Using Photoshop to
Create my Contents
This will explain how I used
Photoshop to create my
contents and the different
skills I used
I used Photoshop to create my contents page; when I chose the images to put in my
contents I had to choose my colour scheme. I wanted the colour scheme to match
the front cover ( I added a New Layer) so I had to use the Eye Dropper Tool to take
a sample of the purple from the front cover because when I took the image, the
background colour was in the image so I have to sample some of the colour to fill my
background but the colour of my contents title is already saved in the colour of text
options. Then I filled the background; then I used the Horizontal Text Tool to keep
the same font as the front cover ‘ALL STAR’ and kept the same colour (Green)
and wrote the
which looks like
the print screen
to the right.
Then I wanted to add my images to my contents; so I
copied the image to a new document on the Photoshop
page and then edited it. I used the Cookie Cutter Tool to
make my images look more professional and crop some
of it. From all of the shaped I used the circle tool; this
allows me to get the subject in place and the access
waste to be out of the image. For example: for this image,
I only need the facial expressions of the student’s face so
I cut out the black background and only got the expression
of his face so now it looks like the third image when
cropped to my preferred size; then I did this to every
image I am going to use in my contents page.
Editing the images
I thought that the images looked a bit plain so I wanted
to edit them; I went to
Filter – Artistic – Coloured Pencil which then gave me
a menu box with all different types of effects. I went
through all of them and settled with Poster Edges
because I thought it went well with my contents; also
some of the other effects you could not see it properly
which will not go well with my magazine. When I chose
my effect (Poster Edges), I applied them to all of my
images. Below is the different effects given for my to
Colour Pencil: Draws an image using colored pencils on a solid
background. Important edges are retained and given a rough
crosshatch appearance; the solid background color shows through
the smoother areas.
Film Grain: Applies an even pattern to the shadow tones and
midtones. A smoother, more saturated pattern is added to the lighter
areas. This filter is useful for eliminating banding in blends and
visually unifying elements from various sources.
Paint Daubs: Lets you choose from various brush sizes (from 1 to 50)
and types for a painterly effect. Brush types include Simple, Light
Rough, Dark Rough, Wide Sharp, Wide Blurry, and Sparkle.
Poster Edges: Reduces the number of colours in an image
(posterizes it) according to the posterization option you set, and finds
the edges of the image and draws black lines on them. Large broad
areas have simple shading, and fine dark detail is distributed
throughout the image.
Sponge: Creates images with highly textured areas of contrasting
colour, simulating the effect of sponge painting.
Cutout: Makes an image appear as though it were constructed from
roughly cut pieces of colored paper. High-contrast images appear as
if in silhouette, and colored images are built up from several layers
of colored paper.
Fresco: Paints an image in a coarse style using short, rounded, and
hastily applied daubs.
Palette Knife: Reduces detail in an image to give the effect of a
thinly painted canvas that reveals the texture underneath.
Rough Pastels: Applies strokes of pastel chalk on a textured
background. In areas of bright color, the chalk appears thick with
little texture; in darker areas, the chalk appears scraped off to reveal
Underpainting: Paints the image on a textured background, and then
paints the final image over it.
Dry Brush: Paints the edges of the image using a dry brush
technique (between oil and watercolor). The filter simplifies an
image by reducing its range of colors to areas of common color.
Neon Glow: Adds various types of glows to the objects in an image.
This filter is useful for colorizing an image while softening its look.
To select a glow color, click the glow box, and select a color from
the color picker.
Plastic Wrap: Coats the image in shiny plastic, accentuating the
Smudge Stick: Softens an image using short diagonal strokes to
smudge or smear the darker areas. Lighter areas become brighter
and lose detail.
Watercolour: Paints the image in a watercolour style using a
medium brush loaded with water and color, simplifying details.
Where significant tonal changes occur at the edges, the filter
saturates the color.
When I finished editing my images, I needed to add text but before that I used a grid
to align all my objects on my page and make a 1 cm space between everything to
make it look professional and neat. To get to the grid you go to View – Grid. Then
lines will appear on your document and then you align them on the page. For
example, I am going to show you my before of where all my text and images were
before using the grid and then after. But the below print screen is what your
document will look like when you use the grid.
Before and After
• The ‘CONTENTS’ title is aligned better leaving a 1cm space around it.
• The images are close to the edge of the page making it look
unprofessional and messy.
• The NUMBERING text on the page is all close to the images and are
not aligned making it look disorganized and unprofessional.
I used the horizontal type tool to insert the page numbers and the CONTENTS
title; my front cover’s text tool is ALL STAR and Hand of Sean so I wanted to
keep with the text scheme. I made the title green and used the ALL STAR font
and the page numbers I used was Hand of Sean in the colour of white. The size I
used for the title is 114.81 pt because I need it to be big and readable for the
audience to see; for my page numbers I used the size 50 pt because I need it
to be big but not that big so that I can fit other images or text on the page. The
text used for my stories is LineaEF so that it goes with my front cover in
green to mix the colours around the page and I used the size 45 pt so that it
isn't bigger than the page numbers but big enough for the audience to read.
I had got feedback
from my test buddy
and she said it
looked a bit plain so
I thought that I
should add some
brushes. I used the
fresh foliage brush
tool, I used white
and green for the
colours with the
opacity of 100% but
I had to change the
opacity to 37 %
because it was too
dark and clashed
with the text on the
page so I lowered