Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating wiring on lights with channels and calculations, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Lighting of the elements is what really establishes their position within the…scene, in other words adding the third dimension.…Sometimes creating those highlights and shadows and stuff requires specialized masks.…A good case in point would be way up here, the wires and the lamps in the…Toys"R"Us building.…These wires are going all over different areas, so their highlights and shadows…I have to fall on different areas-- something that a layer style cannot do…because of the fact that it only works with something uniformly, whereas here…the wires are not uniform.…
They are just bending in different areas and causing shadows and stuff…in different places.…So let's see how a specialized mask is going to work.…What I have done here is I have created this pole.…Now right off the bat, we can see that there is a problem that a layer style…won't be able to tackle, and that is that there are three light sources.…There is a blue tone coming from above, a greenish hue coming from the center…and then a orangey kind of a glow coming from down below.…
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