In this lab we will be using Adobe Photoshop Elements to create and edit images. Images are often a large part of multimedia production, thus having a decent understanding of them is important. This lab will consist of 3 parts:
- Watching videos on some basic tools and menus & creation of images
- Creation of two additional images
- Do 3 write-ups. One on JPEG, one on GIF, and one on PNG; explaining quality, where they are best used, and any features the file types may have (i.e. transparency, motion, etc).
To Open Photoshop Elements: Click the Start Menu > All Programs > Classes > Multimedia > Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
Videos on some basic tools and menus
These videos are from Photoshop Elements User and are hugely more useful than reading step by step instructions on the various tools. They take some time to watch so you may have to watch them throughout lab as well as on your own time (in order to complete the second and third parts). I would urge you to watch a video, then try doing what it is discussing before moving to the next video.
Here are the ones I want you to watch for this lab (you can watch more if you want to learn more cool stuff):
- Layers, Part I
- Change Colors
- Cookie Cutter
- Photo Filter
Image Creation from Tutorials
For videos 2 through 5, make one image using the techniques explained. Document what you used to create the image (layering, any filters used, etc) Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.
Additional Image Creation – Image 1
The first image I want you to create from scratch is either a sweet banner image for a website or a fake advertisement. Document what you used to create the image (layering, any filters used, etc) Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.
Additional Image Creation – Image 2
Create a humorous image using certain features available in Photoshop. Be creative :) Document what you used to create the image (E.g. various filters, smudge tool, clone tool etc. (use at least 5 tools)). Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.
Documenting your steps
To document each image and do any write-ups I’ve asked, simply use a single Word document and separate the separate parts using appropriate headings.
Turning it all in
Zip up your life’s work and (the images and document) and upload them to WebCT. Lab is due Next Friday @ midnight (so Saturday morning, 12am)