January 30th, 2014

Today I worked on one of the additional photoshop projects called How to create a sketch from a photo.

I started with this photo:

oliver sykes portrait

I made two copies of this image in my layers panel by pressing cmd+j twice. I desaturated both copies by going to the image pulldown menu, selecting adjustments, then selecting desaturate. I inverted the second copy by going back to the image pull down menu, adjustments, then selected invert. I right clicked on the active layer that i was in (the second copy) clicked blending options, then changed the blend mode to color dodge. . Then I went to the filter menu, selected other, then minimum and changed it to 2px. I copied the the original layer again, moved it to the top of the layers stack, and changed the blending mode to color. I went to the filter pull down menu, chose filter gallery, and selected the rough pastels filter. I changed the stroke length to 5, the stroke detail to 4, the texture to sandstone, scaling to 91, and relief to 30. I hit okay then changed the blending mode for this layer to multiply. I reduced the opacity to about 60%.

Finished image:

oliver sykes portrait copy


Next I started the how to create a caricature in Photoshop tutorial but didn’t get far.


January 29th, 2015

Today I continued working on the April Photoshop project called classic flower power.

Here’s what I left off with yesterday:

flowers everywhere


I put the flowers into 3 different groups based on size. I put the big flowers in a group called close up, the medium flowers in a group called middle, and the small flowers in a group called far. I selected the close up layer and went to the filter pull down menu, clicked blur, then gaussian blur. I set the radius to 10 px. I selected the far layer and added a gaussian blur of 5px. I went to the middle layer and added a gaussian blur of 3px. This made the bigger flowers look close up and the small flowers look farther back. I made the middle flowers be the most focused because they’re supposed to be at the same depth as the little girl. I merged all of the flower layers together by pressing cmd+option+shift+E. I clicked on the new merged layer and went to filter, convert for smart filters. I went back to the filter menu and chose camera raw to open the image in camera raw. I went to the radial filter by pressing J. I changed all the sliders onto 0 except the sharpness and clarity. I set the sharpness to -70 and the clarity to -32. I clicked on the little girl and dragged the oval around her. I made sure the effect setting was set to Outside.

blurry flowers

Then I added an old page image from google and resized it using the free transform tool. I typed the words Flower Shower and found a decorative font line to put in between the two words. I recolored that line white to match the words using the paint bucket tool. I then typed some words into a paragraph from old bridal articles.

The original final image:

original flower shower

My finished version:

finished flowers project



January 28th, 2015

Today I worked on one of the additional photoshop projects. This file didn’t come with any images so I just did my own thing with the tutorial. The tutorial is called Classic Flower Power.

This was there final image(which I screenshot) :

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This was my start image that I got from google:

start image


I selected the rectangular marquee tool. I used it to select the left side of the field, then I pressed cmd+c to copy it. I pressed cmd+d to deselect the field. I pressed cmd+v to paste the part of the fieild I selected. I moved the original field image so that the girl was more to the left and not the middle. Then I moved the copied part of the field to the right to fill the gap that I left. I used the free transform tool an the blur tool to make it look like that part belonged there.

2nd start image


I found this flower from google:

yellow flower


I selected the quick selection tool, clicked and dragged on the inside of the flower until everything inside was selected. I switched to the move tool and clicked and dragged the flower layer into my first document. I renamed it “original”. Then I pressed cmd+J to make a copy of the flower. I renamed it “backup”. I hid the back up layer and dragged it underneath the original layer. I held down the option key and dragged out copies of the flower to fill up the page. I used the free transform tool to resize and rotate some. To give more variety I went into free transform mode right clicked in the bounding box and chose distort, then I dragged the corners to set the flower at a different angle. I did this to about half of the flowers.

flowers everywhere

January 27th, 2015

Today I continued working on chapter 5 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.

The fist thing I learned today was how to work with fills.



I selected the outer line of the left ear. I turned off the stroke and changed the color to a dark pink. After that I clicked on another part, turned off the stroke, and chose another color for it and so on until I colored all of it. The guy in the video used blue and black but I chose to use pink instead.




After that I learned about working with strokes.



When I moved my mouse into the starting image and clicked, there was the outline of a flower thing:

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I want to make it to where you notice the flower but the R is still the main focus. So what I have to do is add a stroke to the flower. What I have to do is go to the left panel and click stroke to activate it. Then I go to the swatches panel and choose a light blue. Its a little too bright and distracting so I go to the control panel, open the stroke panel, and take down the width of the stroke to .75pt.


I increased the stroke of the flower to about 2pt. I selected the circle in the background and used the same light blue of the flower stroke to the stroke of the circle outline. I took the weight of the stroke up to 10. I went to the brushes panel, went down and clicked the library icon, I chose bristle brush, then opened the bristle brush library. I selected the liner brush. I increased the weight to 3pts. I changed the stroke of the flower to the same brush. I changed the stroke weight to 0.5. I also changed the opacity to 50%.



After that I learned how to make dashes and arrows. I opened a new document and selected the rectangular marquee tool. I held down the shift key while drawing a square. I selected the line tool and made two different sized lines.


I selected the square and gave it a fill color of blue then I changed the weight of the stroke to 10pts.

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I opened the stroke panel and clicked the option for dashed line. I changed the dash size to 30 pts.

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I selected the first line and gave it a stroke of 5 pts. I went to the dashed line options and changed the values to 30, 5, 20, 5, 50, 5.

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Now I want to add arrow heads so I looked right below the dash options and found the arrow head options. I chose arrow #5. I changed the scale to 75%. I clicked the option to extend the arrow head past the path. I added an arrow to the end of the path and made it equal to the first.

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I selected the second line and changed the stroke weight to 10pts. I went to the stroke panel and selected arrowhead #20 for the left. I selected arrow #16 for the right and chose to extend them past the path. I went to the object pull down menu and selected extend appearance to gain control of the paths that make up the tail and head of the new arrow.



Next I learned how to create variable-width strokes.

I started with this image:


I selected the top left petal and changed the stroke to a dark green. I selected the width tool and went to the middle of the outline and dragged outward until I reached a width of about 20. I did the same to the other side.

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In the next video I used the last image to learn to save a width profile so that I can use it for all the other outlines in my art. I selected the petal to the right of the one I’ve already changed. I changed the stroke to the dark green color. I clicked on the first petal, went to the stroke panel and clicked show options. I went to profiles pull down menu and selected add to profiles. I called the new profile green leaf and saved it. I selected all the petals, selected the dark green, selected profile and clicked green leaf. I changed the stroke to 20.



After that I learned about creating and editing gradients.

I started with this:


I selected the image background targeted the fill by clicking on it. Then I selected the gradient fill. I went to the gradient dialog and selected a radial gradient. I changed the color of there gradient by clicking and dragging color from the swatches and adding it to the white swatch of the gradient slider. I brought a different color to the black swatch. I double clicked on the left swatch and changed the red slider to 179 and the green slider to 208. I double clicked the dark blue slider and changed the green value to 110. I created a new middle color to the gradient by clicking on the middle of the slider. I changed the red to 143 and the green to 180. To get rid of a slider you just click it and drag it away from the slider.


If I wanted to add that gradient background to my swatches I’d just click it and drag it over to the swatches panel and drop it in. To name it I would double click it and name it. Then I’d be able to send the gradient out to use for other things.




January 26th, 2015

Today I finished working on chapter 4 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.

I learned how to make spot colors. first I double click on the grey R, then I click again on it. I go to the swatches dialog box and clicked don create a new watch icon. I changed the process color option to spot color, and changed the name to Logo Grey. I did the exact same thing to the orange and purple A’s except I named them Logo Orange and Logo Purple. Then I changed the grey letters at the bottom to the exact same grey of the R.


After that I learned how to create new swatch groups. In the swatches dialog box I click the little manilla folder icon. I renamed it Branding Swatches and hit okay. I click on each colored circled and drag it to the folder of my color in order.

After that I learned how to work with color libraries.



First, I clicked on the artboard to select the image. I went to the swatch panel and clicked on the little stack of books icon in the bottom left hand corner. I open the one called earth tones. I clicked on one of the flower petal looking things, then I changed each color of the swatch to the earth tones.



I learned how to import and send swatches. But first I learned how to open states that have been sent to me. I opened the swatches dialog and clicked on the stack of books icon. I went down and chose other library, then I went to desktop, chose the exercise files folder, chose chapter 4, and opened brand_colors. To add these to my swatches panel I just click on the little folder icon to the left of the colors. I opened another document, went to window, swatch libraries, other library, went to desktop, exercise files, chapter 4, and color libraries. This opened the color libraries dialog. If I click on the folder icon they add the swatch group to my current swatch dialog.


After that I learn how to use the color guide panel.

I start off with this image:


Then I go to the color panel and move the color guide dialog onto the art board. I made the blue of the petal the active color and it made swatches of colors that would go well with that blue. I went to the drop down. I selected monochromatic, then went to color guide options from the color menu and changed the steps value to 7 and the variation to 50%. I removed the stroke component. I selected each petal and changed it individual color.


January 22nd, 2015

Today I continued working on the assigned photoshop project. The one I’m working on is called Atmospheric Horror Effects.

This is what I left off with yesterday:

hanging noose

So the files didn’t have the grim reaper image thats in the original photo that I’m trying to recreate so I just opened the original photo and used the rectangular  marquee tool to make a selection around the grim reaper figure, then I copied and pasted it onto my photo and matched it with the surroundings. I also changed the opacity of the hanging noose to 70% so that it matched the surroundings.

grim reaper in wheat

After that I added the words, giving the photo a movie poster look, using the text tool.

My finished image:

finished horror atmosphere

Original image:

original atmospheric horror effects

After I finished this I started working on an image in photoshop using the skills I learned from this tutorial.

I started by looking for a cemetery photo:

cemetary reference

Then I used the rectangular marquee tool and selected just the bottom half of it. Then I went to the options panel and selected refine edge, and in the edge detection section I changed the radius to about 60px. I moved this layer to the page I was working in.

cemetary screenshot

Then I found a photo with some nice grass and used the rectangular marquee tool to make a selection. I clicked refine edge and changed the edge detection to about 17.5px. I moved this layer to the photo was working in. I warped the grass to look like a hill. I clicked cmd+L to open the levels dialog and brought the output level down to 143.

hill screenshot

I made a copy of this layer then pressed Cmd+T to enter the free transform mode. I right clicked and selected flip horizontal. I moved this hill to the other side of the photo. Then I changed the background color to a dark navy blue. After adding the second hill, I made the left one a little darker in the levels dialog. This made it look like it was behind the hill on the right.

two hills

I found a few silhouettes of tombstones, creepy crows, and branches then adjusted their levels as needed.


After that I found a few creepy tree silhouettes and made a gradient to make the sky darker. I made a new layer and used the paint bucket tool to color the whole layer a grey color. I changed the opacity to about 55%. I also added a brightness/contrast layer.

gradient trees

I added changed the background color a really dark grey. Then I added an image of a full moon and added another grey filter on top. I added some wispy grey misty clouds around the moon using the lasso tool.

moon and sky







January 21st, 2015

Today I worked on the Assigned photoshop project that I started last week.

Last weeks work:

foggy tree

I started off by selecting the wheat field layer, clicking the black/white icon, hue/saturation, then changed the saturation value to -40.

saturated field

I didn’t really like the way the picture looked at this point so I started completely over and tried to follow the instructions a little more closely this time. I think this one turned out much better.

start over

After that I added a noose to the tree by opening an image of a noose in another tab, then selecting just the noose with the magic wand tool. I deleted the color from the noose by pressing shift+cmd+U. Then I moved the noose over to the work in progress image. I used the free transform tool to make the boos smaller, then I moved it over to the tree.

hanging noose



January 20th, 2015

Today I finished chapter 3  and started chapter 4 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.


I opened an image of a single apple in Illustrator. I selected the apple artwork, then I click and hold the rotate tool and select reflect. With the reflect tool selected I got a little reference point as my cursor. I clicked where I want my reference tool then click and move the apple across the reference point.

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To make a reflected copy I hold down the option key while moving the apple.

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Another way to do this is to right click, choose transform, then reflect. This would bring up a dialog box where you change the settings to what you want.

After that I learned about the shear tool which you can find if you click and hold the scale tool then go down and click shear tool. After selecting the tool just drag in the direction you want. You could hold down the shift key while dragging it so that its constrained, or you could hold down the option key and make a copy.


Click and drag:

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Make copy:

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Skewing or shearing is just another way of transforming an object.

I opened another image in Illustrator:







I went to the window pull down menu and chose align. This brought up a little box with a bunch of different align and distribute options. I turned on align to art board option and selected all the circles. I clicked the vertical align bottom option and they all went to the bottom of the art board.

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Then I clicked the horizontal distribute center option and they all spread out evenly across the dartboard.

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Then I clicked the vertical align center option.


I go back to the original image. I select every circle. I click align to selection instead of align to art board. Then I click vertically align to bottom. This moves the circles down to the bottom edge of the lowest object that was in the set.

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If I horizontally distribute them they’re going to do it based on this selection which means they won’t be as spread out as before.

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January 14th, 2014

Today I started one of the October 2014 photoshop projects.

I stated by creating a document measuring 1000×1500 px. Then I selected the foreground color picker and changed all of the RGB numbers to 174. Then I pressed Option=delete and that changed the color of the document to gray.


After that I opened the wheat field image that was available in the exercise files and selected some of the front wheat field. I copied that selection, then pasted onto the bottom of the gray page. I moved it to the bottom of the scree then went up to the options panel and clicked on refine edge. in the edge detection section i changed the radius to 17.5px then pressed OK. Then I used the warp tool to move the left side of the wheat field up a little and the right side down slightly. I pressed cmd+U to open the hue/sat dialog, then changed the saturation to -40.

after field

I made a hill in the background by selecting the lasso tool and selecting an area of the wheat field from the top left corner. I pressed cmd+J to copy the selection into a new layer. I dragged that layer underneath the original wheat field layer. I pressed cmd+L to bring up the levels dialog. I changed the value of the whilte slider to 143 and clicked OK. I went to the edit pull down menu, clicked transform, then warp. I warped the layer to try to make it look like a hill in the background. I pressed enter then changed the opacity of the layer to 30%. I created a new layer mask and pressed G to select the gradient tool. I dragged down from the top of the wheat field to just below the top to fade it a little.

wheat hill


I created a new layer, went up to the edit menu, then selected fill. In the fill dialog I set the Use drop down menu to Pattern, then turned on Scripted Patterns by checking the box next to it. I chose Tree from the Script drop down menu and clicked OK. This opened the tree panel. In the tree drop down menu I selected number 11. I set the light detection to 180 and the camera tilt to 12. I changed the leaves amount to 0, set the arrangement to 100, and clicked OK.

creepy tree

I pressed cmd+T. I scaled the tree larger and disproportional. I moved it to the left side. I pressed enter when I got the tree where I wanted it. Then I moved the tree layer below the wheat field layer. I pressed cmd+L to open the levels dialog. I move the shadow and midtown input levels sliders to the right until the tree is a little darker but still has details then pressed OK. This next part was a little tricky. I made the tree layer active, I held down the cmd key while I click don the tree icon, then while still holding down the cmd key I clicked the new layer icon. Then I pressed option+delete. Then, finally, I pressed cmd+D. After that I changed the opacity of the original tree layer to around 53% to make it look like there was a fog around it.

foggy tree