Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding calculations in channels, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Those alpha channels, when used in conjunction with the Calculations command,…can create some very intricate masks, which you can apply some very…interesting effects.…I have this lamppost right here at the center of the painting.…I've got the actual file open in background here, so let's go look at that right here.…And when I zoom in and start looking at some of the cables on this image here,…you see that the cables have shadows and highlights in very specific spots…that were made real easy to do by using the alpha channels in conjunction with Calculations.…
Now let me explain what that is all about.…We have here a little ring.…It's very easy to make this ring look three- dimensional using things like layer styles.…I just go into that layer and hit it with the Layer Styles and say give me…a Bevel and Emboss.…I am going to increase the size like that, and let's make this more of a reddish…tone so it doesn't look so deep there. Click OK and I have a 3-dimensional-…looking ring. But you notice how it's evenly lit on all sides?…
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