Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

with Bert Monroy

Video: Easter basket: Creating the basket

- Last week we've created this little egg that we see on the screen. What we're going to do this week is create a little basket to put our egg in. And a couple of other eggs. But the other eggs are already made. So, we're going to create our little basket. So we're going to go in here and create a new file, We're going to keep the same size file so let's make this about 600 by 600. Okay, click OK. There it is. So now we're going to go in here and start to create the basic shape for my little basket. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to create an ellipse.
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  1. 9m 33s
    1. Easter basket: Creating the basket NEW
      9m 33s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
      9m 13s
    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
      8m 13s
    3. Creating a 3D Easter egg
      7m 38s
  3. 36m 43s
    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
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
      7m 18s
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
13h 32m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Mar 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.

Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Easter basket: Creating the basket

- Last week we've created this little egg that we see on the screen. What we're going to do this week is create a little basket to put our egg in. And a couple of other eggs. But the other eggs are already made. So, we're going to create our little basket. So we're going to go in here and create a new file, We're going to keep the same size file so let's make this about 600 by 600. Okay, click OK. There it is. So now we're going to go in here and start to create the basic shape for my little basket. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to create an ellipse.

This is going to be the opening of our little basket. So I'm going to go in here to my primitives here and get the Ellipse Tool. And I'll create a little ellipse right here in the center. That's going to be the top of our little bottle. You see how it just became pixels, let me undo that. That's because it is currently set to Pixels. Now the default is Shape, but what I want is a Path. I'm gonna click on Path and create that same oval again, but you notice this time it's a path.

I'm going to close the Properties, which automatically opens when that happens. And I'm going to just kind of move it over here just a bit, kind of center it a little better, alright? So there's our little path for the ellipse. So now with my Pen Tool I'm going to go in here and start from right under here. I'm going to click and drag and create this little shape. It comes down, about like that. Notice I'm kind of straightening it out towards the bottom? Come over to about here and click and drag another one and bring it up and then just kind of close them off just like that.

Now we can adjust these. So I'm going to go in there and grab this guy. Just kind of, give him a little more of a curvature at the bottom. Both sides right there. So there you can see that we're starting get this nice little bottom of our basket. Let's move this over, there we go. So we're getting this nice, symmetrical look to it. Alright, and then finally we're going to need a little handle. So I'm going to go in here and click a path. It's going to go up and go over just a little and curve a little bit and go over here.

And curve a little bit and go down into there. Alright, so there's our little basket. Let's just see what it's looking like. Let's make this guy just a little bit bigger like that. There, that's looking good. So now what's gonna start to happen is I'm going to start to create this basket. So, let's start off with this bottom part right there. I'm going to pick a color that's going to be good for this basket so I'm going to get something like a nice kind of a color, somewhere around like that. That's a nice color. And in a new layer right on top here, I'm going to take that path and fill it.

There it is. So now, here we go. I'm going to save that path and let's turn it off for now. So now I'm gonna create a large area like this. Select a big area like this, and in another layer right on top I'm going to go ahead and fill it with that same color. I hit "Option + Delete" and it filled it with that color. Now I'm going to deselect that. I'm going to clip that with the base of my basket.

And this guy right here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it a filter. I'm going to go into Filter Gallery, which we used the Texturizer before. Look what I have now. This time I used a Burlap. I got a Burlap, I can scale that Burlap make it a little smaller, make it a little tighter, whatever I want, I can make it bigger. Get that Relief going a little stronger. And that Light is going to be coming from the top right because that's the way I lit the little eggs. So there, there's our little texture. We can Scale it up a little more or a little down, get it a little finer, that's good.

Click OK. And there we see that we have that little texture inside. So now what I'm going to do is I'm gonna go in and Warp it. So go in and Warp. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to bring this over to match this side here, bring this over to match right over there. And then I'm going to kind of bring these guys, these handles in so that they kind of match that curvature over there. See, there we go. And bring this up a little bit and there you can see that curvature that's starting to happen there. Now, I'm going to do the same thing on this side. I'm going to bring this over, and bring this guy way over, and kind of bring these in to start to match that curvature that we see on this side.

There we go. And we're going to tighten this up a little bit more and right in there like that, see? We're getting that nice curvature. If we want, we can bring these handles in just a little bit. I'm grabbing the lines there so I'm getting a little tighter edge right through here. Just like that, see? There we're getting that nice kind of a curvature that we want. And we want to make sure that that's got that curvature. We have a guide down there by the bottom of this basket so I can bring it just like that. Click OK and there we see that we have this nice little shape starting to happen.

So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go in there and give it some definition. So I'm going to get my Burn Tool and I've got my Midtones selected. I'm going to make the brush a little larger and I'm just kind of going to hit it on this side here. See, so I'm starting to get that darker tone right along that edge there like that. Just like that. And we'll give it a little bit just right in here, right in there like that. So we're starting to get some nice tonalities happening. And to our Highlights, we want to darken those as well.

So let's get those really nice and dark back in there. And there we see where that shape is starting to happen. So now I'm going to create a new layer on top here, and this is going to be the rim. So we'll call this the "rim." And we go back to our Paths, and there's our Paths. So here's the path for the rim. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a paint brush, and I have a hard-edge brush selected and I go over to my brush engine where I make sure the Spacing is brought down to 0 or 1% which is a nice, tight even line.

Which is going to give me that, nope. The Spacing got changed again, let me redo that. Yep, got to move that Spacing and bring it all the way down to 1%. There we go. Click OK and there's the effect that I want. So now, right there on that rim, there's my rim. I'm going to go in and take that path and make sure I'm in the right layer for the rim, and I'm gonna say stroke it. There's the rim right there. So now, I'm going to... And don't worry about the stuff in there, that's all going to be hidden. So now we're going to give that a little bit of an effect.

So I've got that layer "rim", and I'm just going to hit "Cmd + F" to give it that same pattern. There's that pattern inside there. Now here we don't have to worry too much about the pattern because you're going to do some stuff to it. So the first thing I'm going to do is give it a little Drop Shadow. Give it a little Drop Shadow right there. So we're going to give it a little drop shadow so it's falling, and we're going to say right from above, and let's increase the Distance on that a little bit so it starts to look like it's there and that looks good. Click OK. I'm going to separate that layer.

The Layer Style, say Create Layer so that my drop shadow can now be clipped right here inside of my little basket. See how it disappears outside? Because it's clipped with that same shape from below. Okay. And let's ... There we go there's the clip. So there you can see the clip and it disappeared everywhere else. If you undo that clip, see, it appears outside where we don't want it. Clip it and it's being seen only inside that area of the basket. Okay, go back to the rim and we'll give it a little bit of a Layer Style.

And we'll say let's give it a little Bevel and Emboss. And the light's coming from this direction here. And we'll give it a little more Size. Okay, so we're getting those nice dark tones in there. And is it light? No, we don't want that one. Let's go with something a little more in the warm tones. And let's keep to the colors of our actual basket. And let's get a little lighter. And there we go. So that's starting to get that nice little effect there. We click OK. And let's see what that's looking like, not bad.

So let's go in here and increase this Size a little bit more, and the Depth so we get stronger tones. There we go. Click OK and there's the rim. So now comes the final touch of course which is right in front of the rim or behind the rim right here in front of this layer and I'm going to create a new layer, and this is going to be the handle. And what's going to happen with the handle is...

I got my Paths, right? There's the Paths. And there's the path for the handle. So we're going to do the same thing we did to that little rim right there is we're going to go ahead and stroke that path right there like that, and again, don't worry about that 'cause that's going to be hidden. So now we can turn off the path, we don't need it anymore and we go back to our Layers and right there we're on the handle layer. And I'll just give it the same filter we gave it before which is that same little texture. Now I'm going to give it that same effect as well so I'm going to just "Option + Drag" that down into there.

So now that we have this, we have our little basket we have to create a little bow for it. So now what's going to happen is we're going to create a nice little bow that's going to signify our gift basket. So next week, when we come back, we're going to go in there and create the little basket and put the eggs into it.

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