Getting Creative with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
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Getting Creative with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements



Slide show from our getting beyond the basics of designing READ posters webinar. Webinar archive can be found ...

Slide show from our getting beyond the basics of designing READ posters webinar. Webinar archive can be found



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  • 1.
  • 2. Questions for us?
    For technical assistance:
    In the chat window, select the user “ALA Publishing Webinars” and submit your question.
    For the Q&A:
    In the chat window, select the user “All Participants” and submit your question for others to view.
    Questions for you!
    Please take our quick poll.
  • 3.
  • 4. The Products:
    READ DVD Genres & Subjects
    READ CD Box Set
    The License:
    Not-for-profit organizations promoting libraries and literacy
    Cannot sell posters but can give or donate
    Share and post projects online
    The Compatibility:
    READ Design Studio discs
    Photo-editing software
  • 5. Methods:
    Magnetic Lasso
    Selection Brush
    Magic Wand: tolerance/contiguous
    Clean up:
    Removing halo: Create new layer, select Color from dropdown box, use Eyedropper to match hair color, and Brush tool to paint.
    Final check: Create new layer, select Solid Color adjustment layer, choose a high contrast color, move layer behind reader’s layer.
    Enhance > Adjust Lighting
    • Shadows/Highlights
    • 6. Brightness/Contrast
  • Insert your silhouetted reader into the file.
    Adjust layers, like the trim, by clicking the eye on or off and using the Move tool to adjust size and placement.
    To rotate a layer in 15° increments, hold Shift while using the corner rotation arrows.
    To duplicate a layer, select it in the Layer Box, hold ALT, and then left-mouse click and drag.
    To print multiple bookmarks per page, open a new document sized to your print paper. Open.jpg version of bookmark, and use above method to duplicate and arrange as many bookmarks as possible on page.
    Choose File > Print. Click Page Setup to ensure paper size matches your document and Print.
  • 7. Creating Your Own Backgrounds:
    Scan art at at least 300 dpi, add READ type treatment, and insert silhouetted reader.
    Manipulating Layers:
    Select Image > Rotate to arrange image and layers in different orientation.
    Select the Move tool then Shift + Corner rotation arrows to turn layer in increments.
    Alt + left-mouse click and drag to duplicate layer.
    Methods to Change Colors:
    Use Eyedropper to grab color and Paint Bucket to paint on solid color.
    Select Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations to keep gradient in color.
    Use Color Replacement Tool to grab color and maintain gradient: Use the Eyedropper to grab color and Brush Color Replacement tool to paint.
  • 8. Adding Elements:
    Use Text tool to add words, Leading to adjust spacing, Eyedropper to match color.
    Use same process to add new images as when inserting reader. Ensure you have rights to use the image.
    Layer Styles:
    Select desired layer, go to Styles and Effects box, use left dropdown to select category and right dropdown menu to experiment with different effects and styles.
    Right-click the layer and select Clear Layer Style to undo an effect or style.
  • 9. Digital Downloads:
    Crop reader’s image and use Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw frame.
    Right-click and choose Select Inverse.
    Use Eyedropper tool to grab color of frame and Brush to paint over selection.
    Drag reader’s image to digital download. Use Image>Transform>Perspective to fit to poster’s design.
    Other projects:
    T-shirt transfers
    Ann Cocca, Halfmoon Public Library
  • 10. Helpful Shortcuts:
    To open file window = double-click gray workspace
    To pan while zoomed = Spacebar + left-click & drag
    To duplicate Layer = ALT + left-click & drag
    To rotate an object in 15° intervals = Shift + corner rotation arrows
    Other quick commands:
    To exit a function or tool = Esc
    To undo = CTRL + Z
    To accept a change or say “OK” = Enter
  • 11. READ Design Studio Info Page with links to video tutorials, creative ideas, and archived webinars.
    READ Design Studio Blog for tips and trivia.
    READ Poster Flickrfor inspiring images.
    ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation
    programs for library professionals worldwide.