The Photoshop work area appears as shown in the following illustration.
A. Menu bar
B. Options bar
C. Tools panel
D. Mini Bridge tab
E. Timeline tab
F. Workspaces menu
The Photoshop user interface is very similar to the one in Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe InDesign®, and Adobe Flash®—so learning how to use the tools and panels in one application means that you’ll be familiar with them when you work in the others. (Photoshop Classroom CC)
The following is an introductory overview of photoshop CC produced by Adobe TV. You can refer back to this if you miss something in my classroom presentation.
One of the things to be aware of (especially if you become a photographer) is the rule of thirds.
Straightening and cropping.
Download the picture above to your machine.
2. In the options bar, choose W x H x Resolution from the Preset Aspect Ratio menu. (Ratio is its default value.)
3. In the options bar, type 7 in for the width, 7 in for the height, and 200 px/in for the resolution.
Adjusting the color and tone
You’ll use Curves and Levels adjustment layers to remove the color cast and adjust the color and tone in the image.
Specifying a white point changes all the colors in the image. To set an accurate white point, select a white area in the image.
3. Click a white stripe on the girl’s dress.
The color tone of the image changes dramatically
The Levels histogram in the Properties panel displays the range of dark and light values in the image. You’ll learn more about working with levels in Lesson 5. Right now, you just need to know that the left triangle represents the black point, the right triangle represents the white point, and the middle triangle represents the midtones.
5. Drag the left triangle (blacks) under the histogram to the right, where the blacks are more pronounced. somewhere around .15?
6. Drag the middle triangle a little to the right to adjust the midtones. The value should be about .90.
Creating a still life using Photoshop
Assets to create a still life are located on the server in our classroom folder. using the images you will create a still life.
Create your own still life in photoshop. Format is up to you. Can be in landscape or portrait mode.
- use at least five sources--two of which are "authored" by you--meaning you will use your camera, a friend's camera, or take photos using a good quality cell phone camera (6 megapixels or better is highly recommended)
- have at least one reflective surface. Remember using the warp, distort, or skew tools under "edit" and adjusting opacity of these layers to create a visually convincing reflection.
*pay attention to shadows, light contrast/values, and overall composition. Do you need to repeat objects, colors, shapes to have better unity/harmony? Is there enough variety to keep the composition interesting? How is the relationship between positive/negative space. Does the composition seem empty, or is it engaging?
NOTE: When downloading images from the internet, look for higher quality, larger pixel dimensions in the photos. This will prevent any pixellation in your final file. Remember back to week one and two when we discussed how to use "search tools" to find higher resolution images. See image below.
SAMPLE STUDENT WORK: