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Photography- Harrell

This page includes extra photoshop skills lessons used in this course.

Photoshop step by step; easy, yet essential stuff.
Start with a colorful photo of your choice-
apply a variety of filters; save each alteration with the name of the alteration (16 total filters-at least one each from the filter list artistic-textures plus lens flare)
Combine the photos into a contact sheet on 8x10 pages that displays photos in 2 columns and 4 rows on each page (use the photoshop/automate/contact sheet II command)
You will have 2 contact sheets, each with 8 filter changes. Save the first as lastname_filters1 and the second as lastname_filters2

Color adjustments
apply a variety of adjustments; save each alteration with the name of the adjustment (8 total)
Combine the photos into a contact sheet on an 8x10 page that displays photos in 2 columns and 4 rows on each page (use the photoshop/automate/contact sheet II command)
Save as lastname_adjustments

Blending Modes
Same as above, using layer styles (double click the layer). Add 8 effects like color overlays, gradient overlays, etc. and create a new contact sheet to display your work.
Save as lastname_layerstyles

Image in text
photoshop help file available
Basic steps:
Open a file with the graphic you want to use. Make sure it is not the background layer (duplicate background if necessary)
Select the area that you would like to use - Copy
In a new document, type the text. Use a large, wide font. When you have entered the text, press Control/Enter
Paste the copied graphic into the new document.
Move the layer above the text layer, then go to layers-create clipping path

Text on a path

Use any of the selection tools to create a path or shape for the text to follow
At the bottom of the Paths palette, choose "Make work path from selection"
The selected area will turn light gray
Select any of the text tools and position on the path so the squiggly line appears (tells you that you are on a path)
Type your text

Remove red eye

This selection is copied directly from the Photoshop Help file

The Red Eye tool removes red eye in flash photos of people or animals, 
and white or green reflections in flash photos of animals.
  1. Select the Red Eye tool 
  2. Click in the red eye. If you are not satisfied with the result, undo the correction, 
    set one or more of the following options in the options bar, and click the red eye again:
  3. Pupil Size Increases or decreases the area affected by the Red Eye tool. Darken Amount Sets the darkness of the correction.

Red eye is caused by a reflection of the camera flash in the subject’s retina. You’ll see it more often
  when taking pictures in a darkened room because the subject’s iris is wide open.
To avoid red eye, use the camera’s red eye reduction feature. Or, better yet,
use a separate flash unit that you can mount on the camera farther away from the camera’s lens.

Cropping and adding a Feathered border

Select Crop tool
Select area to crop
click check mark to crop
Select marquee tool (oval is best for feathering)
Select area
Right-click in selected area and choose feather
Right-click and select Inverse (or choose Inverse from Select menu)
(optional) Choose background color or leave as is
Press delete to clear background
(option B- to put feathered selection on clear background)
After selecting area and choosing feather, copy selection, go to file "New" and
make sure that background contents are set as transparent

Go to the Image menu, choose image size
Constrain proportions to keep the ratio of height to width the same
Best practice: Shoot and save your picture too big. Going smaller is easier than going bigger.

Black and White, Sepia, contrast Bw with painted lips
Go to the Image menu, choose Adjustments
From there, you can fix lighting, contrast, colors, etc.

Black and White

Sepia tone

August 29, 2013