Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating shadows on the cables, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Now that we understand how alpha channels work, let's see how it's used in…the actual painting.…I am going to zoom in up here to this shadow area up here, the shadow being cast on this wall.…Now, if you really study how shadows work, you will notice that as they get further…away from the object that's casting the shadow, it starts to soften up.…So you see the shadow right here, that it's kind of sharp down here at the edge…of the building, and it's getting softer as it gets further back.…So let's create that effect right now using an alpha channel.…I have here a file in which I've created a couple of layers.…
You can see that I have the wall edge, right here--…that's this piece right here--the wall, which is this brown piece here, and a…building, this blue area here. And the background just has gradient of grays.…We are going to cast a shadow across this wall that's being cast by this blue building.…The wall is a little recessed,…so there will be a little bit of a shadow cast on the face right here over the wall edge.…
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