Posts Tagged ‘Layer Effects’

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

Published by | Friday, April 18th, 2014

Water Droplet 44

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

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

Published by | Friday, April 4th, 2014

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.

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, March 28th, 2014

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.

Create bolts in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, February 28th, 2014

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.

Realistic metal perforations in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, January 17th, 2014

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.

Creating a neon light: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Create a neon tube in Photoshop.

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In this week’s Pixel Playground technique, Bert Monroy shows us how to create a neon light tube. He begins by meticulously choosing the proper size of his brush, and then paints in a solid color for the base of the tube. Next, with the addition of a few layers effects, the tube gets some depth. From there he lowers the transparency and paints in a few areas to add realism. Finally, he brushes in some debris at the end of the tube to give a realistic neon-tube look, and complete the piece. Bert even throws in a bonus technique at the end to show us how to create the connector for the neon tube.

Creating a boat medallion, part 3: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 8th, 2013

Finishing the golden boat medallion

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This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.

Creating a boat medallion part 2: Pixel Playground

Published by | Friday, November 1st, 2013

Creating a shiny golden medallion- part 2

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Picking up where he left off last week, Bert takes us through the steps to add details and a nice shine to the golden boat medallion. He begins by adding a second color to the stroke on a new layer, which adds depth to the design with the help of a layer effect. Next, he adds a label to the bottom of the medallion and applies a similar embossing effect. Finally, he paints in the shine to give a sense of realism to this piece. Join us next week for the third and final video of this project!