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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP EXCERCISES

Here are some additional exercises to help expand and improve your knowledge and skill when using Photoshop. Below are activities to show you cool tricks and effects to bring your projects to the next level. Work on each of

these projects in the order shown and when completed, print a copy to show to your Instructor.

 

YOU NEED TO GET THE PERMISSION OF THE

INSTRUCTOR IN ORDER TO DO THESE.

PROJECT 1 - COLLAGE 

  • Create a Photoshop collage of things that describe you and your interests.

  • Create a new file in Photoshop of a size of 8X10 with a resolution of 150 DPI.

  • You must cut out all the items you chose using the selection tool of your choice and layer mask.

  • You must include a minimum of 10 images.

  • Make sure to place each image on a separate layer and name each layer for organization.

  • Save the file as your initials + collage (ex: FM_collage.psd).

  • When you are finished, flatten the image and save it again as a JPEG with the same name (ex. FM_collage.jpg).

  • Print out the final design on an 8.5” X 11” “Letter” sized paper and hand it to your Instructor

  • Photoshop Tutorial: Layers & Layer Masks For Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBKHeU8rWFs

PROJECT 2 - FLOWER 

 

  • Change this image of the black and white flower into a color image.

  • Each pedal must be a different color (different shades of the similar colors) and the grass color must be painted as well.

  • Create a new file in Photoshop of a size of 8X10 with a resolution of 150 DPI.

  • Save the file as your initials + flower (ex: FM_flower.psd).

  • When you are finished, flatten the image and save it again as a JPEG with the same name (ex. FM_flower.jpg).

  • Print out the final design on an 8.5” X 11” “Letter” sized paper and hand it to your Instructor

  • There are many ways to colorize a photo. Use what works for you.

  • You can create layers and colorize them using selection tools and working with the airbrush, fill, and opacity tools. Here is a more challenging (and more accurate) way to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Srw245R7U

PROJECT 3 - SPLASH OF COLOR PROJECT

 

  • Something that photographers and graphic editors make the big bucks is adding a splash of color to black and white photos. This technique adds interest and elegance to photos of weddings, nature, cute babies, and everything in between. In this project, you will apply the skills you learned in the Black & White Photo Project by adding a splash of color to a monotone picture of your choice. Choose an image of something that you like or will be a good example of your newly acquired skills.

 

  • Search on Google to find a black & white picture of your choice. Make sure to select “Search Tools>Size>Large” to find the best quality image.

 

  • Use selection and Quick Mask tools in Photoshop to color a few particular areas of the photo to add interest and bring life to the scene. Be sure to be very precise with your selection and coloring! 

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  • Create a new file in Photoshop of a size of 8X10 with a resolution of 150 DPI. Save the file as your initials + splash (ex: FM_splash.psd).  

 

  • When you are finished, flatten the image and save it again as a JPEG with the same name (ex: FM_splash.jpg).  Keep your original layer untouched!

 

  • Place the JPEG file in the “Extra Credit” folder within the “Student Folders” on the Network.

 

  • There are many ways to colorize a photo. Use what works for you. You can create layers and colorize them using selection tools and working with the airbrush, fill, and opacity tools. Here is a more challenging (and more accurate) way to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Srw245R7U

 

PROJECT 4 - PICTURE LETTERS PROJECT

  • Using the layer mask technique in Photoshop is often used for placing part of an image inside a particular selection on your canvas. A good example of this is fitting pictures inside letters of a word or phrase. 

 

  • In this project, you will get a collection of pictures from the Internet that represent who you are. We will practice using the layer mask technique by placing each of your images inside each letter of your first name.

 

  • Start by creating a new document in Photoshop that is 1000 pixels wide and 250 pixels tall at 150DPI resolution. Use the text tool ( T )to type your name, then Layer>Rasterize>Type, then place a new image inside each letter using selection tools and masks.

  • Be sure to maneuver the layer mask and picture so that the image is easily distinguishable and interesting.  Add a Layer Style to the text to make it stand out and add a background behind the text that relates.

 

  • Search on Google to find a black & white picture of your choice. Make sure to select “Search Tools>Size>Large” to find the best quality image Use selection and Quick Mask tools in Photoshop to color a few particular areas of the photo to add interest and bring life to the scene. 

  • Be sure to be very precise with your selection and coloring! 

 

  • Save the file as your initials + space (ex: FM_space.psd).  When you are finished, flatten the image and save it again as a JPEG with the same name (ex: FM_space.jpg).  

 

  • Place the JPEG file in the “Extra Credit” folder within the “Student Folders” on the Network.

 

PROJECT 5 - GRADIENT LAYER MASK PROJECT

  • You have been hired as a graphic designer by Showcase Advertising Agency. They want to create two advertisements for upcoming events.

 

  • Use the directions from the Gradient Mask tutorials below that demonstrates how to use gradients with a layer mask to create 2 advertising ads of different events of your choice.  

  • Create a new document 1024 pixels wide and 768 high in size at 150DPI. Find 3 images that relate to your event topic.

  • Decide which image will be your background and move it onto the new document.  Then move the other 2 images onto the background and blend the 3 images together using layer masks with gradient. Remember to be careful not to show the edges of the other images.

 

  • Then create the transparency on the white title bar at the bottom and add an original catchy slogan to go with your ad.  Use dafont.com to find a font that fits your target audience.

 

  • Search on Google to find a black & white picture of your choice. Make sure to select “Search Tools>Size>Large” to find the best quality image Use selection and Quick Mask tools in Photoshop to color a few particular areas of the photo to add interest and bring life to the scene. Be sure to be very precise with your selection and coloring! 

 

  • Save the file as your initials + gears (ex: FM_gears.psd).  When you are finished, flatten the image and save it again as a JPEG with the same name (ex: FM_gears.jpg).  

 

  • Place the JPEG file in the “Extra Credit” folder within the “Student Folders” on the Network.

 

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