Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

with Bert Monroy

Video: Oyster Bar: Creating puddles

We're going to spend the next couple of weeks then we're going to pick up this little yellow and Increase those just a little more this time.
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  1. 7m 18s
    1. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag NEW
      7m 18s
  2. 29m 25s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
  3. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
      8m 24s
    3. Creating reflections in water
      6m 8s
    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
      12m 11s
    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
  4. 27m 47s
    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
  5. 33m 21s
    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  6. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
  7. 46m 32s
    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
  8. 45m 16s
    1. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
  9. 28m 56s
    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  11. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
  12. 34m 22s
    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
  13. 29m 7s
    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
  15. 36m 9s
    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    5. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
  16. 31m 44s
    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
  17. 47m 14s
    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    4. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
  18. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  19. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  20. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
  21. 29m 24s
    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  22. 23m 36s
    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

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Watch the Online Video Course Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
12h 57m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2015

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

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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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