Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Class 26th May 2010

This week I would like to look at the website illustration Friday
Create a digital collage with the same dimensions and requirements as
last week, except this time use illustration Fridays word for the
week. Once finished link your entry to the IF website.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Class 19th May 2010

Combinations of effects and tools (especially Opacity and Blending

Up until this point I have avoided looking at the filters in
Photoshop. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with them but
they can be overused and look cliché. I feel it is best to learn
Photoshop in a way that you can create your own effects using
combinations of various tools, including filters. In particular I
would like you to become familiar with the opacity settings and
blending modes in the layers palette.

I want you to look at creating a digital collage that use combinations
of things like,

Blending modes
Gradient masks
Image adjustments
Rasterising type
Merging layers

One way to do this is to make a copy of a layer, then apply a filter.
You can then lower this new layer’s opacity and change the blending
mode to alter and soften the filter effect.

I would like you to create the collage from web images found on the
web such as google images or flickr. I would like you to stick to
using only photographs for this piece with the exception of using non
copyrighted artwork such as old etchings and clip art.

Size: 15cm X 15 cm 150 DPI
Program: Photoshop
Due: On screen, end of class

Note: If you would like a list of what all the blending modes do go here
Although it is best to just use them and get a feel for them.

During or after class:
Log into google groups and add a user pic and add a link to your blog

Add links in the sidebar of your blog

Create a bloglines account, subscribe to class members blogs

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Bloglines is a site that allows you to follow other blogs and websites through RSS feeds

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