1.26- Digital You

Things are going great. You’ve been contacted by a local non-profit to create an image to be used to promote good choices and character. The group wants images of people surrounded and swirling with good, positive things. They are planning a series of these ads, so feel free to experiment with a couple different ideas. You need to create an image that shows a person (use your own image to begin with if you have one) and then a lot of healty hobbies or activities that they can participate in.

Objective:

Create a composite image in Photoshop.

Specifications:

  • YOU MUST WATCH ALL THESE VIDEOS AND FOLLOW ALONG!
  • The image must be 8×10, 300dpi, RGB.
  • You must set up guides using the rule of thirds
  • The image must include a photograph a person (get your pic from the CTNAS)
  • You must understand Raw Images
  • Crop an image with the crop tool
  • Use the inverse command to make easy selections
  • You must create a saved selection of your outline
  • You must make the image of yourself a smart object
  • You must apply a smart filter to your picture
  • You must add at least 3 text layers and group them in the layers palette in a group called “text”
  • You must use a scatter brush (like the grass or leaves)
  • You must create a shadow of yourself using a gradient
  • Save the image as a .psd called 106weirdness-lastname (i.e. 106weirdness-schwartz.psd)
  • Save the image as a TIFF or PDF for high quality print.
  • PRint the image in a picture package with (1) 5×7 and (2) 3×5
  • You must scale the image down for the internet (max 1000 px in either dimension) and use the appropriate resampling method
  • Save as jpeg in the photoshop images folder called 106weirdness-lastname.jpg

 

Concepts Learned:

  • Rule of thirds
  • RAW images
  • Smart objects and Smart Filters
  • Saving selections
  • Loading selections
  • Gradients
  • Brush Presets
  • grouping layers
  • Picture Packages
  • Resizing images and resampling methods
  • Unsharp Mask
  • Understand TIFF and PDF documents
  • Save as jpeg

Materials/Equipment:

  • Computer Workstation
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Camera

Resources/References:

  • Software Tutorials and User’s Guides
  • Tutorial books in the design library
  • Online Resources

Guidelines:

  • Take the picture of yourself against a solid colored wall to make it easier to select yourself

Evaluation:

Does the image look like it was never retouched? Is it the right size? Does it look kind of weird and mystical?

Enrichment:

  • Create another poster using the skills you aquired to promote an idea, hobby, band, or personal hero of yours. (no need for the weirdness in this one!)
  • Take it farther- check out this CT2 project.