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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 11, 2014

Create Realistic Reflections and Shadows with Photoshop

Creating realistic reflections and shadows

This week Bert walks us through creating reflections and shadows cast by the neon tube lights in this store sign.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting an eye with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Paint an eye using a custom brush

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Howdy, Deke geeks! Are you staying warm? Because it’s minus 2 degrees in Boulder, Colorado, home base of Deke’s Techniques. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Deke from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. This week, he’ll show you how to use a custom Adobe Photoshop brush to paint an eye from scratch. This technique teaches you so much. Learn how to align two layers while keeping one layer stationary. Adjust roundness and angle of a brush. Paint with dynamic layer effects, lock the transparency of a layer, and select, scale, and rotate a custom brush—all in order to produce the final “eye-catching” effect: a beautiful flecked iris.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Painting images in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Hand-paint an image in Photoshop

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

This week’s technique is all about hand-painting a majestic image of a lion with Adobe Photoshop. Although Deke will use a high-end Wacom Cintiq tablet/monitor device to perform his wizardry, have no fear—you don’t need a tablet to follow along.

You’ll learn how to resample an image to make sure you’re working with the highest-resolution file possible, use the Brush tool to draw an outline of the image, paint in highlights, add colorful detail, and make an entirely new work of art from an existing photograph. Watch the free video below to learn about painting images in Photoshop.

By Colleen Wheeler | Thursday, April 14, 2011

New series: Photoshop techniques, tips, and Times Square from digital painter Bert Monroy

This month we’re thrilled to welcome back photorealistic painter Bert Monroy in a three-part series featuring the work he did in his latest impressive (not to mention massive) artwork, Times Square. In this new addition to our Online Training Library®, the Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square series generously shares the Photoshop tools and techniques he developed during this project, so that you can understand how he creates such realistic scenes from nothing but pixels and imagination. Here’s a quick glimpse at what Bert created and what he has in store for you:

A year ago, we featured Bert in an installment of our Creative Inspirations series, during which he showed how this enormous undertaking—featuring over 100 of his friends and industry colleagues walking in one of the world’s iconic intersections—came together over the course of four years.

In the first installment of the new series (released earlier this month), Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools, Bert explains how he used the tools inside Photoshop—from brushes, to textures, to layer styles, and more—to recreate his meticulous version of reality. This week, we released part two, Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Techniques, in which he shows you how he uses those tools in combination to create the hundreds of little projects that become parts of his larger work. Finally, at the end of the month, we’ll release The Making of Times Square, the People, in which Bert shares the special approach he needs for creating details—from hair to eyes to clothing—of the over 100 people who are milling about the New York landmark in his painting. Frankly, I think Bert’s inclusion of real friends and family in his work that shows he’s not just talented and generous, but fearless to boot. (And that’s coming from a friend who is honored to appear in the painting; you’ll find some other, more notable lynda.com folk included as well.)

This is a great opportunity to see how the creative impulse turns into a practical workflow from a master of his medium. And it just so happens that Bert is one of those generous spirits who not only enjoys watching his own ideas take shape, but is in his element when sharing what’s he’s done with others. Now you can take the tools, techniques, and fearless rendering of friends and family in Photoshop and see what they can inspire and create in your own work.

By Michael Ninness | Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bert Monroy reveals his latest digital masterpiece, Times Square

lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy with his latest work.

Today, lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy publicly revealed his latest (and massive!) digital painting entitled Times Square at the PhotoPlus Expo conference in New York.

Bert Monroy's Time Square

Bert Monroy's Time Square.

Bert has been working on this hyper-realistic illustration for four years, and says he’s not quite done with it yet. It is the largest image he’s ever created, and it definitely pushed the boundaries of the software and hardware he had available to use. Every element has been meticulously created from scratch using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The 5 foot by 25 foot image is filled with the likenesses of Bert’s family, friends and scores of luminaries from the imaging and creative industry—including our very own Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Deke McClelland, David Blatner, Chris Murphy, and Colleen Wheeler.

Standing next to John Loiacono of Adobe are our own Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman.

A 25-foot light box was constructed to display the piece that has been printed on a new material being introduced by Epson called DisplayTrans Backlight Media that Bert helped develop. If you are in New York, you can get up close and the incredible detail for yourself by visiting the Epson booth at PhotoPlus Expo being held at the Javits Convention Center through Saturday, October 30, 2010. Alternatively, you can pan and zoom in on an online version of the piece.

Some interesting facts:

• The image size is 60 inches by 300 inches. • The flattened file weighs in at 6.52 gigabytes. • The painting is composed of almost 3,000 individual Photoshop and Illustrator files. • Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 500,000 layers.

We are thrilled to also let you know that Bert will begin production on a Making of Time Square video course later this month, which is likely to be published early next year. Until then, you can find out more about the incredibly talented Bert by watching the Creative Inspirations documentary we published on him earlier this year.

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