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Red truck: Creating a headlight

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Video: Red truck: Creating a headlight

For the next couple of weeks we're going to look at So in a separate layer, I'm going to go ahead and fill this with any particular Okay.

Red truck: Creating a headlight

For the next couple of weeks we're going to look at some of the techniques that went into creating this particular piece. I called it Red Truck. Now, it's been quite a few years since I did this and there's a lot of stuff that I discovered along the way. Some things are done differently now, yet, some of the old ways still kind of work. So, what I want to do this week is concentrate on this head lamp here. Now, if you get in close you see you've got all these little shapes with these little rounded corners. See, all of these little rounded corner shapes, many, many of them all over, throughout the entire piece.

All these different shapes with these little rounded corners. Now, there's many of them. Do you think I spent a lot of time doing all that stuff? No. No. It's, that's the beauty of the computer is it makes things a lot easier. So, what I'm going to do is, let's go in here and create that effect. Start a whole new file right here. And, I'm going to go to 100% and I'm going to create a little circle. I'm going to do a little selection of a circle right here. This is going to be the headlight. Okay? So in a separate layer, I'm going to go ahead and fill this with any particular color I want, let's just say I want it to be, oh, let's pick some colors.

So we'll get this kind of a, a light blueish tone like that, and we'll go to a, a deeper blue, say, like that. Way down like that. And we'll get our radial gradient and just kind of fill it in, right there, like that. See, so that's going to be the kind of color that I'm going to deal with, just for the background. Here's what's going to happen now, I'm going to start to create all those little grills. So, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to take my Pen tool. And I'm just going to create a whole bunch of little paths here. So I'm just going to duplicate this and I'm going to do them kind of fast so that you don't have to spend a lot of time just watching me do all these little things.

So here, we'll just do this kind of thing, like that. Okay, that's, that's good enough. Just to give you an idea of what's going to happen and we'll do a cou-, couple going this way. And we'll curve that up a little bit like that and then we'll do it down here, and another one, and another one, and one more, okay? So that's going to be our basic structure. Now these are where those little rounded corners are going to be. So, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to take my Paint Brush, and I'm going to make sure it's hard, completely hard on the outside. And I'm going to go into my Brush Engine and I'm going to bring the spacing down.

You see how you got little bumps? because there's a little spacing. I'm just going to bring that down to 1% so it's a solid line. Just like that. And, I'll reduce the size. Have a nice little size like this. That's good. Right? That's what it's going to look like. So, let's go in here and use white. So, I'll go right in here and, and let's bring this Opacity way up. There we go. And that's what it's going to do right there like that, see. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take those paths. And then a new layer, just like this. I'm going to take that path. And let me get my Path tool here, there it is.

There's the Work Path and let's go ahead and Save it. Okay. And, I'm in the Brush, as you can see there. So, when I take the path and stroke it, it's going to do, that. See, now let's look at that. Those are not rounded corners, nope, they're not rounded. I want every one of these things to be a nice rounded corner. So, this is not the place to do it. So, I'm going to dump that layer. What I'm going to do, is going to go in here and let's click this selection right there. And I'm going to go into my Alpha Channels here. And, I'm going to say, Create a New Channel.

Right there. This is where I'm going to do the little things. I'm going to take the Paths, there's my path again. There we are, and with that brush again, and with white, I'm going to go ahead and stroke it. There they are. Turn Off the Path. And they look just as it did before, nice hard edged corners. So now to create that roundness, let's get a little closer so we see what's really going to happen here. I'm going to go in and Blur this. I'm going to give it a Gaussian Blur. And I'm going to Blur it to the point where I have the nice rounded corners that I want. Right there, that's the kind of roundness that I want, right in there like that.

Click OK, and you're saying, well that looks all blurry now. That doesn't look good. But that's the beauty of it. I'm now going to go into my levels, Adjustment > Levels. And here, if I bring in the black, I'm going to sharpen them. But you notice how they're getting real thin? So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to bring in my whites. The more I bring them in, the fatter the lines become. But I'm going to bring into a space right about there. That's about the thickness that I want them. I'm going to bring the blacks to meet it. And bring it in a little bit. Bring them in, bring it closer, click OK.

And there you see we have all those nice little rounded corners to all those little shapes. So now what happens, is I can go back to my Layers here. And let's see this layer, and I'm going to create a layer on top of it. And with my Channel, I'm going to load that Channel. There it is, loaded on top of this. And that, I will go in there and let's just give that a particular color. We'll go in there with a light gray like that, going into a deeper gray, say like that. And right inside there, in a new layer, I'll throw another Gradient, just like that.

And there you can see that we now start to have all those nice little tones. Through which I could start doing all kinds of stuff. Now what I actually did inside of here. You see all these little swirls, and things going on in there. Is that I painted inside of each one of those. Now it's not as hard as it might sound. So let's just say that I put a layer right behind that one. And this is going to be our color. So I'll throw some colors in there. In fact, let's just do a little selection here. We, we'll make a little selection like this. I'm going to go in here and just select a nice little shape, like this.

Right in there, and I'm going to fill that with a little Gradient of say a rainbow. Say something like this, alright, so we're just going to throw that right in there like that. And let's go to a linear Gradient, there we go, that's a little better, see. Let's go straight up and down. So there, there we have these nice little tones. Now, the way I've got them to get that nice little curvature to them is I simply took my Smudge tool. Right here, the Smudge tool, and I'll make a nice size. I'd say that's a good size for these little holes.

And I'll just kind of drag it down like that. And I'll get it bigger, and just drag it down like that, and then even bigger. And drag this down. Maybe not as hard, but each time I just do it a little softer. And if you don't want it that hard, we can always reduce the strength for the, the pull. And then just start going in there, and start adding all these little tones in there, so it started adding all the irregularities that you see inside here. All these little tones. Of course I took a little more time and care in doing it, but you get the general idea of how those particular tones were done.

The little highlights that we see on top of it, well that's real simple. I simply took another layer on top of that, and using white, and a nice little brush, I just went in there and started adding little tiny highlights. In little areas, which I can just go in there and, let's just say we do that little piece. And I can take my Smudge tool, and just kind of pull it out. Just to soften it up like that, and create all these nice little highlights. So there you see the basics of how such an intricate pattern here, of these rounded little rectangles was created by simply using the effects in an alpha channel right there and Blurring it and then resharpening it using levels to give myself my straight lines with the rounded curls.

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  1. 9m 9s
    1. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
  2. 9h 21m
    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
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    13. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    15. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
    18. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    24. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    36. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    57. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
    58. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    59. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    60. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    61. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    62. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
    63. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    64. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s

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