Aug 022011

CVHS Lab 221 – U: photo P: shop

So, what exactly is the Power of Photoshop? What can it do?

You can also get the YouTube version here.


First off, let’s take a look at the toolbar and the functions of each tool:

Image of exploded toolbar and what each tool does. 

Next, let’s look at the Type tool and the all of the Blending Options available for making headlines, web link images, and text-based graphics. The blending options can give your text a simple drop shadow, added depth with bevels & embossing, or inner and outer glows.

The cloning tool, or rubber stamp, and the healing tool can do wonders for clearing up problems with a photo – you can remove a pimple or an entire person!

Now, let’s turn to using Photoshop to creating images from scratch using the available tools and filters.

First, let’s make wood from scratch. The handout has the instructions for completing this project, or you can obtain them here online. Here is what our final image should look like (click on the image for a larger view):


Next, let’s take a photo of a nice day and turn it into a gloomy, rainy day. Here is the starting image:


Now, follow these instructions, or you can follow along in the handout to make this image look like this:


Next, let’s create an image of a bullet fired from a gun completely from scratch. This tutorial will give you a great feel for using layers. Here are the instructions or refer to the handout, and here is what your final image should look somewhat like:


Lastly, we will create a checkered flag waiving in the wind entirely from a blank screen. In this advanced tutorial, we will use a displacement map to create the sense of movement in our image. The instructions are included in the handout or you can download them here, and here is what the final image should look like:


If you are craving more step-by-step tutorials, here are a couple of great resources:

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