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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey gang. This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Now today, just so happens to be April 1st of the year 2014, better known to many of you as April Fools Day, which is the day upon which a lot of people do some pretty nutty things. But if you'll forgive me for saying it, I'm just not that big a fan of the practical joke. Which is why I'm going to devote this movie to best practices for working inside Photoshop 1.0. Alright, I'll go ahead and start up my Mac here.
And notice that I've got Photoshop 1.0.7. If you have an earlier version of the software. What you want to do is go to your local post office with your registration postcard, and that'll cost you five cents stamp to mail that to Adobe. And then about eight to ten weeks later, they'll send you a box of floppy disks and you can catch up with the rest of us. Alright, I'll go up to the File Menu and choose the Open command, and I'll navigate to the photograph that I shot of my girlfriend. And went ahead and stored of course in the standard Pixar format.
And you can see her there, and now I'll press Command Plus a few times, in order to zoom in on the image. Those of you who use Windows, of course you don't need a keyboard shortcut, because Photoshop doesn't run on the PC. Alright, I'll also go ahead and spacebar, drag the image down a little bit here. This is by the way, a two megapixel image. So, it's very likely that if you try to open it, it'll crash your machine. One of the great things about Photoshop is it has just squillions of helpful tools over here. I'm going to select the paintbrush. And I'm also going to go to the Window menu, and choose Show Brushes so I can select from the many brushes that Photoshop has to offer.
I'll select the biggest one here, and then I'll go ahead and brush in a mustache on my beloved. Now of course, this isn't the effect I'm going for, but Photoshop as you may be aware, only offers one undo. So, because I've got two brushstrokes that I want to get rid of. I'll have to go to the File menu and choose the Revert command, in order to restore the saved version of that image. Now, what I really want to do is increase the contrast of this image a little bit. It's kind of washed out. And so I'll go up to the Image menu choose Adjust, and then choose what is probably the best command in all of Photoshop Brightness Contrast, and I'll go ahead and move this dialog box over.
And I'll increase the contrast value. Now, one of the great things about this dialog box, is that you can preview the effect here inside the image window by clicking on the Preview button. And you only have to that every single time you want to see a preview. So, I'll go ahead and click on it. Obviously, that's not the effect I'm going for. So, I'll back off the contrast quite a bit. Actually, I'll take it down to plus ten let's say, and click Preview again in order to see what's going on. It's looking good. But she's a little too bright. All of her teachers tell her that. So, I'm going to reduce the brightness value a little bit down to let's say negative 20.
Should work out. And I'll click Preview again just to make sure I like the effect, which I do. So now I'll go ahead and click Okay, in order to accept that modification. Now I want to sharpen Doris a little bit here. And, so i'll go up to the Image menu, choose Filter, and a lot of folks will point to the Unsharp Mask, which is just the dopiest named filter, I swear. And also, it's really for gearheads, for normal people is all you need is the Sharpen command. So just go ahead and choose that one, and she sharpens up beautifully.
Alright, now what I'd like to do is colorize her and the command that allows you to do that is also under this Adjust sub-menu. It's Hue/Saturation, but right now it's dimmed. And that's because we're working inside of grayscale image, which does not accommodate color. To allow it to accommodate color, I'm going to go up to the Mode menu and choose RGB Color, which is all the rage with the kids right now. And, that doesn't actually change the image as you can see, but it does allow me to now add some color, which I'll do by going to the Image menu, choosing Adjust and now, notice Hue Saturation is available to me.
I've got two sliders to work with here, and this handy colorized check box. So I'll just go ahead and turn that one on. And now, I'll move the hue over to 30 is what I'm looking for, but you know, Photoshop doesn't let you dial in values, so the closest I'm going to get is 29. And I'll turn on the Preview check box, and that's way too much saturation. So I'll go ahead and back things off to 50, which is just one pixel over from that little tick bar there. That's just a, you know, tip, and now I'll click preview again and she's looking great.
So I'll go ahead and click Okay, and finally I want to save my changes of course, but I don't want to save over the original, so I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command. And for I'm seeing these JPG and PNG file here, I have no idea what those are, neither does Photoshop of course, and I figure the best file format for this specific image is Pict Resource. So I'll go ahead and choose that. And we don't need this three letter extension here, that's for baby's. So I'll just get rid of it. And then I'll click on the Save button. This dialog box scares me, so I'll just go ahead and click Okay.
And, It looks like I've run out of memory, and that friends, is my Photoshop lesson for today. Alright, so I hope you enjoyed that stroll down memory lane. And be sure to keep an eye out for my Macworld Photoshop 2.5 bible. Which will be out on August 9th of 1993, the very same day that Apple introduces the Newton. Deke's Techniques, each and every week. I got nothing.
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