This exercise will improve the students’ skill at drawing various types and weights of lines to create shapes and to identify, practice and utilize various brush and color control in Photoshop. It also offers an opportunity to develop, identify and create abstract art.
Using the Mixer Brush
Based on each of these categories:
1. Use of Design Elements
4. Self Evaluation/Presentation
Friday, May 9th, 2014
Find an image on the internet that is at least 800x600 pixels, althought an image 1024 x 768 pixels is preferred. The image should have good contrast with a majority of middle
tone values. It can be any kind of image: for example, a landscape, a seascape or a cityscape. For this assignment, it should be imitational not abstract.
Copy the image into Photoshop.
Review this procedure:
Expand the image as large as possible from any thumbnail from which you are working.
Right click over the image.
Switch to Photoshop.
Open a new workspace.
Keep all the Photoshop default settings and click “OK.”
Paste the image into the new Window.
Change the resolution from 72 to 300 ppi.
Change the resolution to 300 ppi before you start this procedure.
Size your image so that it does not exceed 10 inches wide or 7½ inches wide. Use Image > Image Size to change the size but be sure you Constrain Proportions.
Duplicate the image by dragging its layer to the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette next to the trashcan. Label this layer “working.”
Create a new layer on top of the “working” layer.
Label the original image layer “original” and hide it.
Set the color palette to the default (black) Foreground and (white) Background by pressing the letter D.
Select the Brush Tool in the Tool Box by pressing the letter B.
Set the brush tip to “Hard Round” with a 65 pixel width. This will allow you to draw fine lines with the tablet pen when not pressing down hard, and create wide lines when you press a little harder.
Begin to draw outlines of shapes in your image. Vary the line weight by varying the pressure you use with the pen.
Use new layers for different areas or different objects of the painting. Label each layer as you go to help keep then straight.
Try different techniques; maybe just draw cloud shapes but not the actual sky. You may choose to use the sky from your original image.
When you have completed the shapes, return to the first layer of shapes, and create another new layer.
Select a color of paint and begin filling in the shape, using the outline you drew as a guide.
You don’t need to stay inside the lines . . . and you don’t need to fill the shapes solidly with color.
Vary the shade and tone of the shape. Use the image to show you where the highlights and shadows should be placed.
Remember that you are simplifying the image and abstracting it, so don’t try to put too much detail into the shapes.
When you have completed your painting, change the Canvas Size to 12 inches by 9 inches and create a white border around it.