Friday, December 16, 2016

Week 18 2016 Color Theory

Dec. 19 - 21, 2016

Objective: Change color to an image using different color schemes.

Assignment: Color Schemes

Details: Download an image or images and change the colors to warm and cold colors. Change the colors to Mono, Complement, Triad, Tetrad, Analogic, Accented Analogic.


Save Images As: Warm.jpg , Cold.jpg, Mono.jpg, Complement.jpg, Triad.jpg, Tetrad.jpg, Analogic.jpg, Accented_Analogic.jpg.

Objective: Add an image inside text.

Assignment: Text Cutout

Details: Download a background of a city, landscape or texture. Overlay a thick text on top of the image. Use the text layer as a stencil and mask out the rest of the image.

Video Tutorial: Photoshop: Text Cutout

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Week 17b 2016 3D Glasses

Dec. 12-16, 2016

Assignment: 3D Glasses
Details: Open an image and change it into a 3D image.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week 17 2016 Postcard

Dec. 12 -16, 2016

Objective: Using rules & Guides
Assignment: Postcard: Front & Back
Size: 6" x 4" 200 resolution
Description: Use rules and guides to layout boarders for a post card. Use any image you want and place in text that relates to the image. Create both a back and front for the post card.
Save Files: 8lastnameFI_postcard.psd

Video Tutorals

Grouping Layers

Shape Tool

Creating the back of the post card.

Create 3D Post Card
From Photoshop

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Week 16b 2016 Brushes

December 5 - 9, 2016

Objective: Change color and shape of a brush.
Assignments: Brushes
Details: Download 10 Photoshop brush libraries from the Internet. You will create 3 different images only using brushes, paint buckets, gradients and filter effects.
Dimensions: Brushes 100 pts. (6" x 4" 200 res)
Save As: Brush1.jpg, Brush2.jpg, Brush3.jpg.

Brushes: Downloading & Loading

Brushes Effects

Brush Glows

Creating Brushes & Using Preset Manger

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week 16a 2016 Fonts & Layer Styles

December 5-9, 2016

Objective: Use fonts and apply Layer Styles
Assignment:  10Text.psd: Come up with a theme and type ten words related to your theme. Use different different fonts, layer styles to apply glows and shadow, and other effects.
Dimensions: 6"x4" 200 Resolution

Download fonts at;

Text Tool

Layer Styles

Text & Shapes Tool

Business Card
-Job Title

-10text.psd 50 pts. (6"x4" 200 res)
-businesscard.psd 50 pts. (3"x2" 200 res)


Extras: Text Effects
-Fire Text

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week 15b 2016 Shadows & Reflections

Nov. 28- Dec. 2, 2016

Objective: Adding details like shadows or reflections.
Assignment: Shadows & Reflections
Details: Cutout and image place it into a new background then add a shadow or reflection.

Assignment: Profile Picture
Details: Take a picture of yourself then download a new hairstyle and add some new facial parts. Change the background.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Week 15a 2016 Mask Layer

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2016

Objective: Use a Mask Layer to combining images.
Assignment: Use three images and combine them using a Mask Layer.
Save As: cutout1.psd & cutout1.jpg

-Cutout 100pts.

Photoshop Mask Layer

Friday, November 18, 2016

Week 14 2016 Fixit Part 2

Nov. 21 - 22, 2016

Objective: Use Photoshop tools to enhance photos.
Assignment: Fix the images in the Fixit folder. Use the clone stamp tool and healing tools to touch up the images.
Download: Download Images

Red Eye, Healing Patch & Change color

Video Tutorial Red Eye  & Spot Healing Brush

Video Tutorial Color Change

Lighten image

Sharpen image: Download

Video Tutorials
Red Eye, Healing Patch & Change color

Lighten image

Sharpen image

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Week 13a 2016 Fixit Part 1

Nov. 14 - 18, 2016

Objective: Use Photoshop tools to enhance photos.
Assignment: Fix the images in the Fixit folder. Use the clone stamp tool and healing tools to touch up the images.
Download: Download Images

Clone Stamp Tool

From Photoshop

-fixit 50pts

Clone Stamp Tool

Touch ups & adding color using layer blends



Liquify Filter

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Week 12b 2016 Select Tool (Melon Man)

November. 7-11, 2016

Objective:  Use Select Tool to select objects.
Assignment: Melon man 50 pts.
Size: 5 inches by 5 inches, 200 Resolution

Melon Head
Download Images

Using the melon man image create a melon man using layers.

Video Tutorials

Move & Rectangular Marquee Tools


Free Transform

Magic Wand Tool

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Week 12 2016 Course Catalog

Nov. 7 - 11, 2016

Objective: Learn how to layout a cover and pages.
Assignments: Course Catalog

The counseling center is offering cash for the winning design for our new course catalog.  There are 4 categories.
               Front Cover--$100.00 to winner Include the words “Hillcrest High School Course Catalog 2016-2017”
               Back Cover--$50.00 to winner, include Hillcrest logo, representation, or colors etc.
               Inside Front Cover--$25.00 to winner, include Hillcrest High name, address, phone, facebook and twitter (Facebook:  Hillcrest High Counseling Center, twitter:  @HillcrestHighCC.)
               Inside Back Cover— $25.00 to winner, include Hillcrest themes, song, be creative…
DUE:  November 11, 2015 to Mr. Freeman

Download: Page Templates
Links: HHS Graphics, Building Graphics, Other.
Save As:

Photoshop Tools 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 11a 2014 Photoshop Filters

Nov. 1-4, 2016

Objective: Learn the how to use Filters to create textures.
Assignment: Photoshop Wallpapers.


Create 5 Desktop Wallpapers using filters in Photoshop.
Start out by creating a 1920 px x 1440 px image 72 resolution.
Start by going to filters/render/clouds. Then experiment with all the different filter effects. Each texture you create use a minimum of 5 filter effect. On the 11th texture, open an image of yourself and use the liquify filter effect to distort yourself.

 Photoshop Filters

Photoshop Hot Keys
-Add Color : Command + B (Color Balance)

-Change color : Command + U (Hue/Saturation)

-Wallpaper1.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper2.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper3.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper4.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper5.psd 20 pt.

With pictures
-Wallpaper6.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper7.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper8.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper9.psd 20 pt.
-Wallpaper10.psd 20 pt.

Assignment: On the 11th texture, open an image of yourself and use the liquify filter effect to distort yourself.

-Texture11.psd 20 pt. (Distorted image of yourself)

Photoshop Filter

Photoshop Liquify Filter

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Week 10 2016 Radio Ad

Oct. 24-28, 2016
Assignment: Submit Portfolio (100pts)

Objective: Record audio
Assignment-3: Radio Ad
Details: Create a 10-30 second ad for radio. Use sound effects and record your voice for the ad. Include a minimum of 3 sound effects.

Break up into a  groups of 2 to 3 students.
Brainstorm ideas.
1. Sell a product.
2. Promote an event
3. Warning

Part 1 - Write a script of what is going to be said.
Part 2 - Record Voice in QuickTime or Garage Band.
Part 3 - Add 3 or more sound effects.

Links for sound effects
Sound Bible:
Find Sounds:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 9 2016 Editing Audio

Oct. 17-19, 2016

Objective: Editing audio files
Assignment-1: 30 second song.
Details: Using Garage Band, create a 30 second song using the Garage Band loops.

Assignment-2: Three Ringtones or Sound Effects
Details: Using Garage Band, create 3 ringtones at 10 seconds a piece.

Terms to be familiar with the physics behind sound:

1.Wavelength - the length of one cycle in a wave. Changing the wavelength changes the pitch.
2. Amplitude - the height of a wave.  Change the amplitude changes the volume.
3. Frequency- how many cycles/second.  The unit of measurement is Hz.  To determine the frequency of a wave take the length of time for one cycle, ie .002 seconds, and divide it by one cycle: 1/.002 = 500 Hz.  This means that there are 500 cycles per second.
4. Equal Loudness Principle: If the amplitude stays the same but we change the frequency, low and really high frequencies sound quieter than the mid-range frequencies.  Our ears perceive the frequencies to be different volumes even though the volume isn't changing.  The louder the frequencies are played at the more similar the volume will be on all the frequencies.
5. Decibels- we measure the loudness of sound by decibels, dB.  Key decibel levels are:
     40dB- whisper
     60 dB- conversation
     70 dB - busy street
     80 dB- acoustic guitar 1" away
     90 dB- baby crying
     110 dB- Power tools
     130 dB- Rock Concert.
6.  Dynamic Range of Human Hearing: 0 dB-120dB (threshold of human hearing)- 140dB (threshold of pain).
7. Frequency range of human hearing: 20Hz-20,000Hz.  lowest and highest perceived pitch.
8. Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS)- when we are in loud environments our ears protect themselves by temporarily shutting down, so we can't hear as well.  After a couple of hours or days hearing returns to normal, unless the exposure was too long in which case hearing damage becomes permeant.
9. Earwax- our body's natural protection against loud sounds.

Extract from YouTube:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Week 8 2016 Portfolio

October 10 - 14, 2016

Assignment: Create a Portfolio.
Objective: Organize photos into a online portfolio.
Details: Create the following pages: Home Page, Bio Page & Illustrator Page.Use iPhoto, Weebly, or Wix to create an online portfolio.

Weebly: Portfolio Example
Wix: Portfolio Example

Home Page, Bio Page & Illustrator Page.

Digital Media Portfolio List

1. Boxes
2. Name Plate
3. Floor Plan

4. Logos
    -Logo 1
    -Logo 2
    -Logo 3
    -Logo 4
    -Logo 5
5. Layouts
    -Business Card
    -Web Header
    -Video Title
    -Magazine Ad
6. T-Shirt Design
7. Game Design
    -Character 1
    -Character 2
    -Character 3
    -Character 4
    -Level 1

Photoshop Assignments