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By Kristin Ellison |

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 1)

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain

This week Bert shows us how to create a pattern brush that will be used to make a gold tassel for a theater curtain.

He begins by using the Pen tool to draw a bent line, which he then duplicates and shifts up to make a strand within the braid. Next, he duplicates that form, flips it vertically, and lays it over the first strand to create the braid. To give the stands dimension, he adds a bevel and emboss.

The next step is to get the top strand to wrap over the lower strand on the right side, creating the twist, so he masks out just that section and adds some additional shadows. The center portion of the design will become the pattern so Bert selects just that area and chooses “define pattern” to create the brush he’ll use to make the tassel in next week’s video.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back next week for another installment of Pixel Playground, in which Bert will take us through the second stage of creating a rising curtain in a theater.

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