By doing this experiment I have adapted the tilt shift effect technique which i personally found very interesting as it blurs large areas in the image and focuses the viewers attention on certain selected areas. I used quick mask mode to choose and select the area I wanted and then used the circular and linear gradient tool to select the areas and once the selection was set I went to filters, clicked on Blur and selected Gaussian Blur. I like this technique as it gives us a chance to manipulate the image and add a shallow depth of field.
I took a self portrait of myself with PhotoBooth which I have opened in PhotoShop with the goal of making a shattered mirror effect. I used the polygonal lasso tool to make a different sized triangular shapes which I overlapped, enlarged and changed their position in order to create a broken mirror effect.
Type tool and clipping mask
The purpose of this task was to give us a chance to play around and explore more of what Adobe PhotoShop could offer. we have been given an option to one of six styles of alphabet and then pick a letter to use in that style. with the help of the free transform tool I have rescaled my chosen letters to the desired size and position in my square. the letters should have been no longer legible as the aim was to make visually interesting shapes, I have produced six documents using different letters and typefaces. In addition to the first six files I have created another six files but this time experimenting with colour. I used the new fill layer to apply a plain chosen colour as a background.
After that I have been given a quote of a famous graphic designer John Lasseter which I had to retype in one of the given typefaces. the task was to arrange the quote in an attractive and effective layout by resizing and repositioning each of the words. To add on when the arrangement was finished I grouped all layers and found an image of the designer and then positioned the image layer above the grouped layers and selected it. Then I created a clipping mask and the image popped up through the letters. I was very pleased to see the outcome and found out that this technique is very effective so I would adapt it into my further assignments.
Selecting with quick mask and using fill/stroke
These screen grabs show my experiment with a quick mask tool and using fill/stroke option in PhotoShop. I started by finding an image on the internet and then following the steps for this technique, after a short tutorial in class. I picked up easily the instructions and I was impressed of the precision that the quick mask tool gives you in terms of selection of the certain areas from the original image.
As part of the PhotoShop intro, we did some experiments with the basic use of layers and selections in order to be able to manipulate our chosen image. In addition to that I have learned how to set up a grid to help me with the layout composition. I have followed the requirements from the work sheet step by step and once I set up the layers, I have started to experiment with different layer effects and changing the opacity. Furthermore I opened a new document and used my original photograph which had been taken with PhotoBooth. For my second experiment I have used the elliptical selection tool and tried to create a more artistic self portrait from my original image by using a variety of layer effects. The effective outcome in the second image was that i had used resized elliptical and circular shapes which I overlapped for better effect. Overall I am very pleased with the final outcome as I have learned new skills and techniques in PhotoShop, which I am confidant now to use further in my assignments.