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 SELECTIONS, GRADIENTS, COMPOSITE

• Use last weeks LANDSCAPE composite assignment where we combined 2 scenes using adjust layers.

• Use QUICK SELECTION TOOL

• After the area is selected, create a NEW LAYER. Your selection will still be active, you’ll see the marching ants. Creating a new layer allows you to not work on the photo below. If you accidentally deselect you can UNDO (command Z) or reselect moving back to the photo layer.

• Select COLOR, select GRADIENT TOOL, set top left color box to 2nd one in, select gradient from COLOR to CLEAR.

• Use 2nd shape option that will give you a circular gradient. Try the others.

• Open web browser – search for SILHOUETTE OAK TREE. Download LARGE photo.

• Use the MAGIC WAND TOOL, select BLACK. Note what CONTIGUOUS does and does not.

• COPY and PASTE into LANDSCAPE PSD.

 

• You may need to separate the tree from the background.

• Try the FX LAYER STYLE/BLENDING OPTIONS tab on the bottom of your LAYER WINDOW. Select OUTER GLOW, you can change color and many other settings.

• SAVE often.

• SAVE as jpg whenever you get to something interesting.

• SAVE new works as lastname_composite01.jpg

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• Back to browser and search for SILHOUETTE YOGA POSE. Download image.

• MENU/SELECTION/COLOR RANGE. Try selecting different parts of your image.

• Select the WHITE area.

• INVERSE selection(command shift I). This selects the figure.

• Use BRUSH TOOL or PAINT BUCKET (black) to paint in figure.

• COPY and PASTE into LANDSCAPE.

• Use FREE TRANSFORM TOOL to resize and move around composition.

• If you want to: COPY layer several times and move each one around.

• I then SELECTED 3 layers and added them into a GROUP which I can then continued to work with.

• In VIEW/NEW GUIDE LAYOUT I selected 3 columns and 2 rows so that I can understand my composition better. This is called the RULE of THIRDS and relates to the GOLDEN MEANS. We will cover this later in class.

• Add more elements if desired. I added a crane, cresent moon, stars, a light color glow behind each yogi, and mist.

• Or more fun.