DAaA – 10/17-19

Three Samuria on Horseback by Bobby Chiu
Chiu lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Chiu has worked for
Warner Bros, Disney, & on Star Wars toy lines. He currently works as
an illustrator, an online instructor, and publishes art books.

How do we Represent Ourselves?

For this six weeks, we’ll be primarily using Photoshop. In the new version of Photoshop CS6, Video has been added to its capabilities (albeit it was already available in previous versions if you had the extended version). They also made a lot of upgrades to what you can do with video in PS. Photoshop, most of the time, however is not used for video, and what you can do with it has a very broad range of applications.

Learn More About Photoshop
Adobe’s CS6 Photoshop Extended

Current Work

Continuing Work with Portraiture

Check out the Adobe Artist Spotlight on Tolleson. In this video, the Tolleson design company created, and contracted other artists, to help create personified images of the Adobe Products for the CS6 release. This isn’t too different from what I want you to do. See a different video about it on Tolleson’s Website. There’s a lot on the page, including another video at the bottom of the page.

Today we’ll play with distorting images. We’ll play with image distortions and adjustments to create something somewhat akin to artist Andy Warhol‘s widely known Marilyn Monroe screen prints. For your own, I want each picture to represent a feeling or emotion. You can see my example below.

antiquated – concerned
pressured – angry

Not exactly Warhol, but amusing.

Andy Warhol also created a lot of self-portraits (although most of them were NOT multiple screen prints in different colors, unlike his Monroe works), some with very high prices. Do this, but with a distorted photo of yourself (use the distortion filters in Photobooth).

First things first:

The guide here is done with a free stock photo, but you’ll just be using a distorted image of yourself.

 Giving credit to where credit is due:

Roberts, Torli. "Stock.xchng - Red Panda (stock Photo by Torli)." 
Stock.xchng - the Leading Free Stock Photography Site. HAAP Media Ltd, 
a Subsidiary of Getty Images, 25 July 2006. Web. 08 Nov. 2011.
We’re going to turn him into a pop-esque art styled piece. Once you take a photo you like, save it to your desktop. You can take multiples if you so choose.Second: Right click on the photo and click open with > Adobe Photoshop CS6 Third: Your photo is probably bigger than we want it. I decided to crop mine into a square, as I felt it’d work better that way. Use the Rectangular Marque Tool in your Tools Window. we’re going to use it to select the part we want to keep. With Marque Tool selected, click and hold down where ever you want the top left of your picture to begin. While still holding down on your mouse clicker, drag the Marque Tool down to where you want the bottom right corner of your photo to be. If you hold the shift key as you do this, Photoshop will keep the proportions of your selection as a perfect square.If you are happy with your selection, in the overhead menu at the top of your screen, click Image, then click Crop within the drop down menu. If you aren’t happy with your selection, you can try again. To get cancel your current selection, in the overhead menu at the top of your screen click Select, then Deselect in the drop down menu (the hotkey for this is command + d).Forth: Despite this, your photo may still be too big to work with easily. To print something professionally at high quality, you need big files. However, since we’re just going to be uploading this to our blog lets make it smaller and easier to work with. At the very top of your screen, click Image and then Image Size from the drop down menu. Lets make it around 250 x 250 pixels.

Fifth: Now we have a nice size for our image, but we need multiple copies of them, and we need a bigger canvas so we have more space for them. It’s easier if we make the copies first, then increase our canvas size next. In your Layers Window (open your layers window if it isn’t already open), right click on your image and tell it to Duplicate Layer. Tell it to Duplicate Layer three (3) times.


Sixth: Now it’s time to increase our canvas area. Click on Image in the overhead menu again. This time, click Canvas Size in the drop down menu. The difference between Canvas Size and Image Size is that Image Size changes the size of EVERYTHING in your picture, where as canvas size just changes the size of your work area. Lets make our Canvas twice times the size of the image we are using. If you made the image 250 x 250 pixels earlier, then the size of your canvas will be 500 x 500 pixels.


Seventh: Our canvas is a nice size, and we’ve got 9 pictures to arrange around the space (original + 3 copies). Now it’s time to move them to the different sections of the canvas. You’ll need to use the Move Tool and the Layers Window. Wheres the Move Tool? Don’t panic, that’s just the official name for the black pointer arrow in the Tools Window. In your Layers Window, you’ll need to select a layer and move the image on it to where you want it. You’ll need to do this for each layer separately, one at a time.


Eighth: We now have the image setup the way we want it, and can now start playing with different filters, adjustment layers, and blending options.


Now, something that may bother you, if you make an adjustment layer, it affects everything in your composition. There’s an easy way to work around this. Before clicking on the type of Adjustment you want to use, click command and click on the thumbnail of the layer you want to make the adjustment on.

 When you click the adjustment now, it will automatically mask it to only affect the area of your layer. Nice!

Regarding the Filter Gallery: When not used subtly and artistically, they often feel tacky or cliche now days. Don’t worry about that for now though. Just play with them and see what they can do.

You don’t have to use the same ones I did, I also modified a few with multiple effects. There’s a ton of possible combinations, so explore and see what they can do.

Important Note! Some of the filters are effected by what colors you currently have selected in your Color Window. Some filters will also change the Hue & Saturation, feel free to re-adjust hue & saturation if you’d like to. Upload your finished image to your blog.

all my pandas

version 2011

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