Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a manhole cover with channels, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Some elements of Times Square might seem simple but require many, many…different steps to make them look real.…I'm going to zoom in on one such item, which is right down here underground, a manhole cover.…Now we are looking at a low-res version of this, so it worked very quickly on this machine.…But I do have open in the background the actual file of that, the manhole cover.…This is what it looks like.…Now if you look at it closely, you see that there are all kinds of things going on.…You see the bumps.…You see the depths of them, and you see little highlights from the different…streetlights all over the place, reflection of the signs up above, and then these…reflections from the Toys"R"Us buildings, and so on.…
So, all these little edges need a special type of attention and selection to be…able to apply those effects.…So let's see how those guys were created.…Right here I have a series of paths for the manhole cover right there.…Now these were created in Illustrator, and the tutorials on Illustrator will show…
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