In this course we will be exploring both digital
photography and editing digital pictures using PhotoShop Elements
2.0. We will explore the skills and techniques for effect
pictures, visual design and self expression. This is a project
based course that requires creativity and the ability to visualize
and work throughout the class period. There are some outside
assignments, but most of the work will be done in the class.
At the end of the trimester each student will create an electronic
portfolio of their work.
This course will give students time to work and
explore the nature of digital imaging.
Grading for the course:
Students will receive 5 points a day for the work that they are
doing. The concept behind this is so that students that get
done with projects will continue to learn more about the program and
to keep practicing. Students will have 1 to 2 projects a week that
will be worth between 25 and 50 points. Students are
encouraged to make more than one example to help them practice and
search out new techniques.
If you are done with assignments Occasionally you are done with the assignment
and you have it a mental block on what else you want to
create. To help you with that I have listed a few
sites that will help to give you ideas as well as help you
to create more skills in the area of PhotoShop.
Photo Challenge -
site gives you a collection of photos in which the challenge
is to create something with at least one of the pictures in
Wacom Photoshop Tips
Practice using the filters, effects, layer
styles, and layer blending modes within Adobe Photoshop
Elements. Do get a better idea of what you can do in the
program go to
http://www.rainworld.com/psworkshop to learn new Photoshop
tutorials. Work on using the selection tools and creating
and editing individual layers. Save things that you create
to help you understand how much you are learning and finding out
about the program.
For your first project you need to create an image
with seven to ten different layers. An idea for this example is a
collage that focuses on a person, event, activity, group, or
interest. This assignment will reinforce the type of ways to select
items and how to manipulate different layers. Click on the Links below to see an example
of a photo collage
assignment 2 you will be creating an image/collage based on
what MHS is to you. This can include the activities you
are in, your friends, etc., etc. Remember these need to
be positive images of the school and how you feel about
it. This assignment will reinforce a variety of skills
and we will look at a couple new ones.
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3In assignment 3 you
will be demonstrating the use of various design
principles. The principles we are going to be working
with are repetition, movement, and tempo. You need to
create a picture that effectively uses these principles.
Click on a link below to see an example.
Blur to Original
Blur from Original
4We are going to
start looking at other ways to come up with ideas for collages.
In this assignment you will be creating a image based on a
relaxation techniques called guided imagery. The name of the
guided imagery is called "The Island". We will listen to the
CD as a class and then you will begin creating your image. Assignment
5Part 1Because the end of the week is the first day of
winter, I want you to create a collage dealing with what you
think of when you think of winter. Make sure to use
multiple layers that overlay each other and use various
transparency changes to reach different effects.
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Part 2Create a Picture where your subject is fruitPart 3Create a Picture where your subject is timeAssignment
6 In Assignment 6 you should be
showing your understanding of the design elements proximity, proportion,
and perspective. To demonstrate this principles you are
to create a surreal picture in which the proportion of images
are unrealistic but through perspectives you can make them
look real. Click on any of the links below to get an idea of
how to use perspective and proportion to create an aesthetically
appealing and interesting image.
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7 you are to take a movie poster and recreate it with
other people. Below are examples of movie
posters in which I changed the characters, movie title
and other aspects of the poster. You should try to
find images similar to that in the original
picture. Make sure you save both the original and
the new image. This will work heavily with
selections and layers. You can even include
pictures of yourself and friends in the composition.
8 - EmphasisIn assignment 8 you will be creating a minimum of 5 separate images that use the design principle of emphasis. Emphasis – Causes one element or area of a visual image to be
more important than the other parts and makes it attract the viewers
Create one image that has contrast
between the focus of the image and the background .
Create one image in which the focus is isolated
to make it the focal point of the image.
Create one image in which the location
helps to create an emphasis on the focus of the image
Create one image in which repetition
makes the focus element stand out.
Create one image in which the use of color, effects, filters, blurs, etc. draws the attention
to the focus of the composition.
Example of contrast between the
focus of the picture and the background. The viewers
eyes are attracted to the darker portion of the image with is
the focus of the piece.
Example of Isolation - Because
the subject of the image is the only person in the image and
is surrounded by objects repeated throughout the image his
isolation helps to draw the viewers eye to him. It makes
you wonder, "Why is a guy standing in a cornfield?"
Example of location to create an
emphasis on the focus of the image. Because of the
location, size, and breaking the frame, the viewers eye is
drawn to the figure in the bottom right corner.
A good example of a picture using repetition to make
something stand out is if you have a group of people walking
down the street and they are all clones of the same person and
in the middle of them is someone completely different.
Your eye is attracted to the item that is
Example of how to use color to
draw attention to the focus of the image. Here the focus
is everyone's 3D Glasses that is why they are in color while
the rest of the photo is in black and white.
Use of Color
Style - Here is another example
of how color can draw a viewer's attention. This
technique is similar to what made Andy Warhol famous.
9 - Creating Magazine Ads and CoversIn assignment 9 you will be
creating two separate images. You will be creating a
magazine cover or an ad for Assignment 9. Unlike the
movie poster you will be creating these images from
scratch. You will have to find the type, pictures, and
ideas for your cover or ad. You can replicate an ad or
cover or you can make one that you make up. As you are
working on this assignment think about how a magazine is laid
out and what items they have on them. Think about the
way that type works together and how you use all the cover
10 - Creating pictures based on words In assignment 10 you will be selecting three words from the
five categories listed below. You will be
creating a picture based on that word. The only
stipulation is that you can include the word in your
picture, so you can't just type the word love and have
hearts around it you need to make it mean something.
There are many times advertisers want to portray a
feeling with out coming straight out and telling you what
that feeling is, that is what you are doing inside this
picture. Think about all the things that go through
your mind when you think about these words.In preparation
for this assignment we will be jotting down things that we
think of based on these words. In class we will be
doing it for all nine words that I have listed and then you
will pick from the three categories to create your pictures.
You are always welcomed to create more than the three, or to
create other pictures based on other words, once you three
words are completed.Most of this tutorial will work to make a
glass ball -
Replace the blue layer with a picture to use this glass
Other cool PhotoShop Effects -
Other cool PhotoShop Effects -
11 - Create a picture based on a songRedemption
Woman No CryAssignment
12 - Create an abstract picture based on a song
Project Your final project is to create a series of pictures that
incorporate everything you have learned throughout this
trimester. Make sure you think about the different
design principles and incorporate them into your work.
This should be a progressive piece of work. In
this assignment you are to create a minimum of 5
different images. As you think about a
series of pictures think of something like a calendar or a
series of ads that are all similar and have a
relationship. The final project is worth about
20% of your grade so it is not something you want to rush
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