(3-3) Photoshop's tools for sharpening or blurring
The exercise files for this section are in the Canvas module for this week. Download them. If you're feeling a little rusty on Photoshop's sharpening or blurring tools, review Lesson 13 in the Beginning Photoshop course!
Each of the demonstrations below will show you a method for sharpening images. Photoshop has multiple ways of accomplishing this. Download the image at the right, and try it yourself.
YouTube Demo - Unsharp Mask
YouTube Demo - Smart Sharpen
YouTube Demo - High Pass/Emboss Filter 1
YouTube Demo - High Pass Filter 2
If you choose this as one of the three exercise files to submit for Lesson 3, then save your Photoshop file (.PSD) as A03-03a_Your_Name.PSD.
Here is an ad mockup for an insurance company - again I got the idea from one of Scott Kelby's Photoshop books. It uses one of the blur tools, Radial Blur, but set to zoom instead. The main text was placed where it is because the white text contrasts the most with the dark horizon line. Also, the road comes to a point there, leading your eye to the text. Two contrasting fonts were used, a sans serif bold, and a serif face. The contrasting shape and color of the road sign, which actually pokes up into the image, leads your eye downward to the secondary text. Careful use of proximity and alignment help create unity and organization of the message.
I invite you to try your hand at this one. Can you redesign the image, using principles of contrast and repetition, to make a visually compelling ad? Go ahead, give it a try! YouTube Demo - Radial Blur the Road
If you choose this as one of the three exercise files to submit for Lesson 3, then save your Photoshop file (.PSD) as A03-03b_Your_Name.PSD.
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