Photoshop + PDF Class 7 – Assessment Task

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Photo by Seemann on morgueFile.com

Photo by Seemann on morgueFile.com

Today we will look at:

  • Create a PDF form (upload the example on MyKangan)
  • Assessment – Portfolio of in-class work

PDF Form

Upload the file below and create form fields using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Make all blue text fields, the name and date active.

Next fill all the data in and save and upload the file to MyKangan.

Due Date: 20/9

Sample Task

Assessment – Portfolio

STEP 1: In Photoshop or Illustrator create a PDF portfolio page like the sample. Dim: 1024 px x 1645px x 150 ppi (resolution). (These dimensions are more a guideline and you can vary it if you have a different idea for your layout)

Include:

  • 6 images from previous classes and your own work
  • add descriptions of the images: what tools and techniques did you use?
  • place a banner of your own work on top
  • a title (Portfolio of Work)
  • your name
  • save the file as a Photoshop PDF or Illustrator PDF

STEP 2: Create text fields in Adobe Acrobat Pro and add descriptions to your work. The descriptions need to state what tools and functions you used.

STEP 3: Save the final PDF and upload to MyKangan.

See example of Portfolio:

Photoshop Portfolio

Photo by matthewbridges on morgueFile.com

Photo by matthewbridges on morgueFile.com

Photoshop + PDF Class 6

Link to all Classes     Class 1     Class 2     Class 3    Class 4     Class 5     Class 6     Class 7

Photo by hotblack on morgueFile.com

Photo by hotblack on morgueFile.com

Today we will look at:

  • Crop Tool
  • Image Adjustments:
    • Brightness/Contrast
    • Levels (Ctrl+L)
    • Curves (Ctrl+M)
    • Auto Tone (Shift+Ctrl+L)
    • Auto Contrast (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L)
    • Auto Color (Shift+Ctrl+B
    • Vibrance
    • Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U)
    • Photo Filter
    • Shadows/Highlights
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Tasks

Crop Tool

Follow the in-class instructions on how to use the Crop Tool or follow the tutorial below the image.

The crop tool works on two basic levels:

  • free-hand – simply select the crop tool (Shortcut C) [Visit Shortcutworld for more Photoshop Shortcutsand drag a window over your image. You can adjust the size of the crop selection by dragging the edges and corners. You can even rotate your crop selection (with CS4 or higher).
    Hit Enter to complete the crop action and accept the new size.
  • key in dimensions – after activating the crop tool enter the width: 500 (in px for web), the height: 600 (in px) and the resolution: 150 (72 is suitable for web)- the values need to be entered in the options bar (also called properties bar). See image below as an example. Next drag the crop window and press enter to except the change.
    Note that the window is restricted in its scale.
See the dimensions of the Crop Tool: 450px x 400px with 72ppi resolution.

See the dimensions of the Crop Tool: 450px x 400px with 72ppi resolution.

Cropping and Straightening Images in Photoshop Essentials

Cropping Tool in Photoshop Essentials

Brightness/Contrast

Follow the in-class demonstration. A nice and basic function, it allows you to change the brightness and correct the contrast. Move the slider to change the values.

Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast

Tick and untick the Preview box to observe the changes before accepting it.

Use the sliders. It is self explanatory.

Use the sliders. It is self explanatory.

Levels

With the Levels function you can adjust problems with tone (eg a photo that is very grey and does not show enough dark and light aspects) or colour related problems (eg too much blue).

The Short Cut: Ctrl+L (Cmd+L) or use: Image>Adjustments>Levels

Overview: follow my in-class introduction to how to use the Levels in simple steps. Use the attached photo by Matthew Bridges of the old house at a lake.

Image>Adjustments>Level

Image>Adjustments>Level

The easiest and most basic way to apply the Levels function is by moving the sliders for the highlight (white) and shadows (black) below the graph of the input levels inwards. Moving the highlight will brighten the image up and moving the shadow will darken the shadows.

This is a good basic function to start of with and it is useful for the majority of your photos, may they be basic shots or more sophisticated and at higher resolution.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the Level Adjustment more detailed and how to create an Adjustment Layer:

Fix Tone and Color with Levels in Photoshop – Photoshop Essentials

Improving Image Tone With Levels In Photoshop – Photoshop Essentials

Curves

Follow the in-class demonstration (shortcut: Ctrl+M or: Image>Adjustments>Curves). The Curves function is similar to the Level function, but the graph is a lot more visual and intuitive. You can manipulate it with your mouse.  See image:

Try the presets and see how it affects your image, and then manipulate the curve yourself.

Try the presets and see how it affects your image, and then manipulate the curve yourself.

Curves Tutorial on Photoshop Essentials

Auto Tone

The short cut is Shift+Ctrl+L (or: Image>Auto Tone). Follow the in-class demonstration. The Auto Tone function readjusts tonal settings in your image and in most cases this results in a crisper image with the click of a button. The Auto Tone option looks for the darkest and lightest points in an image and resets them to pure white and black, resulting in clearer tones.

Because  Auto Tone adjusts each color channel individually, it may remove color or introduce color casts.

Auto Contrast

Follow the in-class demonstration.

The short cut is Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L  (or: Image>Auto Contrast). Auto Contrast adjusts image contrast automatically, at the click of a button. Unlike Auto Tone it will not affect colours. It clips the shadow and highlight values in an image and then maps the remaining lightest and darkest pixels in the image to pure white and pure black . As a result the image will have lighter highlights anf darker shadows and a crisper contrast.

Auto Color

Follow the in-class demonstration.

The short cut is Shift+Ctrl+B  (or: Image>Auto Color)

Auto Color adjusts the contrast and color of an image. It is able to search images for shadows, midtones, and highlights. It then neutralizes the midtones using a target color of RGB 128 grey and clips the shadow and highlight pixels by 0.5%. Personally, and from experience it effects images less and Auto Contrast and Auto Tone bring more convincing changes in image quality.

Vibrance

Follow the in-class demonstration. Click: Image>Adjustments>Vibrance

As the name suggests this function will help you making a photo look more vibrant. Colours can be shown more intensely with higher saturation. It is easy to grasp this function, simply move the sliders to the right to increase vibrance or move them to the left to decrease vibrance.

Based on a photo by delboysafa from morgueFile.com

Based on a photo by delboysafa from morgueFile.com

Hue/Saturation

Follow the in-class demonstration.  (Ctrl+U or Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation)

Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with a mask showing the original (yellow) below.

Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with a mask showing the original (yellow) below.

Photo Filter

Photo Filter

Photo Filter

Follow the in-class demonstration. Press: Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter.

One of the best image adjustment options, you can select from a set of preset filters: use a warming filter to create a lighting sense that you would encounter indoors, in autumn (fall) or during a sunset when there are more yellow, orange and red colours around. Use a cool filter to create a typical outdoor setting or a winter atmosphere. You can tick the Color box and select your own colour or select a colour from the image itself (simply click on the part of the image).

You can also change the amount of density, more density results in a stronger impact of your filter. Find a level that you like – try to be more conservative and chose a little less density than you like for a print).

Shadows/Highlights

Follow the in-class demonstration. Click: Image>Adjustments>Shadows/Highlights.

With the shadows and highlights you can easily lighten up an underexposed, dark image. Use the functions sparsely to not overdo the changes, which can easily create an unrealistic look. The image shows the changes on a dark photo.

Based on photo by o0o0xmods0o0o from morgueFile.com

Based on photo by o0o0xmods0o0o from morgueFile.com

Use an Adjustment Layer

All the image adjustments that we have looked at above can be done directly to an image or in from of an adjustment layer. It is far better to create an adjustment layer, this allows you to create changes in form of a layer. You can always delete or hide the layer and your original image remains unaffected.

How do you create an adjustment layer?

With your original layer selected click on the Create a new fill or adjustment layer button and select what type of adjustment layer you want to create. Next do all the adjustments to it.

Alternatively you just click on the Adjustments tab and select the Adjustment Layer that you want to create.

(See image)

Create an Adjustment Layer

Create an Adjustment Layer

Task in Class

Perform these two tasks to show that you understood today’s class ( If you have missed this class you need to do this!!!)

  1. Use the image by Matthew Bridges (or select an alternative image). Use the crop tool and resize to 500px x 600px at 150ppi (resolution). Apply 6 different image adjustment layers and mask them off in strips (see examples of student work). Add titles to your strips.  E-mail the file to me as a PNG (not PSD) and keep a copy for yourself.
  2. In your second task I would like you to use Matthew Bridges’ image only. The photo is very grey and it looks foggy. I would like you to improve the image using any of the image adjustment functions that you have learnt about. When you are happy with the improved image e-mail me a PNG version of it (no need to crop the image).
    Create a before and after version of the image.

Student Submissions:

Work by Benan Ü

Work by Benan Ü

Work by Michael T

Work by Michael T

Work by Tristan S

Work by Tristan S

Work by Vlad K

Work by Vlad K

Work by Jo W

Work by Jo W

Work by Justin A

Work by Justin A

Photoshop and PDF – Class 1

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Today’s Class

  • Introduction to Delivery Format
    • Looking at RAE
    • Looking at MyKangan
  • Introduction to the Content
  • In-class Task

Introduction to Delivery Format

This class will be delivered in 2 hour schedules every Monday morning . The content will be posted on this blog as well as on MyKangan. Tasks, discussions and research will be conducted inside the 2 hour slot and at home.

You are expected to work towards goals independently and to be able to operate as part of a team. In a work place you will sometimes be lucky to work with people that you easily get along with, but unfortunately you might often have to work with people that you might not easily get along with. A professional looks beyond this and finds ways to function in a professional environment with a range of personalities.

Assessments:

Important: You need to submit all your assessments on MyKangan. It is your responsibility to follow up due dates and access to MyKangan.

  1. Day 1 Task – this task is a simple comprehension task to establish student participation. (due: after the first class)
  2. Assessment 1 – Portfolio of Work (Interactive PDF)
  3. Assessment 2

RAE – Research and Exploration or Class of Federico

This blog will be or main form of contact. It will be accessible from anywhere as long as you have internet access.

Make sure to explore the links when you have some free time. The best learning is done by yourself exploring and questioning.

MyKangan

MyKangan is Kangan’s content delivery platform for all classes. You will find all the content on MyKangan and as stated before: you will submit your assessments here.

To access MyKangan please open Kangan’s student portal and click on MyKangan. Next find the class by unit title. This can be a bit hard to see, so make sure to know the unit titles.

I will run you through this in person.

This is also where you will submit your assessments. You will find hyperlinks with names such as Submit Assessment  1 here.

You can send messages to your teacher and you can leave comments as well. I am always open to suggestions, so please feel free to forward ideas about content or software that you would like to cover.

Introduction to Content

These units will be covered:

Please click on the link to view the Unit of Competency Text. Please look over the text and at least read through the Elements to get an idea what you will learn in this class.

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.

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.

Source: Steve-hamlin.com

Source: Steve-hamlin.com

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.

In-class Task

I would like to emphasise how useful the Adobe TV site is:

Please activate this link to a Adobe TV Tutorial: How To Get Started with Photoshop CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How to Do  It will give you an introduction to Photoshop CS6 by introducing 10 functions. By the way: the shortcuts given are for Mac and if you want to use them on your PCs you need to use the Ctrl function instead of the twirly symbol.

Please do not expect to understand everything, it is an introduction. Try it out with any image that you have.

Your task: manipulate an image of your choice while viewing the video. E-mail me a copy (JPEG) of the original image and a copy of the image that you have manipulated. I do not expect any big changes, just have some fun with it and next week we will work on it together.

Thank you!

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Create a Banner for a Card

 

This is a Basic Photoshop Tutorial

  • I used CS5, but this tutorial will work on all recent versions
  • The tutorial is written for IBM PCs, if you are using a Mac convert the short cuts:
    • Ctrl becomes command
    • Alt becomes option
Based on photo by kconnors from morgueFile.com

Final product! Based on photo by kconnors from morgueFile.com

In this tutorial you will learn to

  • create a file for the Web,
  • place an image,
  • place a semi-transparent layer on top,
  • adjust the size of an object,
  • add text,
  • group layers,
  • make text ‘punch through’ a background
  • save a file for web purpose

Step 1 – New Document

Create a new document (Ctrl+N or File>New…) and use these settings:

  • Preset: Web
  • Size: 620 (w) x 411 px (h)
  • Resolution: 72 ppi

This is a fairly small size and you can go for a larger size if you wish (eg 800 x 530px). I chose a small size to keep the file size small.

Insider joke: do not use Ctrl+End, but Ctrl+N (Feray and Cliff will understand)…

Step 2 – Save Image

Click the image of Sydney Harbour Bridge (by kconnors and found on morgueFile.com) for this tutorial and save it to your computer or USB. Preferably you want to get a large enough file to work with. So, click on the image and follow the link, select Download Image on morgueFile.com.

Photo by kconnors on morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors on morgueFile.com

Step 3 – Place Image

Place the photo in your document (File>Place and find the file).

After placing adjust the size to fit in your image window. Make sure to hold Shift while adjusting the size (by shifting the corner points). Hit Enter to except.

Drag from corner points and hold shift to maintain same ratio.

Step 3 – Drag from corner points and hold shift to maintain same ratio.

Step 4 – Create a New Layer and Fill With White

Create a New Layer

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N (yes this is a looooooooooong shortcut) or click on the icon for New Layer in the Layers panel.

Fill the layer with white

  • Press Shift+F5
  • Select White at 70% Opacity

You can change the opacity in the Layers panel later.

Step 5 – Change Size of White Layer to Small Banner

Use the Free Transform function (Ctrl+T or Edit>Free Transform). Follow the instructions in step 3 in regards to changing the size. Reduce the opaque white background to the size of a banner and press Enter. (See image)

Drag the centre points down and up to be left with a banner, next press Enter.

Step 5 – Drag the centre points down and up to be left with a banner, next press Enter.

The underlined text and insertion point at end of the word indicates that you are still in the type mode.

Step 6  – The underlined text and insertion point at end of the word indicates that you are still in the type mode.

Step 6 – Type the Title

Use the Type Tool (T) and using capitals, type ‘SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE’.

  • Font: Pick a Sans Serif, eg Century Gothic
  • Dimensions: something that fills the page, eg 46 pt.
  • Click on the tick on the top right hand side of the page or click on the move tool to exit the type mode.
  • Now you can use the , or use the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to adjust the size.

Step 7 – Group the Layers

  • Click on your Type layer to select it
  • While holding Shift click on the layer with the banner (most likely Layer 2) – this should select both layers.
  • Press Ctrl+G to group the selected layers.

Step 8 – Blending Options

  • Access the Blending Options by double clicking on the Type layer. Click on the blue, high lighted area around the title. It should open the Blending Options/Layer Style window.
  • Change the Fill to 0% and the Knockout to Shallow.
  • Press OK.
Change the Fill to 0% and the Knockout to Shallow.

Step 8 – Blending Options – Change the Fill to 0% and the Knockout to Shallow.

Step 9 – Save the File

Save it as a PNG and select interlaced. Finito! Benissimo!

Create Texture in Photoshop

 

Photo by photojock on morgueFile.com

Photo by photojock on morgueFile.com

Content for Today’s Tutorial

  • Create Metal Texture
Example in Century Gothic  The second one with a Photo Filter in 25% blue

Example in Century Gothic
The second one with a Photo Filter in 25% blue

Metal Texture

This tutorial is about creating a stainless steel texture with a brushed surface (similar to the image above) and apply it to a line of text.

Step 1:

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) and use these settings:

  • Preset: Web
  • Size: 1280 (w) x 1024 px (h)
  • Resolution: 72 ppi

Step 2:

Use the Type Tool (T) and using capitals, type a word that relates to metal (the material) or signifies strength. You could even choose the name of a Metal band. I choose the word: ROYAL.

  • Font: Pick a Sans Serif, eg Century Gothic
  • Dimensions: something that fills the page, eg 280 pt, or use the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to adjust the size.

Step 3:

Select the shape of your word, create a new layer and fill the selection with 50% Grey, then with Noise.

  • Hold Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the Text layer (in the layer panel) to select the shape of the text
  • Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N)
  • Fill the selection with 50% Grey – Press Shift+F5, Select Grey at 50%
  • Fill the selection with Noise: Filter>Noise>Add Noise
    Amount: 100%, Distribution: Gaussian, tick Monochromatic

Step 4:

Apply Motion Blur

  • Apply Motion Blur Filter>Blur>Motion Blur
  • pick an angle that appeals to you (eg horizontal = angle:0)
  • Distance: pick a distance that creates long lines (I used 48 px)

Step 5:

Fill the text with 50% Grey. The edge of the text has become a bit see through.

  • Press Shift+F5
  • Select Grey at 50%
  • Select Behind for the Blending Mode

Step 6:

Use Curves to lighten the image up a bit.

  • Ctrl+M or Image>Adjustments>Curves
  • Manually adjust the curve

Step 7:

Use Bevel&Emboss to add depth to the text.

  • Double-click on you Type layer (around the title, not on the title – this should open the Layer Style/Blending Options.
  • Select Bevel/Emboss and change the settings
Bevel & Emboss - just an example

Bevel & Emboss – just an example

Step 8:

Save it as a PNG and try the same with a variety of (=5) different fonts.

When complete combine all the fonts on a page for presentation.

Photoshop Class 7 – Assessment Tasks

Link to Class 6     Class 5     Class 4     …      Class 1

Content for Today’s Class

  • Create a PDF form (upload the example on MyKangan)
  • Assessment – Portfolio of in-class work

PDF Form

Upload the file below and create form fields using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Make all blue text fields, the name and date active.

Next fill all the data in and save and upload the file to MyKangan.

Due Date: 3/5

Sample Task

Assessment – Portfolio

STEP 1: In Photoshop or Illustrator create a PDF portfolio page like the sample. Dim: 1024 px x 1645px x 150 ppi (resolution). (These dimensions are more a guideline and you can vary it if you have a different idea for your layout)

Include:

  • 1 image from Class 6 (Task 2 – applying image adjustment functions the image of Matthew Bridges is below)
  • 2 images from Class 5 (Tasks 1 and 2 – combine image of monkeys with image of window and put new screen onto the computer of the girl)
  • 2 images from Class 4 (Create a banner and create a clipping mask with your initials in front of image of birds)
  • place a banner of your own work on top or use an image from morgueFile (please state the name of the photographer)
  • a title (Portfolio of Work)
  • your name
  • save the file as a Photoshop PDF or Illustrator PDF

STEP 2: Create text fields in Adobe Acrobat Pro and add descriptions to your work. The descriptions need to state what tools and functions you used.

STEP 3: Save the final PDF and upload to MyKangan.

See example of Portfolio:

Photoshop Portfolio

 

Typography and Illustrator Class 7

Link to Class 6     Class 5    Class 4      Class 1

Today’s content:

  • Handout and discussion of Assessment 2 – Logo Design
  • Time to work on Assessment 2

Assessment 2

Design 2 Logo concepts for a business called UCV (United Creative Victoria) an imaginary organisation for Designers of different disciplines of Victoria.

Due Date

22/April 2013 – 5:30pm

Please read all the instructions carefully before completing the assessment task.

Brief

Design 2 Logo concepts for a business called UCV (United Creative Victoria) an imaginary organisation for Designers of different disciplines of Victoria.UCV will be located in Victoria Street, Carlton and will hold events for Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design and showcase some local Craft, from jewellery to small artefacts. UCV has a global outlook and would like a design for their logo that is modern and timeless. They would like you to base your concepts on Calibri or Bauhaus 93. Combine the type with a symbol.

Tasks

  1. Write a list of information about your client. What do you know about UCV?
  2. Brainstorm the terms: global outlook, modern and timeless. What do they mean? How could that be described visually? Collect your ideas in form of a mindmap or brainstorm.
  3. Sketch concepts for your logo on a minimum of 6 A4 pages (3 A4 pages per typeface). Draw symbols and icons that you could use as inside shapes to cut out of the main letter shapes. Scan your pages.
  4. Select your strongest ideas of your sketches and develop them in Adobe Illustrator. Have 3 versions per concept. Present each concept on an A4 pages (a page for each typeface).

Upload the file on MyKangan. Thank you!

CertIV_PGA_Type_Assessm2

Typography and Illustrator Class 6

Link to Class 5         Class 4       Class 3      Class 1

Menu of Yong Green Food , Fitzroy, MelbournePhoto: F. Viola

Menu of Yong Green Food , Fitzroy, Melbourne
Photo: F. Viola

Today’s content:

  • Handout and discussion of Assessment 1 – Typographic Collection
  • Time to work on Assessment 1

Assessment 1

You will need to produce a typographic  collection in digital format.

Due Date

15/April 2013 – 5:30pm

Format

The format can be a PowerPoint presentation, a Word document (saved as a PDF), an interactive PDF created in Adobe Acrobat or InDesign or a Website (created from HTML coding, Adobe DreamWeaver or in Adobe Bridge).

You will also need to supply a separate folder by name fonts with 8 font files.

Upload the file on MyKangan. This link will go active by Easter Monday.

Content

The content for your collection needs to include digital documentation (digital photographs, scans, font files and Illustrator-based EPS).

  • 5 photographs of different display types – retails signs
    A paragraph of text describing two or more of your choices. Describe the purpose and what appealed to you (colour, shape, legibility)! Who might be the target audience?
  • 5 images of interesting layouts (photos, scans, downloads). These could be from magazine, book covers, restaurant or cafe menus, or websites (screen shots of the webpage that appeals to you or of home page).
    A paragraph of text describing two or more of your choices. Describe the purpose and what appealed to you (colour, shape, legibility)! Who might be the target audience?
  • 5 photographs of product labels (this may include Ladies’ Cosmetics brands, in the higher price bracket and prestigious, Sport clothing brand for ball sports, to be used on shirts, pants, socks and shoes, Brand of healthy food products from sustainable ethical plantations with a fair trade commitment, bottle labels on wine, French champagne, boutique beer, etc)
    A paragraph of text describing two or more of your choices. Describe the purpose and what appealed to you (colour, shape, legibility)! Who might be the target audience?
  • 5 logos (digital format, GIF, JPEG, PNG, EPS, they can be found online or scans from books)
    A paragraph of text describing two or more of your choices. Describe the purpose and what appealed to you (colour, shape, legibility)! Who might be the target audience?
  • 5 film titles according to genre (scans or photos of movie posters, downloaded files from the internet), from these genres:
    • Wild West movie title
    • Sci-Fi movie or book title
    • Film Noir film title
    • Zombie titles
  • 5 type choice for themes (scans or photos of movie posters, downloaded files from the internet)
    • for a Wedding Day or Wedding Invite
    • for Children’s books, toys, games
  • A list of 8 fonts in the font and attached Font Files in a separate folder by the name fonts (chose your fonts on http://www.dafont.com)
    • 2 Sans Serif Fonts
    • 2 Serif Fonts
    • 2 Fonts that you really like
    • 2 good display fonts for signage

Tips for Assessment

Try some of the links supplied in Links for Learning and Links to Inspire You, particularly Dzine Blog and search for logo designs there. You might want to look at Mashable or Communication Arts and use either of their search boxes.

Use a program that you feel comfortable with.

Advertisement on Banner, Brunswick, MelbournePhoto: F. Viola

Advertisement on Banner, Brunswick, Melbourne
Photo: F. Viola

How to Install a Font on Your Computer

Italian movie poster found on Abduzeedo.com

Italian movie poster found on Abduzeedo.com

Installing fonts has been easy with Macs in the past, and has become very user-friendly with Windows 7 as well. If you use earlier versions of Windows you should be able to drag and drop (the destination folder is called Fonts and is located on the C-drive: C:\Windows\Fonts).

I recommend to get free fonts from www.dafont.com Visit this tutorial to learn how to Install Fonts in Mac OS X  and how to Install Fonts in Windows 7.

Photoshop Class 6

Link to Class 5     Class 4     …      Class 1

Photo by hotblack on morgueFile.com

Photo by hotblack on morgueFile.com

Content for Today’s Class

  • Crop Tool
  • Image Adjustments:
    • Brightness/Contrast
    • Levels (Ctrl+L)
    • Curves (Ctrl+M)
    • Auto Tone (Shift+Ctrl+L)
    • Auto Contrast (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L)
    • Auto Color (Shift+Ctrl+B
    • Vibrance
    • Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U)
    • Photo Filter
    • Shadows/Highlights
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Tasks

Crop Tool

Follow the in-class instructions on how to use the Crop Tool or follow the tutorial below the image.

The crop tool works on two basic levels:

  • free-hand – simply select the crop tool (Shortcut C) [Visit Shortcutworld for more Photoshop Shortcutsand drag a window over your image. You can adjust the size of the crop selection by dragging the edges and corners. You can even rotate your crop selection (with CS4 or higher).
    Hit Enter to complete the crop action and accept the new size.
  • key in dimensions – after activating the crop tool enter the width (in px for web), the height (in px) and the resolution (72 is suitable for web)- the values need to be entered in the options bar (also called properties bar). See image below as an example. Next drag the crop window and press enter to except the change.
    Note that the window is restricted in its scale.
See the dimensions of the Crop Tool: 450px x 400px with 72ppi resolution.

See the dimensions of the Crop Tool: 450px x 400px with 72ppi resolution.

Cropping and Straightening Images in Photoshop Essentials

Cropping Tool in Photoshop Essentials

Brightness/Contrast

Follow the in-class demonstration. A nice and basic function, it allows you to change the brightness and correct the contrast. Move the slider to change the values.

Tick and untick the Preview box to observe the changes before accepting it.

Use the sliders. It is self explanatory.

Use the sliders. It is self explanatory.

Levels

With the Levels function you can adjust problems with tone (eg a photo that is very grey and does not show enough dark and light aspects) or colour related problems (eg too much blue).

The Short Cut: Ctrl+L (Cmd+L)

Overview: follow my in-class introduction to how to use the Levels in simple steps. Use the attached photo by Matthew Bridges of the old house at a lake.

Image>Adjustments>Level

Image>Adjustments>Level

The easiest and most basic way to apply the Levels function is by moving the sliders for the highlight (white) and shadows (black) below the graph of the input levels inwards. Moving the highlight will brighten the image up and moving the shadow will darken the shadows.

This is a good basic function to start of with and it is useful for the majority of your photos, may they be basic shots or more sophisticated and at higher resolution.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the Level Adjustment more detailed and how to create an Adjustment Layer:

Fix Tone and Color with Levels in Photoshop – Photoshop Essentials

Improving Image Tone With Levels In Photoshop – Photoshop Essentials

Curves

Follow the in-class demonstration (shortcut: Ctrl+M). The Curves function is similar to the Level function, but the graph is a lot more visual and intuitive. You can manipulate it with your mouse.  See image:

Try the presets and see how it affects your image, and then manipulate the curve yourself.

Try the presets and see how it affects your image, and then manipulate the curve yourself.

Curves Tutorial on Photoshop Essentials

Auto Tone

The short cut is Shift+Ctrl+L. Follow the in-class demonstration. The Auto Tone function readjusts tonal settings in your image and in most cases this results in a crisper image with the click of a button. The Auto Tone option looks for the darkest and lightest points in an image and resets them to pure white and black, resulting in clearer tones.

Because  Auto Tone adjusts each color channel individually, it may remove color or introduce color casts.

Auto Contrast

Follow the in-class demonstration.

The short cut is Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L (maybe not that short after all). Auto Contrast adjusts image contrast automatically, at the click of a button. Unlike Auto Tone it will not affect colours. It clips the shadow and highlight values in an image and then maps the remaining lightest and darkest pixels in the image to pure white and pure black . As a result the image will have lighter highlights anf darker shadows and a crisper contrast.

Auto Color

Follow the in-class demonstration.

The short cut is Shift+Ctrl+B.

Auto Color adjusts the contrast and color of an image. It is able to search images for shadows, midtones, and highlights. It then neutralizes the midtones using a target color of RGB 128 grey and clips the shadowand highlight pixels by 0.5%. Personally, and from experience it effects images less and Auto Contrast and Auto Tone bring more convincing changes in image quality.

Vibrance

Follow the in-class demonstration.

As the name suggests this function will help you making a photo look more vibrant. Colours can be shown more intensely with higher saturation. It is easy to grasp this function, simply move the sliders to the right to increase vibrance or move them to the left to decrease vibrance.

Based on a photo by delboysafa from morgueFile.com

Based on a photo by delboysafa from morgueFile.com

Hue/Saturation

Follow the in-class demonstration.  (Ctrl+U)

Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with a mask showing the original (yellow) below.

Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with a mask showing the original (yellow) below.

Photo Filter

Photo Filter

Photo Filter

Follow the in-class demonstration. One of the best image adjustment options, you can select from a set of preset filters: use a warming filter to create a lighting sense that you would encounter indoors, in autumn (fall) or during a sunset when there are more yellow, orange and red colours around.

Use a cool filter to create a typical outdoor setting or a winter atmosphere. You can tick the Color box and select your own colour or select a colour from the image itself (simply click on the part of the image).

You can also change the amount of density, more density results in a stronger impact of your filter. Find a level that you like – try to be more conservative and chose a little less density than you like for a print).

Shadows/Highlights

Follow the in-class demonstration. With the shadows and highlights you can easily lighten up an underexposed, dark image. Use the functions sparsely to not overdo the changes, which can easily create an unrealistic look. The image shows the changes on a dark photo.

Based on photo by o0o0xmods0o0o from morgueFile.com

Based on photo by o0o0xmods0o0o from morgueFile.com

Use an Adjustment Layer

All the image adjustments that we have looked at above can be done directly to an image or in from of an adjustment layer. It is far better to create an adjustment layer, this allows you to create changes in form of a layer. You can always delete or hide the layer and your original image remains unaffected.

How do you create an adjustment layer?

With your original layer selected click on the Create a new fill or adjustment layer button and select what type of adjustment layer you want to create. Next do all the adjustments to it.

Alternatively you just click on the Adjustments tab and select the Adjustment Layer that you want to create.

(See image)

Create an Adjustment Layer

Create an Adjustment Layer

Task in Class

Perform these two tasks to show that you understood today’s class ( If you have missed this class you need to do this!!!)

  1. Use the image by Matthew Bridges (or select an alternative image). Use the crop tool and resize to 450px x 400px at 72ppi (resolution). Apply 6 different image adjustment layers and mask them off in strips (see examples of student work). Add titles to your strips.  E-mail the file to me as a PNG (not PSD).
  2. In your second task I would like you to use Matthew Bridges’ image only. The photo is very grey and it looks foggy. I would like you to improve the image using any of the image adjustment functions that you have learnt about. When you are happy with the improved image e-mail me a PNG version of it (no need to crop the image).

Student Submissions:

Work by Benan Ü

Work by Benan Ü

Work by Michael T

Work by Michael T

Work by Naşide S

Work by Naşide S

Work by Tristan S

Work by Tristan S

Work by Berna K

Work by Berna K

Work by Vlad K

Work by Vlad K

Work by Jo W

Work by Jo W

Work by Justin A

Work by Justin A

Typography and Illustrator Class 5

Link to Class 4         Link to Class 3     Link to Class 1

Photo by taliesin on morgueFile

Photo by taliesin on morgueFile

Today’s content:

  • Word Meanings: Look at tasks from last class and homework
  • Read the attached file About Type  from Designing with Type, C.Foster, I.K.Scala, 2010:
  •  revisit:
    • Type Tool (T),
    • Character Panel (Ctrl+T),
    • Outline Text (Shift+Ctrl+O),
    • Alignment and Distribution (Shift+F7) and
    • Pathfinder (Shift +Ctrl + F9)
  • Practice the tools above

Word Meanings

We will commence by looking at the homework from last class. Please open it up on your computers and be ready to speak about it for 2-5mins.

I am very interested in looking at your word creations, particularly your own word and meaning.

About Type

Read the attached document ‘About Type’ from Designing with Type, C.Foster, I.K.Scala, 2010:g 

About Type

Think about a typeface suitable for a Ladies’ Cosmetics brand, in the higher price bracket and prestigious. What typeface/fonts can you think of?

Find a typeface that suits:

  • Ladies’ Cosmetics brand, in the higher price bracket and prestigious
  • Sport clothing brand for ball sports, to be used on shirts, pants, socks and shoes
  • Brand of healthy food products from sustainable ethical plantations with a fair trade commitment

Revisiting Tools and Functions:

Open Illustrator at A4 with a landscape orientation and 4 art boards. Copy the words that your teacher writes and play with them as suggested.

Using Effect>Warp>Bulge on the word Expansion

Using Effect>Warp>Bulge on the word Expansion

Using the Reflect tool (o) to reflect the i downwards as if it has collapsed in front.

Using the Reflect tool (o) to reflect the i downwards as if it has collapsed in front.

Outlined text changed in size and colours dropped into the individual letters with Eyedropper tool using LMB + Alt

Outlined text changed in size and colours dropped into the individual letters with Eyedropper tool using LMB + Alt