Exercise One (E01LastFirst.psd)…

Using Internet Explorer, find and save a cool celebrity photo to the desktop of your computer. Select larger images on the left hand side of the search engine’s tool bar to only edit high resolution photos.

Please make sure it is just a head shot, nothing obscene or graphic. Now save it to your personal folder

original photo

photo after a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer added

Here is a link to an amazing site that will give you some ideas on what is possible with Photoshop.

:http://speckyboy.com/2009/01/07/29-really-creepy-and-creative-photoshopped-self-portraits/ with many examples of great portraits that have been edited in Photoshop!

Once you have downloaded or saved the image, drag and drop it to the Icon of Photoshop, or select Photoshop from the Multimedia folder on your desktop.

Once in Photoshop, begin using the Control (or command on the Mac)  key with the letter O to Open the image you have saved to your desktop.

adjustment layer menu

Find the Magic Wand Tool (W) near the top of the Tool Bar and click and hold down the cursor until all the tools hidden under the Magic Wand Tool become visible in the drop down menu. Make sure you have chosen the Magic Wand Tool, and not the Quick Selection Tool. Now use this tool to select the colored part of the eyes of your photo.

Hold down the Shift key to add to your selection, or the Alt key to take away from a selection as in the image below.

Once you have selected the color of the eyes now choose Image-Adjustments- Hue/Saturation and play around with the sliders ’til the eye color is much different. Use the magic wand tool and Image- Adjustments- Hue / Saturation to change the color, saturation, and/ or the Lightness of the following:

  • eyes
  • lips
  • hair
  • skin
Eo1ricardoMartinez

Student artwork by Ricardo Martinez.

 Now choose the magic wand tool, increase or decrease the tolerance and select and remove the background from your photo.

simply move the sliders to adjust the Hue/Saturation again…

Now make another, then another…

Now select the Magic wand Tool from the tool palette on the far left of the interface. Set the tolerance up to select more like pixels, and lower to be more selective in your pixel selection.  Use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to select the entire background of the portrait you have chosen. If you hold down Shift, you will add to any previous selection, and the Alt key will subtract from any existing selection. Once the entire background is selected, press Control and the X key to cut out the background completely. Those pixels are now deleted!

Save each one as a jpeg. This will flatten your layers but for now that’s okay. I want to see four portraits that look completely different from each other in their 1.Hue 2. Saturation 3. Value- have fun!

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