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Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels


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Video: Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels

What we're going to do this week is going to kind of create the beginnings of a presentation. Now what it is, is going to be a curtain rising like in a theater to present our presentation. Whatever it is, whatever you're trying to show, be it a movie or whatever, it's going to be a rising curtain in a theater. So, it's going to take us a few episodes to create this overall effect. What we're going to do today is to create the basics of the curtain itself which are going to be a little braid along the bottom, and a tassel that hangs down beyond that little braid.
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Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels

What we're going to do this week is going to kind of create the beginnings of a presentation. Now what it is, is going to be a curtain rising like in a theater to present our presentation. Whatever it is, whatever you're trying to show, be it a movie or whatever, it's going to be a rising curtain in a theater. So, it's going to take us a few episodes to create this overall effect. What we're going to do today is to create the basics of the curtain itself which are going to be a little braid along the bottom, and a tassel that hangs down beyond that little braid.

So, let's start by creating a new file. And I've got it set up for 900 by 772. Here we go, there it is. And I'm going to hit the F key. That's going to bring it into full screen mode. I'm going to double-click on the hand, to bring us to full view. So, now, I'm going to go in here and turn on my grid. Show > Grid. Now, I've set this grid up in a certain way. I went in to my Preferences and I went to Guides, Grids and Slices and I set the grid line at every half an inch with four subdivisions.

The default is every one inch with four subdivisions. I set every half inch and the reason for that is that I wanted to have this little braid to be somewhat small. Now, it's going to have to be smaller when we finish here, but I don't want it to be too small so I can at least see what I'm doing. I'm going to zoom in on this right here, and we're going to start to create our little braid. Create a layer. Everything gets done in a layer. And I'm going to take my Pen tool. I'm going to click, right here, at this corner right there. And then I'm going to go to the next grid line and click.

Now, right here, I'm going to hold down my Opt key, Alt on a PC, so I can pull out a handle, I'm going to pull that handle, straight out, and it's snapping to the grid, I'm going to bring it straight out to the next grid line. Now, I'm going to go over two boxes. A whole inch, and down here, down a half an inch, I'm going to click. And drag. I'm going to pull that out til it snaps to the grid line again. Now, I'm going to go over two boxes from there. Come up here. Click and drag it til it snaps right there.

And then finish it off out here. Let's, Opt+Click here to make that a corner point and click there. There we go. So, now that we have that, I can go in there and take this line and I'm going to copy it straight down so that it snaps half an inch below. Then, taking my Pen tool, I'm going to click at the end point and click on that end point just to close it. Click here and click there, we now have one complete path. Which I am now going to take this path, and holding down the Opt key, I'll make a copy of it.

And then I'm going to go in there and flip that vertically. There it is. So, there it is in place. I'm going to just bring it down so that it snaps right into that area, right on top. One is right on top of the other. So now, in that first layer, I'm going to take this guy and I'm going to pick a color that I want this spray to be which is kind of like a golden color. I am going to go into my goldenrod type colors here and I'm going to pick a nice color like that one right there. I'm going to go ahead and fill that path in that layer with that color. I am now going to select the second path.

Create a second layer and fill the path with that. There we are. We now have the basics for our braid. So, let's go in here and turn off the grid. We no longer need the grid. There it is. There we see it. Now it doesn't look like much right now, so we're going to go in there and start giving it some dimension. So, in my layers, I'm going to go in and double-click on that top one there. And, I'm going to say Bevel and Emboss. going to increase the depth to give me some nice strong tones, and increase the size of it, about like that.

And soften it up. Want it to be nice and soft. There. Now, that white. That white's a little too strong, let's make the color coming, the light's coming almost from directly the top. Like that, there we go. Now, this color here is a little too white. So I'm going to go in there and make it more of a yellow, a nice bright yellow like that. Click OK. And now that I see that, let's make it a little less, there we go, that's a better size. And then that dark, that's too dark. Lets go in there and pick a nice kind of a brown, say about like this.

Maybe a little lighter, there you go. Click OK and there's a nice, little braid. That's looking good. Click OK. Holding down my Opt key, I'm going to click and drag that little effects over to the other layer so that it continues the effect. So, now what I want to do is I want to make it look like they are intertwined like a braid would be. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to give this one, the top one, a layer mask. Right there. And I'm going to turn the bottom one into a selection by Cmd+clicking on it. And then in the mask, using black, I'm going to take my Paintbrush and we'll make it a little bigger.

And I'm going to paint right in there like that. Now in doing that, you can see what it did to the layer style. Let's de-select it. See how it kind of broke it up in here? So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go back into the layer styles for that one layer and I'm going to say, Layer mask hides effect, when I click on that, there you can see how now it's continuing the effect right though there. Now, I want to add a little shadow in there. I want a shadow in here and I want to add a little shadow in here. Right where, right where the the overlap is. So what I'm going to do is I still got this layer selected as the one on the bottom there.

So what I'm going to do is give it a layer on top. And I'm going to get that dark color effect, we'll pick it up right from there. And I'm going to take my brush and we'll soften it up a little bit, make it a little softer, and then, right here, I'm going to kind of paint right in there a little tone like that. I'm going to take this guy and put it on top of this guy and clip it there. There's the one I wanted right there. So, now on the top one. We're going to put a little shadow there. Let's give it a layer and we'll throw a little shadow right into this area here.

And we clip that. And there we see that now we have the little shadows to make it look like these are in fact overlapping each other. Now this first one here, this one, I want to just kind of bring that over a little bit. I'm going to just clip it over. There we go. So it gets a little smaller. It was a little too tight before. So now we're ready to create our pattern. That's what this is going to be, it's going to be a pattern. So I need it to be transparent, so I'm going to turn off the background. And let's bring that grid back on. Show the bri, grid, once again, and right here what we're going to do now is I'm going to select.

Now I have this dead area here because I want this to continue the, do you see what's happening here to the layer style? I didn't want that to happen here, I want to have nice, smooth flow right here. because here is the actual pattern, right in this area here, right where I started the curve. because what happens here is this curve is coming from somewhere. Where is it coming from? Right here. It's coming from right here, so it's going to continue itself like so. So, when I make my selection, I'm going to go in here and select from this inner section right in here.

And I've given myself a lice, nice amount of room top and bottom, and that's because I want a lot of space between the braid and its others. because remember, it's going to be a pattern. So I want to have individual sets of braids. So now that I have that set up, I'm going to go in there and say, Define Pattern. And we'll call it a braid. There we go. That's done. We can pull back a little bit, and let's turn on our background again, and we'll turn off the grid. So what's going to happen now is I'm going to create a brush, and create a brush strip. I'm going to select my background here, create a layer on top of it, and I'm going to switch to black because black will be opaque, and get a little closer.

Let's get closer here so we can really see what I'm going to do next. And I'm going to get the brush and I'm going to make it hard again. Let's get down to about, let's go about 96, not totally hard. Alright. And I'm going to get a much smaller brush. There we go. And what I'm going to do is by I, I'm just going to draw a nice little line now. Notice that I'm shaking my hand a little bit so that it's not a perfectly straight line. About like that. And I'm going to do another one right next to it. Like that. Now I look at them and I think maybe we'll make them a little thicker.

Now that I've got two of them. So I'll just make the brush a little bit thicker. About like that. Okay. And then we start to do it again. So I draw a one. I'm going to make it a little longer here, and we'll draw another one. This one could be a little bit shorter. And, another. Now, the reason I'm doing quite a few of these is because I want a nice variety. I don't want to see any kind of a pattern being formed by the brush, because this is going to be a brush tip. So, I'm going to just draw another one. Going down. I figure five or six will do the trick so there'll be enough variety in there so they're going to start to look all kind of different.

There we go. I select those right there. It doesn't matter how far I select it. It's only going to look at the, the opaque pixels, which in this case are the black stripes, and I'll say Define Brush Preset and we'll call this tassels. And that's it. We are now ready to create our curtain. So, next week, when I come back, I'm going to start to apply this pattern and this brush to create the curtain. See you next week.

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