Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying layer masks and layer styles to create a chain link in a necklace, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Now layer masks can create a lot of effects, but sometimes they could be a little…bit of a conflict, especially in the case of layer styles. But of course…Photoshop has a solution for it.…I'll show you such a situation like right here, something as simple as the little…chain-link that we see right there.…Well, let's go in there and see what I'm talking about.…Here I have a file where I've created these three little shapes.…One of them sits alone down below, and the other two are on top, just like that.…So now I want to create the illusion that these guys are in fact little links in the chain,…so I'm going to apply a layer style. That's going to make it look kind of like…the little link in a chain.…
So I'm going to just say a little Bevel and Emboss, increase the size a bit like…that, increase the depth so I get really nice tones, soften it up a little,…and let's make this black kind of a brownish tone like that. Click OK.…That looks good.…Click OK and then apply that same effect to this guy by Option+Alt+Clicking down…
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