Image Manipulation

Agenda


11. Final Project

Final Project

Now comes the time for you to show your stuff. This assignment involves taking all that you have learned to develop a portfolio of images made, modified, altered or otherwise reworked in Photoshop. This portfolio should have no more than twelve images. Remember, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so your portfolio is only as strong as its weakest image. Be a brutal editor. It should be packaged so as to be presentable to a prospective client, someone you want to impress. Use new images, not ones from the weekly assignments. You may use images from a digital camera or prints scanned by you. You may use photographs that you have taken in the past, or you may shoot new ones. Either way, make it fresh and interesting. You may have any combination examples that you wish (montage, DVD menu, CD cover, Magazine cover, etc.), but your portfolio pieces must show a working knowledge of Photoshop. Better still, blow me away!


The portfolio must be turned in by the date and time of the final, images must be .psd to preserve layers. The portfolio must be in the form of a CD or flash drive.


It will be judged by the following criteria--


Final turned in on or before the day and date of the final.

Final includes at least six images, but not more than twelve.

Final exhibits artistic thought and effort.

Final is presented in a manner likely to impress a prospective client.


Each category will be assigned a score from 1-5, 5 being best. The total will be multiplied by 25 for a total possible score of 500, making it the most important assignment of the term.


10. Type


Using type is basic to communication, and even though you may think that you are only interested in images, your clients most assuredly are not. They want a complete package, and Photoshop allows you to manipulate type in some surprising ways.


Goals for this week


explore type and type warping tools


Create a label for a wine bottle, warp it around a bottle. Save as type.(your.name).psd


Final Project

Now comes the time for you to show your stuff. This assignment involves taking all that you have learned to develop a portfolio of images made, modified, altered or otherwise reworked in Photoshop. This portfolio should have no more than twelve images. Remember, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so your portfolio is only as strong as its weakest image. Be a brutal editor. It should be packaged so as to be presentable to a prospective client, someone you want to impress. Use new images, not ones from the weekly assignments. You may use images from a digital camera or prints scanned by you. You may use photographs that you have taken in the past, or you may shoot new ones. Either way, make it fresh and interesting. You may have any combination examples that you wish (montage, DVD menu, CD cover, Magazine cover, etc.), but your portfolio pieces must show a working knowledge of Photoshop. Better still, blow me away!


The portfolio must be turned in by the date and time of the final, images must be .psd to preserve layers. The portfolio must be in the form of a flash drive or a CD.


9. DVD Menu


Today we will make a DVD menu using Photoshop.


DVD menu

new file--film & video widescreen square pixel

add image from the film

add buttons--play, scene selection, special features, subtitles

snap on

select all of the buttons and put them in a group

up ffffff, over f70b0b, down 0b21f6

save as psd file  dvd_menu.psd



8.  Black & White Effects


Black & White effects allow the digital photographer to simplify methods while simultaneously multiplying the image possibilities.


Goals for this week


1.   explore duotones, tritones, split toning and other black & white effects  (black & white infrared tutorial)


Assignment

Convert a color image to black & white and—make it a duotone, a tritone, and an infrared image. Turn in each as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Place all of the images in a folder named duotone.(yourname).


Reading for next week-- Chapter 18, Filters; Chapter 20, Layer Styles, & Chapter 21, Vector Shapes & Masks


7.  Montage Techniques


Montage, collage, or any other name you might give it, is the combining of images that may or may not be related, to-produce a-new, more interesting image. You have seen this technique in the production of posters for motion picture promotions. Think about the poster for Star Wars, or a billboard for milk, and you will know what I mean.


Goals for this week


1.      discuss work paths and selections


2.      do paths exercise


3.      convert paths to selections


Assignment


Monster montage. Turn in as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Name this assignment montage.(your name).psd


6.  Compositing Techniques


Combining images, similar or divergent, is an important skill. Magazines, movies, books and more use composited images.


Goals for this week


1.      composite three separate images into a single, multi-layered image


2.      use smart objects


Assignment


Oprah montage. Turn in as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Name this assignment composite.(your name).psd


5. Layer Masking and Blending Modes


The power of Photoshop lies in the layers. Layer masking is an indispensable tool in montaging and otherwise combining images. Mastering layer masking will make you a master of Photoshop.


Goals for this week


1. understand quick mask mode


2. understand the concept of layers and layer masking


3. understand blending modes


4. layers and layer masking (montage tutorial)


files to mask maddy oz


Assignment


Combine three or more images using layer masking and blending modes. Turn in as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Name this assignment layer masking.(your name).


4. Repairing An Image


Repairing images using Photoshop has become a lucrative career for many a retoucher. The tools are intuitive and the image on the screen is accurate, so old-fashioned pencil and dye retouching has about disappeared. But the ability to repair an image is not limited to the retoucher. Commercial and fine art photographers can benefit by knowing how to use the powerful tools that Photoshop offers.


Goals for this week


1. understand the sophisticated use of retouching tools


2. use and understand the brushes


3. retouching on a separate layer


4. filters


Assignment


Repair an old or damaged photograph. Turn in as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Name this assignment retouching.(your name).


Reading for next week-- Chapter 9, Selections & Masks & Chapter 13, Combining Images


3.  Smart Layers & Objects


Adobe says: "Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer."


I say: Smart Objects are magical containers. They can hold an image, a vector graphic, or a complex set of layers. You can duplicate a Smart Object many times within your file and update the Object once to change all instances. You can apply filters to a Smart Object non-destructively, so you can remove them at any time. You can also transform Smart Objects (scale, rotate, skew, distort, etc etc.) without losing the original image data or quality.


We will explore smart objects, layers & filters. Your assignment will be to create a multi-layer image using smart layers. Name this assignment smartobjects.yourname.psd & upload it to Dropbox.



Reading for next week-- Chapter 15, Retouching; Bring damaged images to repair.


Week 2. The Work Space & Basic Image Adjustments


The workspace of Photoshop is loaded with useful, if confusing, palettes designed for image manipulation. Mastery of the use of these palettes facilitates effective use of Photoshop tools.


Goals for this week


1.   review file size assignment


2.   discuss rgb vs. cymk


3.   explore the use of the tools represented by the palettes in Photoshop


4.   individually explore different images using the palette tools  


5. understand levels adjustment


6. understand color adjustment


7. explore the variations dialog


8. understand the use of adjustment layers


Assignment


Manipulate an image using adjustment layers. Turn in as a .psd file so as to retain layer information. Name this assignment basics.(your..name).psd


Week 1. Introductions and explanation of the course.


The goal of this course is to examine the width and breath of digital photography. We will explore all facets that lead to the production of a photograph, on paper. We will not concern ourselves with what works on the web or on the screen. We will focus our attention on making photographs that would be suitable for commercial or fine art sale. 

We will do some housekeeping--getting synced up with Dropbox, looking up e-book, checking in on the contact info page, forward your email, & trying out the Weekly Self Assessment.

Goals for this week

   1. introduce Photoshop (launching, palettes, canvas size, opening images, plug-ins, etc)

   2. discuss the relative merits of film and print scanning (demonstration)

    3. discuss and explore file size as it relates to output (demonstration)

   4. individually explore different images 
    5. Image manipulation quiz

Exercise

Find three or more photographic images or textures that you want to use in your personal artwork. Choose from photographs, magazine images and any other source. Use a flatbed scanner to Scan and the Photoshop Crop tool and Levels window tool to adjust the image.
Drag to Crop the final size and proportions. Double-click inside the frame to set the cropping. Choose lmage>Adjust>Levels and use the Histogram to balance from black to white. 

Upload your results in your folder on Dropbox.

Reading for next week Chapter 6, Panels, Chapter 7, Pixel Basics, & Chapter 8, Layer Essentials
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