By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 30, 2014
Last week, Bert showed us how to create a braid pattern and tassel brush that he uses this week on his rising theater curtain illustration. To build the curtain, he selects all but the bottom portion of the screen and fills it with red. Next, he adds the gold braids to the bottom of the curtain by adding a pattern layer and filling it with the braid pattern.
Since he only wants two braids, he selects the top portion of the pattern fill, rasterizes it, and deletes it, leaving the bottom two braids. He then drags them to the proper position on the bottom of the curtain. To create the tassel fringe, he uses the tassel brush and applies an inner glow to give it dimension.
Speaking of dimension, the next step is to bring the curtain to life by adding folds. Bert creates a new layer and uses a soft-tipped brush to draw a number of irregular vertical lines; he then saves that off as a map.
Returning to the curtain, he selects the Distort > Displace filter and applies the map, which creates the folds. It still lacks shadows and highlights, so he turns on the folds layer and makes a few adjustments. The final step is to paint in highlights and use the smudge tool to soften them.
Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back next week for his last installment of Creating a Rising Theater Curtain where he’ll take us through adding a spotlight and animating the curtain.
Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
Share this article:
Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Bert Monroy, Curtain, Kristin Ellison, Layer Effects, Photoshop, Pixel Playground
You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info
Thanks for signing up.
We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.
Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:
Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.
We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go Review and accept our updated terms of service.