Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying a layer mask to create a reflection, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Layer masks become very useful for certain special effects, like for instance…right here I am going to zoom in on this LG sign here that's reflected on this…side of the building.…So I am going to go in here real close, and as we see the reflection and as we…study real reflections, you would notice that the lighter the tones of…reflection the more visible they will be in the glass that's reflecting them,…and the darker areas will be a little more transparent.…They won't be as strong in the reflections so that you can see through them a little better.…And again, we also have these other areas that need to cover this.…
Now I could have spent a lot of time and just created each panel individually,…but that takes too much time.…It's much easier to do it by using things like layer masks.…Let's look at how this was created.…I've got here a file in which I've added a couple layers.…This background layer is just a pattern,…the inside of the building you might say.…Here are the window frames.…These are the frames in front of our building and so on.…
In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.
- Making a chain brush
- Understanding the layers in lights
- Using the 3D tools in Photoshop
- Using layer styles
- Creating wood and fabric textures
- Applying a layer mask
- Linking layer masks with layer styles
- Understanding channels