Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing the files, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Amsterdam Mist, the Structures.
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Staying organized is very important, when working on a piece that's complicated as, as Amsterdam Mist. because there are so many different elements involved, that you need to refer to one or reuse another. It has to be very easy to find. Or else you could spend so much wasted time just searching through all your files to find that one little piece that you need. We look in here at the Amsterdam folder, we're seeing it in Bridge. And you see that it's broken down into quite a few folders, itself.
There's a little print here. These are different parts that I've assembled to print. So if I were to open that, you would see that there's just. Three different files that were once created to print. Demo files that I've created along the way for reference that now this reference over here and you can see that it's broken up into various parts to bikes, boats, bridge these are just a conglomeration of all the different pieces that went into the research now specific part of the research.
When I will use for a specific piece, would then put into the folder for that particular piece. Here's the working folder. Now the working folder is broken down to every section of the completed piece. Here's the foreground. And pieces, pieces are just parts that are just put together for different parts and so on and so forth. The trees, the water, the street, and things like the buildings. Staying organized within these folders is important as well. So, if we open up the buildings here, we see there's a couple of little pieces there and, we'll look at the right.
There's the right. And, we see there's a couple of, composites of the first three buildings because that's the first section before, the second fog layer is there. So, I just have these in there waiting. And then we look at the two blocks, that make up the right side, block one and two. A couple of extra little pieces, there. So we go into block one and there you see all the individual buildings. The eleven buildings that make up the first block. So if we were going into one of them like one right here. We see that there is reference folder, which will have all the reference shots for that particular piece.
Pieces will have little parts like the brick texture. The house number, the sign on the church and the railings and the all the different parts to the post. All the different parts both Illustrator and Photoshop files that make up the piece. And in there will also be the an early version and the final version. Sometimes there is no early version, there's only one version but in this particular piece there were two different versions along the way 'Cause of the complexity at the bottom, and it was the first thing that was done. So there were some changes along the way, where I changed the size of the file and so on.
So that's the way of staying organized, to making sure that everything is properly named. Like you see building one, far right. Okay, so each one has a name that makes it easy to identify and it's put into a folder that's equally named easily and within it will be other folders which will have things like the reference and pieces or anything else that might be pertinent to that part of the illustration. So that gives you an idea of how you stay organized. It's just a question of naming things and naming them appropriately so that you can find them.
Or if let's just say you have an assistant or, or a co-workers that need to find some file that everybody's working on together. You need to name them so that people can find things and put them in places where they're easy to locate. Staying organized is extremely crucial.