Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating light bulbs, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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In a scene like Times Square or just regular theater marquees, one thing you are…going to come across is a lot of light bulbs.…Now creating all those light bulbs can be pretty tedious unless you use a brush.…Yes, brushes can actually create lightbulbs.…Let's go in here and see such a situation.…Right here, I zoom in right to this little area here and you see that there is…all these lightbulbs that make up just some of the signs.…Let's go in here and create lightbulbs.…Now I am going to create the basic shape using paths.…
These are the basic shapes that's going to make up our brush tip which will be a lightbulb.…I am going to use the Elliptical tool here and create a perfect circle.…I am holding down the Shift key to create that perfect circle just like that.…Now if the lightbulb is straight on, that would be the basis for the…lightbulb right there.…However, in this particular case, I want the lightbulbs to be slightly from the…side like a three-quarter view.…So what I am going to do is I am going to take this Direct Select tool here and…
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