Layer Styles/Layer Effects are special options we can use to create drop shadows, neon glow and embossing that can be specific to each layer.
We will work with examples where results are better on light and dark backgrounds.
Task: Examples should be in files that are 800×600 px.
- Play around with Layer Styles using black or white backgrounds. “Glows” work best on black background.
- Show example of Outer glow.
- Show example of using Pattern Overlay, adjust scale. (5 samples)
- Show example of using Stroke Overlay.
- Show example of Drop Shadow.
The Crop Tool allows you to crop to precise measurements and resolutions. In this class exercise, we will cover this and work with multiple files at once.
- Crop Tool
- Crop Tool Options
- Cropping to set dimension and resolution
- Rule of Thirds
- Accepting your crop
- Moving through multiple files as tabs
- “Dragging” files into one another
- Using Google Search Tools
- Arranging Workspace
- Float all in Windows
- New File
- CTRL+TAB (move to next open file)
Gather images that inspire you. These images could be of artists/designers you like, bands, or even food.
1) Create a new file that is 500x500px, use 4 equally sized images to fill your canvas. How big do the images have to be?
2) Create a new file that is 1000x1000px. Create a mosaic of differently sized images. (Minimum of 15 images) Use graph paper to help you map out your mosaic.
There have been some power outages on campus and it would be best for us to cancel class today as to not interrupt workflow.
See you next Tuesday.
- sketches for Project 2
- Composition sketches for Project 2
Custom brushes can help you create very individualizes concepts. In this Class Exercise we will take something we draw on the computer and turn it into a custom brush.
Create your own custom brush from a “doodle”. Save and post scanned image and brush samples. Paint with your custom brush exploring shape dynamics, hue and opacity. Show at least 10 samples of your one brush you create. Each file/image should be 800×600 px.
Use the Stylus and Tablet to explore pen pressure sensitive drawing.
Post your “doodle” and brush testing using brush dynamics.
Scan a sketch in to be used in P02. Apply Adjustment Layers using Threshold and Gradient Map. Use Layer masking to show how the image has changed. Post two examples of Threshold and Gradient Map.
The Layer Mask is your first introduction to working “non-destructively”. Masking will assist you in covering up or revealing pixels all the while keeping every pixel intact. You are not deleting, you are simply covering up or revealing. Since this works in grayscale, we will explore its use with black, white, gray and gradients.
(You should already know: I recommend to always have “Transform Controls” checked when moving part of your image. Doing so will help you see what you moving, rotating, or scaling. In this class exercise, we will perfect our skills with this option for the Move Tool on.)
Taking what we have learned with basic transformations, using “Show Transform Controls”, we will now delve further into transformations using the EDIT menu. In the Transform submenu, we can now take distortions to the extreme.
Transform an image using: EDIT – Transform – Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp, Flip Horizontal, and Flip Vertical. Post Examples and your original image too. 800x600px examples
If you CMD+click a thumbnail in the Layers panel, it will select everything in the layer. A great thing to incorporate into your workflow.
- Post 1000×800 px composition where you explore gradients in circular format. At least 6 different gradients.
- Post 1000×800 px composition exploring transformations with an object cut from its background.
- In two files, each with three images. Use layer masking techniques to cover up image and reveal background. Use brush, gradient tool and selections, painting in white, black and grey. Remember using masks is working “non-destructively”. Black covers up and white reveals. Transform an object by duplicating and mirroring like we did in the “Bridge” composition.
>Handout for Scanning<
Scan a drawing into your computer. Save and open in Photoshop. Change the scan by using: Brush Tool, Selections, Adjustment Layers (Threshold, Gradient Map), Eraser.
What is Due?
Post your original scan and the modification.