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Photoshop Lesson #3

Photoshop lesson 3 exampleNow that we’ve had a chance to explore some of the basic functions and features of Photoshop, it’s time to study some of the application’s more advanced tools, tricks, and techniques. In our third installment of introductory Photoshop, we’ll look at many of the filters that allow us to easily change the overall look and feel of the images we’ll be working with. As we work together to build a composition that could represent a fictitious study abroad program (or a “backpack through Europe after graduation” advertising campaign), we’ll learn how to alter contrast, create non-standard drop shadows, convert pictures to line drawings, and turn traditional photographs into painterly-styled images. We’ll also re-visit topics such as image and layer opacity, blending modes, sequencing the layer stack, and layer effects to make sure their fully understood.

The step-by-step handout is available via the following link, if it helps you to follow along or remember what we’ve done after class is dismissed.

Adobe Acrobet .PDF ART209 Lesson #3 Handout

Survey Says…

The ART209 Student Survey results are slowly trickling in… and here’s what this quarter’s class has to say about our collective Adobe Creative Suite experience (so far):

  • 58% (7/12) of those who have responded to the survey have not yet had any opportunity to work with a full edition of the Creative Suite
  • But 83% (10/12) do confess to having some experience working with at least one version of Adobe Photoshop at some point in time
  • While 75% (9/12) have never, ever used Adobe Illustrator
  • And 83% (10/12) have never designed with Adobe InDesign (or PageMaker, or QuarkXpress, or any other page layout application.

It looks like we’ll be doing the majority of our work in-class this quarter, as 58% (7/12) of you explained that you do not have access to any version of the Adobe Creative Suite outside of school.

But, good news: a whopping 92% (11/12) of the survey respondents indicated they plan to use the knowledge obtained this quarter to pursue possible future career aspirations.

All this means there are lots of great things to learn this time around. Thanks for participating in the survey – the information will be very helpful as I continue to map out beneficial topics and develop new lesson plans. If you have not yet completed the survey, there’s still a little more time to receive credit for your feedback (…but time may be running out).

Welcome Back!

Aerial photo of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington

Fall Quarter 2013 is officially underway — and a new session of Digital Art & Design begins Tuesday night, September 24 at 6:00 pm in room 549 of the T Building. For the first night’s class, be prepared to:

  • ATTEND: Show up on time and fully prepared for class, attentive and free of outside distractions or conflicting commitments
  • PARTICIPATE: Introduce yourself to the instructor and your classmates, be willing to share your thoughts and aspirations
  • REVIEW: Applicable course syllabus and school policies, discuss the course calendar and class objectives
  • UNDERSTAND: What’s expected of you and from you to achieve success in this class
  • LEARN: Fundamental tools and processes of the Adobe Creative Suite, with an emphasis on print design and production techniques
  • WORK: Put lessons into practice through hands-on in-class tasks and out-of-class homework assignments

Our first night will be full of important information, but will likely not require the full 2.5 hour time allotment (future classes, however, will fully utilize our limited time together).

Looking forward to seeing you then.