Intro to Photoshop assignments

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Name as Art- using layers


As the title states, this is about using layers.

Step 1:  Pour in a colour into the first layer

Step 2: Create one layer for each letter in you name (max 6 letters).  Press the text tool.  click it into the picture plane, then type the letter.  Remember you have to click on the layer you want the letter to go on.

Step 3:  Now it is time to transform each letter into a composition that is interesting.  Scale. colour, opacity, shadow, glow etc.  It’s up to you.

Please fill up all the space!  And make it look interesting- use different effects and tools for each letter- remember this LEARNING!!!




Face manipulation

One of the best things about Photoshop is the way in which you can manipulate images.  This project asks for you to totally make someone look ridiculous while at the same time make the picture believable in that it looks like it could be real.  So colour and lighting of the subject and the blending of images and layers must perfect.   THIS IS DIFFICULT! …And takes time.

Students must find a face/torso off the internet. Make a new file 5 x 3.5?. Remember the resolution should be at least 72.  Save it into your file.

You are welcome to use your own face as the base image!!!

You must include in the picture as the first layer (DO NOT TOUCH THIS ON! and Turn the Layer EYE OFF so it won’t affect you manipulated image ).

The second layer should be the same as the first, this is the image to manipulate.

Include the raw –untouched face as your first layer.

Choose to have either; one, three, five, six, seven eyes or a patch over one eye.

Hair and hair colour, must be the opposite of what they have and off someone else’s head.  Preferably someone with recognizable hair- Elvis, Donald Trump, etc.   If they want to give the person cornrows or an up due or anything else, even better!

Backgrounds must be exotic.

Everything should be blended in and make sense.

This should take about two classes




1. Introduce yourself to surrealism by watching the above video. Discuss amongst yourself  Dali’s Persistence of Memory painting as a key representation of surrealism for its ability to take objects from the real world and set them in a dreamlike state that catches the viewer off guard.

2. Conduct research on surrealism and search for surrealistic images on the Internet. Find some other examples of surrealism.

3. Realise that surrealistic painting includes various styles, but the Persistence of Memory uses an unexpected colour palette, perception of space, and liquid and molten forms to present unconscious thoughts, dreams, and imagination of a landscape.

4. Find a landscape photo on the Internet and with the use of CS4 Photoshop turn the landscape photo into a surrealistic landscape by changing objects/features in the photos or by adding different objects, and then modified in various ways.