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Photoshop

Unlock the potential of Photoshop. Using industry- standard techniques, students will apply their learning towards practical applications such as skin-retouching, image compositing and background replacement.

  Photoshop - $15/class minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Andrew Zoucha                         andrewzoucha@questforeducationsandarts.com

Photoshop - $15/class minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Andrew Zoucha                        
andrewzoucha@questforeducationsandarts.com

September 12, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you all enjoyed class today. We covered working in layers, blending modes, and a few other Photoshop basics like the Transform tool and the Brush tool.

Homework

For homework this week, I am including three high-res images that you can download from this page. Please place these into Photoshop and use your knowledge of blending modes to make something special. You don't need to use all three images for blending, so choose the two that you think would go best together. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. You will present your new images in class next week.

Also, be sure to review some of the most-used keyboard shortcuts. These will help you throughout the year. To access a list of Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts, go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

Please go over the course syllabus with a parent and have them sign it. If you or your parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

For Next Class

Please download the following image assets before the next class, that way we can work on the same images together.

See you next Tuesday!

September 19, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you enjoyed playing with image color and exposure in today's class. We covered adjustment layers (curves, levels, and hue/saturation) and got a quick look at layer masking.

Homework

For homework this week, perform a color swap on the blueberries in the attached image.

blueberries.jpeg

For Next Class

Please download the following image assets before the next class, that way we can work on the same images together.

spacewalk.jpeg
shoes.jpeg
city.jpeg
space.jpg

September 26, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you all had fun compositing those images in class. All of your images looked fabulous. We covered the "Select and Mask" tool, which is so useful and a foundation for many projects.

Homework: For homework this week, cut out the leaf and hand from the foreground image and make the blurry image the background. And don't worry - it doesn't have to be an absolutely perfect selection. 

leaf.jpeg
blurred-background.jpg

For Next Class:

  • Download the following image:
portrait.jpg

October 3, 2017

Hello students,

You all did a great job cutting out the leaves to form a composite last week. This week in class, we learned how to make our own brushes and customize them. Remember, to make your own brush, go to Edit > Define Brush Preset with the black-and-white defining area selected. From here, adjust the brush settings to get the look you're going for.

Homework:

For homework this week, use a custom brush to fill in the model's eyebrow(s). The image asset (homework.jpg) is available in the Drive folder at this link: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Week:

We will be using the homework image in class next week (the same one you're doing the eyebrows for).

See you Tuesday!

October 10, 2017

Hello students,

This week, we learned how to contour and highlight. You all did a great job in class, and on last week's homework. We have an exciting class coming up: an in-class project that will utilize many of the skills you've learned so far.

Homework

For homework this week, use the image asset "CONTOUR.jpeg" (in the folder https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA ) and contour the model's face. Remember to darken the cheekbone hollows, the jawline, the sides of the temple, and the sides of the nose. Highlight the chin, the "v" under each eye, down the center of the nose, above the lips, and on the brow bone just underneath the arch of the brow.

For Next Week (Important!)

Download all of the images in our Assets folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA

For 10/24

We will be editing portraits of ourselves, as well as trying on sunglasses. This will be a fun class. Please bring a portrait of yourself. It doesn't need to be perfect - a good-quality selfie will do. Make sure your head is directly facing the camera.

I imagine that most of you at least have smartphones for taking your photos, or that your parents do, but if for some reason you cannot get a photo of yourself (or are not comfortable with uploading your photo to Photoshop), don't hesitate to contact me. Please review Photoshop's Privacy Policy with your parents regarding how your images could potentially be used. If needed, I can provide a portrait photo of someone else (it just might not be as fun as trying sunglasses on yourself). Again, if you have any questions, just send me an email.

See you next week!

October 17, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you enjoyed applying several of the skills we've learned so far in class on Tuesday. We will continue this next week.

Homework

For homework, please refer to last week's Yellow Box for information on using a photo of yourself. If you have any questions, send me an email.

For Next Week

Download all of the sunglasses images from the Drive folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA

See you next week!

 

October 24, 2017

Hello students,

In class, we tried on several pairs of sunglasses and wrapped up our composite in-class project. I hope you all had fun.

Homework

For homework this week, please try on the sunglasses in the folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA

Be sure to use the healing brush to remove the "arms" of the sunglasses. Use the Multiply blending mode for the sunglasses layer, and have a dark brush layer underneath for a more realistic look with shadows.

For Next Week

Please download the other images in the folder (linked above). There are two portraits.

 

See you next week!

 

October 31, 2017

Hello students,

I think we all had a lot of fun using the Liquify tool in class. We have a great lesson planned for next week as well!

Homework

For homework this week, please use the Liquify tool to change the man's expression. As usual, the image is in the Drive folder ( https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing )

For Next Week

Be sure to download the other images in the Drive folder.

See you Tuesday!

 

November 7, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you all enjoyed adding light to photos in Photoshop this week!

Homework

For homework this week, add beams of light coming from the car's headlights. Remember to use the gradient tool on a layer mask to make the headlights weaken as they get further from the light source. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Week

Be sure to download the other images in the Drive folder.

See you next week!

 

November 14, 2017

The Clone Stamp Tool is so powerful and I hope you all enjoyed learning about it in class. 

Homework

For homework this week, use the Clone Stamp Tool to remove the cage foreground of the monkey image in the Drive folder. Try to get as realistic results as possible. The key to the clone stamp tool is to sample areas that would look good in the areas you're correcting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

 

For Next Class

There will be no class next week, November 21st due to Thanksgiving Break. Please download the remaining images in the Drive folder for next class, which is on November 28th.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

November 28, 2017

Hello students,

I hope you all had fun putting your designs onto the city billboard. The transform tool is just so cool!

 

Homework

For homework this week, please make a custom square store sign and distort it onto the included image. All images are in Drive as usual: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

Remember to start you design in a new document. When you're satisfied with your design, select all the layers by clicking the base layer and then Shift-clicking the top layer. Then, with the Move tool activated, hold Alt or Option and drag the image itself (not the layers from the list) into the photo that you want to place it on. From here, group the layers, right-click the new group and turn it into a Smart Object, and then use the Transform tool's Distort feature (found by right-clicking the object with the Transform tool activated) to pin the corners to the corners of the sign. Extra points if you add in shading to make it look 3D.

For Next Class

Please download all the images in Drive.

See you Tuesday!

 

December 5, 2017

Hello students,

Just one week left until Christmas Break! Our final project will be assigned in class next week and will be due on our first class in 2018!

Homework

For homework this week, please add text behind the palm trees in the beach image. You can do so using a layer mask with the brush tool, or I recommend using the Select and Mask function (accessed from within a selection tool). Try experimenting with the Refine Edge tool (found within Select and Mask) to save you a lot of work on the individual palm fronds. You might try placing text like "vacation" or "summer," or you can place text of your choice. 

All images are in Drive as usual: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Class

Please download all the images in Drive.

 

See you Tuesday!

 

December 12, 2017

Hello students,

It's already almost the end of 2017! I hope the review we had this week was helpful and refreshed your knowledge of Curves, Select and Mask, and Layer Masks.

Homework

Your midterm is the magazine cover project! It's worth 50 points, so please take the time to give it an extra layer of polish! The assigment guide sheet was handed out in class, but there's an extra copy in the Assets Folder (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing) just in case.

Something that isn't on the guide sheet was that using your own photo(s) can get you up to five points of extra credit. Just make sure they're high quality and really enhance the cover. I know you will all do a great job. You can even check out some real magazines for inspiration.

For Next Class

Please download all the images in Drive.

See you in 2018!

 

January 9, 2017

Hello students,

Your magazine covers look fantastic! I am truly impressed.

Homework

Edit the image openedit.jpg however you like! Please do at least five different operations to the image. You can edit color, shape, light, anything! You may also use other images you have. Images in Drive (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing)

For Next Class

Please download all the images in Drive.

See you next class!

 

January 16, 2017

Hello students,

Figure adjustments can be a lot of fun - I hope you enjoyed learning about the puppet warp tool in class.

Next week, we’re working with RAW format images. RAW is a file format (just like a .PDF or .DOC), but for images that preserve a high amount of camera sensor data. Also note that because they're so detailed, these photos may take up a bit of space.

Homework

Use the puppet warp tool to change the figure of the woman in the image labeled "homework." Be sure to edit the woman's shadow in Liquify to mimic the figure adjustment.

Here's the Drive link:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Week

Download all the images in Drive. You may notice different file name extensions - these are simply indicative of the RAW format, rather than our usual JPEG format. 

See you next week!

 

January 23, 2017

Hello students,

Working in RAW format is so powerful, and you all did a great job editing the image colors. 

Homework

Make your own edit of the RAW format image in Drive. The homework image is in .cr2 format.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Week

As usual, please download all the images in Drive.

 

January 30, 2017

Hello students,

Adjustment Reveals using layer masks are such powerful tools for editing. I hope you enjoyed learning about them in class.

Homework

Use the layer mask reveal technique to edit the labeled image in Drive. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

 

For Next Week

Please download the remaining images in Drive.

See you next class!

 

February 6, 2018

Hello students,

We covered a lot in our last class - frequency separation is an advanced skill! You all did a great job.

Homework

Use the frequency separation method (described below) to improve the man's skin in the labeled homework image. 

Frequency Separation Steps

Remember, frequency separation is simply when you separate the color of an image from the texture, allowing you to adjust them individually. 

Start by making three duplicates of the base image (Ctrl J on your keyboard). Make the top layer invisible so you can see what you're doing on the next highest layer. On this second-highest layer, add a gaussian blur. Slowly increase the radius of the blur from zero until the skin texture disappears.

On the top layer (which you can now make visible), add a High Pass filter (Filter > Other > High Pass). Slowly increase the radius from zero until the skin texture is moderately visible.

Once you've applied the High Pass filter to your top layer, change the top layer's blending mode to Linear Light. The resulting image should be visually realistic and quite close to the original image. If something doesn't look right, or if the skin texture looks too weird, you may need to undo and re-apply the filters. This can take some time, but trust me, it's worth it.

Now, you should be able to edit color independently from texture! On the color layer (the one you blurred until the texture disappeared), use the Lasso Tool to circle small areas of the image, then apply just enough blur to improve the look of the skin (but not too much to the point that it looks fake). Make sure you're using a feather of 20-40px on the Lasso Tool. You can also use the Clone Stamp Tool to duplicate color from other parts of the image, for example, to cover skin redness (hint, hint). Just make sure your Clone Stamp Tool is set to sample your current layer only.

To edit skin texture, use the Clone Stamp tool. Remember, this will only clone texture, so this is great for removing large pores, stray hairs, etc.

Phew, that's a lot! Hopefully it won't be so difficult when you dive in and follow this step-by-step. As always, if you need any help, don't hesitate to email me.

 

Here's the link to Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

 

For Next Week

Please download the remaining images in Drive.

See you next week!

 

February 13, 2017

February 27, 2018

Hello students,

I hope you had a fantastic break! I wish that I could've been at class this Tuesday. Here's hoping I will be all better by next Tuesday!

 

Homework

Use Blend If to dramatize the cloudy forest image in Drive. Yes, it's the same image from last week. Try playing with different colors; I want to see your unique edits! Here's a link to my in-class video on Blend If, if you want to re-watch it: https://youtu.be/p3WBP29t7N0

Here's the link to Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

 

For Next Week

Please download the remaining images in Drive.

See you next week (hopefully)!

 

March 6, 2018

Hello students,

The double exposure effect can be a bit complicated, but I think it's a great reinforcement for our masking and selection skills. You all did great in class.

Homework

Use the double exposure effect to create your own unique image. Use a portrait we used in class, and combine it with one of the mountain/nature photos you downloaded last week.

Double Exposure Guide

1. Import the portrait image and duplicate it.

2. Use channels to select your portrait subject. Find the channel with the most contrast, then duplicate this channel. Use Levels to make the darker areas of the image even darker, then fill in any areas that weren't completely darkened using the Brush tool. If you're having trouble with this, you can also use Select and Mask instead (but please do try the Channels method).

3. Once the subject has been selected, apply a Layer Mask to the top layer (the duplicate of the portrait). The image should not change when you apply the mask. If it does, try inverting the Mask.

4. In between your two layers, add the nature image of your choice. Use the Transform tool to position it. The nature image should look like it's "inside" the portrait outline.

5. Duplicate the base layer (the original portrait), and make it the top layer. Then, desaturate the image (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). Change the blending mode to Multiply.

6. Adjust the masks to make the images blend better. Use a Curves adjustment layer with a clipping mask to increase the brightness of the high points of the portrait's face.

All done! If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

For Next Week

Next week, we'll be creating images from scratch, so there's nothing to download from Drive.

See you next week!

 

March 13, 2018

Hello students,

I hope you enjoyed learning about Material Design. You can check out the full resource at material.io if you want to learn more.

Homework

No homework this week (!!) - just download the items in Drive.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

For Next Week

There may be different file formats in Drive this week, because we're making GIFs next class!

See you next week!

 

March 20, 2018

Hello students,

Not only are GIFs lots of fun, but they're useful, too. For example, you could show clients an animation of a project you're working on, in a way that would show each layer being constructed - kind of like a timelapse of your work. You could also make a GIF showing the before/after of a project. So many possibilities!

I think I found out why all the frames were updating in the aircraft example. All layers should be Smart Objects. If a layer isn't, you can right-click the layer and Convert to Smart Object. Additionally, the Move (not Transform) tool should be used, and Propagate Frame 1 should be unchecked.

 

Homework

Make your own custom GIF using images we've downloaded this year, or by making one from scratch in Photoshop. Please use at least three frames.

 

For Next Week

As usual, please download the images in Drive. Our next class will be very useful (and hopefully fun!) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

See you Tuesday!

 

March 27, 2018

Hello students,

The Displace filter is so useful for seeing how your designs might look on a shirt, wall, or other texture. It could even be a "secret weapon" in the event of a t-shirt design contest - imagine not just showing the judges what the design will look like, but what it would look like with a model wearing it!

 

Homework

Make a t-shirt design that represents your favorite vacation place (ex: Hawaii, Nantucket Island, New York City, etc.) or somewhere you want to go. Then, use the Displace method we learned in class to see what it would look like on an actual shirt. Use the t-shirt image we used in class as your surface.

 

Displace Method Steps

NOTE: If the background texture image you're using has a light or dark object where the design will be (such as an existing logo or a large necklace), you may need to remove the obstruction by using the Healing Brush and/or Clone Stamp Tools before you proceed to the displacement.

1. Duplicate your base layer (the t-shirt model), and place your design on a new layer on top. 

2. Save the file using Save As. 

3. Locate the file on your computer. Duplicate the file and name the new one "map". You may need to use the copy-and-paste method to duplicate the file.

4. Open the Map file. Delete your design layer. Make the image B&W by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Also, blur the image slightly (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) so that we don't have a grainy edge problem later. Save the file using File > Save (not Save As).

5. On your original document (the one that still has your design layer), select your design layer. Go to Filter > Distort > Displace. Enter offset values in the boxes. These values with adjust the intensity of the displacement effect. On the next screen, select your Map document (the duplicate), which Photoshop will reference.

6. Great! How's it looking? If the effect is too weak or too intense for it to look realistic, undo the effect and try again with different offset values as mentioned in Step 5.

7. Polish the effect with the Liquify tool or a layer mask if needed.

 

For Next Week

Download all the images in Drive. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

See you in class!

 

April 3, 2018

The Pen tool can be a bit tedious at times, but its razor-sharp selections and illustration capabilities can make it worth it! Also, great job on the Displacement t-shirts!

Homework

Use the Pen tool to cut out the man in the image of the man with the red shirt listening to music. We've already downloaded this image, but it's still in Drive just in case. Don't forget to add shadows using the Brush tool!

Remember, Control/Command-Drag points to move them, and Alt/Option-Drag curve modifier points to create sharp points in a path. Also, completed paths are stored under the Paths tab, next to the Layers tab.

For Next Week

Download the images in Drive. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BycRYsyoRW-2LS1hbUprc0NuNzA?usp=sharing

 

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