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Video duration: 0s 20h 1m Intermediate Updated Feb 12, 2016


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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Textured castle wall: Adding 3D light

- Last week, we created this wall for a castle. We're going to go in there and do a few modifications to it. Right now, all the bricks look pretty uniform. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to get my paintbrush here, and I've got this kind of a beigey color, kind of like the mortar back there, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into my 3D and make sure that I've got that layer selected. There it is. And I'm going to go over here to Layer 1 and the Front Inflation. Go into 3D, and in Paint System, I'm going to say to paint the Texture. So I'm going to go in here and start to paint.

And you can see that I'm just kind of adding a little tone to these guys. I'm going to bring it down a little bit. So add a little beige into a couple of spots, just to kind of change it around a little bit, see? Just like that. And we might want to go in there and make it a little more yellowish, maybe like that, and we'll just kind of add a couple things here. Here and there. Just little spots, kind of like mold happening there. Bring the brush down. We're going to add a couple of little moldy pieces here and there. Not too many, just give it a little life, and you can take it as far as you want.

Okay, so now, what we're going to do is I'm going to go in here and create another layer on top of this. And we'll fill it with that color. Fill it with that color, that would be fine. Fill it with that color. And we're going to go in there and turn this into a... We've got to go into 3D and say New Mesh From Layer, and we're going to go in here and say make it a Cylinder. Don't change that, there we go, so we can see it. There's our Cylinder. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to make it kind of really thin, about like that, and I'm going to make it really long.

Long pole. There, we can see it right there. So now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to give this pole a little material. So there's the Cylinder. So we go into the attributes here, and we'll give it something kind of wooden looking. And we have something that might work. I'd say this guy right here. So there, gave it that nice, kind of a wooden kind of look. All right, so now, what we're going to do to this guy is we're going to take it, and we're going to merge it down. Merge it right down into this other guy. Cmd + e, and that merges it down.

There it is, now we can see where it is. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into that particular piece, which is right down here. There he is, the Cylinder. And I'm going to bring him forward a little bit. Bring him forward, just a little bit. And we'll make him a little bigger. And you can see how this shadow is conforming to where the bricks are, see? So I'm just going to kind of move it. There, you can see, there it's taking on that three-dimensional quality. You don't have to figure out how the shadow's going to go. It works, there it is. So now, I'm going to take the overall scene, let's go right here, and we have an Infinite Light.

That's just light right here. So, we've got to have it come from right above, like that. We're going to go to the attributes for it, and it's going to be moonlight. So I'm going to kind of change the color to something a little more in the blueish tones, about like that, just to kind of soften it up a little bit. There it is. And I'm going to bring down the Intensity. Just a very slight little effect right there. Then I also have the Environment Light, so I'm going to go in there, into its attributes, and bring down its Intensity, see? So it starts to become nighttime.

There we go, so now it's a night scene. So what's going to happen now is that somebody's going to walk by with a spotlight, or a torch, in this particular case. So we're going to create a new layer. Well, not even a new layer. Right here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to come over and say, give me a New Spot Light. And there, it created a Spot Light. So I'm to go into the attributes for it, right here. And I'm going to take the Hotspot and bring it way down.

Bring it way down to about like this. And I'm going to take the Cone and bring that down considerably, too. So it's just going to be a little, tiny thing here. And let's bring that Hotspot down even more. Okay, and the color. We said it's a fire, a little torch, so we're going to go in here and pick something in this tone here. Maybe a little redder, there we go. Click OK. And we're going to bring down the Intensity, so it's not so strong. Bring down the Intensity, because he's kind of far away. All right, so there it is, and we're going to soften it up a little bit.

Maybe not so much, there we go. And let's get this Cone down even more, there we go. So now it's just tiny little light that's being seen. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to take that light, and I'm going to move it over. I'm going to move this light over, so we'll go in there, and we're going to kind of move it into place. Bring it down, and bring it over. Bring it all the way over, so it's right there. Okay? And now, I'm going to bring up another panel, which is my Timeline.

So I'm going to bring this up here, so we can kind of get it out of the way and we can see what's going to happen. I'm going to say create a Video Timeline, based on what we've got here. So I'm going to go in here and open up the bricks. And it's going to show me that everything's in place. But look, 3D lights. I'm going to open that up. And there we see that my Spot Light, there's my Spot Light. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to lock its position right there, I locked it. So now I'm going to move all the way down here to the end of my animation. And I'm going to take that light, and I'm going to move it across.

You can see that the shadow is moving, and bring it all the way over to here, and it created a whole new keyframe at the end. So when I rewind this whole thing, let's bring it over to the beginning, and I hit play, you'll see that my light is moving right across, and it's creating the shadows that it should, and it just looks like somebody is walking by, and there you can see the shadow from the pole, and everything is working in 3D, giving me the effect that I want. One more time we'll look at it, and we just see that little light going across.

And there you see our castle wall has come to life.

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