Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Wood Block Effect on Photoshop

These images are supposed to look like a wood block print.

How I made these images:
  • I scanned in my image, I drew it making sure each line was a double line as this is to represent the thick line you would carve out of a woodblock.
  • Next I added a new layer.
  • I selected the parts of my image with the magic wand tool and filled in colour with the Bucket Tool on my new layer. 
  • Once completely coloured I deleted the background layer and flatten my image.
  • With a picture of a wood texture I found online, I changed it to Black & White, then adjusted the Curves and Inverted the image.
  • I then moved it onto my image and put it as the layer behind.
  • To finish I changed the the top layer's Blending Mode to Screen. 

Multi-coloured Print.
I then decided to try and make the block print more realistic by using just one colour as you usually do when creating a block print.
Pink Version.

Next using Hue/Saturation Adjustment on the image above I made this image...
Blue Version.
Coffee Cup Print.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Painting on Photoshop

  • I firstly sketched out my jug and scanned it into Photoshop. 
  • I then changed the curves of my image to make it clearer. 
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool I selected different areas each time. I painted it using one of the Dry Media Brushes, for a more textured effect.
  • I made sure the brush had a 10% opacity so that I could apply the colour in layers. 
  • I then gave the jug a ground shadow, by selecting the background with the Magic Wand Tool.
  • To finish off, I made areas darker with the Burn Tool and lighten areas with the Dodge Tool. Both these tools were good as they added tone without adding extra layers of paint. 

  • The second image is the greyscale version of my original, done with Desaturate Adjustment.
  • The third image was done by Inverting my greyscale image.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Depth of Field Photos.

SLR cameras are usually used to produce this effect. 

With a high lens aperture (small f-number) you will create a large depth of field where the foreground and the background will all, more or less be in focus. 

Therefore with a low lens aperture (big f-number) you will create a shallow depth of field where only your selected object will be in focus, usually in the foreground. 

Large Depth of Field.
Shallow Depth of Field.

How I created these images:
  • My aim was to fake the depth of field and so I collected 2 images, the parrots and the forest background. 
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool, I selected the parrots.
  • Before moving them onto my other image, the forest background, I feathered my selection to soften the outline of the parrots.
  • Once placed on the new background, I rescaled and position the parrots. 
  • I then saved this image.
  • To create the shallow depth of field, I blurred my image using the Gaussian Blur to 1.5 Pixels. 
  • I then saved this image.