September 30th, 2014

Today I took the Computer Fundamentals (Win 7) exam on Brainbench and earned a certification. After that I finished chapter 20 of the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

Swift Current

 

Black and White custom filter:

Swift Current

 

I went to the adjustment layer icon and chose black and white.  I changed the reds value to 10, the yellows to 110, the greens to 60, cyans to 10, and blues to -50.

Camera Raw:

Swift Current

 

I went to the file pull down menu and chose browse in bridge then I navigated to the 20 black white folder and right clicked on swift current lift.jpg and chose open in camera raw. I switched over to the HSL/ Grayscale panel and turned on the convert to grayscale option. I selected the target adjustment tool. I adjusted all of the color sliders: Reds: 15, Oranges: 15, Yellows: 100, Greens: 50, Aquas: -30, Blues: -40, Purples: 40, and Magentas: 40. I selected the split toning icon and adjusted the highlights sliders: Hue: 40, Saturation: 10. I adjusted the Balance slider to 65 and the shadows sliders: Hue: 210, Saturation: 10. I option+ clicked on the open copy feature.

 

I did some edits at home last night using the tools I’ve learned in class:

hotelbooksedit

The photo in the background is the album cover for the band Hotel Books. I got that image from google then changed the opacity to about 80%. I googled black rectangle and found one that I liked. I copy and pasted that to a new layer and used the free transform cmd to adjust the size and placement. I changed the opacity of the rectangle to about 30%. I selected the text tool and changed the color to white. I used a text size of 30pt (italic) and used caps lock to type the words but I can’t remember what font I used. I typed each sentence in a different layer so that I could individually move them to where I wanted in the rectangle. (The words are lyrics to the band’s song Constant Collapse.) I added a watermark using the text tool and changed the opacity of that to about 20%.

i dont need you

I got the paint splatter image off google and changed the opacity to about 80%. I used the text tool to type the words in bold with a font size of  24pt. I centered the text by clicking the center text icon. I added a watermark using the text tool and changed the opacity to about 18%.

hotelbooks2

First I changed the photo to black and white by using a black and white custom filter. Then I added the lyrics using the text tool. I used a font size of 18pt. I centered the text and changed the opacity to about 30%. Then I added the watermark using the text tool and changed the opacity to about 25%.

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September 29th, 2014

Today I took the Brainbench Computer Fundamentals exam for Mac OS X 10.4. The exam was very hard and I didn’t know any of the answers. So its good that I can re-do the test as many times as I need to. After that I finished chapter 19 and started chapter 20 of the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

File number: 7501186

 

I went to the image pull down menu and selected duplicate. I did this once more. I went to the window menu chose arrange, then I chose 3-up Vertical. In the first window I scrolled over so that I could focus on the younger woman’s face. Then I went to the window menu and chose arrange and match all. I went to the channels panel. I went to the image menu chose mode and chose grayscale. I pressed discard in response to the pop up dialogue. I switched to the second image and turned off all the other colors except blue. Then I went to the image pull down menu and chose mode and chose greyscale. I clicked OK. I clicked over to the last image. I wen tot the image pull down menu once again, and chose mode then lab color. I turned off all the other channels except for the lightness channel. then i wen tot the image menu, mode, and clicked greyscale, then I pressed OK.

First Image:

File number: 7501186

 

Second Image:

Blue to gray

Third Image:

Luminance only

 

 

September 26th, 2014

Today was project day and I drew on the tablet.

 

give me love

I used the paint brush, pencil, and text tools to create this. The inspiration for this is from the music video to the song Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran.

 

beartoothlyrics

 

I used the text tool and the tablet to put the words on this photo.

 

watergirl

 

I used the paint, eraser, and pencil tools to draw this on the tablet.

 

 

September 25th, 2014

Today I finished chapter 19 on the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

File number: 9594779

 

After:

File number: 9594779

I double clicked on the background layer to rename it. I right clicked in the image window with the rectangular marquee tool and chose convert to smart object. I went up to the filter pull down menu and chose Liquefy. This brings up an independent window that runs inside of photoshop. I reset all the numerical values. I alternated between using a small brush and a large brush to make the face a little thinner and to tame the model’s stray hairs.

 

Before:

File number: 4474003

I used the push and warp tool to slim the arms and hips:

 

 

File number: 4474003

 

I used the pucker tool to tuck in the model’s tummy and thin her ankles and legs.

File number: 4474003

 

First I made another copy of the background layer. Then I pressed cmd+shift+X to bring up the liquefy window. I selected the twirl tool, increased the size of my cursor to 600px. I clicked in the center of the model’s face to twirl her head. I increased the density of the brush to 100, then I moved the models head to the right. All of these actions kind of warped her face so I used the warped tool to patiently fix it.

After:File number: 4474003

 

 

 

 

 

September 24th, 2014

Today, after taking a test in the career center,  I continued working on chapters 18 and 19 on the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

 

Martini Hour

I selected the rectangular marquee tool the right clicked in the image and chose convert to smart object. I pressed cmd+T, clicked on the warp icon and chose flag. I changed the bend value to -15% and pressed enter a few times.

Martini Hour

Then I pressed cmd+J to make a copy of the layer named martini hour. I pressed cmd+T and turned on the link icon, then 94.5%  then pressed enter a few times. I pressed cmd+T again and I dragged the corner while pressing cmd. then while dragging I pressed the shift key. then I added the option key while still dragging. When I got to -10 degrees skew I stopped and pressed enter a few times. I pressed the up arrow a few times to move the font up a little.

I double clicked on the thumbnail for martini hour layer and pressed okay. I went to the image pull down menu and chose canvas size. I turned on the relative check box and changed the width and height to 100px. I went back to the image pull down menu, chose canvas size, changed the height to 100px and selected the top center square. I did the same thing once more but turned off the relative check box, clicked the bottom center square, changed the height to 842px. I selected the line tooland set the weight value to 5px. I drew a line while pressing the shift key directly under the U and dragged it all the way passed the M. I pressed shift+down arrow three times and pressed cmd+D. I selected the line with the black arrow tool and I pressed cmd+option+T. I clicked on the little triangle in the options panel to turn it on. I entered 35 for the Y value and -20 for the x value then pressed enter a few times. This created a duplicate of the line I already created. I pressed cmd+shift+option+T and that made a third copy. I pressed the m key and pressed cmd+T. I clicked the chain link icon, then changed the width to 94.5% then I selected the top left reference point in the little grid, I made sure the delta icon was not selected, clicked on the x and changed the value to 0px, and the Y value to -100. then I pressed the enter key a few times

Martini Hour

I brought up the layers panel and selected the martini hour layer, and clicked the fx icon and chose outer glow. I changed the opacity to 100%, blend mode to normal, color to white, spread value to 50%, size to 2px, technique to softer. I clicked on drop shadow and changed the opacity to 100%, clicked the color swatch, changed the hue value to 285, saturation to 30, brightness to 15. I pressed OK, raised the distance value to 14px and the size value to 16px.

I switched to the starmaker layer and went to the color panel and changed the hue to 285, saturation to 30, and brightness to 15. Then I pressed option key and clicked the black and white icon and chose gradient. I increased the angle value to 91 degrees. I dragged the gradient downward to below the words martini hour. I went to the blend mode pop up menu and changed normal to multiply. I selected the layer glass 1 and changed the opacity to 80%.

Martini Hour

 

 

September 23rd, 2014

Today I worked on chapters 18 and 19 on the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

 

cool water

 

After:

 

Martini Hour

 

 

I selected the rectangular marquee tool, then right clicked in the photo and selected duplicate layer. I renamed it glass and changed the folder to transformation template. I pressed Cmd+T and transformed the photo to fit the glass in the front.

 

Before:

Martini Hour

 

After:

Martini Hour

I clicked the eye icon next to the color layer to hide it. Then I clicked on the top glass layer, dropped down to the black and white icon and chose invert. I made the colors layer active then pressed cmd+shift+N. I called the new layer noise. I dialed in a Brightness value of 15 % then pressed option+delete. I right clicked and chose convert to smart object. I went to the filter pull down menu and chose noise then add noise.  Set the amount at 20%, distribution to Gaussian, and turn Monochromatic on. I went to the filter pull down menu, selected blur, gaussian blur, and set the radius value to 2 px. I pressed the option key clicked the black white icon and chose the levels command. I called the layer star maker and I turned on the checkbox for Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask. I adjusted the blackpoint value to 55 the whitepoint to 65.  I clicked on the noise layer to make it active then pressed cmd+T. Clicked OK. I increased the width to 110 and pressed enter a couple of  times. I changed the blend mode from normal to screen. this brought the martini glasses back. I turned the text layers back on.

 

I also edited this photo.

Before:

aaoriginal

 

After:

aanew

September 22nd, 2014

Today I finished chapters 16 and 17 in the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com

 

Before:

Romance text

 

After:

Romance textks

 

First I selected the romance layer and pressed the T key to switch to the type  tool. I selected one letter of the word romance then I brought up the paragraph styles panel and  clicked the little page icon.  Then I double clicked paragraph style one and named it romance style. I dropped down to the clear overwrite button and clicked on it. I clicked on the in the air layer then clicked the romance style to link it. After that I clicked the clear overwrite button again. I switched to the background layer then double clicked on romance style. I clicked on the the color bar and changed the hue vale to 0 degrees which made the print red. I switched to the character styles panel and clicked the little page icon then double clicked to bring up the dialogue box. I clicked in the question mark bar. then I brought the hue to 210, the saturation to 100 and the brightness to 75. I clicked on style name and named it just blue. I double clicked on the word air then I clicked on just blue. I switched back to the paragraph styles panel then double clicked on romance. the video told me to use the font segoe script but I didn’t use that script so I used the font snell rounddhound

 

Before:

Placeholder text

 

After:

Placeholder textks

 

First I selected the type tool and clicked in the background layer. I pressed shift while dragging and created a frame that descended into the grass. Then I went to the type pull down menu and clicked on Paste Lorem Ipsum. I pressed enter. Then I switched to the background layer. Then I went to the paragraph styles panel and clicked on the new page icon. I double clck on paragraph style one. I changed the font family to Adobe Caslon pro. I changed the type size to 8pt and the letting size to 9pt. I selected Indents and spacing and I changed 6pts of before spacing. I selected the bottom most text layer and I clicked body copy then clicked the clear overwrite button. I edited the place holder text to how I liked it. then I pressed enter. I pressed cmd+Shift+down arrow a few times. I tripled clicked in the top paragraph and pressed cmd+T. I changed the let in value to 9.5. I changed the space value to 4pt. I clicked on the fly out menu icon and chose redefine style command.

 

I finished this poster Wednesday but didn’t have time to post it.

 

bandposter

 

 

 

 

September 17th, 2014

Today, after we went to the career center and took a reading test, I continued with the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate course on Lynda.com. I finished chapter 16.

 

Before:

File number: 2450285

 

After:

File number: 2450285

 

First I clicked on the frame layer then pressed the a key to select the black arrow key. i clicked on the rectangle a few times to select it. then I went up to the path operations icon then selected subtract from shape. then i clicked in the filled area to deselect the rectangle and pressed cmd+h. Then I went to the blend mode pop up menu and changed it from normal to overlay. Next I pressed shift 5. I went down to the fx icon and selected bevel and emboss command. In the dialogue box I ended up with the style: Inner Bevel, Technique: chisel hard, depth: 150%, Direction:up, size: 10 px, soften: 10 px, angle: 135 degrees, altitude: 50 degrees, highlight mode:linear dodge; opacity:75%, shadow  mode: linear burn; opacity:75%.

Before:

File number: 2450285

 

After:

File number: 2450285

With the frame layer selected I went to the fx icon and clicked drop shadow. I clicked the color swatch and changed the saturation to 15, the hue to 35, and the brightness to 15. I changed the distance to 25 px and the size to 50 px. I switched from the multiply mode to linear burn. I clicked gradient overlay. I reduced the opacity to 25%. I changed the angle to -65 degrees. I changed the mode back to multiply. I pressed the alt key while dragging the bevel and boss effect that was on the frame layer onto the spiders layer. I selected both of the text layers and pressed the t key to get the text tool. I clicked on the brown swatch in the options bar and changed the brightness to 0% to make the text black. Then I clicked on the shadow type group then I changed the blend mode to screen. I clicked on the fx icon and chose drop shadow. In the dialogue box I changed the opacity to 100%, distance to 0 px, and size to 30 px. I turned off “layer knocks out drop shadow” and clicked okay.