Category: Creative images

Exploring Filters and the Brush Tool in Photoshop

Design Ideas

For my week 3 task, I continued my software skill development by creating three creative images in Photoshop. This task aimed to help me to explore further and expand my creativity. From the last term, I demonstrated my design skill on the topic of a podcast cover. Therefore, I decided to accomplish another topic choice for this time. I always wanted to create artworks for my cat, but I never had a chance. This task was an opportunity for me to achieve it. In my last term, I watched a bunch of videos to help with my skill development. Nevertheless, I nearly forgot all of them that make me realised the balance of quality and quantity. Instead of watching numerous tutorial videos, I decided to focus on one skill topic and practise in-depth. 

The first two design are both oil painting portraits of my cat. I watched the same tutorial video but with different authors to compare their approach towards this topic. For my last design, I made it a review practice of what I have learnt in Photoshop so far. I combined all the skill and created the final piece.

Design Process

Design 1

I first used the lasso tool to select the head area and applied a content-aware fill to replace it with the background colour. After that, I cropped the head part of my cat by using the lasso selection tool again. I copied and pasted the head on the painting. I then applied a layer mask onto it and started using the brush tool to erase the unwanted edges. Before applying the oil paint stylisation, I added one more layer of unsharpen mask. It can bring back the details of the image. I further adjusted the level values and colour balance to match with the painting itself.

Design 2

For my second design, I repeated the same procedure as the first one. Dispiratively, I used the stamp tool to copy the collar pattern as one of the clone sources after using the content-aware fill. The shadow underneath adds depth to the head part and creates dimension to the painting.

Design 3

After I decided to use the painting ‘Summer is icumen in’, I then inserted my cat image and started resizing and adjusting its perspective. Apply the oil paint filter to make the image look like having painting strokes on it. It was different from the last two design. I altered the levels of stylisation to match with the original painting at the back. The cat looks like it is floating in the air, so I used the brush tool to draw a shadow and blend the colours. I additionally used the eyedropper to help me get the exact shade in the painting to prevent colour differences.

Software Tutorial

This video is a tutorial on how to create an oil painting portrait for your pet. The author applies different layers of filters to edit the image from a digital form to an oil painting. I followed his instruction of stylising the pet image with an oil paint filter. This filter can add a brushstroke texture to the image and creates harmony with the original painting. Apart from using filter layers, he makes level and colour adjustments to the image to achieve a more satisfying result. The level adjustment depends on the original value of the photo. It is impossible to copy all of his value changes because we were using different pictures. Therefore, I had to adjust to other value levels to see if it works in my case.

This tutorial video has a similar process as the previous one. However, one point that is worthy of drawing attention to is the use of the stamp tool. Although the content-aware fill can approximately cover up the head, the texture near the neck will get blurred out. As a result, the author finishes its touch up by using the stamp tool. He uses the stamp to copy the pattern of the collar and starts pasting them around the neck. For my second design, I followed his way of creating an oil painting portrait. Compared with the first tutorial video, his method can keep the detail part of the collar and makes the whole piece look more well-finished. Overall, I prefer this tutorial more.

The following tutorial is an introduction video of the brush tool. The brush is the core tool that I used in my third design, so it is essential to learn about its functionality. This video talks about the importance of adjusting different brush hardness levels. A softer brush can build up layers and create smooth edges. It usually uses to blend colours. A soft brush can also embellish an image easier. On the other hand, a higher brush level can draw out a sharp line, so it generally uses for outlining. Therefore, I adjusted the brush hardness to 0% when I was blending.

After finishing this task, I am interested in exploring further with the brush tool, especially experiment with different types of brushes. I have experience in drawing in Illustrator but never tried to draw in Photoshop. Accordingly, I will start to develop my drawing skill by practising with the brush tool or watch some drawing time-lapse videos to observe how people utilise the brush tool in Photoshop.

Resources for Research and Inspiration

My main inspiration for this task is the series of oil paintings named ‘Dogs Playing Poker’. General artists usually express an image by painting a human as the character, but Coolidge used personification to paint dogs playing poker. This surreal approach is interesting to investigate and discover. Therefore, I put this idea into my first two designs, editing my cat head onto a human portrait.

All of my designs focus on the style of an oil painting. When I was searching for the image option, I chose portraits that painted during the Renaissance. I found out they usually had a bulky collar that covers their neck. This clothing decoration can make the process of editing easier because it avoids extra works.

Recently, oil paintings with a soft pastel colour scheme have become a famous aesthetic. I have an album on Pinterest where I collect this kind of oil paintings. It is also the inspiration for my third design in this task.

To conclude the topics I have done so far in Photoshop, I tended to research vintage and retro themes. In the last term, I designed a series of vintage podcast covers. For this week 3 task, I used renaissance paintings as my inspiration. It might be a good idea for me to explore other kinds of approaches, such as combining neon colours and glowing effect to create a futuristic style.

Creative Images – Photoshop

This term, we have undertaken various tasks that have allowed me to improve my skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and AfterEffects. The task that I enjoyed the most during this term was the Photoshop Creative Images task. I created three images that I am happy with.

DESIGN IDEAS AND DESIGN PROCESS

DESIGN 1 – FLOATING THROUGH SPACE

For my first idea, I wanted to create an image that altered reality so I chose to manipulate an image of a man floating through space. To start to design process, I browsed for stock images on Pixabey and found one of a man that looked like he is ‘floating’, and one of the stars that I could use as the background. I removed the man from the background of the original image by using the pen tool to create an outline around the figure. By selecting a new layer via cut, I removed him from the background and deleted the layer that i didn’t need. I then brought the images of the stars into photoshop and placed this layer underneath the figure. I then adjusted the brightness, contrast, and saturation of the images to make them look more authentic, and work in harmony with each other.

 

 

DESIGN 2 – FLOWER MASK

The second image I chose was of a woman’s face submerged by water and flowers. The effect that I wanted to achieve was flowers covering one-half of her face. To achieve this effect, I used layer masks and the brush tool to make a ‘shadow’. Firstly, I created a new layer mask and selected the part of her face that I wanted to remove. I then imported a picture of flowers and placed it underneath the existing layer so that you could see the flowers through her face. I used the selection tool to scale and position the flowers to fit the image and adjusted the existing layer mask, using the black and white brushes. I wanted to manipulate the image to make it look like the flowers were on top of the water and her lips were overlapping the flowers. I found it difficult at first but managed to get the hang of it after some time (and some tutorials). When I got to a point where I was happy with the mask, I tried to make the flowers look more realistic by adding a shadow. To achieve this,  I used the black brush tool at a large size and 0% hardness to recreate a shadow around the flowers.

 

 

DESIGN 3

This design was my favourite that I created during the task. My idea for this image was to create a feeling of movement within an image. This was heavily influenced by Şakir Yildirim’s image called ‘crawler’. However, I did not follow the exact technique he uses to create his images. To make this image, I found a picture of a boy walking from a side-on perspective and imported it into photoshop. I then used the direct selection tool to copy his figure into a new layer and duplicate this layer many times and positioned them in such a way to look like the boy is walking from one position to the other. I kept one of these separate and placed it in the middle, and grouped the rest of them together. I merged these layers together and used the ‘motion blur’ filter to blur the figures, and did the same thing with the figure in the middle but made him less blurred to make it look like he was coming ‘back to life’, or transforming from one figure to another. the final figure on the far left and right I kept as normal but used the blur tool to blur the edges. This made the figure blend in more with the background ensuring that it didn’t look cut out of the image.

 

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS

I found the tutorials provided to us helpful to get started with this task. They refreshed my memory and I found it useful to focus on layer masks and using nondestructive techniques in my work.  Using these techniques made it so much easier to go back on my design choices, and saved me from having to start all over again if I changed my mind. I often find that watching tutorials before taking on a task actually helps with my idea generation itself, and inspires me to get started.

I found the following tutorials particularly useful when working in Photoshop for this task. When using the tutorials, I tried not to follow them exactly but used them to get a rough idea of how to achieve an effect, and tried to find my own way of working. Each of these tutorials provided me with a better understanding of how tools within Photoshop work and inspired me to use Photoshop in different ways.

CREATING SHADOWS IN PHOTOSHOP

This tutorial on creating shadows in Photoshop came in helpful for my second design with the flowers to replicate the effect of a shadow. I used this in an attempt to make my image look more ‘real’ so  I tried to follow the way light would naturally behave in real life. This tutorial inspired me to think about the perspective of light, and the depth of the image while I was editing. The tutorial covers how to create shadows on different surfaces. he uses the brush tool at 0 hardness, which is the technique is the technique I used in my own work. He also goes over how to create shadows for a curved surface, and more complex objects, which I didn’t need for this task in particular but will come in helpful in the future.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL – FLOWER FACE EFFECTS

This tutorial helped me to grasp a better understanding of layer masks in photoshop and how to work with two images, one on top of the other. During the tutorial, she used the pen tool to create a stroke to select the parts of the original image that she wanted to remove, and uses the bevel and emboss layer style to make the cut outs look more 3D. she uses a layer mask to remove parts of the existing image to make the flowers appear on top of the face, giving a realistic effect. This tutorial was helpful to figure out how to make the flowers in my own design overlap with the face of the image.

MOTION BLUR EFFECT IN PHOTOSHOP

 

 

This tutorial introduced me to the motion blur effect in photoshop, one that I wasn’t already familiar with. I found that it was a really simple and easy way to introduce a sense of speed/ movement in my own image which was precisely the effect that I wanted to achieve. It also helped me with using layer masks, cutting out objects with the quick selection tool.

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

The second image that I worked on for this task was inspired by the album art for Shawn Mendes’ album cover. I really love this album cover and wanted to create an image with the same sort of feeling. I wanted to edit an image that inspired by, but not a direct copy of the original. I used an image of a woman rather than a man, and only including half of her face instead of placing one half on top of the flowers.

There is a collage artist called Marcelo Monreal who also creates similar portraits, of people and flowers which also heavily influenced this design. I find that his work very appealing aesthetically but also in the way it makes me feel. His portrait creates this feeling of contentedness that implies the subject is at one with nature, which is how I would like to think my image would create too.  You can find some of Monreal’s work here https://www.instagram.com/marcelomonreal/

My third design was inspired by the work of Şakir Yildirim. In particular, the portraits created using the liquify tool in Photoshop. Looking at his work inspired me to introduce a sense of movement, or duplication into my design. Yildirim’s work, specifically in ‘crawler’, creates a sense of motion, or almost a sense of transformation depending on how you interpret it. I find it fascinating that you can capture, or manipulate this very real sensation within a 2D image, which is the idea behind my third and final design for this task. You can have a look at Yildirim’s work here https://uk.gestalten.com/blogs/journal/new-perspectives-with-sakir-yildirim and find out how he uses Photoshop to achieve his portraits here https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/how-to/liquify-filter-motion-effects.html

Overall, I really enjoyed this task. I have been able to improve both my skills and confidence with using Photoshop while creating some fun images that I am quite proud of.

 

 

 

 

Creative Images on Photoshop

THE FINAL CREATIVE IMAGES:

DESIGN IDEAS & PROCESS:

POST 1: New Background.

For the ‘New Background’ image, I was aiming for a bright, bold background and a dark coloured foreground. I wanted the background to be obvious that it had been replaced but also blend with the foreground picture so it looks as though it still belongs there. To achieve this effect, I used an image of purple and blue lightning, I wanted the image to still be realistic but also slightly altered. To create this image I removed the original background from my own picture using a clipping mask. I then added in the lightning background and added a ‘hard vivid’ filter on both of the images so the background would blend with the picture. When applying the filter ‘Hard light’ to the photos, It changed the opacity of the hoodie on the foreground photo so it was slightly see through, although this was unintentional I still quite like the outcome of the effect. I am proud of the final outcome and think the neon blue and purple create a striking visual.

Original lightning picture from Pixaby
Original photo – Taken of me
Using the clipping mask
Clipping mask applied
Background inserted
Hard light filter applied

POST 2: Black and white with colour.

For this image design I wanted to create a striking and eye-catching effect using a bright colour and a contrasting  black and white background. To create this effect using photoshop; I created two layers and applied a black and white filter. I erased parts of the second layer (the black and white layer) where I wanted the colour to show through. I think the outcome of the final design is strong and bold; the colours work well together to create this effect. I like how the orange colour of the lanterns ‘pop’ against the background.

Original image – Taken by me
Layers
Black and white cut out
Final design

 

POST 3: Altered reality.

For this design I wanted to create a 3D, altered reality effect. I wanted it to look as though the clouds were coming in through the window, I also wanted to create ‘dream like’ connotations. I achieved this by using soft colours such as light pink and white. To create this altered reality effect, I used a clipping mask on the window image cutting out the window background and replacing it with a pink cloud background. I then added in cloud images in a random order around the border of the photo to create the illusion that the clouds were escaping out of the window and into the room. I added a colour balance to the window image so it matches the soft pink tones in the background. Overall I am happy with the final outcome as it creates the desired dream like effect.

Original window sill image from google

Cloud background image from google
Border cloud image from google
Window sill image with pink tint and clipping mask  applied
Pink tint
Pink cloud image replacing background
Final image outcome

 

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS:

To help me create all three of these image designs on photoshop, I used tutorials recommended to us from Adobe and videos from YouTube. I have a basic understanding of the tools on photoshop but I am not that confident on how to use a majority of the tools. These videos helped me build my confidence when using photoshop tools used to create the three creative images.

When creating the ‘New background’ and ‘Altered world’ images I used the below clipping mask tutorial to help guide me and I have learned a lot about this process as a result. I now know that using a clipping mask helps control the visibility of a layer, It allows parts of the layer to be shown whilst other parts are see through. It also allows for better visibility accuracy, helping to create a polished finish. I will use a clipping mask in future projects. I would also like to use this tool on more complex images which will  help me develop my skills further. Creating these images also helped me develop my erasing skills, this was especially relevant when creating the ‘black and white with colour’ photos and has helped me focus on practicing my accuracy. During the creation of these images, I enjoyed learning new skills on photoshop. The task allowed me to experiment with different colour filters and colour balance as is shown in all three of the images.

I enjoyed creating these images and hopefully I will continue to develop on my creative images skills and use my new skills in future projects. I would especially like to practice more ‘altered reality’ and ‘new background’ styled images.

 

RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH AND INSPIRATION:

I took inspiration, especially with colour, for the designs from pictures I found on instagram and Pinterest. I also used images from Pixaby, Google images and my own images to create these designs.

POST 1:

I took colour inspiration for the first post (first created image below) from galaxy themed pictures I found on Pinterest and instagram. I originally wanted to replace the sky with a galaxy background but came across a picture of lightning on pixaby which I decided to use instead as I thought It would look more striking. The three images below were my main inspirations for the first design, I liked the mix of dark and light colours used in all three of the photos which I wanted incorporate  in my design. I was also aiming to create similar  ‘outer space’ and ‘mystical’ connotations that these images convey. The last photo also inspired the third post that I created.

first created image
Inspiration 1
Inspiration 2
Inspiration 3

 

POST 2:

Before creating the image below (second created image), I looked at a few of my peers work and images from google for inspiration. I chose one of my own images with bright colours so when turned to black and white the colour would standout and ‘pop’ creating a similar effect that the images below convey. I chose to use these images as inspiration as they have bold connotations and use simple yet eye-catching colours. Overall, I think any colour in contrast with a black and white background would stand out but I choose to use a photo with orange as It doesn’t blend in as easily with the background. I would like to explore this technique further using more complex images.

second created image
Inspiration 1
Inspiration 2
Inspiration 3

 

POST 3:

I took inspiration for the third post (Image created below) from the pictures below that I found on Instagram. I wanted to create a dream like altered reality, I achieved this by using soft colours like the colours used in the pictures below. Originally I wanted to create an image similar to the first picture below, however I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could make a 3D illusion (see inspiration 3). The clouds in the pictures below were a big inspiration for my piece, I wanted them to have a pink soft tint to add emphasis that it is an altered reality image.

Third image created
Inspiration 1
Inspiration 2
Inspiration 3

 

Creative Images on Photoshop task – TY1SK

Design ideas and design process:

All photoshop designs here included my own photography, the first 2 being of my dogs. In the first one, I isolated him from the background and used a series of brushes to create an ink splatter effect to show off his colours well. Using the eyedropper tool, I could select the same colour as his fur and would create brush strokes behind him. To get rid of any solid outlines I then applied a layer over the top of him, less intense so that all his details could still be seen, yet he is absorbed into all the ink. This made use of his natural colour tones and exaggerated them as much as I could. Alternately for my second design, and other dog, I went for a more cartoony feel, with a pop art aesthetic, steering away from the more complicated aesthetic from the former and favouring bright vibrancy. It feels blockier and more fun, yet I favoured the image resembling more of the original photo, the first design. Therefore, for the final design, I took what worked best in the former two and applied it to my photo of people this time. Using ink splatter to exaggerate the colours of hair, skin and clothes, with a pop art overlay. I feel the transition between realism worked more seamlessly here than in the second design as it blends with colour more effectively due to how intense the presence of the ink is. The focus on the people aids this greatly as the colour and ink flow around the image in a natural way for the audience to follow with their eyes.

 

 Designs 1-3

 

The first image shows the underlying layers of ink brushes and the second shows how awkward the image looked awkward when there was no overlaying ink , as to why i added this later on.

 

The first image shows the early design process when i realised that the pop art effect didn’t work so well on its ownand the second is where I attempted to add no detail to add to a comic tone but decided against it.

The first image shows all the underlying ink layers without the figures with the second showing the figures with just the smoke which  inspired me to consume them in it as it flowed well.

 

Software tutorials

The main assets I used here on Photoshop are the brush and eyedropper tool. This allowed me to colour pick the exact colours of elements of the photos so when painted on top of or behind there is a seamless transition. This also worked for colouring the brush the same colour as the background so there were no harsh lines or clear transitions, it all blends into one. This worked for both the first and final designs to great success. This was especially amplified by increasing the vibrancy of the images so that the colours really popped out and became the main features of the original photos; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FipliqS7GYU&list=PLEEgLOr8DxSPMjRanf-E4DaZYLVY9jWhQ&index=7

This is the tutorial I watched by Hass Hasib as the main tutorial in my design, showing how he used brushes in creative ways, something I then wanted to emulate in my own work with my own images.  In the second and third design I also made the images look cartoony by altering layer styles, filters and colour to my advantage as well as learning about colour halftone on Photoshop with Blue Lightning TV Photoshops tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS6k9ax4joI&list=PLEEgLOr8DxSPMjRanf-E4DaZYLVY9jWhQ&index=9&t=21s

These 2 major stylistic choices are not usually presented simultaneously, therefore, that Is more of a reason why I wanted to combine the two, taking what worked and abusing it to extreme effects with very harsh outlines and thick strokes as well as vibrant and loud colour brush effects that amplify and flood the image. These skills I had never dabbled in before and by revisiting both of them in the final design worked as a kind of test to me to see how to apply what I had learnt in the tutorials without external assistance the second time around, to, what I think, was a success.

 

Resources for research and inspiration

After seeing the first tutorial mentioned above by Hass Hasib, I searched for similar looking final designs using the splash dispersion ink effect such as this one; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxA-E9VtL0s

Although I did not watch the technical elements of this video, I liked how the final image uses colour so violently, in the audience’s face, bringing so much character and excitement. This is a photo where the figure Is moving so it inspired to see if I could bring so much diversity to a stationary image of my dog who has very neutral colours, brown, blacks and whites as opposed to the red and blues present here to see what works well and do the opposite despite the fact to see if I could achieve just as effective results. It became more inspiring when designing the 3rd creative image as here there was much more colour on show I could exploit, make sharper and channel this concept more thoroughly in a playful way as opposed to the more mature and reserved approach I took with the first dog design. For the second design, although not looking very similar, one of my main influences after watching the tutorial was the loading screens for the video game Grand Theft Auto V which present the main characters in a comic pop art version of themselves, still realistic but with more pronunciation on strokes. This Is an approach I took with my second dog, to keep the details but reduce the image to a comic from with bold pronunciation; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_YJnor4XH4

I decided to stray away from the more realistic GTA V aesthetic, applying colour halftone pixels with 6 pixel radius creating marks as if the image is printed on old printers like classic comics and 80s pop art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photoshop”creative images”

Photoshop”creative images”

This week, I decided to choose “creative images”. The first reason, why I have chosen this assignment is the freedom of choice. We are not bounded by the theme “Typography and Graphic design”.

 

INSPIRATION

My theme for this project is Space and the Odd objects. My inspirations for this task are Paul Rand and Henry Matisse.

I love the vibrant colours that were used in their works. They are simple and straight forward.

      

Posters by Paul Rand

 

 

                                                                                                                            Henri Matisse – The Dancer, 1949

 

 

Paul Rand was a famous and very talented American graphic designer, who create IBM, UPs and loads of other beautiful logos. “Everything is design. Everything!”1. Paul Rand had an amazing sense of shapes and colours, he managed to mix everything and still had a certain balance in his works.

 

Paul Rand’s corporate logo designs

 

Henry Matisse was a famous French artist who created beautiful collages and paintings, following “Fauvism” movement. “That freedom seems to define the works on display: vibrant blocks of colour and simple, exaggerated forms that capture an expression found in memory and intuition. Matisse aspired to creating art that was tangible and could be felt by every man—it is this thought and feeling that pulls you into these large-scale designs.”2

 

 

Henri Matisse, The Sheaf, 1953

 

 

I have read books about Paul Rand, “Paul Rand : Conversations with Students”.

Quote that impressed me, was:

  1. “Form is how you treat the idea, what you do with it. This is exactly the meaning of design: it is the conflict between form and content, form being the problem.”1

This quote made think a lot and I decided to create a form, that will solve my problem.

My problem: How to represent aesthetically pleasant object with a meaning?

How to represent a Space through the shape?

 

 

PROCESS

For this task we have been assigned to use photoshop. While designing, I realised that I want my work to remind the viewer of Henry Matisse art pieces. I have gathered simple shapes to make a collage. I inserted the photo of the circles, that were cut out of paper and placed them on the left side of art board. Then,I have used Liquify filter, to give the circles a melting effect and for that, I have used “Forward warp tool”.

Once, I finished with the circle, I moved on to the photos of planets. I have used a “Quick Selection tool” to cut out the planets. Then, I used a blur tool to smudge the edges of the circles and make look more realistic.

I have applied Matisse’s technique, collage. I changed the layers, so that planets would like like they are underneath the paper circles. Then, I used the eraser tool to remove all unnecessary parts of the planets, that were overlapping with the paper.

Lastly, I added two backgrounds white colour and space background.

Zulya Pashayeva, Space and the Odd objects,2021

 

RESOURCES

It thought me how to apply “onion skin mode”
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/selection-masking-space.html

It ought me how to overlap the pictures
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/composite-photo.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ckMwQxc1shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ckMwQxc1s

 

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED

  1. I have learned how to apply different filters: 3D, Liquify, Pixelate and Blur.
  2. I have used new tools: History Brush tool,Blur tool and quick selection tool.
  3. I have learned how to use a property panel.

 

OUTCOME

Photoshop task has not only taught me the technical skills, but it taught me to think “out of the box”. I don’t look at the forms and colours the same way anymore, as they can be transformed and convey absolutely different message to the viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citation List

1.“Everything is design. Everything!”
Kroeger, Michael. Paul Rand : Conversations with Students, Princeton Architectural Press, 2008. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/reading/detail.action?docID=3387545.
Created from reading on 2021-03-10 00:34:59.

2.Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Tate Modern, London, UK, until Sept 7, 2014, and then touring to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA from Oct 14, 2014, to Feb 9, 2015 http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/henri-matisse-cut-outs

Creative Images through Layer Masking

Design ideas and design process

Final Design 1

Combine black and white with colour

The idea behind design 1 as a final design is that it shows one of the new skills I learnt for this task. This was my first attempt at working with layer masks and I can now say that I have a better understanding of them after carrying out this design. I feel that this design shows that I understand how to use layer masks to design a creative photo.

 

Final Design 2

Changing the image in the background

I have chosen design 2 as a final design as it shows another one of my new skills I have learnt from a tutorial. Whilst also pushing my experiments with layer mask; by using layer masks in a different way to the previous design. I am happy with how this design turned out, and feel that I am getting the hang of layer masks and will start to use them more in the future. As they are a really useful tool. I also feel I now know how to better manipulate images by merging two together. As previously when I have tried to get an outcome similar to this it has looked messy, But then again I did not use layer masks before.

 

Final Design 3

Dripping & Splatter effect

For my last design I wanted to experiment with layer masks to create a dripping / splatter effect. I found this hard to do with one of my own photographs as I have never done this before and I struggled to find a simple picture that was right for this. So I decided to download the file provided for one of the tutorials. I chose this design as one of my final designs as I feel that I am starting to master layer masks and because of this, I was able to create an image with dripping and splatter effects. Also this designs shows a different experiment to my previous ones.

original photo

For my final design I was set to try and experiment with dripping and splatter effect created through layer masks. I watched a couple tutorials on this but I felt I hadn’t quite found the right one to follow yet. I used my last tutorial and downloaded their files to follow their tutorial. I was going to use my own images to follow the them but I found this very hard to do, as I wasn’t sure on how to do it still. So I decided to use their images they provided.

Quick selection tool

I started off by using the quick selection tool to select the girl in the photo, I then added a layer mask to get rid of the background in the image. I duplicated this layer but made one invisibly.

Dripping layer

My next step was adding the dripping image provided onto my art board. I used the magic eraser tool to get rid of all the unwanted white on this layer. (I never knew the magic eraser tool existed so this was a new tool for me to learn).

Mask layer

I then placed the dripping image behind the layer of the girl and resized it to where I would want the dripping on the girl. Whilst being on the dripping layer, I selected the mask of the girl and pressed add mask.

dripping effect

I then made the original layer visible and erased the bottom half of the girl, creating the dripping effect seen as the image above.

Development of splatter

After knowing how to do this, it is quite easy to create the dripping effect using layer masks. Although it is still a long processes. Instead of leaving my design here, I stretched it further by adding splatters into the final design.

Software tutorials

I used a wide range if tutorials for this task; some more useful then others. In this blog I will discuss the more useful of the tutorials I was, focusing on the ones that helped me with my designs.

Combine black and white with colour  Is the tutorial I found most helpful with when creating my Design 1.  I never knew how to properly do this before as I always found a long winded way round this before, so it was useful watching this and learning about an easy way to achieve this. I wanted to try this for one of my designs and follow it step by step to make sure I understand and knew how to achieve this.

Changing the image in the background I used this tutorial for my Design 2. Whenever I have tried this before it has always come out looking messy or unprofessional. So it was useful watching this tutorial and learning how to do it properly and creating a good outcome without getting frustrated along the way as it isn’t working or coming out how I want. So this was a good tutorial to watch as I learnt how to properly do it. Which will enable me in the future to create work that I have wanted to create before but didn’t know how.

For design 3, I watched many tutorials to try and understand how to create this effect. I found that each tutorial taught it in a different way. The tutorial I followed for this design was  Dripping paint splatter. I found it the most easy to follow and one which had all the images available to download to follow each step. What I worked out following these tutorials is that you need images to full-fill the dripping and splatter effect, or your other option is to draw it. There is not one tool (that I know of) out there to create this effect.

I would like to further my skills by putting this into practice and creating more complex designs. I would also practice the dripping and splatter effects different ways on my own photos, as this will enable me to perfect my skills. I plan to do this by watching and following more tutorials.

Resources for research and inspiration

I mainly used tutorials as my resources for research and inspiration. As for this task, it wasn’t just about the outcome, rather it was about learning how to use layer masks to the fullest so in the future I can create unique designs. Therefore, I didn’t spend time looking at outcomes that I could create, rather how I could create these outcomes.

Design 3 was the design that used the most research before creating. I always saw design pieces like this and wondered how to actually get this outcome. Was there a tool? Was it a filter?  I still feel there is more to this then what I learnt for this task. Therefore this is something that I want to explore further in the future. But what I can tell you, is what I know now and what I learnt.

Have a go at the ‘Dripping and splatter effect’ that I linked previously, as I believe this tutorial is a good starting point and the most easy to follow and understand. Along with the way they did it using layer masks just is easy to understand compared to some of the other tutorials that I found.

If you want to experiment another way try Dripping effect. I found this tutorial useful and easy to follower, as the designer talked over his steps of what he did and why. I would recommend trying this after the previous tutorial.

 

Overall, for this task I learnt how to use layer masks and now that I understand them; they are actually a very simple and useful tool to know and use. Not only do I know how to use layer masks one way, I understand how to do multiple different effects using them. This was through the variety of tutorials I watched.

 

Learning new techniques in Photoshop

Design ideas and design process

Idea 1

For idea 1, I combined a sunset sky  with a photo of The Kicking Horse river in Jasper. I used a clipping mask to remove the sky from the Jasper photo and then used the select options to contract and feather the edge of the mountain. I then went back onto the clipping mask and used the brush to pull the colour from the sunset into the remaining clouds on the Jasper photos, by using a soft brush at half opacity. Lastly, I changed the colour balance on the Jasper photo so that it looked more realistic with the orange sky, making it warmer and redder. I really like the sunset approach to this river, which was originally in full daylight, and the warmer atmosphere created.

Idea 2

In idea 2 I did a pink colour pop with one of the macaroons and applied a background blend of coffee beans. To do this I used the black and white layer adjustments mask and adjusted colour levels to make the macaroons stand out. I then used the select tool and a black brush to bring the pink macaroon back out. I experimented with black and white gradients on the layer mask to bring in edges of pink but I didn’t like the look of this. Instead, I selected the macaroons and duplicated them before placing a photo of coffee beans onto layer 0. I played with different blend modes and opacities, ending up with a subtle coffee bean print, suggesting that these are coffee flavour ed. I like the final macaroon design for its simpleness and cleanness, with the subtle coffee beans hinting at the flavour.

 

Idea 3

On design three I tried the splatter technique on a peacock image. I masked off the background of the peacock and then created a new layer. Using the keyboard shortcuts I and B I made splatters behind the peacock and on the layer mask of the peacock. I adjusted the brush settings to get different sizes of splatter. I really like this effect and it was surprisingly easy for how effective it is. I then put a photo of a forest behind it and did more of the same effect to unify the image.I think the peacock design is bright and refreshing and feels sort of magical, as the particles of colour fly around and disperse.

Software Tutorials

I enjoyed watching a wide range of videos on Photoshopping techniques for this project. I learnt a lot about layer masks, which I had not explored further than colour pop before, which are very useful for applying effects to only one part of an image. They also allow you to edit photos ‘non-destructively’, meaning that it is much easier to go back and edit/reselect areas of an image, possibly saving a lot of time. A useful shortcut I learned was that ‘x’ switches between black and white when using clipping masks.

I have a better understanding  how to create other effects such as splatter and glow, as well as the endless possibilities using blend modes. I also found out that command clicking on a layer selects just the layer. Here are the videos I found most useful:

How to Use Layer Masking: Photoshop | Adobe Creative Cloud – About masks

 

The Macaroon project: https://www.behance.net/gallery/108555483/Le-Dolci?tracking_source=search_projects_recommended%7Cmacaroon 

 

 

creative pictures

After doing some research I thought of making something which was see through organza( a fantasy ) like. I didn’t really made any sketches because I knew what I wanted in my mind and I had reference to look at. I had some pictures of my friends because photography is one of my hobby and I use to take a lot of pictures around friends. I have chosen a picture of him to do my manipulation. I chosen this image as when you look at this image you can see how it looks like he is imagining something you can see the happiness in his eyes. I have dragged the image into the photoshop and than i have choose two different pictures to make the background and the foreground . However i would like to keep the mid-ground. By pressing this button I I made another layer of that layer. After that EDIT>Fill. Then by using the eraser tool I have taken out the bits and left the background. I like this image as the this image is very imaginative and doesn’t really happen in real life. I am not pleased with the outcome as the picture looks really fake and a bit edgy however it was an experiment .To develop this further I would like to change the background into something different sach as a bridge or a tree but not these kind of images.After that i might try to printing to see how it would come.

for my second design I have used my friends picture which I have taken. I chosen this picture for my experiments as in one picture the light is to much where as in the other picture the light effect is a bit less. I was thinking if I could combine them and create a similar picture to the last design however a different. In my initial design was to create this see through portrait. I have used IMAGE>ADJUSTMENTS>HUE/SATURATION to change the colours of every single picture. After i had to move the two pictures to another place so i can see it i changed the capacity so i could see through. after looking at it I didn’t line the colours it was too bright and hurting my eyes so I have taken two different pictures and the I have change the colour to black and white which was quite the opposite of the picture. had already seen. Then I have added both pictures in photoshop and adjust the capacity to 50 both. after that the picture was looking alright however I wanted to add some colour to it so I have used brush too and coloured some parts of the picture. I like this picture which i made because of the colours and the see through capacity of this image ,the black and grey colour went perfect with the burnt yellow colour made it more meaning full. I don’t like that the image is to simple however i think if i would have added another thing in this it would have been to much, as i tried to see how would it look in the experiment picture.For further improvements I would defiantly try to create the second picture out of colour then maybe it would have been a bit more interesting like a face mask or a personality mask

For my 3rd design firstly I have used a picture form google l and then cut it out to use just the face of it, then I have used the text which was distorted by the filter to give it this yellow water look. to create the lines I have simply used the rectangle shape maker tool to Create these lines which look like a fence after that I have looked at how to make this gradient by the help of the video I haven’t done the same but its not that different either. I have used a the grid tool to make the lines in the background. after that I had used the gradient shape on the eyes and that was it for this design, however it looked a bit empty so I left it for some time and changed some bit the next day and then added a computer and the flowers. to develop this further I thing the flowers could have been a bit better than these but its alright I guess

Photoshop task-Creative images

Photoshop task-Creative images

 

Design ideas and design process

For the Photoshop task, I focus on creative images. The idea behind the images is to try to merge two pictures or multiple pictures. Make photos more interesting. But at the same time, it is eye-catching and stands out. I looked for many different tutorials to watch how to make different styles of photos. I am most interested in the double exposure effect. At the same time, I also hope to merge two images with completely different colours. I try to use this method to complete my picture task.

I downloaded two different images into Photoshop, and then put each image into its own layer. Because it will simplify the layers that help me. In the first step, I chose a portrait photo that I took of myself.

In the second step, I first use the quick selection tool to quickly select portraits from the first layer. After selecting, I found feather by right-clicking. Feather the portrait. The third step is to select the layer and copy a new layer. The fourth step is to delete the background layer. The fifth step is to adjust the size of the picture you want, because you need enough space to create a double exposure effect. Then select Crop Tool to expand the layer. The sixth step needs to create a new adjustment layer. Then select solid colour and choose white as the colour. Put the portrait on the top layer.

The seventh step is to remove the portrait colour. Reduce the transparency of the landscape image. Adjust to a suitable position. The eighth step is to add a layer mask to the landscape picture. Finally, use the brush tool to erase the surroundings to get the effect of double exposure. At the same time, the colour contrast is also very important, because it can make the image look more harmonious; it also makes the image more prominent. In the background of this picture, I chose pink that is like the sky and clouds as the main background. This way the picture looks not more abrupt.

The seventh step is to remove the portrait colour. Reduce the transparency of the landscape image. Adjust to a suitable position. The eighth step is to add a layer mask to the landscape picture.

Finally, use the brush tool to erase the surroundings to get the effect of double exposure. At the same time, the colour contrast is also very important, because it can make the image look more harmonious; it also makes the image more prominent. In the background of this picture, I chose pink that is like the sky and clouds as the main background. This way the picture looks not more abrupt.

 

Software tutorials

 

I started watching from the tutorial provided, and I think I learned a lot of new things from the video. Before making this photo, I am good at will liquefy the portrait image and correct the skin colour. I use tutorial to be learned how to add adjustment layers and composite images for the first time. Before starting this project, I was only able to use one part of the photoshop skills proficiently. After watching the video, I watched some content that I was interested in through YouTube. In the end I chose the double exposure effect to do my task.

 

This tutorial made me no doubt about Layers & Layer Masks in photoshop. The concepts of Layers & Layer Masks are introduced. Through the tutorial, I learned how to use add layer mask to add a background to the picture in double exposure. I think I learned a very important skill in Photoshop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBKHeU8rWFs

 

After watching different picture making tutorials, I finally chose the double exposure effect image making tutorial. These tutorials all helped me make my final image. Greatly improved my ability to use Photoshop. Every video I watched is very useful, even if I have learned what I think I need to learn. I will continue to explore these tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOYz669WNpU

 

Resources for research and inspiration

Before making this image, I browsed a lot of pictures on the Internet. Because at the beginning I didn’t have any ideas, or even what topic to do. I use Pinterest the most. They provided many relevant pictures on Pinterest, allowing me to quickly determine the theme of the pictures I will make-double exposure. It not only helped me think of specific topics but also gave me an accurate direction. I made a board about double exposure. https://pin.it/6mnmePL

 

I also browsed a web page called designbolts. The page I visited was about 30 Most Amazing Double Exposure Photography by French Artist Nevess. I saw that he has a different idea about each picture. On the surface, I think it’s just a combination of two different photos. But in fact, I feel that he wants to express some people’s thoughts from the two combined double exposure photos.

https://www.designbolts.com/2016/07/02/30-most-amazing-double-exposure-photography-by-french-artist-nevess/

 

Through this Photoshop task practice, I feel a little better about my technique. I will continue to explore different techniques in Photoshop. I believe this will extend my photo editing skills and increase my proficiency in the use of software. Finally, I think Photoshop still has many functions that I haven’t explored yet. I will learn as much knowledge in different fields as possible and use it proficiently in editing photos and designs. In my opinion, learning Adobe software is to lay the foundation for my future design work. If I continue to study, I can learn more different skills.

Getting creative with Photoshop

Design ideas and design process

The task I chose for week one was the Creative Images Photoshop task where we were free to create any sort of image which distorted reality in some kind of way and demonstrated progression in our photoshop skills. I liked the idea of this because we had complete freedom with our designs to make anything we wanted rather than a set goal to complete. For the first design, I wanted to create something interesting with an eye. I had the idea to only have the iris in colour so made an adjustment layer to convert the image to black and white, then used the brush tool to add colour back to the eye. I added images of a forest, moon and starry sky using layers and clipping masks with the quick selection tool. I discovered that the refine edge brush tool was really useful to capture the small details of the trees. After this I used the brush tool to get rid of the the areas of the images that I didn’t want to be visible, so that they were positioned how I wanted them inside the shape of the eye. I also used the gradient tool to blend them in, as well as changing the opacity on my brush and using this around the edges.

With my second design I used the same process of clipping masks, while adding some more adjustment layers to alter the effects of the image in the sky, and to make the girl look more blue so that she fitted into the sky better.

For my final design I used two images together and experimented with how I could combine them. I used an image of a girl and the umbrella as the base layer and then imported the lightning as a layer on top of this. A challenge I overcame here was that I wanted to integrate the entire image with the girl and the rain drops with the lightning, so i reduced the opacity, however this faded away the girl too. So again, I used the brush tool to make the parts I wanted 100% opacity by removing the foreground photo from these sections, while the rain drops and the background of the photo were faded in order to blend with the lightning photo. Lastly, I used the eraser tool over the shape of the umbrella to make it appear in full colour and solidity.

Design 1 – Creative Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 1 process layering process

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 1 process showing layers and masks
Design 2 – Creative Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 2 process layer adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 2 process showing adjustments and layers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 3 – Creative Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 3 process showing original image

 

 

Software tutorials

I watched some tutorials in order to learn some more complex tools and techniques in Photoshop. I started off by watching the photoshop tutorial on layers and layer masks on youtube which really helped me get to grips with how layers can be used in different ways to your advantage. I hadn’t understood how layers worked before this, and now I can easily integrate images using layers. I then looked at the adobe tutorial ‘combine black and white with colour in a photo’ which gave me more of an understanding about how the layers work and the use of adjustment layers. The next tutorial I watched was the adobe youtube video: How to use layer masking, which gave me some more complex information on how to integrate different images by removing parts of one image and showing parts of another. In addition, I used the adobe tutorial: How to make a photo composite in photoshop, which demonstrated the steps of using layers masks to get the final piece. All my tutorials were based on what layers are and how they work, which gave me lots of really useful knowledge for improving my photoshop skills. After using these tutorials I was able to create new layers, use the quick selection tool to cut out images, use the brush tools to control areas of clipping masks, and add adjustments to the colour settings.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/black-and-white-with-color-photo.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/composite-photo.html

 

Resources for research and inspiration

For sources of inspiration, I browsed through examples of photoshop creative images on the web which helped me brainstorm ideas of my own. I especially found that Pinterest was full of creative images and I saw many examples of photoshopped eyes which stemmed by idea for my first design. It was really fascinating to see other people’s ideas of how they can distort reality by using ordinary subjects and placing then in unusual contexts as well as editing the colours and shapes. Also, browsing through creative instagram accounts gave me lots of inspiration as I admired other’s work, and even just searching #photoshop resulted in lots of amazing photoshopped art. Additionally, I used Pixabay to search for all the images that I used in this design task, and some of the photos gave me inspiration and ideas for how I could use them. Finally, having looked on our spring term Padlet wall, I could see what creative images some of my fellow students had come up with which inspired my own designs and gave me some direction in what sort of image to design and create. I really enjoyed looking at other’s work, especially students who were at my level of photoshop skill because it gave me a rough idea of what I might be able to achieve myself.

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/search/pins/?q=photoshop%20art&rs=typed&term_meta[]=photoshop%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=art%7Ctyped