Assignments & lessons 226

Assignments:  16 original photos in 8 categories
Lessons:  10 lessons in Photoshop editing
EC:  Google motion graphics chart;  Adobe gallery; slices; WordPress plug-ins,  other techniques.

To be graded, all assignments and lessons must be displayed on your portfolio (WordPress or Weebly or other CMS) site.


Display 16 original photos on your web site, taken by you during this semester, at least one each in the following categories:

  1. People around campus  — Possibly use SP on your digital camera.
  2. Portrait of a person — Use portrait setting on your digital camera.
  3. Children, animals or pets — Try to tell a simple story.
  4. Landscape  — Portrait of the New River, for example.  o Use Landscape setting on digital camera, tripod, and experiment with extended shutter speeds.
  5. Sports event  — Get close, use a fast shutter.  Be sure people are a big part of the frame of your shot. Move the camera with the action to keep the foreground in focus.   Use “Shutter priority”  SP setting on your camera.
  6. Architecture  – Use the Photoshop grid warp adjustment for tall buildilngs.
  7. Atmosphere / Abstract — Look for a pattern or something unusual in the things you see everyday.  May need to use Night setting, Aperture priority. Think of Paul Strand’s approaches.
  8. Emulate the artist — Shoot in the style of a famous photographer.  

EC: News events on campus submitted to student media.   Not just photos, but also names and context of photos.

How these are graded:  

— Submitted on time:
At least one from each category is due during the first 8 weeks. At the end of  week 1,  you should have one A1 displayed.  At the end of week 2, at least on in the A2 category must be displayed; and so on.  Penalty for late submissions is one letter grade per week.

— Aesthetics:
Subject should be appropriate for assignment
Theme is emphasized within the frame
Composition is balanced; rule of thirds, etc.
Proportions are pleasing and dynamic

— Technical issues:
Light and colors are level and balanced
Pixel depth is 72 ppi
Size is no more than 10 by 12 and no less than 5 by 8
File is optimized as a compressed jpg


L1.  Process and display an image  — Locate a .tiff type file from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.  Download it to your desktop and open it in Photoshop.  Check the  (top menu) image / image size. Change it to   72 pixels per inch and 5 x 7 proportions. Now  file / “Save for we”   and select  jpg format.  The file size should be less than 250 k.  Post to your wordpress page as L1.
L2 – Adjust image exposure  — L2 photo is provided.  Use Image / Adjustments / Levels   or  Image / Adjustments / Shadow – Highlight   to correct this photos:  See Jennings tutorials
L3 – Cropping, resizing —  L3 photo is provided on D2L.  Using the the rotate tool, straighten the image, then using the crop tool, cut off the edges of the image. You should have corners with white space at this point.Now, using the Clone tool, fill in the corners with other visual information from the middle of the photo. Save for the web and publish to your wordpress page.

L4 – Canvas size, layers, select tools, gradient tool — L4 photo is provided. This exercise is based on a hypothetical situation in which you need to create the cover of a magazine and this photo is the best you have from the great Balloon Race last week.

  1. Download the balloon photo and open it in Photoshop.
  2. Assignment2.balloon
  3. Rotate the canvas
  4. Invert (change from negative to positive)   Image / Adjustments / Invert
  5. Crop to basic image
  6. Use “magic wand” to get rid of sky / background
  7. – select sky and delete (probably have to do this a dozen times to get it all.
  8. – you should have empty space there now.
  9. Expand Image / Canvas size to  8 w and 12 h.
  10. Using the layer pallet, create another layer underneath the balloon image.  Call it “sky.”
  11. Using the Gradient tool, create a blue to white gradient on the sky layer.
  12. Using the text tool, write your magazine’s title in the space across the top. It could be anything you like (as long as its clean).
  13. Save the basic .psd photo on your desktop.
  14. Save for web and devices as a .jpg when you are done. This will flatten all your layers, so dont do that before you do step 13.
L5 – Photo fixes and touchups —   (See Adobe Help pages for more information)
  1. Red Eye 1  — Click on this Wikimedia commons photo and fix using the red eye tool
  2. Healing Brush — Click on this photo and use healing tools to fix it up.
  3. Save for web and turn in on your wordpress page.
L6 – Filters and layers and knockouts  —
  1. Use filters, layers and knockouts to do something creative with this photo:Computer.of.future.1969
L7 – Layer Comps
  1. Create a set of layer “comps” (comprehensives) for an advertising or news design presentation.

L 8 — Layer Mask  

  1. Create a text layer and a layer you want to show through the text.
  2. Put the show-thru layer above the text layer, then right click (or Mac control-click) to pull up layer menu.  Chose “Create Layer Mask.”
  3. Move the show-thru layer with the move tool (first tool on the toolbar) to get it where you want it.

L9 – Animated gif

  1. Create an animation 728 x 90 leaderboard as per Internet Advertising Bureau standards.
  2. Use Photoshop and create a new 728 (w) by 90 (h) image.
  3. Use Photoshop animation effects for both a moving object and fading texts.
  4. Display on your website with a link to some other website.



L1o.1  – Extra credit — High Dynamic Range 

  1. Create an HDR photo out of three simultaneous (or near simultaneous) digital photos with highly bracketed exposures.  You will need a tripod and an advanced digital camera.
  2. This Lesson can also double for any of your assignment categories.

OR –  L10.2 Video

  1. Create a video and edit in iMovie. Upload to YouTube (or other video sharing site).  Embed in your WordPress page.