Week 4 – Traditional Photographic Techniques

Overview

This week you will learn how Photoshop can be used to simulate creative photographic techniques that were traditionally done in the darkroom. 1) How Photoshop can simulate the use of photo filters on a lens; 2) How to create a sepia toned digital image and you don’t have to use super toxic toning chemicals; and 3) How to mask a portion of an image or paint in the color.

Week 4 Assignment 1: Improve a Landscape with Warming Photo Filters

Using one of your own digital landscape photographs, follow along with Chris Orwig and customize a landscape photograph with warming photo filters. For this assignment you will need to watch the following Lynda.com video tutorials:

Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographic Techniques, with Chris Orwig
Chapter 2. Creative Color
2.4 Warming photo filters

Turning it in:
Due date: End of week4

Turn in your assignment by uploading before and after jpeg images to your online image sharing account (eg. Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, etc.) and then post links to your before and after images within the Blackboard assignment submission.

Week 4 Assignment 2: Create a Sepia Toned Photograph

With a separate digital photograph that you have shot yourself, follow along with Chris and create a digitally sepia toned photograph. For this assignment you will need to watch the following Lynda.com video tutorials:

Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographic Techniques, with Chris Orwig
Chapter 2. Creative Color
2.6 Sepia tone

In the video tutorial Chris starts with a black & white photograph, so I recommend that you do the same. To turn your photograph into a black and white image, open the image in Photoshop, from the pull down menu go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Note: this technique is not an Adjustment Layer, this is a permanent change to the starting image, so to safeguard your original image, first do a File > Save As and save the image with an alternate file name. You should now have a black and white grayscale image, and you are now ready to follow along with Chris and create a sepia toned image.

Turning it in:
Due date: End of week 4

Turn in your assignment by uploading before and after jpeg images to your online image sharing account (eg. Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, etc.) and then post links to your before and after images within the Blackboard assignment submission.

Week 4 Assignment 3: Create a Partially Colored Black and White Photograph Using Layer Masks

For this assignment, I want you to create an image, that you will manipulate in Photoshop, where only the subject of the image is in color. Think of a wedding portrait where everything is black and white except for the bride and groom, or a flower where only the petals and the stem are in color. Your photograph should have a discernible subject, which you will keep in color, the rest will be black and white.

Watch my tutorial video on how to use a Layer Masks in conjunction with an Adjustment Layer here: How to Paint Color Back to a B&W image with Layer Masks

Turning it in:
Due date: End of Week 4

Turn in your assignment by uploading before and after jpeg images to your online image sharing account (eg. Flickr, Imgur, Photobucket, etc.) and then post links to your before and after images within the Blackboard assignment submission.

Older Examples  

These Photoshop tutorials are older, but they are still worth watching:

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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