English 373: Adobe Photoshop project
The Photoshop project has two parts: the Photoshop component, in which you will select and edit photos, and the Word component, in which you will document how you corrected your images.
Now that you’ve learned techniques for correcting and modifying images, you
will apply your new skills to your own images. Consider selecting from 5 to
10 candidate images, because you may find an image doesn't work out as you
initially hoped. When you submit your assignment, you will turn in only 3 images for
evaluation, which will give you a chance to pick your best work.
Correct your images based on the following criteria:
- Make sure you own the images you're editing.
- Use the highest resolution versions
possible. Photos from Facebook and some other social network sites, for example, don't work well because they
undergo resizing and heavy compression when uploaded.
- Save the images and work on them in native Photoshop (PSD) format. If you import a JPEG image from a digital camera, save the image immediately as a PSD file before working on it. (Do not accidentally select Photoshop PDF format!)
- Give each photo a clear file name.
- For each photo, immediately duplicate the Background layer, and leave the Background layer untouched. Keeping your original, unedited image on the Background layer allows us to compare the original and corrected versions more easily. (If you crop or perform any other adjustment that cuts through all layers, also supply a separate file that shows the "before" image.)
- If you perform any work in Camera Raw, do the adjustments there first, save the resulting file as a PSD, and then import the PSD into Photoshop for any additional corrections. You'll also need to supply a "before" image that shows what the image looked like before you performed any corrections in Camera Raw.
- In editing each photo, show your ability to use several techniques. You may use those you learned about from the text, and you're also welcome to implement techniques you find in other Photoshop resources. Either way, try to use a different set of techniques on each photo. Show that you can "flex your muscles" in identifying problem areas and using Photoshop to correct them.
- When possible, perform each correction in its own layer in a natural sequence. (See page 199 for an example of copying a layer and renaming it.) Performing each correction in its own in layer allows you to discard layers that don't turn out well.
- Label each layer by double-clicking on top of the layer name, and then typing a description in the name box.
- Make sure your corrections look realistic and natural and result in a product you'd be proud to include in a portfolio.
In a Word document, write a step-by-step account the process you used to modify each image.
Be sure to do the
- Use a Heading 1 style to identify the document title. (If you wish to modify the appearance of the heading, do so by right-clicking the Heading 1 style, clicking Modify, and then changing the formatting from the resulting dialog box.)
- Use Heading 2 styles to identify each photo clearly by name. (See the note above about changing styles, if desired.)
- Use numbered lists to document your step-by-step methods for correcting
the photos. Don't simply type numbers. Use the Numbering button to achieve
appropriate text alignment and hanging indentation.
- Insert a "before" and "after" image of each photo in its corresponding
section. Because Word won't read PSD files, you'll need to save each PSD image
in JPEG format. (In Photoshop, on the File menu, click
Save As, and then select JPEG
as the format.)
- Position the photos and text to flow well together. (You may want to set
each image to use Square wrapping, for example. To achieve
this wrapping style,
right-click the image, point to Text Wrapping, and
then click Square.)
- Write, edit, and proofread the document well.
Items to submit
On the due date, you’ll turn in the following materials:
- Your 3 PSD files (with the original background layer and labeled correction layers)
- Any necessary "before" images
- Your written process in a Word document (electronic copy only)