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By James Fritz | Friday, April 4, 2014

Create a Canvas Texture in Photoshop

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

This week, Bert Monroy wraps up a tutorial series on his digital painting Oyster Bar by showing us how to create a canvas texture from scratch in Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 20, 2014

Create a Top Secret Envelope in Photoshop


This week, Bert walks us through how to create a top secret manila envelope in Photoshop. He begins by creating a new layer called envelope, draws a rectangle, and fills it with a beige color. He then converts this box to black and white, and applies both a cloud and an emboss filter, which creates the paper texture. Lastly, he goes into hue/saturation and colorizes it to achieve a nice beige color.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 6, 2014

Creating an Animated Theater Curtain (Part 3)


Last week Bert showed us how to create an animated theater curtain. This week we’ll learn how to add a spotlight to the scene and animate the rising of the curtain to reveal a presentation behind it.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 30, 2014

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 2)

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain in Photoshop

Last week, Bert showed us how to create a braid pattern and tassel brush that he uses this week on his rising theater curtain illustration. To build the curtain, he selects all but the bottom portion of the screen and fills it with red. Next, he adds the gold braids to the bottom of the curtain by adding a pattern layer and filling it with the braid pattern.

Since he only wants two braids, he selects the top portion of the pattern fill, rasterizes it, and deletes it, leaving the bottom two braids. He then drags them to the proper position on the bottom of the curtain. To create the tassel fringe, he uses the tassel brush and applies an inner glow to give it dimension.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 18, 2014

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

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In this week’s installment of Pixel Playground, Bert shows us his process for creating water drops on a surface in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 28, 2014

Create a Manhole Cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

This week Bert shows us how to create the realistic manhole cover in his digital painting Oyster Bar—all from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, February 28, 2014

Create bolts in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create bolts in Photoshop

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This week, Bert continues to explore the digital techniques that went into his painting “Damen.” Today’s tutorial focuses on how to create bolts and rivets from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, January 17, 2014

Realistic metal perforations in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Realistic metal perforations in Photoshop

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Continuing with Bert’s red truck project, this week we learn how to create realistic metal perforations in Adobe Photoshop. This project is simple but effective since it’s created from just a few colors and layer effects. Bert starts out by creating a black oval on a red background. Next, he applies a series of layer effects to give it depth and a consistent light source. He completes the technique by offsetting the various effects and applying some texture via the add noise filter.

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