Archive for February, 2013

Working with Old Pictures

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Photoshop

One major task that Adobe Photoshop is used for is to improve old pictures. The tools that allow you to enhance old pictures are found in the Image/Adjustments menu. There you will see many tools and options that will improve an old picture. You will have to experiment a lot and try all sorts of different techniques to make these pictures look good.  The trick is to do this and not overdo it so that it looks unnatural.


  1. You may wish to work through or at least look at some of the Old Photo Correction Tutorials here.  Some are pretty good. 25 Tutorials, Hub Pages, AusWebAdobe.
  2. Save the two images on this post.  Resize them if need be to somewhere in the neighbourhood of 7-10 inches wide.  The height will automatically adjust if “Constrain Proportions” is checked on.
  3. Improve the quality of these two pictures so that they look like they did when they were first created.
  4. For each, write one statement explaining the changes that you made to each photo. When you are done, post both the original and the improved images.

Airbrushing Skin in Photoshop

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Photoshop

One of the most common and well known uses of Photoshop is the “airbrushing” of skin, especially in magazines. This is a technique that is very easy to go overboard with – keep your final result in mind while you work. Once you learn these techniques, you will start to see them all over the media. We will work with the tools and techniques that photoshop has to offer in order to airbrush a picture. There are millions of tutorials on how to do this out there. This one seems decent.  You may also try this one. The basic concept to remember is that airbrushing is done by blurring out sharp details in the skin, leaving a smooth, creamy complexion. The key to making it look “right” is to ensure that the edge details remain crisp and clear (otherwise the whole image just looks blurry).

One of the concepts in this tutorial is the use of LAYER MASKS.  A layer mask is used to hide or reveal areas of a layer.  White areas in a lyer maks permit pixels to be seen, black areas mask pixels, and gray areas mask pixels partially.  A layer mask is extremely useful because you can use it to try out effects without actually changing the pixels on the layer.  When you have achieved the result that you want, you can apply the mask as a permanent change. If you are not satisfied, you can discard the mask without having permanently affected the pixels on the layer.

1. Find an different image on the Internet/Facebook of someone that has pretty rough skin. You will want to find an image with higher resolution.  Generally, anything coming off the Internet (especially Facebook) is low resolution.
2. Complete one or both of the tutorials listed above.
3. Post both your original and your airbrushed images with the titles Airbrush Original and Airbrush Final Product respectively.

Processed Gritty Look

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Photoshop

The next image deals with layers and blending modes as well. The end result is an overprocessed, gritty look.

You can follow the tutorial on this page.

1. Follow the above tutorial.  Save and work with the image off of the tutorial.   Post on your blog with title Gritty 1.  You may wish to post the original picture as well.
2. If time permits, find another interesting photo (you may have already found one) and use the skills that you learned in this tutorial on this photo.  Post on your blog with the title Gritty 2.  Again, you may wish to post the original picture also.

Photographic Theme Portfolio Grade 10 Communication Technology

We are going to start using the DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Cameras.  I would like you to go through ALL of the following tutorials BEFORE you start to use the camera.  You would benefit more if you have one of these cameras in front of you as you go through the tutorial.
DSLR Terminology Basics I
DSLR Terminology Basics II
DSLR Terminology Basics III
DSLR Terminology Basics IV
Canon Rebel Basics I
Canon Rebel Basics II


Use the knowledge you have gained with past photographic projects to create a portfolio of photos on a specific theme (10 or more photos).  Save them in a folder in your CommTech folder on your Z:/drive.  Then, post them to your blog.

Choose a theme like:

FRIENDS – Photos of classmates and friends working, sitting, reading etc.

PORTRAITS – Posed or Natural (spontaneous) close up portraits of different people (neck up), use natural or artificial light, try to use different angles, B & W or colour. Be sure to ask people permission to take their picture.

The Natural World – Photos of nature around DHS

The Developed World – Photos of buildings, architecture, man made objects

THE SCHOOL – photos of DHS from various places, inside and out, remember to use composition, angles, framing to create interesting photos.

ARTWORK – Photos of different pieces of art found in and around the school.

ONE ITEM – Pick one item and take different pictures of that same item using various angles, shutter speeds, lighting or positioning.

Or a theme that you would like to use, please check with instructor on your choice.

You will be marked on three aspects of this project.

1. Continuity of the theme. (Keeping the chosen theme evident in all pictures).

2. Technical quality (clear, in focus pictures).  You may wish to check out this tutorial on the

3. Composition and Artistic quality. (Framing, use of light, positioning, interesting angles, etc)

Colouring Line Art

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Photoshop

Today’s Photoshop exercise is to colourize a black and white sketch. This technique is very similar to what cartoonists or animators might do.

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete this task.  This tutorial is a little tricky…. My advice is to read ahead a bit to get an idea of what you are doing, and then come back and read each step one at a time and carry out that step.  You will want to save the “line-art guitar playing man”  This tutorial has a number of units, so be patient, read carefully, and TAKE YOUR TIME.

Funky Friday #1

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Photoshop

What I would like you to do in this assignment is find a cool/interesting image and take all of the Photoshop skills that you have learned so far and put them to use doing something interesting and creative with the photo.

Post both the original photo and the “creation” with the title “Funky Friday #1 – February 8”

Hair Colouring

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

This exercise deals with more advanced layer modes in photoshop. The layer mode setting changes how layers interact with each other. You will need to follow the tutorial instructions carefully in order to get the desired results. Your final results may not look exactly like the sample images, but they should be close.

The first image involves changing the colour of a certain part of an image while still being able to see the texture and shading of the original image. We do this by selecting the hair using quick mask mode and then creating a Fill Layer set to the “Soft Light” mode. Here is a tutorial that outlines the above process step by step.

Today’s assignment:
1. Follow the tutorial given with an image of your choice.  You may wish to save the picture from this post or from the tutorial and work with that.
2. Change the hair colour on two images – the first would be someone that you know or yourself.  The second would be a pet like your dog, cat or horse.  Post BOTH these pics on your blog with the titles “Hair Colouring 1 and Hair Colouring 2.

Fun with Filters

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Photoshop

I would like you to experiment with the many “filter” tools available to you in Photoshop.

You will see a large list of effects available under the “Filter” menu. Most of the filters have settings you can use to adjust the effect until you get the desired results.  IF you go to the Filter Gallery, you can see all the filters in one place.

Filters are often most effectively used with selection tools – by leaving a part of the image unfiltered you can help it stand out in the image more clearly.

The more that you experiment and get creative with filters, the more you will enjoy them.

Here are some examples of Filter use that I have created:

This image was created by masking off the jeep, using the “Doublebrush” filter, inverting the selection and then applying “Doublebrush” with different angle settings.

This image was created by masking off the Jeep and using “Ink Outline” as well as some adjustments of the Colour Balance (under Image>Adjustments).

This image uses the “Patchwork” filter and Image>Adjustments>Black & White.

This image uses Filter>Render>Lighting Effects to create a spotlight effect on the Jeep

I would like you to create four images that use filters in creative ways. They don’t all have to be the same image like I have done above. Go through all of the filters and adjust the setting for them so you can get an understanding of what they are doing. Try to see what happens when you apply multiple filters to the same image.

When you have created your four images, post them to your blog under the title “Fun with Filters”.

Black and White Photo

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Photoshop

This assignment involves selecting parts of an image and selectively filtering/changing colours in the rest. You have likely seen this technique used in pictures that have, for example, a red rose and everything else in black and white.

You may choose to work with the following picture.

There are two things that I would like you to do in this assignnment:
First, I would like you to find a picture such as the ones above.  Select and protect part of the image and then experiment with the “Image/Adjustments…. Go through and experiment with most/all of the different options in that menu to get an understanding for how they work.

Second, I would like you to use this technique to come up with two (2) images that have part of the picture protected.
a) Change the remainder of one image to black and white.  Post this assignment with the title “black and white assignment”
b) Change the remainder of the other image to something of your choice in the “Image/Adjustments” menu.  Post this assignment with a title  similar to the “black and white assignment” but that names the technique that you used.  For example “Adjustments/Exposure”

Remember to be creative and to experiment with the software the best that you can.

Clone Stamp Tool

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Photoshop

Use the clone stamp and selection tools to complete the following image assignments

For the image, you will completely remove an object from a photo using the clone stamp tool (like I have done with the skateboard above). This tool allows you to copy parts of a picture over to other areas. Try to select a picture that will end up looking interesting or funny with something missing (sports pics work well for this). If you are not sure how to use the clone stamp tool then ask for assistance!!! Title this assignment “Using the clone stamp tool”

Remember that once you have used the clone stamp tool, you may find it helpful to use tools such as blur and smudge to make your image seem a little more natural.

When you are finished, post the original(s) and the results to your blog with the title “Clone Stamp Tool”.  Please label all pictures – ie: “original”, “after cloning”