Photoshop video playlist

This is my collection of Photoshop editing videos that I use in my Multimedia/ Web Development class at La Salle Prep.  I find it very useful to make these screencast videos using Camtasia.  I use the videos to introduce the editing concepts in class and then the students use them for review whenever they need them.

This Photoshop playlist contains nine videos showcasing various editing techniques for Photoshop CS3.

Here are a few Photoshop CS3 tips:

  1. Use the Quick Selection tool (or marquee tools) to select a portion of an image and then apply the adjust layer to only that section.
  2. Adjustment Layer – An adjustment layer (Go to Layer / New Adjustment Layer) applies color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing pixel values.  The adjustment layer sits on top of your image in the Layers Panel.  Paint on the adjustment layer’s image mask (with the black paintbrush) to apply an adjustment to part of an image (for example:  to allow the color to see through).
  3. Layer Effects & Styles (fx) – You can add a variety of effects—such as drop shadows, glows, strokes (outlines) and bevels—that change the appearance of a layer’s contents.  Go to Layer  / Layer Style and choose the appropriate effect OR use the (fx) icon on the bottom of the layers panel. You can apply layer effect to images or text.
  4. Filters – You can use filters to clean up or retouch your photos, apply special art effects that give your image the appearance of a sketch or impressionistic painting, or create unique transformations using distortions and lighting effects.  Go to Filter / Filter Gallery and choose the desired filter.  You can adjust the features of the filter by  using the slider bars in the panel.  Smart Filters applied to Smart Objectslets you use filters non-destructively & can be readjusted anytime.
  5. Mask – Select the portion of image with the Quick Selection tool or marquee and then go to Layer / Layer Mask and choose Hide All to hide everything except the selection.  This is a non-destructive to to cut out or MASK a portion of an image.  You can also use the mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
  6. Because all of these adjustments are non-destructive you can into the layers panel and temporarily hide them or remove them if you want.

Photoshop Screencasts

One of the challenges of teaching my Multimedia / Web Design course is that students come with all different levels of experience and expertise.  We don’t have a specific textbook and as an introductory class using all different software tools (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, iMovie, etc..) I find that students have a hard time remembering how to do specific techniques learned earlier in the semester.

I’ve just started creating screencasts of our favorite Photoshop CS3 techniques to embed on our class website.  This will allow students to easily review the procedures and also help those who missed the initial instruction.  Here’s my first one (too bad the bell rang towards the end).  I used Jing for the screencast and the uploaded it to my YouTube channel.

Note:  This technique came from Matt Kloskowski’s book:  Layers:  The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature.

My ultimate goal is to have the students in the Tech Media Arts class create a series of these screencasts about all types of different techniques too.

Creativity and iPhoneography

This next term I will be teaching a new Technology & Media Arts elective at my high school.  As a Fine Arts credit, it will be a combination of Drama, Music and Art and be completely project-based.  The goal is to expose students to creative technology tools (Photoshop, Garageband, iMovie, Illustrator, InDesign, etc) while providing an authentic audience for their creations.

I really want to change the way students see design and creativity in their everyday lives.  One of the ways I will be doing this is by encouraging students to take creative photos with their cell phones and upload them to Instagram, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, or Pinterest.  We will explore free photo editing apps and experiment with editing in Photoshop.  Students will take their images and create collages based around themes, inspirational quotes or for specific school purposes.  I have a few ideas in mind but I really want the students to come up with their own ideas.  Most of the students at my high school have a cell phone but we also have access to five Sony Bloggie Touch cameras – so everyone should be able to access to equipment.

Here are a few photos from my camera where I have been experimenting,  Some of the Apps I use are: Pic Stitch (free),  Popsicolor ($1.99), Juxtaposer ($2.99), PowerSketch ($0.99), InstaEffect FX (Free & $1.99), and Camera+ ($0.99)

Mt Hood Colorful Me
Childhood Memories

A Walk in the Park

Thanks to Nicole Dalesio for inspiring me and providing so many wonderful examples of Digital Art Tutorials.
Check out How to Improve Your iPhoneography Skills by Nicole ???? on Snapguide.