DAaA- 10/21

Sugar by Aeiko (Pete Harrison)
Harrison is a digital artist and designer out of the UK.
Harrison is also the creative director of the t-shirt company Funkrush.

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


If you haven’t finished the 4-part image from last time, then do that first. If you’ve completed that, and it’s on your blog, then you’re in the right place.

We’ve talked quite a bit about Vector & Raster (or Bitmap) imagery this six weeks. When most people think of Vector & Raster, they probably think of the images on the left or right. While those may not be incorrect, they don’t get at the true difference. The image below, with the proper explanation gives you a better idea of the principle difference.

In the image above, you see the letter A twice. On the left, a simulation of Raster- a grid of pixels. On the right is closer to how Vector works- lines connecting points, that then draw pixels to illustrate them. The end result looks the same in this example, but their is a difference. Enlarging the A on the left would just make the pixels larger, where as on the right, the pixels are determined by the mathematical line, and the computer will adjust the pixels each time it is enlarged. As the A on the left becomes more and more pixelated as its size is increased, the A on the right won’t.

Try it out with the images below. They may look the same, but they aren’t. Right click each image, and tell them to open in a new window. Hold command and press + or , to enlarge or decrease the size of the image. Can you tell which of the two images is a vector and which is a raster?
Image 1

Image 2

What’s Next?

I can show you a lot of things in Photoshop, but there’s more you can do than any one person knows. Nothing will quite give you the same understanding of how much you can do with photoshop than going out and taking a look yourself.

The portrait on the left was created with combination of photos and photoshop, by Pierre Beteille of France.

The final assignment for Photoshop before we start a project is a free choice tutorial online that you’d like to try out. When you’re searching around on the net, keep in mind that the tutorial is only as good as whomever wrote it. Also, the older the tutorial is, the more likely that tools will behave differently between differing version of Photoshop.

The tutorial must take you at least a class period. No credit for tutorials that only take a couple minutes.

You’ll need to post your result and a link to the tutorial you used on your blog.

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Pierre Beteille

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