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By Kristin Ellison |

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 2)

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain in Photoshop

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.

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