Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the chain brush, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Brushes could be the answer to a lot of the problems you might be faced with.…In this particular case, a brush was the answer to this little chain that…you see right here.…This is my niece-in-law.…Now in close inspection you start to see that the chain is made up of multiple…loops here, what looks like one large hoop and a bunch of little loops.…Well, I don't have to be that exact with it because of the fact that within the…context of the painting she is going to be quite small.…In fact, her face is only going to be about an inch high.…So the chain is almost going to be negligible, but it does need to be as clear…as possible or at least give the idea of being a multi-link chain.…
The brush is the answer.…So I am going to go in here to my untitled file that I set up a second ago and…I am going to create a brush tip that's going to simulate the chain that she is wearing.…Now it was made up of one large link and multiple small links.…So basically I have to create those individual links.…I am going to go to my Ellipse Primitive tool here which creates little ellipses.…
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