Now 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.
ART209 Lesson #3 Handout
Our second in-class tutorial hopes to build on the Photoshop skills and knowledge we gained from our first exercise by designing a fictitious real estate advertisement. We’ll briefly review how to make and edit selections, as well as how to create a new file, how to open existing files, and how to bring image content from one file into another file. Additional topics on tonight’s agenda include selecting and applying colors, creating gradients, and transforming selections. And we’ll introduce new topics such as alignment tools, layer effects, layer groups, paths and the pen tool, and advanced typographical controls. When we’re done, you should have not only a nicely designed print ad, but also an increased appreciation for the power of Photoshop.
As before, .PDF of the step-by-step instructions is provided here, in case you want more time with this exercise outside of class.
ART209 Lesson #2 Handout
Tonight’s introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 should help you better understand the application’s user interface, including the names and functions of the tools, panels, and menus that make it such a powerful software tool. In addition, we will begin our first real hands-on experimentation with Photoshop, and work to design a fictional publication cover by combining three separate image files into a single, cohesive composition; adjusting colors, contrast, and lighting effects; and incorporating and styling a small amount of text.
We’ll also have a little more time on Tuesday to wrap this up, but here’s a .PDF download of the steps we’ll follow to design the final composition in case you want to work on this project further outside of class:
ART209 Lesson #1 Handout