a little one. Now, it's not picking up any lights from the sidewalk, so what we'll do is we'll just throw in, just the color of the sky. So we'll pick up that blue from right there. And I'm going to throw in some little tiny ones in here. So let's get in closer and make the brush smaller. And we'll just throw a couple of tones right into this area, right in there like that. And we'll give it the Distort > Zigzag. It's going to give us our little ripples. In this case let's just bring them down, the amounts down. So we just have a few.

And in some cases, some of the others might work better. You round from center, if we can just increase those, whatever. But I think pond ripples will still work here. So we just add those right there like that. Click OK. Give it that little tiny bit of a blur. And in the mask, get rid of the center. And there we could see where this last little drop just fell. Just a second ago and there we start to see all the little ripples.

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