Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Separating the wood texture into planks, part of Creating Commercial Illustrations.
- So now that we have our wood texture, what I wanna do is have a different one. So I'm just gonna simply duplicate this one, Option+Click and drag it, till we get that little in between, and this one's gonna be a little lighter. So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna go into my Hue Saturation, and make it a little lighter. Okay, increase that saturation a bit, and lighter still. So there, now we have two different sets of wood. Now they look exactly the same, but that's, how we're gonna cut it is what's gonna make a difference now.
So what I'm going to do, is I'm gonna take my rectangle tool here, and create a nice big rectangle like that. That's gonna be a plank right there. So now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select that, with my Path Selection, and I'll duplicate it, hold down my Option key, I'm gonna duplicate that in a couple of spots. There we pick up a little piece of that knot right there. Got another one right here, and we'll pick up that knot over there, and let's get one right here, and then get that, get both of those knots in that one.
And come over here, and then we'll move down, so you see I'm creating a whole bunch of these little shapes, kind of staggering them. Because when you look at wood plank floors, the grains don't quite match, do they? And that's because they don't cut 'em all from the same exact spot, and they don't come all from one big giant sheet, they come from multiple pieces of wood. So there, now we have all those little guys going on there. So what I'm going to do, is right here, in the dark layer, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take those paths and make 'em a selection.
And then I'm gonna go in there and say, set 'em to a new layer, via Copy. And what do we have? Well, we have individual planks of wood, see? There they are. So now, I'm going to the light color one here, and what I'm gonna do to this one is I'm going to do a little Flip Vertical on it. And then I can use the same things right there, say, and let's save those right there, let's save that, and we can turn those into a selection, and in that light layer, say New Layer Via Copy.
And then you can see that now we have the light planks and the dark planks. I can take these guys and move 'em around, and there you can see, we've got different shapes of planks. So now we can start to go in there and start to play with these guys. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put these right up here along the edge there, and let's turn off the dark ones for a minute. And I can just bring up a dark one, just to kind of give us a sense of the spacing between these guys. So let's just move this down by the cursor keys, so we're right on top of each other, right there.
So now we have an idea of where they go, and I'm gonna bring down the opacity of the darks, just so there's a low wisp back there. So now, now I can start taking these guys in, start manipulating all the ones in front here into specific spots on our floor. So what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna take this guy, let's start from right down here. Take this guy, and I'm gonna move him right down, I'm gonna cut him and move him down into place. And I gotta be in the right layer, I've found that, that really helps to be in the right layer, that one, okay. So, I'm gonna take these guys, and take all these, let's take this, these guys are all kind of real close to each other, in fact let's take this whole batch and bring 'em down, cut 'em down, give ourselves a little more room to play with right there.
Okay, so now I can start positioning. I'm gonna take this guy right here, and I'm gonna cut him, and place him right about here. So it's right where that other piece of wood is right there, right in there like that. That's looking good. Then I can take this guy, and we'll kind of place him right about here. That's looking good. Alright, so now, what starts to happen, actually we have to move these guys. So let's start doing that. Let's get our darks right here, there's some darks.
And what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna take the darks right here, and let's bring that opacity back up. And I take this guy right here, I'm gonna move him out, out to this side of the page, right there like that. And I'm gonna take a few others, and it might sometimes help to give yourself a little more room, which is I think what I'm gonna do, cause they're all so close, and I got so many different planks. Let's turn off the originals, in fact, we could just bring 'em down to here. And, let's take these light colored planks. And what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna take this batch right here, all the ones on the bottom, okay, take those and send 'em to a new layer.
New Layer Via Cut, New Layer Via Cut. Alright, so now they're in a totally separate layer, so that gives me some room to play with up here. So I could take these guys, what's left here, and move them down, and I got plenty of room to play with. There we go. Alright, so now we can continue. Let's start playing around with some of these dark ones now. So, we got that guys in place, that looks good. So let's do the same thing to the dark ones, let's take a whole bunch of them right here of these darks, and say send them to a New Layer Via Cut.
Okay, and turn that one off. So here, now we're seeing just the ones we need. So let's get closer now, and I'm gonna take from the dark ones, I'm gonna select this little batch right here, and cut 'em, and bring 'em down. And we'll put this guy, let's say that we grab this top one, we want that knot, so let's just bring him right into here, like that. And we bring it up, there we go, right in place. And we could take another dark one, and, you know we had that other layer? We'll use that one elsewhere.
Let's go back to our light ones, ones we're using, these, and I'll select this guy. And we'll put him, going right across this area here. And you can see where this is starting to go, right, move it up one more, now I'm gonna get in closer so you can see what's gonna happen next, is that I have these, so what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna take a Layer Style, and give it a little Bevel & Emboss. And let's say, give it that Chisel Hard, and I'll push the Depth so we get really strong lights and darks. And a very small amount, bout two.
See, so I get this little effect in there. And then I can bring that effect right down to our darks as well, see? See what's starting to happen? And we're gonna give that effect to all the others, even the ones that we're not seeing right now. There we go, so they all have the effect, and that you start seeing how the floor planks start to be developed. Now, in the next movie what we're gonna do, is we're gonna start over the finalized floor, I'm gonna put into perspective. And, most importantly, we're going to show you how to then add a nice reflection to it.
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