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What is "Times Square?"

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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

with Bert Monroy

Video: What is "Times Square?"

What is "Times Square?" provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Bert Monroy as part of the Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools
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  1. 6m 34s
    1. Welcome to the tools used to create "Times Square"
    2. What is "Times Square?"
      5m 37s
  2. 1h 32m
    1. Using a Cintiq to control the brushes in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    2. Making the chain brush
      8m 49s
    3. Making the single loop chain
      6m 55s
    4. Creating a brush to make furry text
      8m 13s
    5. Creating the look of stitching on cloth
      5m 46s
    6. Creating a rough brushstroke look for the Tarzan sign
      3m 3s
    7. Creating a crochet look brush
      5m 32s
    8. Creating dirt and grime
      6m 16s
    9. Using brushes to create trees in Central Park
      6m 41s
    10. Using a brush to create the look of embroidery
      3m 3s
    11. Creating the stars on the wall of the Toys"R"Us image
      6m 24s
    12. Creating a fabric design
      3m 43s
    13. Creating the look of brick
      4m 27s
    14. Weathering bricks
      8m 23s
    15. Creating light bulbs
      6m 14s
    16. Creating the effect of a fading brushstroke
      5m 36s
  3. 15m 42s
    1. Creating a paper towel
      8m 5s
    2. Creating denim
      3m 25s
    3. Creating asphalt
      4m 12s
  4. 21m 3s
    1. Layer groups
      7m 59s
    2. Making the lights in the Toys"R"Us image
      3m 12s
    3. Understanding the layers in lights
      5m 20s
    4. Creating blinds with a 3D postcard applied to layers
      4m 32s
  5. 32m 55s
    1. Creating a bottle
      8m 50s
    2. Creating an iPhone case
      3m 35s
    3. Creating the iPhone icons
      3m 34s
    4. Creating a ladder
      6m 8s
    5. Creating the effect used on the Bubba Gump sign
      5m 7s
    6. Creating realistic glasses
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 56m
    1. Creating a fabric texture
      9m 46s
    2. Creating Julianne's pants
      9m 28s
    3. Creating a checkerboard pattern on a bottle cap
      6m 16s
    4. Creating a wood texture
      8m 26s
    5. Creating concrete and marble
      3m 14s
    6. Creating a brick pattern
      7m 12s
    7. Creating ribbed metal
      5m 40s
    8. Creating ribbing on T-shirts
      11m 18s
    9. Creating a lime
      8m 29s
    10. Creating leather
      2m 33s
    11. Creating rough animal skin
      4m 0s
    12. Creating a grill on a car
      6m 4s
    13. Creating a car light
      6m 2s
    14. Creating the windshield
      10m 39s
    15. Creating a metal screen
      4m 14s
    16. Creating a quilted metal effect
      3m 18s
    17. Creating wafer quilting
      4m 41s
    18. Creating a pattern on the wall
      5m 16s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Making the clipping group used on the manga billboard
      6m 57s
  8. 10m 36s
    1. Applying a layer mask to create a reflection
      3m 53s
    2. Linking masks
      1m 35s
    3. Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace
      5m 8s
  9. 52m 35s
    1. Explaining channels
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a license plate with channels
      6m 47s
    3. Creating shadows on the cables
      5m 50s
    4. Explaining channel calculations
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding calculations in channels
      4m 32s
    6. Creating a manhole cover with channels
      15m 31s
    7. Creating wiring on lights with channels and calculations
      12m 9s
  10. 29s
    1. Parting words

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What is "Times Square?"
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What is "Times Square?" provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Bert Monroy as part of the Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools

Illustrator Photoshop

What is "Times Square?"

Times Square, the culmination of four years of my life to create this image that measures 5 feet high by 25 feet wide; a total of over 5000 images with a cumulative total of over 500,000 layers utilizing every feature of Photoshop. In fact, four different versions of Photoshop. It went through the alpha and beta stages of two of the different versions. During the process I learned a lot of techniques.

Now people ask me, "Why don't you just take a photograph?" "Why you spend all that time to create this thing?" Well, for one thing, I am not a photographer. And secondly, it's not the image itself that's important to me. It's not the destination; it's the journey. It's the challenge of creating this piece. Of how to make that glass look like glass; how to make that metal look like metal, how to make that asphalt look like asphalt. That's the challenge. Having a picture of it, okay, so it's done. But how do I create that? That's what motivates me to create my pieces.

In that process I learned all these techniques which I pass on to you. Now it's that challenge that's so important to me. That's what you see in all of my different paintings. It's the challenge that I was faced with at a time. Another reason why not take a photograph? Well, for one thing any photograph you've ever seen of Times Square, the buildings way off in the background are basically silhouettes with little pins of light for their windows. Even with HDR you wouldn't be able to get the kind of detail that I've gotten in this image, because this is more like being there.

Whatever your eye looks, it's going to come into focus. So whether you're looking into this person right here crossing the street or this guy standing right here in front of you, or you look into that window there, you could see the paintings that are hanging on the wall. Even more so, you go all the way down to the end of Seventh Avenue you can actually see the leaves on the trees in Central Park way back there. It's all in focus. Every single element in here was created from scratch, using only the tools in Photoshop. All the people here are all friends and family.

My son, my daughter, my wife, myself, they're all friends and family throughout this whole thing, where I've captured everybody's soul as best I could, by having them pose in certain situations and putting them in certain situations that tells a story. The story might be personal to me but it tells a story and it gives life to the scene, rather than just people standing there or people who are faceless and meaningless. No, all these people mean something. All the steps that I went though in this, all that learning process, it's important for me.

It's important for you because I then pass on all these skills. All this knowledge that I've gotten from this, I pass it on to you, in the hopes that you will be inspired to then go out there and take these tools and take what's ever in your imagination and create a fantastic piece that other people will enjoy looking at. There's one thing something that happens to me as a teacher, is that I do send out all these skills to people and I get all these emails of people saying, "Look what I did with what I learned from you." And that's a very tremendous reward for me. They know that I spent a lot of time trying to figure something out and then somebody else was able to take that and take a lot of time to create something on their own, and take it a step further, which is even more important.

Throughout this whole series I am going to say to you, look at what I've done, all right. What's important is not what I did but how I did it, because it's those techniques that are important. It's not the end result, my end result, but how I got to that end result. Because a slight change here and there, a slight change in color or mode, will give you a totally different effect. This is where you come in. To take that inspiration that I've given you and then challenge yourself to come up with some incredible image, whether you're the only one who is going to see it or the world is going to see it.

But I am hoping that it's going to inspire you to take that initiative to go in there, explore the program, go in the there and find all those little details because Photoshop has so many tools, so many filters, so many things that are available to you. And why are they there? They're not there just to fill up space, though most people only use a small fraction of what Photoshop has to offer. But there is a lot there. So now I am hoping to inspire you with, with these piece, is that you're going to go in there and look at all those tools. Push that button and see what it does. You face with the dialog box, enter 5, 10, -50, whatever, and see what it does.

You would be surprised with some of those happy accidents that are come through from that. And it allows you to get creative. So this was a labor of love for me. This isn't work. To me, this was a labor of love. I spent 14 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for four years. Of course, not all the time, I did have to make a living. Once in a while I had to go places. But still it was a tremendous amount of time, which I enjoyed because this wasn't work. This was playing. And you should look at your work the same way.

Look at it as play. If you look at this as play, then you'll wake up in the morning, you can't wait to get to work, because it's something you enjoy doing. And Photoshop gives you this tremendous palette of tools that allow you to take anything you can imagine and bring it to life. So let's get into this program. Let's see what it can do. Let's see what it can offer you so that you can take your imagination and go way beyond anything you ever imagined.

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