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Take a virtual journey to the bustling streets of New York in Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square. Digital painter Bert Monroy reveals how he created the minute details that build the impressive 108,000 x 21,600 pixels, 25-feet wide photorealistic portrait of this iconic intersection.
In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.
Another brush similar to the one that we did for the chain was going to be employed here but with some slight modifications to it, and that is right here way up on this billboard. We see some embroidery. Right here on this little cloth placed over a dress or somewhere. It is little embroidery here is what we going to cover now. And basically this is being done with a specialized brush. I'm going to go in here and create that brush. Very similar to what we did for the chain, except this time it's going to be a little bit rougher. I'm going to go in there and use a very simple brush, hard-edged brush, nice and small, good size like that, and even smaller.
Here we go and make sure that there are no settings for it. Actually we could even add a little bit of a setting too, just a tiny bit, just to roughen up the edge, just a little. I'm going to just give it a slight Size Jitter, so it's not such a solid line. I'm going to go there and create this little shape, like so. And there it is. It is that simple. We can even maybe just make it even less pronounced, more like that. That's even better. Okay, so it starts to look like a single stitch. Now the fact that it's so irregular there could hurt us in a way but it would be okay.
We just kind of clean it up a little bit. Just make it a little bit even, and so on. Let's get rid of that last one. That's not good. There we go. So that's good, right there. I'm going to select that and turn that into a brush preset and we will call this Embroidery. All right, so now, we can throw it away and we're going to get a nice little pattern here that we're going to create for that embroidery to follow. So it's going to take this little shape that goes like so and then it's going to loop around like that, and then it would be another one inside here, which will look like that, and then maybe another one that comes in this way. So we are just going to create bunch of shapes inside here and then another one.
It's going to come round and engulf this whole thing this way like that, just some design. Now I'm going to set up a layer right there and I am going to get that brush and pick that brush we just created, which appears at the end here. Now right now it's doing that. So we're going to go in there and in the Brush panel we're going to give a little more spacing, so there. We have a little separations seen in the individual stitches. We are going to go in to Shape Dynamics, where we're not going to set up a Size Jitter. A very slight one. Let's just bring this back down.
And we're going to do a very slight Size Jitter, just a little bit, so that they are slightly different, and then the Angle, I'm going to choose give that a little bit of touch, 2%, just so that they start to angle off and I'm going to set this to Direction, so they are going to follow all my little stitching angles that I've set up there. And now that we have that, I'm going to go in there and reduce the size of my brush a little bit to the size that I want and I can take those paths and now go ahead and stroke them and we see that we have this embroidery. And anything I do on top of this is going to follow that same kind of a feel.
So we could see that we are getting some pretty cool little stitching that looks like that.
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