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Digital Illustration Project 1 Photoshop workspace, layers palette and selection tools

Your first assignment will be to create three to five “Frankenstein” animal-monsters with the images provided. To be clear, that means three to five separate Photoshop files, each one with a different composition. Basically, you’re going to cut, paste and college these animals together to create something completely different. Be sure you know how to create a new document. Your document size will be 8.5 x 11 inches (letter size) with a resolution of 300 DPI and set in RGB color mode.

In Photoshop, we are going to focus on cutting and pasting, with the added power of duplicating, resizing, rotating and flipping layers. While this project probably won’t be a masterpiece, the intent of this is to have you focus on the Photoshop layers palette and the primary selection tools. But still, have fun with it. This is an exercise but creativity will be noted.

Sample Process

  1. Create a new document, 8.5 x 11 inches, 300 DPI, and in RGB color mode.
  2. Open up the other images and in them, use an appropriate selection tool to create a selection around an area you’d like to use in your final composition.
  3. Copy and paste into the new document you created in step 1. Everything you paste will be on its own layer in Photoshop.
  4. Make sure you have the correct layer selected. Use Free Transform mode to move and scale the layer to fit your composition.
  5. Use selection tools to make selections and then “layer via copy” to isolate your selection onto its own layer.
  6. Remember that the Shift key will add to selections and the Alt (or Option) key will subtract.
  7. Repeat steps 4-7 as many times as you need to create your 3-5 Photoshop collages.
  8. Please contact Adam with any questions.

Tutorial Videos

The Photoshop Workspace

The Photoshop Layers Palette

Photoshop Selection Tools

Photoshop Free Transform and Basic Collage Techniques

Working with multiple images in Photoshop