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By James Fritz |

Create a Manhole Cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

This week Bert shows us how to create the realistic manhole cover in his digital painting Oyster Bar—all from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Bert starts his project in Illustrator by showing how he created the repeating pattern on the top of the manhole. Next, he copies the repeating pattern over as paths into Photoshop, and begins to apply some colors to it. With half of the pattern selected, he then adds in some layer effects and tastefully masks away a portion of them to create a heightened sense of realism. And to wrap up this week’s tutorial, Bert gives us a guided tour of the Layers panel from his finished piece to show how he organized the file for an efficient workflow.

Watch this week’s episode—free for the next seven days—and be sure to check back next week for more techniques from Bert’s Pixel Playground.

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