Course Objectives…. In this course, you will learn how to: Capture pictures from many sources Enhance your pictures with graphics software (Photoshop Elements 3.0) Utilize these pictures in both Web (screen) and print settings. Picture Sources. Download from Digital Camera
Course Objectives… In this course, you will learn how to: • Capture pictures from many sources • Enhance your pictures with graphics software (Photoshop Elements 3.0) • Utilize these pictures in both Web (screen) and print settings
Picture Sources • Download from Digital Camera • Scan from Original • Capture from Website • Microsoft Word ClipArt • Purchased ClipArt CD • Create Your Own
Setting Up Your Picture • Rule of Thirds - Using The Rule of Thirds places the main subject off center and away from the center of the frame. As a result, photos can look more dynamic and interesting.
Portraits • No “Deer in the headlights” pictures! • Keep the background simple to avoid distracting elements • Move in close for an above-the-waist or head-and-shoulders composition • Position your camera at or slightly below your subject's eye level.
Move Zoom Hand Eyedropper Selection Lasso Magic Wand Quick Selection Text Type Crop Cookie Cutter Straighten Red Eye Removal Healing Brush Clone Stamp Eraser Brush Paint Bucket Gradient Fill Shapes Blur/Smudge/Sharpen Dodge/Burn/Sponge Foreground/Background Color Selector Photoshop Tools
Layers • Layers are your friend…use them! • Layers are like transparent pieces of paper stacked on top of each other.
Creating Backgrounds • You can blend colors or use solids • You can use filters for texture • Don’t make it too busy or your icons won’t show up • A good size for backgrounds is 800X600 pixels
Text • Use text features to personalize your graphics, icons and backgrounds • Use different fonts and text features for great looking text
Cropping and Resizing • Crop unneeded items or back-grounds so the focus is on the image. • Using the Selection Marquee, Draw a square around the part you want to keep • From your menu bar go to Image > Crop • Resize the picture to the size you want it within your graphics program • Image > Resize > Image Size > Change physical size as well as resolution
Creating Icons • Pull pictures from clipart, the web, or scan from textbooks • Delete the background to focus on the object using the magic eraser tool • Size your icons with the image resizer to match and fit well on the page
Altering to Suit Your Needs • Change the colors of ClipArt pictures to go with your color scheme • Use filters for added effects • Use Cookie Cutters for cute designs • Touch up photos • Remove backgrounds • Use layers to build an image
Neat Tips & Tricks On the toolbar under “Enhance” you can: • Sharpen a poorly lit picture – To easily adjust lighting, select levels, select the white pen and then click on something white in your picture – WOW! • To take the yellow out of a picture – adjust color > select adjust Hue/Saturation > select yellow >lower the saturation level.
Saving Pictures for the Web • Image > Resize > Image size > Resolution > 72 for Web • File > Save for Web • Your goal is to get the smallest file size that still looks good so your pictures load quickly (Tip: Use optimized color palette)
Saving Pictures for Print • For Print, pictures should have a resolution of at least 300 ppi. • It is much easier to take away resolution than to add it!(don’t do this unless absolutely necessary, it’s not pretty) • Start with a high resolution picture unless you know it will not be needed for print.