(IN CLASS Wednesday, November 30) The homework post is below this post.

  • REVIEW of first steps done for homeworkFinish and scan the color pencil drawing and watercolor painting, 300 dpi.  Gather 5-7 photos and a texture for background.
    Combine the internet/personal photos plus the two hand made drawing/painting images to create a color harmony montage narrative with interesting composition and visual relationships that reflect your personal concepts as they relate to your story or song.
  • Started on Monday: 
    Open your drawing and painting documents by dragging them into the PSD logo on your doc or by using File>Open in the drop down Menu. Do not drag images into the same document and do not use “Place” as you did in Illustrator.
    Make sure all of your documents are set up as 300dpi. Use appropriate selection tools and create a layer mask for each image. Only use the brush tool, not the eraser tool to avoid destructive editing. I am teaching you the professional way to use PSD.
    Create and name your final document appropriately. Start to arrange and change the images to form your final montage project.
  • IN-CLASS TODAY: Create a contact sheet to use during the crit which includes all of the original images placed into your project. These 6 or more images include the internet and personal photos along with your chosen texture(s). (We will make this part together).
    Finalize your project by following and adding all that is instructed below. (Background color, background texture, seven or more images, different selection tools, layer masks, transforming, gradients, transparencies, scale, duplicate layers, adjustment layers, blends, one layer style and any additional technique we discuss together.)
    Ask me about ways to create what you intend. Do not shy away from complexities. Learning takes time and effort. Expand your knowledge.
  • THIRTEEN possible STEPS: (you can add techniques to these, but don’t leave them out. Outer Glow shown in the video is not required.) Do not use Filters.
    *Advanced students (see list on the top of the blog’s Video Reference Page for additional tools and techniques you can use.) Do not use Filters.
    1. Create a new 11×17″ project document in Photoshopname it “Audible Montage Narrative_your name_di_sp17” leave the extension as PSD. Save it to your project file Audible Montage/photoshop/final project folder.
    2. LAYERS AND BACKGROUNDS(see my how to and, digital videos indicated below) double click on the locked layer, name the layer “background color” and fill it with a color to use as a background (red, yellow or blue, orange, green or purple or a darker mixed version).  (have it as the bottom most layer)
    3. BACKGROUND TEXTUREopen one of the background texture images I shared with you via email or your own and copy it to your Audible Montage documentName the layer “background texture.” (have it as the layer above the background color layer)
    4. Open both your watercolor and color pencil images, use selection tools, create layer masks, check size (300 dpi) save them and then copy or drag the images into your “Audible Montage Narrative_your name_di_sp17″ document.
    5. AFTER OPENING YOUR PHOTOS IN PHOTOSHOP (see search instructions on the handout and below), go to image size and be sure to save them as 300 dpi.  Try to make the images as small as you need to (3-5″) 300 dpi. Use selection tools and layer masks. Copy (duplicate layers), move each photo into your Edible Montage project document and name the layers for each.
    6. WHEN USING SELECTION TOOLS (see my how-to videos and digital handouts indicated below) use the magnetic lasso, magic wand, quick mask and quick selection tools to isolate images from their backgrounds or to cut away portions of images. Selections should have very clean edges, and a layer mask applied.
    7. TRANSFORMING IMAGES (see my how-to videos) CMD T. Click on the right side of your trackpad and choose perspective, scale, rotate, warp, flip, etc. When scaling double click on what I showed you to lock.
    8. CREATING A LAYER MASK(see my how to and digital videos indicated belowAfter selecting the outline of an image, to separate it from it’s background, go to the Select drop down menu on top then click on inverse (when using the magic wand tool only.) -Go over to the right layers pallet, bottom, make a new layer mask. Adjust and clean up the layer on the layer mask only using the brush tool (be sure you are in the black and white mode in the bottom of the tools bar) go back and forth painting in and removing from the image. Black is transparent and removes. White is opaque and adds.
    9. GRADIENT TOOL(see my how-to videos) Create a layer mask. Click on the gradient tool, choose the black and white option. Click on the top of the document layer drag down and click on the bottom of the layer. Be sure to only work on the layer mask.
    10. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS-(see my how to and digital videos indicated below) They can be found above your layers menu, in its own symbols window. Try using vibrancy, hue saturation, color balance, etc. to adjust and change layers.
    11. BLENDING MODES– (see my how to and digital videos indicated below) On the top of the layers window you will see a drop down area labeled normal next to the opacity slider. If you click on the normal drop down menu, you can select and play with various blending modes. Suggestions: Multiply, dodge, color, overlay, etc. Again, work on the layer mask only.
    12. TRANSPARENCIES(see my how-to videos) Can be made in either the layer mask or the image.
    13. LAYER STYLES- (see my how-to videos) Double click on the layer for the pop-up menu to find options.
  • History Window Is your form of “undo” in Photoshop. Use CMD+alt+Z or click on the different levels in the History Window to undo. The number of times you can go back in your history window depends on upon your settings.

About Alaiyo Bradshaw

Assistant Professor First-Year Course Coordinator, Drawing the Figure, Drawing the Imagination Parsons The New School for Design First-Year Course Coordinator, Drawing/Imaging, Drawing Skills Indian School for Design and Innovation (ISDI) Parsons Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Professional editorial and children's book Illustrator
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