The Wonders of Photoshop

toolboxPhotoshop Skills

  • Setting up
  • Importing Images
  • Tools
    • Arrow
    • Eye Drop
    • Clone
    • Patch
    • Blur/Sharpen
    • Fill
    • Zoom
    • Magic Wand
  • Transform
    • Scale
    • Rotate
    • Skew
  • Important Windows
  • Layers
  • Opacity
  • Text
  • Quick keys:
    V = arrow
    Command+D = deselect
    Z = zoom   (hold option down to zoom out)
    Clone and Patch tool hold down option to select area

Testing Your Creativity

5 Classic Creative Challenges

    • Alternative Uses – Open up a word document to write of as many uses as possible for these everyday object:

    • Incomplete Figure –  Use illustrator to complete the image. From the figure drawn by the instructor. Use your imagination.

    • Riddles – go to moodle take the “quiz” under classroom assignments

    • Remote Associations
      1. Bass–Complex–Sleep DEEP
      2. Chamber–Staff–Box MUSIC
      3. Desert–Ice–Spell DRY
      4. Base–Show–Dance BALL
      5. Inch–Deal–Peg SQUARE
      6. Soap–Shoe–Tissue BOX
      7. Blood–Music–Cheese BLUE
      8. Skunk–Kings–Boiled CABBAGE
      9. Jump–Kill–Bliss JOY
      10. Shopping–Washer–Picture WINDOW




Creating a Gif using still images in Photoshop

GIF from Visual News


Gather the images you want to animate into one folder.

  1. Click File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. When the “Load Layers” window pops up, click Browse to select & open your image files, and then click OK. This should import the files you selected as individual layers in your document. Rearrange the layers into the correct order, if necessary.
  2. This next step differs depending on what version of Photoshop you have:
    1. For Photoshop CS5: Open the Animation palette (Window > Animation).
    2. For Photoshop CS6: Open the Timeline palette (Window > Timeline ).
    3. For Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud): Open the Timeline palette (Window > Timeline ). In the middle of the palette, you will see a button with a drop-down allowing you to choose either “Create Video Timeline” or “Create Frame Animation.” You want to choose & then click theCreate Frame Animation button.
  3. In the Animation/Timeline palette menu found under this button at the top right corner of the palette: PsPaletteMenuclick Make Frames From Layers. You can also click Reverse Frames if needed. This will take each layer in your document and set it as an individual frame in the animation.
  4. Now we will change the duration of each frame. Make sure you are in frame view, not timeline view. If you do not see thumbnail icons of all your layers in the Animation/Timeline palette, click the icon in the lower right corner (the hover text will say “Convert to Frame Animation”). Now, back in the Animation/Timeline palette menu, click Select All Frames.
  5. Click the drop down button just underneath each frame image (circled in red in the image below). This will bring up a menu where you can set a duration. Since all frames are selected, all frames will be set to the same time. Each frame can be changed individually, if desired.
  6. The drop down button circled in black in the image above will change how many times the animation will loop; either a fixed number of times, or forever.
  7. Once the frame order and timing as been set up, it is time to save the image! Click File > Save for Web & Devices, make sure the file format is set to GIF, change any other options if needed, and save the image!



Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover?

Book cover = Strong, yet simple concept

  • Choose of book of interest
  • Re-think a new concept for the cover

What are the target audience of readers looking for? –
Inspiration and Aspiration
Success and Achievement
Knowledge and Power
Romance and Passion
Murder and Revenge

How can you draw attention to the reader?

List of famous/interesting book covers

The best of book covers 2016

Book covers that tell their own stories

  • What genre is the book? How do you know without knowing the title?
  • How is the designer using text?
  • How is the designer using images?



What is your favorite color? Do you know why?

Color Vocabulary

Start with blue and work clockwise:

Yellow is added and blue removed until pure yellow is reached

Red is added and yellow removed until pure red is reached

Blue is added and red removed until pure blue is reached

Hue: The attribute of color which enables an observer to classify it as red, blue etc.

Chroma: The presence of color


Chromatic Intensity or Saturation:
The percentage of color present


Containing shades, tones and tints of only one color


Containing no color – i.e. black, white or pure grey


 Whispering Color:
Colors close to each other in the color wheel


 Speaking Color:
Colors are just a few steps away from each other in the color wheel


 Shouting Colors:
Colors are opposite from each other in the color wheel




Looking at each basic color what images

or personalities come to mind?










Switching colors on famous logos


 The Color Method Game