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Take a virtual journey to the bustling streets of New York in Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square. Digital painter Bert Monroy reveals how he created the minute details that build the impressive 108,000 x 21,600 pixels, 25-feet wide photorealistic portrait of this iconic intersection.
In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.
Now that you've learned how the tools work, and how I used them in creation of Times Square, in the next installment, you're going to see how to take those brushes and those layer styles and the alpha channels and combine them to create specialized effects. So we're going to go in there and take a brush and apply a stroke and apply a layer style to it and do it through a mask, create an alpha channel. These are all the techniques that you could then apply to your workflow to make your life a lot easier. Let's go see what those techniques are all about.
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