August 29th, 2014

Today I practiced using the drawing tablet. 

 

roses

 

This is what I’ve drawn up so far. The tools I used in photoshop were the paint brush, eraser, and pencil. Each section of the drawing is in different layers. 

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August 28th, 2014

Today I continued working on the Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals course on Lynda.com. I watched chapters 13-15. While watching the videos I edited a few photos. The videos were mostly just describing different ways to change the colors of photos.

Before:

pumpkin

After:

pumpkin

First I duplicated the background by dragging the layer to the new layer icon. Then I went to the image pull down menu, selected adjustments, then I clicked on Black and White. Then, I added a layer mask on the new layer by clicking on the new layer, then clicking on the new layer icon. I then selected my brush tool, changed my color to black and decreased my brush size. After that I simply painted over the pumpkin carefully. 

Before:

kara

After:

kara

To get this effect on the photo I went to the select pull down menu, then selected focus area. This brought up a menu in which the default was auto. Auto wouldn’t work for this photo because the dress is white so I clicked on the brush on the left with the minus sign and painted over the model. I then refined the photo with refine edge. Then I went to the select pull down menu and chose inverse. This made the selected area the background instead of the model. I went over to the adjustments panel and clicked on the black and white icon. 

Before:

kara-2

After:

kara-2

To edit this photo, I clicked on the adjustment layer named curves. I moved the curve up to brighten the photo. To invert the mask I went to the mask panel, then clicked invert. Next, I used the brush tool, changed the color to white, then painted the model and around her. To soften the brightness to look more subtle, I increased the ‘feather’ effect by moving the slider up. 

Before:

chalk-drawing

After:

chalk-drawingks2

First I went to the adjustments layer and brought up the vibrance adjustment sliders. Then I moved both the ‘vibrance’ and ‘saturation’ sliders all the way to the right at 100%. This was a very simple edit but made a dramatic difference. 

Before:

lens-flare

After:

lens-flare2

For this photo I went to the Filter pull down menu chose ‘Render’ then selected ‘Lens Flare’. this opens a lens flare dialogue in which I clicked on the lens type: 50-300mm Zoom. Then I moved the flare to behind the girl close to where the sun would be. After that I changed the brightness to 147%. 

August 27th, 2014

Today I continued working on Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals on Lynda.com. I finished Chapters 5-13. These videos were mostly just reviewing what I learned in the Photoshop CC One-on- One: Fundamentals.

Before:

snow-camping

After:

snow-campingks

I used Photoshop to edit this image. To change the color of the tent I used the magnetic lasso tool by clicking and dragging around the opening of the tent. I found that this tool didn’t work well because of the trees in the background so I deselected that. Instead, I decided to use the quick selection tool and clicked all around the outside of the tent. The edges of the opening were quite rough so I used the refine edge tool and adjusted the ‘radius’, ‘smooth’, and ‘contrast’ sliders just a little to the right. Then, I went to the select menu and clicked on ‘inverse’ to select everything but the background that you see outside of the opening of the tent. Finally, to change the color go to the image pull down menu, go to adjustments, click hue/saturation. This brings up some sliders and I just moved the ‘hue’ slider to the left at -43%.

August 26th, 2014

Today I started a new course on Lynda.com called Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals. I completed chapters 1-4 and I will be continuing with chapter 5 tomorrow. In the chapters 1-4, I mainly worked on Adobe Bridge CC and in that I used Camera raw to edit photos. 

 Before:

retouching

After:

retouchingks

 

I edited this photo in Camera raw. The only tool I used was the spot removal tool to clear the model’s skin of blemishes.

August 25th, 2014

Today I worked on the Photoshop CC One-on-One Fundamentals videos on Lynda.com. I finished the chapter 10 videos and finished editing the photo below. 

 

Before:

 Better-skin-coloring

After:

Better-skin-coloringks

 

 

The main changes I made to this photo were clearing up the shine and blemishes on the skin and brightening the teeth and eyes. To clear up the skin the tools I used were the spot healing brush and the “standard” healing brush. After that I used a blur layer. I brightened the teeth by using the sponge tool and desaturating the color. After that I used the dodge tool. And, finally, to brighten the eyes and change their color I selected the elliptical marquee tool and selected the iris of the eye, then I pressed down on the option key while clicking on the adjustment layer, I clicked the hue\saturation option. This brought up a hue\saturation panel to where I could move the green slider to 24%, which brought out the green in the model’s eye. I repeated this step on the other eye.

August 22nd, 2014

Today I worked on Lynda.com watching the Photoshop CC One-on-One Fundamentals. While watching I worked on editing a photo of the moon then I put that moon on a background of a landscape.

August 21st, 2014

Today I created a Pinterest account. Here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/kstonedd14/ After creating the account I looked for boards to follow by searching for art that I enjoy. I ended up following 14 different accounts and creating four boards titled “Digital Art”, “Design Ideas”, “Art Ideas”, “Watercolor”, and “Art Tips”. I really enjoyed looking at all the art and I got a lot of ideas for designs. The idea I think I liked the most was to draw or paint on old book pages. 

August 20th, 2014

Today we had an assembly at 9:00 a.m. which was very similar to every other school assembly i’ve eve been to. After that I continued watching the Photoshop CC One-on-One Fundamentals videos on Lynda.com. Today I mostly learned about how to edit a photo’s color by adjusting the brightness, contrast, etc. 

August 19th, 2014

Today I continued watching the Photoshop CC One-on-One Fundamentals videos on Lynda.com. I learned a lot about cropping photos and zooming in and out. I also learned how to create an image using layers.

August 18th, 2014

Today I finished the WordPress videos on Lynda.com. I started watching the videos on Photoshop CC One-on-One:Fundamentals. There’s a lot of them, but Im enjoying learning about using photoshop.