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It is an exciting time to commence something new, so wear the badge Absolute Beginner with pride and get ready for a love affair with one of the best software packages of our time- welcome to Photoshop.
Suddenly life broke out in warm colors again, so young and beautiful that a lot of people couldn’t stand to look at it.
Quote from the film Absolute Beginners
We will work with Photoshop CS5 on a Mac.
Prerequisites: 10 photos of you and 10 photos of a background saved onto your USB and in class (the excuse of the forgotten USB at home is lame) 😉
Today we will look at:
- The CS5 Workspace (overview)
- Differences between the Mac keyboard and Windows keyboard
- Ways to open an image
- Selection Tools
- Use of Hue/Saturation function (Image adjustment)
- Layer overview
- Perform a task
Feel free to ask questions throughout class and to slow me down at any time. It is important that you view the instructions on the overhead first and then try them out yourself.
The CS5 Workspace (overview)
Please open this Link –CS5 Overview– of a 10 page PDF file (from Adobe Systems Incorporated 2010) in a new window or simply follow instructions in class.
On your screen find the application bar, the menu bar, the options bar, the document window, the tools panel as well as the other panels or palettes.
Activity: Click on Window in the menu bar. (Here are all the panels and palettes that you can activate or deactivate.) Click on Navigator and see the palette becoming active. Next drag the Navigator palette to the very left of the workspace or document window. Do the same with the Character Palette (this one is a bit harder to find and I leave it up to you to figure it out).
Next select New Workspace from the workspace switcher menu, name your workspace and tick the 2 boxes.
You have just created a new workspace for yourself. To get back to the standard workspace layout select Reset Essentials from the workspace switcher menu. Changing the workspace to suit your need can speed up your work and is more fun.
Differences between the Mac keyboard and Windows keyboard
These are the two main differences:
Ctrl (Win) = command (Mac)
Alt (Win) = option (Mac)
Ways to open an image
First ensure that you use a good folder structure. Save your 20 or so images from your USB onto the PC that you are working on into a folder with a short, yet descriptive name, eg images.
Select File>Open – find your images folder and select the image that you want to open. Photoshop will open the image at the image pixel size and at the resolution of the file.
Open the images folder and have Photoshop open and accessible. Now drag the image into the Photoshop window.
Create a New Document in Photoshop and choose File>Place. Next place the image into the document.
There are other options, such as dragging an image directly from a webpage into the Photoshop window or selecting File>Open As Smart Object. Photoshop is a very versatile software package. The most important is to know a way that keeps the resolution high.
The Selection Tools in Photoshop are one of many strong points of this package. We will work with this slow loading instructions from the Teacherlink site: Selection Tool Instructions
Below is an screen shot of the Selection drop menu with annotations:
Source: The Graphic Designer’s Digital Toolkit, Alan Wood, 5th Edition, 2011
Use of Hue/Saturation function (Image adjustment)
This is a very quick intro to this function: Press Ctrl + U. 3 sliders allow you to change either the hue (the exact colour), the saturation (the amount of colour) and the lightness (the tone, lightness and darkness). You can also tick colorize to get a nice retro effect, it makes your selection monochromatic.
We will cover this in more detail in the next class. We basically will just have a look at the layers to get a broad understanding in class.
Perform a task – Important
Use the photos that you prepared for this class or simply copy the image of the gorgeous Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye below from the provided link and use it to apply your understanding of the Selection Tools. Select various parts using the different tools. Make sure to keep a copy of your final file in JPEG format and upload to MyKangan next week.
Example of applied changes
Work by Justin Anderson