Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the sidewalk stones, part of The Making of Amsterdam Mist: The Structures.
So, in last movie, we created the paths we see on the screen now. These paths are going to serve as the separations, or the actual individual bricks, that make up the sidewalk in Amsterdam. So here, what I'm going to do is create one more path. This path is going to be the actual sidewalk itself. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to just kind of follow the path that I have here. I like this. And go across to here and bring it down. And close it off. Okay so, let's make this a little shorter there.
A little tighter. It gives you a general idea of what this is going to look like. There. So, in a layer, I'm going to call it, stone. That's the actual color of our sidewalk and I have this gray. I got this nice, deep gray here. So, in that layer, I'm going to go take that path, which I'm now going to save. Okay, and I would give it a name. I'll call it sidewalk seps. All right. So, I select that guy right there and I say, fill it with that gray. All right. So now, I'm going to create another layer, and we'll call this seps.
And that's just short for separations, in case you're not sure what I mean by seps. All right, separations. So now, what I do is, I select all the paths. Now, that also selected the background so, holding down my Shift key, I'm going to click on that background twice to deselect it. There. And what I did is I held down the Shift and the Cmnd key to make that into the solid key. If I had the path selection tool, the solid one, then I would just click on that twice without having to deselect everybody else. So, there they are.
These are now going to be stroked with my paintbrush. So, I got my paintbrush here, and I'm going to pick a nice, solid brush. And three's a little small, let's make it a little bigger. That's a nice size right there. And that just makes this nice even kind of a stroke, right? Let's get a little closer so we can see it. See, it just does this nice straight line like that. And it's going to be in this layer here, and we're going to do it with black. See, very clean line, but this is an ancient sidewalk. It's been walked on for over 100 years. So, we go into our brush engine where we're going to go in there and the spacing's good, what we're going to do is, in Shape Dynamics, we're going to give it a little size jitter.
See what it's doing to the line, see right there? Go all the way to 100% and give it a little minimum so it doesn't get too small. And there, it's starting to getting a much rougher quality. So, right in there, four is good. So, now that we have the brush, we have it set up the way we want it. We're in the brush. We go to the path, and we're in the right layer. We go to the path and we say, take those paths and stroke them. There we see it. Now, we're starting to get the effect that we want. Now, they're separations, they're going a little beyond our sidewalk, so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go ahead and clip it, with the sidewalk.
And there, you can see that now we have the basic bricks that we need to make up our sidewalk. In the next movie, what we're going to do is start to roughen them up even more, and start adding all the age, wear, and grime that goes into these bricks.