Introuduction to Photoshop

I was really looking forward to working with Photoshop as it is something I have been eager to learn about for sometime now and can see it being and integral part of my future work. I felt that the way it was shown to us, taking us through various tools step by step by constructing a potato head, was a good way to get to grips with the program and gave me a lot of confidence to expand on that in the near future.

After opening up a file of a potato we were shown how to remove the background with the aid of the magic wand tool:

Magic wand tool > click background > shift and click for more background > edit > fill > background > color > white

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And then just for fun I chose pattern instead of color and jazzed it up

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Next we had to add eyes to our potato so we opened up the file with the eye image in

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To get the eye ready to place on the potato we had to use the crop tool:

Crop > click and drag to the right size

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No we had to select the eye:

Magic wand > click background > shift and click around the eyes circumference > select > inverse

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Then to get the eye onto the potato:

Move tool > drag up to file with potato

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Then we adjusted the size and rotation:

Edit > free transform > use arrows to modify eye

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To duplicate:

Free transform > right click > copy > exit free transform > paste

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Now for the nose, as we were taking the nose away from the moustache which had detail to it we couldn’t just use the magic wand tool, instead we had to use the quick mask tool:

Command and + to zoom for more accuracy

Quick mask > paint brush > brush over area to be selected > unselected quick mask > area will be selected

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Then as we did for the eye we use the move tool to get it onto the potato

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Then we used free transform to make it fit. To get a mouth we searched through Google images and picked the one we wanted and used the magic wand and move tool to get it onto the potato

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Then repeated what I had learned to add a hat…

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And then a body…

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Overall I enjoyed the session and am looking forward to using what I’ve learned as well as developing my knowledge to complete more complex tasks.

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