Weekly Assignment 4

Background layer:

Blend Layer:

Related image

Normal: Normal is the default blend mode and just applies opaque pixels over the pixels below them. To see the layer below, you can lower the opacity of the blend layer.


Dissolve: Like normal, to see the layer below you must lower the opacity. Dissolve shows the pixels in a type of grainy and noisy way. This blend mode looks like the fuzzy TV channel.

Darken Category: All the modes in this category turns the results darker. Any white parts in the blend layer are removed and do not show up in the result, any colors darker than white will be darkened.

-Darken: Darken does not blend the pixels, it compares the colors of the two images and chooses the darker of the two. 

-Multiply: Multiply uses the luminosity of the two images to make changes. It multiplies the luminosities of the background layer by the blend layer. The results of multiplying the luminosities will always make a darker color. 

-Color Burn: Color burn increases the contrast between the background and blend layers, which reduces the highlights.

-Linear Burn: Linear burn decreases the brightness of the background layer. This mode produces one of the darkest colors in this category.

-Darker Color: Darker color compares the background and blend layer and keeps the darkest color of each of them. Darker color uses the combination of all RGB colors.

Lighten Category: This category is the opposite of the darken category, anything that is black will not show up in the result.

-Lighten: Lighten looks at the color of the background and blend layers and picks the lightest of each. 

-Screen: Screen brightens the result based on the luminosities of the background and blend layers.

-Color Dodge: Color dodge decreases the contrast between the two layers, emphasizing the highlights.

-Linear Dodge: Linear dodge brightens the colors of the background layer and increases the brightness.less

-Lighter Color: Lighter color uses the combination of the RGB colors to compare the background and blend layers and keeps the lighter color of the two. 

Contrast Category: If a color is less than 50% gray, a lightening effect is added. If a color is more than 50% gray, a darkening effect is added.

-Overlay: Overlay uses the screen blend mode on colors that are less than 50% gray and multiply on the colors that are over 50% gray. 

-Soft Light: Soft light is a softer version of overlay with a lot less contrast. It is based of the luminosities of the layers.

-Hard Light: Hard light uses the brightness of the blend layer to combine the multiply and screen layers. It is like overlay but more intense. 

-Vivid Light: Vivid Light is like overlay and soft light where less than 50% gray is lightened, and more than is darkened. Vivid light is a lot more intense and vivid.

Inversion Category: Uses differences between the background and blend layers to make the results.

-Difference: Uses the difference between the background and blend layer pixels. White inverts the colors of the background layer. 

-Subtract: Subtracts the pixels from the background layer to subtract the brightness which makes the results darker.

Component Category: This category relies on the differences between the primary color aspects to make the result.

Hue: Hue maintains the saturation and luminosity of the background layer and applies the hue from the blend layer. 

Saturation: Saturation maintains the hue and luminosity of the background layer but applies the saturation of the blend layer.

Extra Credit: PS Challenge

I changed the eyes to a blueish color and the hair to a lilac color. I just Googled how to change eye color and how to change hair color and used the first tutorial that came up. It was super easy to follow and actually combined all the stuff we learned in class, I just did not think of how to combine all the aspects. The hair color tutorial was about the same as the eye color tutorial, it was just on the hair instead.

Eye color: https://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/eye-color/

Hair color: https://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/hair-color/

For the eyes I used the quick selection tool to select the colored parts of the eyes (the iris and pupil). I first did the right eye then held down shift for the left eye, though I am not sure I had to do that because I used quick select instead of the lasso that was used in the tutorial. After I had the selection I needed for the eyes, I made a new hue/saturation adjustments layer by clicking the adjustments layer mask at the bottom of the layers panel. I messed with the hue and saturation until I found a color that looked somewhat realistic and that I liked. I selected colorize on the adjustments layer and set the blend mode to color. This definitely made the color pop more. On the adjustment layer mask I just a black brush to clean up around the iris so there was no color/adjustments made to the whites of the eyes. I also used the black brush on the black part of the eye so the pupil did not look blue too.

For the hair I used the same process, used quick select on the hair and made a hue/saturation adjustment mask. I did a light purple grayish color because I recently saw a color like that on Instagram and it looked cool. I also selected colorize and made the blend mode color but I lowered the opacity for a more subtle effect. I used the black brush on the adjustment layer to clean up the edges of the hair. The color looks kind of weird on the hair line on the forehead so I think I could have cleaned that up a little better. Overall I thought the process was pretty easy and encompassed a lot of the stuff we learned in class.

Week 7 Assignment

What item did you select to represent you? Why did you choose this item?

-I selected a little statue that is in my room of a hand gesturing rock on. I don’t know why but I love it and it is one of the favorite decorations in my room. It was a completely unnecessary purchase but for some reason I just had to have it and I really enjoy it. I think it is important because I really like home decor and decorating my spaces to represent me and make me feel relaxed and comfortable.

What was Andy Warhol’s “big idea” – what ideas was he exploring in his artwork? What was he trying to say? Do you think his ideas on popular culture have merit?

-Warhol often showed aspects of ordinary American culture, like the Campbell soup can. This soup can was recognizable to everyone, the rich and the poor. He often showed money and symbols of money because he grew up without it. His works also criticized advertising and its repetitive nature. I think his work did have a lot of merit and it still holds. Objects like Campbells soup and other things like toilet paper are similar among the rich and the poor even though all of the major differences between them.

What relationship does this item have to pop(ular) culture? Will other people connect to this item? Why or why not?

-I think this object relates to pop culture because it goes along with the idea of making things look perfect for others to see. I think a lot on social media like Instagram and Pinterest, people are always trying to set up their life and house to look perfect, cute, and trendy for everyone else to see. This reminds me of birthdays and those gold balloons everyone has to have with the perfect backdrop to make the perfect picture.

Warhol was interested in using machines in artmaking – he automated a great deal of his artmaking. Are you following this tradition as you work with PS? How has your access to this technology changed the way you create images and/or ideas?

-Photoshop has allowed for a lot easier manipulation of photos. I do not edit photos a lot or multiple times at once so I would not say that I necessarily automate the way I work. When I do use Photoshop, I’m usually not doing the same tasks but if I was I would be able to apply edits to multiple files or layers. Photoshop lets us edit pictures a lot faster and try out different effects or edits. It allows for more trial and error because you do not need a lot of time and resources to edit pictures anymore.



Week 6 Assignment

The elements of art are line, shape, color, value, form, texture, space. Lines are points of moving space, they can be straight or curved in any direction. Shape is the contour of a flat area or a geometric shape. Color is the chromatic quality, which consists of hue, value, and intensity. We manipulated the color for our Andy Warhol assignment. Value is the degree of lightness and darkness in the colors, like when you add more light and the color gets lighter. The difference between lightness and darkness in colors is contrast. Form is the 3D depth of a work. Texture is the tactile quality of a photo, in the tattoo revision assignment it was hard to retain the texture of the skin when trying to remove the tattoos. Space is the amount of space between objects and the objects internal/external areas.

Line, space, shape :



Value and difference:

The principles of design are balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity. Balance is how objects are weighted, like if all the objects are on the left side. Contrast is difference between the objects or aspects. Emphasis shows a big importance or focus on one aspect. Movement can show a path or direction of an object. Pattern is repeated elements, like stripes. Proportion is the size of elements relative to one another. Alignment is where elements are spaced out relative to each other. Unity is how all the elements are related and if they go well together.


Alignment and balance:


Emphasis and contrast:

Dream Journal

This first image I am using for the water in my dream. I used the spot healing brush to get rid of the reflections in the water of the clouds.

I then added houses that would be used as the shoreline. I used the spot healing, healing, and clone stamp tools to blend the sky and water from the house picture with the original water picture.

Next I added the bridge. I used the quick select tool and the eraser to cut out the background from the original bridge picture. This part took awhile because there were a lot of small openings in the bridge where I had to get rid of the background.


For the focus of my dream, I added 2 people, one person on a boogie board and one person drowning. I used quick selection and the eraser to cut the people out from the original pictures. To blend the water of the person drowning and the background, I used spot healing and the clone stamp so it was the same water/background throughout.

I found a tutorial online to add realistic water ripples so the water wasn’t just flat. This involved adding a new layer then applying a bunch of filters. First I did clouds to get the texture then used other filters like radial blur, bas relief, chrome, and gaussian blur to make it look like water. I changed the blend mode later on (not in this screen shot) to linear light just because I liked the way it looked better.

I found water splash brushes online which I downloaded to make it more dramatic and disrupted by the people. I changed the size and angle of the brushes to make it look more messy and realistic.

Finally I just added some editing layers to make all the layers look cohesive and make the piece look less patchy. I used levels, hue/saturation, photo filter, and brightness/contrast. I just messed around with them until I got the effect I wanted.

Usually I do not remember my dreams but this one really stuck with me for some reason. My dream took place in my hometown so it was easy to recreate the scenery and background because I was able to visualize it so easily. The dream started out with me and my friend walking to class, in high school. For some reason I really wanted my hair to have beach waves so I jumped off the bridge into the water. This jump started the main part of the dream which scared me so I woke up.

The main part of the dream is me drowning. My friend was boogie boarding around me and I was so mad because at first he was not saving me. He then tried to save me and I could not get up on the boogie board and was so frustrated. I kept going in and out of the water and I could not catch my breath. That is why I chose to put a person partially submerged with a hand coming out to emphasize the struggle that I was having in the water. I added the splashes to make sure I showed the difficulty that I faced in my dream. It would also look very unrealistic if I had the boogie board and drowning person with the water completely flat like how it was originally. Adding the ripples and splashes really emphasized the struggle by disrupting the calm, flat, water.


Week 3 Assignment

Tiny World Class Participation


My Tiny World:

I think space definitely has a personality. Just look at the rooms and houses of different people and you can tell the different personalities and styles of the space. They vary from person to person and even room to room. If you go to a spa there will be usually neutral tones and calm music playing. I think the personality of a spa is definitely calm and relaxing and its personality mimics its function. Compare the spa room to an office building, there will be two completely different feelings because the different rooms serve a different person. Certain personalities of rooms can strike people different ways. If someones walks into a spa room it is going to make them feel more relaxed and less stressed.

My room makes me feel happy and comfortable because I decorated it in such a way to make me feel those things. I am very connected to my space and I think we share the same personality. I love the beach and I am a very relaxed and laid back person. This is reflected in my room through lots of shades of blues, grays, and whites that gives a relaxed and chill feeling. I love the ocean and beach and my room shows that through a big ocean tapestry, starfish, and pictures of the ocean and beach. My room is not cluttered but is not completely clean and tidy either which also mimics my laidback style. I am able to relax and be myself in my room, I am there all the time and because my room is such an accurate reflection of who I am I think I connect to it more.

I picked a panorama picture from a hike I went on last fall. I picked this picture because the way the landscape was, it would be very easy to blend the two ends together and make it look realistic. The cut out of me does not match the scenery at all but it was one of the only pictures of me by myself from above. It was hard to get the clouds just right, a lot of times the clouds looked way too much like a pattern so I had to mess with them a lot to make them more natural and spontaneous but overall I think I was able to complete this project with confidence. I think I should have picked a panorama with less going on so it looked more clean like the one we did in class.