Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the lights in the Toys"R"Us image, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Layers make it really easy to go in there and make multiples of something and…make them look different.…What am I talking about?…Well, let's go look at an example right up here.…The lights that light up the facades of the TOYS R US building.…We see all these different lights and we look at them and they're all at…different angles and so on.…We get in real close and we see that…they are, in fact, different.…See that the wires are going different directions. Look at the dirt on the front of each one;…they all are different.…They have little dirt on the sides.…Every individual light is different from its neighbor.…
Different angles, and so on.…And they're also getting smaller as they get further away.…Way down to the end there. Those are ones that are real close to us which are quite large.…So let's go look at that.…What happened is that I created a single light.…I only created one.…I didn't have to create 22 of them for that side, but I just created one.…And we're going to get in close.…We see that it's got a lot of details,…
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