Course Description

This course will provide students with experience in creating
images and designs using computer graphics, design and drawing
programs. Topics will include graphic design, illustration, image
manipulation, image processing, and 3D graphics. Students will
combine these elements in a variety of projects to create original

Monday, March 14, 2011

My tutorial was water colors. The first thing I did was create three copies of the Background layer. This gave me four layers. On step three with the top two layers temporarily hidden from view I picked on "Layer 1" in the Layers palette to. On the next step the thing I did was simplify the image, and then using Photoshop's "Cutout" filter. With "Layer 1" selected I went up to the Filter menu at the top of the screen, choose Artistic, and then choose Cutout. Then I selected "Layer 1"then went up to the Blend Mode options. Then still in the Layers palette, then I’m going to add some texture to our image at this point. Then I went back up to the Filter menu at the top of the screen, I selected Artistic once again, and this time I choose Dry Brush. When the Dry Brush filter's dialog box appears i set the Brush Size to 10, and the Texture option to 3. With "Layer 1 copy" still selected I went up to the Blend Mode options once again in the top left of the Layers palette, I went on the down-pointing arrow to the right and went to "Normal" and changed the blend mode for the layer to Screen. Just as I did with Layer 1. With the top layer selected and visible again inside the document I went back up to the Filter menu at the top of the screen this time I chose Noise, and then I chose Median. The Median filter will remove even more detail from the image, and the nice thing about it is that it does so without blurring the image so edges remain well defined. When the Median Filter's dialog box appears, I set the Radius value at the bottom to 12 pixels. Then the last step, To complete the effect with the top layer still selected I went up to the Blend Mode options in the top left of the Layers palette I clicked again on the down-pointing arrow to the right of the word "Normal" and changed the layer's blend mode to Soft Light.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I chose this photo to blog about because it looks vibrant and it kind of looks 
like something a cartoon designer would draw or create. Some areas of the
 image look like they were hand drawn while others look like horrible graphics
 in a video game. This tutorial gave me unique results. In the original photo it
 looks nothing like graphics in a video game or it was hand drawn. 
I liked this tutorial because I like the look of hand drawn images and video game g
raphics because I am a gamer myself (this past weekend Google honored Will Eisner,
 a famed comic book artist, by giving him a logo on the Google website.)
In order for me to get the outcome I got I had to do the following steps to my photo. The first step is to make a new adjustment layer called levels then you set you black, gray, and white eye dropper to the setting to I wanted it at. The second step was to find shadows by selecting the darkest part of the image using the black eye drop tool. Then you can adjust the color levels of the shadows using the slider. You do the same thing for the lighter parts of the picture.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Retro Comic Book

January 5, 2011, my school brought us to New York City, to go see Lion King, on Broadway. We had to get up at five in the morning so we could leave by six AM. My friends and I were so exited. We decide to take photos to record our trip. When I was looking back on the photos I had this amazing idea. I thought, “This would make a great comic book photo, and it would help me always remember the trip.”
The first step I did, I gave the photo an illustrated look with some graininess, to give the illusion of an old photo on bad quality paper. This is not a realistic effect; it is just some distortion to the original image to help me achieve the final look. I did this by going to (FILTERS > ARTISTIC > FILM GRAIN.) After this I had to decide what type of graininess I was going to use, in this case I used (GRAIN: 4, HIGHLIGHT AREA: 0, INTENSITY: 10).
Next I duplicated the layer and named the new layer halftone. I applied a halftone pattern, which is a type of coloration that sort of looks like bigger dots of color are used to make up the picture. This gives the image a look of an old comic book. I did this by going to (FILTER > PIXELATE > COLOR HALFTONE.) This was my favorite part because I actually got to see the major change in the photo.
Then I set maximum radius: 4 (and I left the rest with the default values.) this helped enhance the colors. In particular, I was trying to improve the red colors by brightening them. Then I went to the layers palette and set the blend mode to darken. This caused the lighter shades to pop out more. i liked these effects because it attracted my eyes to the subject of the photo due to the fact that the colors were more separated from each other.
I selected the halftone layer then I added a new layer and drew a small rectangle at the top left of the frame of the image. I painted it orange. I drew another rectangle, a bit larger this time, on the lower right corner of the picture, and painted it white. Then I used the typing tool to at my text into each box. The results are that I created a retro comic book sketch of my friend and I.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Colored sketch

First I duplicated the background layer. Then with the new layer selected, convert the photo to a sketch.
(Image>Adjustments>Desaturate, then filter>Stylize>Find Edges. Adjust the Levels if Necessary
Image>Adjustments>Levels). Then you have to duplicate the original background layer, (with the bottom layer selected go to Layer>Duplicate Layer). Then click, hold and drag the new layer to the top. Then with the top layer selected change the layer blending mode to Hard Light. Then change the layer opacity to around 75%. You will have a nice colored sketch of your original picture.

black and white using channel mixer


In this photo I changed it from color to black and white; before I changed anything I made sure to adjust the brightness and contrast to make it the best photo possible. When I say the best photo possible I mean making the photo clearer, making small details come to life. I didn’t want to make it too noticeable but I like how you can see the small details such as every small piece of grass under the train and all the details of the train.
After that, I changed this photo by clicking on image and adjustments. Under adjustments there is an option called channel mixer. Click that and adjust it to how you like it. I like the photo because it is a recent picture but by changing it to black and white it looks like it’s really old.

Friday, February 25, 2011

This photo is the end result of the tutorial I did on Moodle for my Graphic Design class. The name of the tutorial was “Areas in Color.” The process for all of this took about 2 or 3 steps. I chose this photo because the colors were vibrant and it was simple background with a simple subject. The first step is to turn the whole picture black and white. The second step is then to color the flower in blue.
I chose this photo because the color of the flower was vibrant and I thought it would look good to make everything in the background black and white then have the flower in color. The result is that it would make the flower look like it was coming off the page. In my opinion this is one of the best pictures I have done.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

brightness contrast

This is a picture of my race car and me. I adjusted the brightness and contrast the make the picture clearer. Adjusting the contrast changes the colors. I adjusted the contrast and the black turned more blue.

Monday, February 21, 2011

between color black and white

This picture started off in color. What I did to change it around was I turned the whole picture to black and white by checking the monochrome box. Then I played around with the contrast and brightness. Then I made a duplicate layer above the channel mixer layer by clicking on it and dragging it. I then changed the mode from normal to overlay and the shades of yellow came back into the picture.

Between color and black

First I did (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Channel Mixer).Then I clicked to check the box that says Monochrome to make the picture black and white (but don’t click OK yet). You may want to adjust the weights of each color in the black and white configuration depending on the picture, then when it looks good to you click OK. Then make a duplicate of your first layer (the layer containing the picture, not the adjustment layer). Make sure you have the right layer selected when you try to make the duplicate (Layer>Duplicate Layer).Then while you still have that layer selected, change its mode from Normal to Overlay. You will have a nice picture if you follow these steps.

vintage collage design

First I found a background I wanted to use for my picture. I opened the image in Photoshop and copied it to my design document. I resized it and changed the opacity to 60%, to make sure that my background is white. I chose the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) and created a rounded rectangle with a black color. I created a Layer Mask. After that, I selected the Brush Tool. I set the color to black and used some brushes to erase parts of the black rectangle. I used brushes from the "Grunge Brushes by Ardcor”. Next I selected a picture of the moon, then cut and pasted it in my design. Next I found my dark princess and did the same to her as I did the moon. I cut and pasted her in to my design. Then I took a picture of dark water and cut and pasted that in. Next, I moved the layers around so that the dark princess was in front of the water so it looks as if she was sitting on the water.
I like this picture because it looks as if the girl is sitting on the black water on a moonlit night. It has a Halloween feeling to it. It was a spooky sight. This would be good for like a Halloween invite or poster.

Monday, February 14, 2011

radial blur

In order to do this I use the Quick Mask Mode and I make sure the colors you are using are black and white. After I finished making my selection with the Quick Mask Mode, I copied the selection to a new layer. Then (with the new layer selected), I applied a radial blur to the new layer containing the background. (Filter>Blur>Radial Blur). I used the Zoom Method for this situation. I used an intensity of 20, but that can vary depending on the picture. When I was done messing with the options, I pressed OK to see the results.
I love this picture because if you look at it for long it looks like you are getting lost in a spinning world of ducks.

black and white converson

I chose this picture because it looks amazing! I thought that it would look really good in black and white. What I did to change this was I adjusted the contrast and the brightness. Then I made it a black and white photo by using the monochrome under a channel mixer layer. To get rid of some of the shadows I used a professional accenting technique to lighten those areas.

turn a picture into black and white

In this picture I changed the color to black and white. First I changed the (brightness and contrast) then I changed then I opened a Channel Mixer adjustment layer. Then I clicked and checked the box that says Monochrome to make the picture black and white (but don’t click OK yet). You have to adjust the brightness percentages to fit the coloring of the picture. (To adjust the balances click on the sliders and drag them to the left or to the right).Then you will have a nice picture.

My First Blog

In this photo I took a regular picture and I added a second background so I now have two layers with the exact same photo on them.
Then I selected top layer and applied Gaussian Blur Filter, this blurs the whole picture.

Now with the top layer selected I have added a reveal all mask. This action cuts through the blur and makes a selected part clear

I took the brush and painted black, creating a space where I wanted the subject to become clear.

Colored sketch

In this photo I took a regular photo and turned it into a colored sketch using the following steps. Image>Ajustments>Desatureate then Filter>Stylize>Find Edges then I made a new backround layer and changed the mode to hard light then set the opacity to 75%.

picture inside a text

I’m posting this picture because it is a very useful technique for things like posters. I love this photo because it is me and my best friend and putting the word there showed out true friendship.
I created a New Document (File>New), In order to achieve desired results I made sure the new document has the same dimensions as the photo I’m going to use to fill the text. I used the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the background with the color Black. I used the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and created a word that I wanted that add the whole new document. I made the letters the color white. I copied and pasted the photo I wanted to use into the document with the text I created. I selected the photo (Select>All). I copied the photo (Edit>Copy). I selected the other document and paste the photo into it (Edit>Paste). I change the top layer to be a clipping mask. With the top layer selected (Layer>Create Clipping Mask). I moved the text around so it would reveal the best portion of my picture.

week 2

In this picture I changed it to look like a comic book page. I chose this picture because it is a close up of my little cousin and I thought a close up would look better then a far away subject in the picture. To make this picture into a comic book page I changed the brightness and contrast, made it look pixelated, added text boxes and then add the text into them.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Improving Silhouettes

The topic that I worked on was improving silhouettes by adjusting the contrast.The reason it’s so bright is because I used a lot of contrast. The reason that I picked this picture as well is because I think that it is really relaxing for me because I can imagine this view. This picture was taken in the morning so I thought that I would put a twist to it and make it look like night.

surreal black and white effect

First I applied a Diffuse Glow Filter (Filter>Distort>Diffuse Glow) with the following settings: Graininess: 5 Glow Amount: 8 Clear Amount: 11 Then I applied a New Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Channel Mixer) with the following settings: 100% Red Monochrome Selected. Then I applied a New Levels Adjustment Layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels) and pulled in the left slider or shortened the color level range. This is trickiest step; first we created a new blank layer over the other layers. Then I took a paintbrush with a low opacity and carefully painted the blue waterfall on the new blank layer.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brightness contrast
I used the same picture as before and I kept the accentuated colors and clouds except I changed the contrast. When I did that it made the colors exotic. To contrast your colors you go to image, adjustments, brightness, contrast.

Light 'n Dark

What I did here was I lightened the rocks up and darkend the water. I used a layer mask to allow me to darken and lighten the areas I changed. This is probably the best picture I have changed so far.

how to replace the sky of a picture

In the picture I replaced the sky of the picture with a sky of a different photo.Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the whole sky. Then Copy the selection (Edit>Copy). Then open the photo that you want to use the sky in and Paste the selection (Edit>Paste).This placed the new sky in the other photo on a new layer. You can now move the sky into place by using the Move Tool(V).You may need to adjust the opacity or brightness and contrast of the new layer with the sky so that it matches the landscape of the new photo.In order to take out the sharp edge that separates the sky from the landscape, first of all you can add a Reveal All Layer Mask to the layer with the sky (Layer>Add Layer Mask>Reveal All). Then I had to select a good sized soft edged paint brush. And with the Layer Mask selected, paint black on the places that need to blended more. A good technique would be to lower the opacity of the paint brush as you edge up into the sky portion while blending.


The topic that I worked on was improving contrast.The reason this picture is so bright is because I used 40 percent for contrast and I used a lot of brightness as well. The result that I got was multiple colors and stark contrast between light and dark.

The reason I picked this picture was because I think it was my best I’ve done yet. ”

I used the picture of Gina’s husband scuba diving and added clouds because I thought it would look cool with clouds in the water. This is how I did it- (Layer>Duplicate Layer)- (Filter>Render>Clouds)- Change the Blending Mode for the cloud layer to Screen. Then I Add a Reveal All Layer Mask to the cloud layer, (Layer>Add Layer Mask>Reveal All)- Then pick a good sized paint brush and simply paint black anywhere on the Mask where you don’t want clouds. (Which is the majority of the photo). Then you should have a nice picture.