Day 126

Today I am working on my first APPROVED project. I realized that I did have one song out of the thirteen I chose for the album since they tied in together subtly that was explicit. So I thought why not make a explicit sign for that album if that song were to not be edited to a clean version. Kind of like how certain songs will have a radio version along with an album version. But I didn’t want to make it have the typical black and white colors because I felt the white would be a bit of an eyesore. So I’m gonna challenge myself and rather than copying one from the internet and pasting it on the photo, I’m going to attempt to make my own to blend with the album cover better and hopefully it’ll look legit.

I started by creating a new document with the dimensions of 2,000 by 1,270 of the same exact color as the album art. I then turned on them grid, one of my new favorite features in Photoshop, and made two black rectangles with with the length of four squares. I then added text to the layers and spaced it out, using the Beats Neue font, to make the word “advisory” appear in the middle in black letters. Then did the same for the words “parental” and “explicit content” and placed those on the black bars, changing the color to the same blue color of the background I then added noise to the background and blurred said noise to just as I did with the original album art background. I did the same for the blue letters.

Here’s what the typical explicit content sign would look like:Parental_Advisory_-_explicit_content_-_label.jpg

And mine:


Final product:



Day 124

I am starting on the first lesson titled Welcome of the first chapter titled Introduction of the course titled Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects. The first thing I did was begin downloading the Exercise Files. Here’s the first file that I’ll be working with today:Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 12.56.51 PM.png

I double right clicked the effects icon and chose Create Layer. This allowed much more flexibility. I then distorted the drop shadow as you can see below: Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 1.00.15 PM.png

In Career Center, we went over more soft work skills.

Day 123

Today I will be starting on the lesson titled Practical Magic for Changing Expressions of the chapter titled Unconventional Tips of the course titled Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop. Here’s the first file that I’ll be working with today: Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 12.57.34 PM.png

After adjusting the sliders:

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After cleaning up a bit:

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Before using Liquify:

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They now have slightly thinner faces, more volume in heir hair, and are smiling.

Final product:

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The last lessons in the course talked about nothing other than Lightroom so I moved onto another course.

Day 122

I started by emailing my goals for this week which are to complete the chapter titled Unconventional Tips of the course titled Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop. Today we are allowed to work on our projects so I’ll be editing my last project and try perfecting it. Pictures are again not loading to the blog post. I started by creating the shoe I wanted by using the Custom Shape Tool before using the Path tool to manipulate the shape of it so that it fit the way I wanted. I then picked three different colors and used those colors as a gradient overlay for the shape. I then duplicated the shape twice before using another gradient filter on top of the previous one, changing the opacity and angle of the linear gradient overlay. I then added noise and a drop shadow to each of the shapes. I added in some text and created noise for that as well. On the second text layer, I added noise but also changed the spacing of the one space character so that the words would be closer together.

Day 121

Today I decided I’ll make the actual album cover for the songs I’ve been writing. Recently I’ve only been creating the covers for the songs as if they were released as singles, now I’ll create the cover for the album itself. I decided to keep it close to home and made the album cover a duplicate of the cover of my songbook rather than some in depth illustration. It only makes sense since I wrote the songs in that book, and as an album it’s essentially the same thing. Just fewer selected songs. Anyway, so I started by creating a new 12×12 document and chose the color dark blue. After that I selected one of the custom shapes before altering it to match the shapes on my songbook. I then rotated it 90 degrees. I then clicked on the shape and used the Alt key to duplicate the image. I then used the Gradient Overlay effect to add a gold/orang tone to the arrows. Then added noise with 4.25 setting. cover

Day 120

Today I am starting on the lesson titled Assembling Pieces and Creating Frames of the chapter titled Finishing Touches of the course Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop. Here’s the first file that I’ll be working with today: Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 12.42.20 PM

I started by using the Magic Wand tool and without doing anything clicked Select and Mask on the horizontal option bar. I then dragged my mouse over the man in the picture.

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Hopefully, the pictures I’m putting in this post will load because they haven’t been.

I then selected to convert it into a new document with layer mask.

I then created a new layer, chose Fill from the Edit drop down menu, and used the Eye Drop tool to get the exact grey color that was used in the photograph.  Then put that layer beneath the original image. Next, I went to Camera Raw Filter to add some noise to the background in order to make it look not as pristine.  I then blurred the grain. Next, I used the Rectangular Marquee tool to select the area around the man, chose Inverse from the Select drop down menu, then selected Fill from the Edit drop down menu and filled the area with the color white.


I then added a bit of noise to the border as well.

Next file:

To fix some tears, I went to the Window drop down menu and selected Clone Source which I’ve never used before.


That was the end of the tutorial but I tried to make it appear as a polaroid and somewhat achieved my goal: