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Drawing and Selecting with the Pen Tool


Heres the pen tool, looks like you should just be able to click and draw with the mouse right?  NOOO, doesn't work that way.  Pen tools work by creating a set of anchor points (rememeber the magnetic lasso?) Pen tools can create solid fill shapes or curving lines, but to get the lines to do what you want you have to move the points.  Here are some helpful tutorials

Make an exact selection using the pen tool and keyboard shortcuts.

http://vimeo.com/11259622

From Life hacker 

http://www.ehow.com/how_4809593_use-pen-tool-photoshop-cs.html


http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Photoshop/10.0/help.html?content=WS3C6154BD-44F2-4916-A5F7-2EF955065684.html


http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-cs3/pen-tool-tutorial/index.html


So What to Do?

  1. Find a photo of a flower and practice doing a selection and cut out like you saw in the vimeo tutorial segment at the top of this list.  This will do 2 things you get practice on making the tool do what you want it to do, and you get practice on using keyboard shortcuts and your mouse to make this go quickly.
  2. Hearts: create 4 hearts following the Tutorial 

    Include gadget

  3. View the Homer Simpson vector graphic tutorial on vimeo you dont have to look at the whole thing once you get it.  Find a cartoon image of your own to convert to a vector image. Beware! Manga might make you crazy choose something simple, think little kid coloring pages.

Why are we doing this??? Upcoming projects in animations and Logo design, and Web Page desing are coming your way.  All use vector graphics in one way or another.


More tutorials are available on YouTube.  You can find them on my Channel darlingAW.  Here is the link to the pen tool and cartoons playlist.  If you want to play these on your phone or ipad use the QR code for this YouTube playlist

DISPLACEMENT MAPS

CHECK OUT THIS GREAT TUTORIAL IF YOU WANT TO COVER AN OBJECT WITH A DIFFERENT SURFACE OF ANY KIND
Photoshop Tutorial: Displacement Maps
 
 
 
 After you have organized your March Photowalk images start experimenting with them. First work through the Art History and History Brush activity from Donna Pauler 

Here are two quick time movies from Donna Pauler about the art history brush
Heres the finished product

PROJECT 1:For your first Creative Photoshop Assignment use the history and art history brushes and follow the directions from the pdf handout above.

PROJECT 2: For the second project follow the directions from this Practice Activity Use any of your own photos for this.

MAKE GREAT ART USING PHOTOSHOP FILTERS AND SMART FILTERS

First lets look at what smart filters can do in photoshop


Painting projects:

Several tutorials below to practice with to make a painterly image or try this:
  1. open a photo in photoshop and add a fill layer. Lower the opacity until you can see what you are  doing.
  2. add another blank layer, this is your painting layer.
  3. go to the art history brush and select oil sketch from the drop down menu at the top left.  You should make your settings 80px in diameter and reduce the opacity and flow, choose dab from the style box
  4. Paint in the background quickly on the new layer.
  5. Change your art history brush settings to 3o px diameter and the style to tight short and quickly paint in the flowers.
  6. Move the opacity of layer 1 back to 100 percent to make the "canvas layer"  you can also change the color to a less bright white.
  7. Choose the history brush(not the art history) and on the top layer, paint back in with a large soft brush.  This will return the edges and details for the foreground.
  8. Convert the top layer to smart filters, from here you can add a canvas or watercolor texture, anything you want.
    Save as a .psd or .jpg






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