Assignment 1

This first assignment consists of the use of Adobe Photoshop and similar software to manipulate and create images. In this case, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator were the only two programs used.

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Image #1: Removing 'Tourists'

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This image was created by setting up my iPad in the window of the mathroom using it's keyboard attachment as a discount tripod. After snapping several images of the same locale, I used Photoshop's Image Stacking tools to merge them into one image, by using:

File → Scripts → Statistics...

Then, Stack Mode: Median was selected from the drop down, and my files were selected.

Image #2: Multiple Exposures

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This image was taken again by using an iPad and it's keyboard instead of a tripod. The images were loaded into Photoshop by using:

File → Scripts → Load Images Into Stack...

This opened up the posibility of using the "Attempt to Automatically Align Images" option. This is meant for images like this, although it is more commonly used for Focus Stacking. The people in the images were then surrounded with a path, and that path was converted to a vector mask. This allowed for easy manipulation of the mask after it's creation, especially when it came to precision.

A regular image mask, which is applied under a vector mask, was used with a slightly transparent brush in order to help feather the edge of the vector mask. This was done because using the Feather option in the properties panel for the vector mask would have applied the feather across the entire perimeter of the mask. Using another mask allowed for more control.

Finally, the image was cropped to exclude some negative space and the edges which were un-squared by the alignmet process. Saturation and Levels adjustments were then added to improve the look of the image.

Image #3: Change the Colour of Somebody's Hair

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This was done with a curves layer to darken the model's hair color from a bright blonde to a brown color.

The curves layer was masked to the hair by using the quick select tool, and then using the "Select and Mask" dedicated workspace from the properties panel. Using curves worked best because it changes brightness of each pixel relative to its current value, as opposed to adjusting every pixel by the same amount.

Image #4: Create a Personal Banner

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These images were created using Adobe Illustrator, my preferred graphic design tool. The wider one is perfect for desktops, and the narrower works well for mobile devices.

The profile photo simply has a clipping mask applied to it, and then a white stroke applied to the whole thing. The Banner was created using simple shapes, and their ends were cut out using triangles and the pathfinder's subtract tool. The title, "Matthew Brown," font is Proxima Nova by Mark Simonson, and the body text is Google's Product Sans Black. These were chosen to match my resume.

The background was created by making a layer of three squares, skewing two of each of their points together, and then using those for clipping masks. The three chosen images are three of some of my greatest skills: Python, Premiere Pro video editing, and Processing 3. I would put my skill in Illustrator higher, but I felt that, a), having four images would look crowded, and that b), my Illustrator skill would hopefully be demonstrated by the rest of my website and/or banner.

Image #5: Colourize Part Of a Black and White Photo

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This image was by far the most complicated one. First, I scoured my iCloud library for a photo which was colorful enough to make the recoloring interesting, but also something with a subject that stood out. Eventually, I settled on this image, and converted it to black and white.

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Then, I attempted to recreate the colours of the flower in Photoshop. First, I used the pen tool to mask out around the area I wanted to recolor. This would prevent me from "coloring outside the lines."

Although it took a long time, the next step isn't all too complicated: First, I laid down a base colour, which was sort of a copper tone. Then, I used my pen-tablet (Wacom Intuos Photo) and began using reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, and greens, and painting with an airbrush. I added a new layer every time a new color had to be put down, and each set to color, overlay, soft light, or saturation blending mode. This meant it was very easy to adjust each color's intensity by changing the opacity of the layers. It took a lot of trial and error, and one instance of forgetting to save and losing thirty minutes of work, but it was definietly enjoyable.

See Layers:


Image #6: Recolour 'Coke.png' From Lab #2

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This image was fixed using a mixture of GIMP (only time it was used) and Photoshop. In GIMP, I used:

Filter → Ehance → Red Eye Removal...

GIMP was used for this because Photoshop's Red Eye Removal is focused on actually repairing eyes, and so it's methods don't work well for large red stripes. Once I was in Photoshop, I used the Perspective Crop tool to properly square off the image. The next thing I did was duplicate the layer twice: once for keeping an unedited copy, and another to replace the rear of the cat following the next step.

I then used the Spot Healing Brush Tool along the entire left and right side of the image, set to Content-Aware. This let Photoshop copy the patterns of the ground in a more organic way than I would have been able to with the clone-stamp tool. This also meant that the rear end of Coke was cut off and replaced with the asphalt. To fix this, I took the second copy of the cat layer, set it to black and white to mask the color of the streak, and put it under the main layer. I then used a layer mask and pen-tablet to paint away the fixed layer and reveal the cat's original rear end. I used the burn tool to darken the cat's tail, since, while the black and white filter hid the red streak, it did not hide the streak itself, meaning it was still bright white along the side. Finally I added some noise to the cat's tail with another filter.

Filter → Noise → Add Noise...

Finally, I used the Spot Healing Brush tool once more to get rid of little dings and scratches from the image. I also used a low-pressure black brush to darken the edges of the image.

Image #7: Image of My Choice → Portrait Vectorization

My Graduation Photo

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My Twin Brother

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The left hand image was made during this class, but the right-hand image was made during the summer. Just thought I'd throw it in too. It's one of my best examples.

The following images were made to be used as digital profile photos. These are great for that, you can use something that represents you without actually being a photo of you. They are made with Adobe Illustrator, my one of favourite pieces of software.

They aren't actually that complicated to make, although they do take a lot of time. To make them, I start by putting two copies of my source image each on their own layer in Illustrator. The bottom one is full opacity, and the top one is set to about 30%. This lets me draw underneath a layer so I know how where I'm tracing and allows for easy adujusting of the paths to match the shape I've traced, and it also let's me flicker between my drawing and the actual photo.

After that, it's as simple as mentally separating the area into shapes of different colours, and then using my mastery of Bézier Curves and the pen tool to draw out each shape. They are then simply layered on top of each other in the right arrangment.

Image #8:

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This image was not made for this class, but it does fit the theme of this class. Recently, Melissa approached me and asked for tips on converting things to vectors. She said a friend had asked her this task, and that none of the converters online were working, and she had started to trace it out herself. I, like the knight in shining armour I am, offered to do it for her, since I had quite a bit of skill when it came to vectors.

Once again, this image was not complicated to make, it just took a while. It was simply a matter of tracing the paths using straight paths, and then adding curves later. Funny enough, matching the text was the hardest part, especially because my reference image was warped. That means I couldn't just match the spacing of the letters, since it was non-standard.

Again, this was not made for this class, but I felt like it would make a good addition, since it was the closest thing I've ever done to a commissioned piece. It was used as the path for lazer etching the logo into wood.