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Video: Rags to riches: Giving the fabric type dimension

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  1. 1h 24m
    1. Rags to riches: Giving the fabric type dimension NEW
      9m 14s
  2. 32m 53s
    1. Creating a sewn-on letter effect
      11m 33s
    2. Type effects in Photoshop: Chrome
      10m 57s
    3. Rags to riches: Fabric type
      10m 23s
  3. 43m 48s
    1. Blue Truck: Headlight
      7m 41s
    2. Blue Truck: Creating a screw
      11m 33s
    3. Blue Truck: Grill
      12m 28s
    4. Blue Truck: Rust spot
      12m 6s
  4. 41m 36s
    1. Creating a panic button
      11m 21s
    2. Making a cartoon car even more cartoony
      6m 29s
    3. Creating a cartoon book
      16m 54s
    4. Creating a stylized postcard
      6m 52s
  5. 29m 14s
    1. Creating letter reflections on a neon sign
      7m 45s
    2. Type effects in Photoshop: Using gradient and stroke layer styles
      7m 35s
    3. Creating a 3D chocolate candy in Photoshop
      7m 4s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Mossy 3D type
      6m 50s
  6. 43m 46s
    1. Colorizing black-and-white sketches
      11m 18s
    2. Making bubbles: Using the Brush tool
      7m 23s
    3. Making bubbles: Adding highlights
      5m 51s
    4. Creating a Photoshop 25th anniversary sign
      9m 59s
    5. Type effects in Photoshop: Honey
      9m 15s
  7. 37m 52s
    1. Easter basket: Adding a bow and the eggs
      10m 26s
    2. Placing lettering on plastic
      10m 5s
    3. Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator
      6m 4s
    4. Creating an Art Deco bistro sign
      11m 17s
  8. 34m 37s
    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
    4. Easter basket: Creating the basket
      9m 33s
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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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Pixel Playground
Video Duration: 0s18h 45m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Oct 02, 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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Bert Monroy

Rags to riches: Giving the fabric type dimension

- Last week, we created these nice little fabric kind of a rag up here. What we're going to do this week is start to give that a little more dimension, a little more feeling like they are in fact little rags. So the first thing we're going to do is we're going to go in there and manipulate the mask. So I'm going to go in there and make sure I'm in the mask, so I've selected the mask, and I'm going to come over here and apply a filter to the mask itself, which we'll find in filter gallery. And the one I'm looking for is not in texture, not in distort, it's in brush strokes, right there.

Spatter, and I'm going to click on that. You see what it's doing to the mask itself. It's giving me this really rough edge over here. So what I'm going to do is I'm gonna bring down the amount of those little edges and kind of make them a little bit smoother just a little bit, there just like that, so it starts to rag up those edges, and we'll click OK, and there you can see now the edges are all nice and raggy, just like that. So now I'm going to go in there and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this, here's our little word rags, I'm going to go in there and I'm going to eliminate the mask.

Throw it away, and we're going to say yes, apply it. So there, the mask has been applied, so now we see that we have our text in place. So I'm going to go in there and start to colorize it. I'm going to take my lasso tool, and I'm going to go in here and just go right around each individual letter and start to give it some color. So there's the R, so we'll say what color would we like? Well we can go with what we had before, let's see. It was green, right? So, let's go back into here, and we'll say we can colorize that, so we'll go up here under the image, adjustments, and say hue saturation, and we say colorize it, and bring it right into the greens.

About like that, and not that much saturation, that's pretty good the way it is. Click OK, and we see what we have, blue, red, brown, alright we can make our own here, so it's okay, so I'm going to go in here and just go right through here, and I'm holding down my option key to make it a straight polygonal type of lasso, there we go. And this guy we go into a hue saturation, this time I just press the keyboard command, which is command U to bring me into hue saturation, and again I say colorize, and it's in the reds right off the bat, so let's make it a little brighter, about like that that's good, and then we're going to take the G, right there, take the G.

And we'll make that a nice blue. And U, and we say colorize and bring it into the blues, about like that, click OK. And finally the S. We could leave it gray, but no that's too boring, so let's go in here and just say command U, and say colorize, and bring that into kind of like the beiges over here like so. And make it a little darker, about like that, click OK. That's getting there.

So now what I'm going to do next is to actually give these guys a little more dimension. So what I'm going to do is create a layer on top of them, new layer okay, and we'll call it tones, and I'm going to fill it with a 50 percent gray, so hit shift delete. Bring up my file, my fill dialog box, and I say give me a gray, set it to normal, 50 percent gray, and I have a gray thing going on. There we can turn off riches for now.

Alright, so now I'm going to bring down the opacity just a little bit, so I can kind of see the rags underneath it, there it is, so then I'm going to switch the black and white again, and with black, I'm going to get a really soft brush, there it is, nice and soft right, and I'm going to go in here to my brush engine, and make sure that I have a little space yep, good spacing in-between. And I'm going to go over here and make the brush a little bigger, and throw a little black right through there, a little black right through here like that. A little V shape, a little bit right through here, and maybe a little bigger, or maybe a little smaller, we'll just throw a little one right there and here.

And in the G, we'll throw one right through here, and one right through this whole batch right there like that, and there, and there. And with white, I'm going to go in here, and throw a little guy right through there, a little one here, right through there, and there, that'll come all the way down, and right through this area right through there like that. Bring back the opacity up to 100 percent, there it is. I want these guys to be a little softer, so I'm going to go in there and say, blur them.

Filter, Gaussian blur, let's really soften these guys up. There we go, now what I'm going to do next, and let's bring this up there, and I'm going to go into my levels and just kind of make those lights a little lighter. In there like that, okay. So, what's going to happen now, is that this is going to serve as a map for distortion. Now it has to be a separate file, so I'm going to do a command data select all, I'm going to say copy.

Copy, and I'm going to say new, which will know the contents of the clipboard, click OK and say paste. And there it is, so I'm going to save this. I'm going to save as, and we're going to call it Map. And I'm going to put it right on my desktop, so I can easily find it later. There it is, so now I come back over to my rags to riches over here, and we can turn that layer off, and select the pattern fill which we're going to call Fabric we'll call it Fabric, so we know what it is.

Alright, so there, there's the rags. I'm going to go in here, under the filters, I'm going to say distort, displace. Now I've used this a few times in the past, and created some really cool effects. I'm going to go in there and exaggerate it a little more. Let's make it even 15 and 15, and click OK. Now it's asking me for a map, and there's the map we just created. So I say, open it, and look, see what it did to the type? Now that's a little too much isn't it? It's a little bit too much, so let's undo that.

And let's apply it again, that's the beauty of the computer is that you can do things like undo. So I'm going to go in there and bring it back to its default of 10 and 10, click OK. It chooses the map right there, say open, and now we've got just a little bit of a distortion going on, now some stuff came in from the outside, so we can go in there and erase those. We don't want that stuff. Alright, there we go. In fact, once we've got this going, what I'm going to do is do a select all, command A, and come up here and say image, crop.

So there, all that stuff on the outside is now gone. Deselect, alright so now that we have that in place, there it is, so I'm going to go in there and double-click on it to give it a little drop shadow. Drop shadow, and we're going to take that, and give it a little more distance okay. And bring down the opacity, so it's kind of like see-through okay there we go, a little more distance, click OK. There's the word rags, in fact let's just do one more thing.

Is take that drop shadow, and change its direction so it's more like this, there we go. Click OK, so now we have our shadow. What we can do is add a little layer right on top of the fabric, just like this, and we're going to clip it. And we're going to call it highlights and shadows, so we'll just say H and S. Highlights and shadows. So I'm going to take my light right here, and I'm going to throw a little tone right through here.

Just like right here it's right on top here, right through there like that, and maybe a little one here. And I'm going to bring down the opacity to about 50 percent, and add another one right about here. And right in here, and here we'll bring it up to about 70 percent, and we'll add a little highlight through here, and there, right in there like that. Okay, we're going to bring down the opacity for that. You only see a little tiny bit of it, and then with black, I'll just throw a little, and I'll bring down the opacity considerably down to about a 30, and I'm going to throw a little darkening right in here, and I'm applying a few strokes so that way it starts to look a little more realistic in there, and I have more control over how much I'm applying at once, and I'm applying it to the areas that I see that are kind of in the darkness in there.

Right in there, there through here, and right in here, this big area here we just kind of fill that in, and there you see we have the word rags. So now what's going to happen next week, and the final week for this, is we're going to take the word riches, and turn it into that bright gold that we see here.

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