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At Coventry university we have to do an extra module outside of our chosen study area, they last for 10 weeks each term, I chose adobe photoshop. I hope by the end of the 10 weeks that I can improve the images I take for my course and my personal work.

Photoshop is used by:

  • Advertisers
  • Editorial and Publishing
  • Film makers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Games Designers
  • Photographers
  • Web designers

Photoshop is used for:

  • Retouching
  • Colour correction
  • Textures
  • Logos and branding
  • News papers and magazines
  • Album artwork
  • Artwork planning
  • Combining photos and graphics.
  • Typefaces
  • Rendering and sketching
  • Traditional integration
  • Colour designs
  • Manipulation

Photoshop basics:

  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Saturstion and hue
  • Cropping & resizing
  • Clone tool
  • Black and white
  • Burning and dodging
  • Layer masks

Level;

To control the levels of lighting of brightness

there are black, white and midtone sliders.

Curves – controls the amount of tone and contrast there is with the image

Atonal curve is controlled using any number of anchor points

An S curve gives more contrasty image

Hue and saturation

Hue: Colour of image

Saturation: Strength of image.

Changing the colour of an image:

Original Image:

Add a Layer (command C J) and use the lasso tool to draw around the selected part of the image you wish to change the colour of.

Change colour or hue, (command U) decide the colour you wish to select.

Click on ‘Add vector mask’ – below the layer. Then click on ‘quick selection tool’ and  select around the areas you wish to go back to the original colour then press backspace.

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