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Theater curtain: Creating the curtain


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Theater curtain: Creating the curtain

Last week we created this little braid and the little tassels that are going to be at the bottom of our curtain. What we're going to do this week is we're going to create the curtain. I'm going to go in here and these guys we don't need it anymore, so I'm going to select the whole batch and throw them away. Okay, so now we created a new layer right here and we're going to call this the curtain. And what we're going to do is right here, I'm going to select this whole top portion, right here. This whole top section, right here, like that.

And, I'm going to fill it with a nice red. A nice red curtain for our stage. So I'm going to get a, kind of like a deep red like this. Say, maybe more. There, now that looks good. Click OK and then I'm going to go ahead and fill that with that foreground color. At 100% and click OK. There it is. We have the beginnings of our curtain. Let's deselect that and now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to create a layer right here with the pattern. Now, if I go in here and just go ahead and fill this with the pattern.

Let's go in here and say fill. And we used the pattern the we created last week. Pattern, and I choose the braid, which will appear right at the end. And click OK. And this is huge pattern. Let's undo that. What I'm going to do, is we don't need that layer. What I'm going to do is create a, right here, a pattern layer. Pattern layer. This allows me to then choose a size, right here. This is where you can scale your pattern. So I'm going to bring it down. Let's bring that to about, let's see what 20% is going to look like. That's a good size right there.

20%. And you can see the pattern that it's creating. So I'm going to click OK, and there we now have a layer that's filled with this pattern. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select this whole top portion here. And dump those. First go in here and take this layer and rasterize this layer. Okay. And we can throw away its mask, we don't need the mask. No mask. Delete it. Okay. So I've selected this whole area here and I'm just going to hit delete to delete that part of that layer. So now I'm going to grab the braids and drag 'em up.

So it's just touching the bottom, right there. Like that. Two of 'em. Two nice little braids, right through there like that. Okay? I'm going to give the braids, right there, a little drop shadow. Just a tine drop shadow, just so it kind of raises themfrom the surface there. And let's make the distance about three. And the size, the size can stay where it is and the opacity can stay where it is. Click OK. There we go. So now, let's get a little closer down here. Let's get a little closer to see what's going to happen next.

It's down here. I'm going to create the tassels that are falling down below. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to create a line. Just going to take my pen tool and just create a line right across here. From there to here. Straight across. There it is. And I'm going to take my brush, get my paintbrush, and I'm going to select that tip that I created. That one right there. There they are. I'm going to pick a color, right from here. I'm going to pick this, kind of of a middle golden color right there and now. You can see it's really big. So let's shrink them down a little.

About like that. That looks like a good size. A little smaller there. There we go. So in a new layer, let's rename this one. We'll call it the the braid. And behind it, I'm going to create a layer. Hold down my command key so that when I create a new layer, it creates it behind, and this is going to be the tassels, right there. So now, I got the path, right there that created, I'm in the brush. I'm in the color. I'm going to modify that brush to give me what I want. Cause right now it's going to do that.

So what I'm going to do. Is I go into by brush engine, I'm going to increase the spacing a bit. I'm going to increase the spacing so that each one is an individual shape. Now going to 100%. Is pretty close, but not quite cause a hundred percent is going to be each tip individually right there like that. But what I want is just a little more space. I'm going to save this try about a 102. That looks pretty close. Give it a 103. There we go. 103. Nice even shape. Now we have a straight line. We're dealing with straight lines so it's no sweat.

But if we had a curved line, we want to go in there and go into shape dynamics and say direction, let's take the size jitter down so there's no size jitter and no angle jitter. And now it's following an angle, so now if I was to do this, you see what would happen now. Okay, but we have a straight line so we don't really have to worry about that part. Now that we have the brush set up the way we want, we have it in the place that we want. Take that path. Make sure we're in the right layer. Yep, we're in the right layer. And I take that path and say, stroke it. And there, we have the little tassels.

Okay. So now, I can take that path and get rid of it. Now, the tassels are going to have to come down just a little bit. So we're just moving 'em down with the move tool, right there. There's our little tassels. And what's going to happen with these little tassels, is, we're going to give 'em a little dimension. First of all, they're picking up the shadow from the braid. So that's good, right there, we got it going. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into that layer of the little tassels and I'm going to give it a nice little tone around it. And what I want is a nice dark tone all the way around, bottom and the sides.

So what I'm going to do is give it an inner glow. Because an inner glow will give me that effect. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to pick a nice deep brown from right under there like that. Here's the nice brown, maybe make it a little darker about like that. And its set to screen which is why we're not seeing it. So when I set this to multiply, there we see it now we have this nice little dark tone around. I'm going to bring the size down to about maybe let's see what a three's going to do. And there now the three gives us a nice little dimension to our little tassels. I click OK and there we start to see that we're getting the effect of our little curtain.

There's our curtain. So what we have to do now is add some dimension to this curtain. going to take my background here, I'm going to invert the background. Let's invert the background cause that's what it's going to be. It's going to be black in back. When the curtain goes up it's going to be a dark stage, which is suddenly going to be illuminated. So now, I want to add a little dimension to this curtain. So in a layer on top of it, in fact I'm going to go in here and kind of turn off my background and blend these into one layer. So I'm going to go in there and say merge visible. Now in case I wanted them to stay as individual layer for later use, I would option, merge visible, but in this case no, we just want a curtain, so I'm going to say merge visible which gives us the curtain.

There we go, there's our curtain. So now on a layer on top of it, what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill that layer with white, just like this, and let's pull back a little bit. What I want to do here is, with black, I want to start to create some really soft tones. And what's going to happen there is that these are going to be the folds in our curtain. I'm going to get a soft edge brush like this one. And we'll just draw one right through there like that. Notice it's not perfectly straight. No problem. Make the brush a little bigger and we'll draw another one right through here like that.

And we'll draw one right there. We'll make the brush a little narrower and we'll just draw one that goes down like this and then goes up like that. It's thicker towards the bottom. And we'll do a nice thin one through here, and we'll do a, another one that is going to kind of open at the bottom like that, with a little white showing. And then one final one right through here, it's just going to get a little thinner as it get's further down, so we'll just kind of thin it down. Right there like that. That's going to be the folds in our curtain.

Now by themselves right now, they're not going to do anything. But watch what happens when I'm going to, to do it. I'm going to select all and I'm going to copy it. And I create a new file, which is going to. Keep in mind the contents of the, of the clipboard. And then we'll click okay. And I'm going to paste. Now I'm going to save this. I'm going to save this as a map. I'm going to put it right on my desktop, save. Okay, now we can close it. I don't need to see this, it's okay. Now back here again, let's turn this guy off.

Let's deselect. And let's come up so we can see what's going to happen now. I select the. Layer of the curtain, and I come up here and I choose the filter called Distort, Displace. Now the default is ten and ten, that's a little strong. So I'm going to bring it down to about a, let's bring that to about six and six. I'm not going to concern myself with this stuff here because my map is, doesn't have to stretch to fit, it is the size of the overall canvas. So I'm going to click OK. It's now asking me for the displacement map and there's the map we just created.

so, I click Open. There you see that our little curtain has now been stretched. And it's still a little strong. You see that? Beautifully, you can undo it. So, what we're going to do is Option Command F which brings up the original controls and let's bring this down to about a four and four. Click OK. S is for the map. Do it and there, that's a little better. Now it's not so strong. So now we got all these nice little folds in our curtain. But we don't really see them so what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn this layer back on. I'm going to clip it with the actual curtain.

So we see those tones only inside there. And I'm going to bring this into a multiply mode. Take the layer. Layer one and we'll call this the folds. So we see what they are, folds. And I'm going to go in there and say multiply. And there we can see that we're getting all these dark tones. I'm going to bring the opacity a little bit. Bring down the opacity so it's just all these tones in there. And now, we might want to go in there and create another layer on top of that. And on this layer what I'm going to do is take some whites and i'm going to just kind of draw a little tone right in here like this.

And maybe a nice little one. Let's get the brush a little smaller and we'll draw a little one right in there. And maybe make it a little smaller. And we'll throw one right in here. And maybe we'll throw one right in there. Now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to really make these guys get a good feeling by just going in here. And with my smudge tool, I'm just going to kind of pull those down like that. Bring this in, like that. And we're just kind of, kind of make this blend into each other. Right there like that. Here we go we'll bring this up, push this down so it starts to kind of fade into to the, the rest of the curtain.

Push it up a little bit and bring this one down. Just bring it in and you can see how I'm moving the cursor so it's just kind of falling into place. And one last one right in here, little one right in there, which we can now Smudge it up in this, this space and kind of move it down just like so. There we go. Now we're going to do with this particular layer is we're going to put it into screen mode and bring down its opacity. So it's just these little highlights on our curtain right there.

So, what we have now is a little curtain that's falling. Nice little flow. Nice little folds and so on. Let's turn our background back on. Now we can see where our curtain is going. Now what we're going to do next week for the finale, is we're going to raise this curtain. We're going to put a spotlight on it and raise it to expose our presentation below.

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