so, tonight i am teaching a 3-hour class on photoshop. the class is actually on web design but i spend 2 evenings on photoshop. the first session on photoshop was more of an introduction (actually, both sessions will likely be introductions, but...). we learned about the interface and the function of various tools in the tools pallet. we also played with layer effects and filters (these tend to be what newbies like the most). i had them take a large photo and crop it and resize it and play with some filters to change the appearance. we also made a banner using text and layer effects. fun night and most people were impressed with their newfound power.<br><br>so, tonight i do round 2. any suggestions for what should be included in tonight's lessons to further their understanding of the photoshop? just thought i'd ask since we have a couple of resident experts in our community. one thing i think that would be useful to them and something they are likely to encounter is fixing red eye, so i'll bring along a photo with red eye so we can work on that briefly. other ideas? TIA.<br><br>b/t/w...the computers we use are older iMacs running os 9 and this is photoshop 6. <br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
How about playing around with the Levels, Brightness/Contrast, the Hue/Saturation, and Color Balance palettes...<br><br>I often find that when I scan something in or get a pic from someone with a less-than-stellar digital camera, the pictures are either faded, or have a greenish or reddish hue to them...<br><br>I would think that the whole idea of restoring old photos would be big amongst the average user too. You should have people bring in their photos from the 70's or early 80's, and have them 'punch them up' a bit<br><br>Or, another route to go is to bring in NEW photos and make them look 'old'- add dust & scratches, make them sepia or b&w, etc, etc...<br><br>Need me to come in as a guest speaker as someone who's designed a few sites? <br><br>[color:orange]Hey! Wait a 'minute'....</font color=orange>
I'm more of a newbie to PS than all of your students combined, so I don't have suggestions, just a wish that I could sit in <br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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My suggestions - in no particular order:<br><br>Quick masks, layer masks, alpha channels<br><br>Clipping groups - putting photos, textures or other images into an area<br><br>Resolution and resampling<br><br>Define the differences between RGB, CMYK, Indexed color modes and when to use one instead of the other<br><br>
yoyo and mcteak, i think you'd fit in quite well. i have some people who really get this stuff and a few others who work pretty hard to understand the basics of photoshop but will likely never return. <br><br>thanx for for the suggestions all. i think i'll take in some dark photos and photos with various corrections needed and we'll fix them. they should also learn to play with resolution and resampling (and perhaps, applying the unsharp mask filter to better the appearance of a resampled image) and understanding the differences between RGB, CMYK, Indexed color modes. i don't want to get too advanced for this group. i doubt they'll be creating as much as they'll be resizing and fixing photos, etc.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
If it is a web design class, I would certainly show them how to save files as .gif and .jpg and when to use each. DaddyMac has a great suggestion about color correction... that's probably the biggest thing!<br><br>
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gifs and jpgs were the first lesson we did. i actually taught them how to use graphic converter (cheap/free) for simple conversions and such. i didn't spend a lot of time, mind you, but explained that photos are typically better as jpg and i showed them size differences b/t the two for photos and for simple web buttons. i'll push the color correction stuff tonight. unfortunately, most people see a photo that has too much blue in it and they don't realize there is anything wrong until they see it displayed correctly. much of this photoshop stuff takes having "the eye" to really understand. thanx.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
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