Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a license plate with channels, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Throughout the streets of Times Square there are many cars, and quite a few of…them have a license plate that's visible.…Now creating that license plate requires quite a few little steps between layer…styles and alpha channels,…so I'm going to create one for you right now.…All right, I'm going to create some paths that are going to make up the basic…license plate, so I'm going to pick the Rounded Corner Rectangle tool here.…I have a radius set to 40 pixels.…Now that's to give me a nice rounded corner like that.…Your particular resolution of your file might require a different radius, so just…play around with it until you get exactly what you want.…
Now I've created a path, so the path isn't affecting my image until I do…something with that path.…So you can experiment with it until you have the exact radius that you want.…Now I have that shape.…I'm going to go in there and select this path. Because it's got all the shapes…that I want exactly, I'm going to copy it and then just paste it.…I copy and paste using the keyboard.…
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