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Make a South Park version of yourself…

The first class challeneg was to make a South Park Version of ourselves, here was the start of my problems 🙂  I dont have a photo of myself 🙂

So settled for doing a Joker version in the SP theme – tbh the Madness of the Joker from the last batman movie will be perfect.  This challenge aim was to help us work and understand layers more, as well as getting use to working with images of different sizes.  This also pulled in our knowledge from Chapters 3 and 4 from the ‘Adobe Class in the Book’ book.

The first part was to build a south park mock up of a character, by sellecting the different layers you could then choose your style – for me as i was working with the ‘Joker Idea’ so went for a ‘mad’ spikey looking nutter with a bit of the formal – so red hair and a suit was choosen.

The next part was to insert ‘our’ face into the image, due to the difference in image size, the face was massive….  So to resize it to the correct size, we selected the southpark layer called face, and then dragging ‘our face’ layer to just infront of the southpark face and then changing the Opacity of ‘our face’ so you could just see it.  We just then hit Ctrl and ???? and it auto sized it to the size of the southpark layer.

Once we where happy with the finished image, we could then flatten the finished image to make it easier to move into the background

Un-Flattened Joker psd

Keeping with the theme of the Joker, I went for a dark street for a background, this was just a case of using the ‘adobe bridge’ option and looking at the backgrounds and then double clicking the image i wanted.  I could either copy and paste one into the other, or by using the ‘arrange documents’  button (the method I went with), I just dragged the Joker into the steet background, brought him to near the front to keep him in the foreground.

I enjoyed this challenge tbh, learnt a lot more by being shown how to do it than i would by just trying it myself.  Just wished we had more time in class to finish this, as the idea of a smoking gun or a deck of cards in his hand would have finished the image.

Final .psd version

I have used some of these fetures before but some are quite new to me and tbh did not enjoy it.  Not sure on the reason for saying that but found some of the procedures a little long winded for a very small change in the image.  The task was enjoyable and some of the features are sweet, esp likes the way you can change the colour of a part of a photo – like the girls hat from red to green.  Can now understand how they ‘touch-up’ things in magazines now – not saying I could do it but at least i know how now 😉

The ‘healing brush’ is a nice feature did nt know what it did before as i had always used the clone brush tool in the past, very impressed in the end result.  Liked the way you get the whole area to sort of blend in, nit like clone when you have to be much more careful to what and were you click

One part i just could not see any difference was the ‘unsharp mask filter’, if i changed the Radius to say 50 then yes it made a massive difference – made the image more vibrante – very much like a LED TV picture.  Have fell foul to the ‘saving the image for printing’ before now, have set and designed basic brochures using Adobe InDesign (don’t ask me how, but i could work myself around the problem – self taught ftw), but have then sent the brochure to print only to receive the proof back and it look nothing like it was meant lol

My finished image, saved ready for 4-colour printing 🙂

Final psd

Beginning the Journey

Well today was the start of all things new, have never used Photoshop before… well thats not true, I have ‘used’ it to cut a shape out but thats it.  So today was good, the Lesson guide in the book Adobe Photoshop CS4 was very simple to understand and its says it takes 90 mins to complete, you could complete it twice in that time scale if im honest.

The main advantage this book has over simular books (have used ‘teach’ yourself books before) is it treats you as a complete novice, even to the point of telling you how access files you will need – this is a massive plus in my books as it tells you the correct route to get the required result, not the ‘oh look i did it route’.

This first lesson, introduces the user to all the menus and some simple commands, which once known will speed up the process – for this old dog that has to be a bonus.  You start with a simple image and by the end of it you have changed the balance of colour of the photo while keeping the original selected part how it started.

The above image we had to select the headlight and then using the ‘curve’ button play with the numbers to get an effect we liked.  Mine shows the headlight on full beam while the rest of the image was darkened

I found the first lesson very easy to get going and was nice to understand what I was trying to do, instead of just knowing that that effect did that result.

Adobe PSD Version