New Media 2014 Week 6 Photoshop


Hi all. In today’s class we will take some time to talk about potential map projects and then will focus attention on Photoshop. I have sent out a .zip file with images for us to work with. We will:

  • Use the “too-dark.jpg” picture to adjust the brightness of an image
  • Use the “correct-contrast.jpg” image to adjust the contrast of an image
  • Use the “faded-family.jpg” image to adjust the brightness, contrast, and size of an image
  • Use the “dust-scratches.jpg” to “heal” an image with the healing brush
  • Use the “wrinkle-hands.jpg” to “heal” an image with the healing brush / clone stamp
  • Use the “color-to-bw.jpg” to change an image from color to black and white
  • Use the “camera-raw.jpg” to change a portion of an image to black and white
  • Use the change-car-color.jpg” to change a portion of an image to a different color

In Thursday’s class, we will play a bit more with Photoshop–particularly with layers

Thursday: Photoshop and Layers

First, a quick Youtube video on layers by Nathan Ridley

Second, a very simple exercise from Photokaboom to demonstrate how layers work. 

Third, a quick and dirty trick developed by Fotoshopped for combining images (opacity)

Fourth, let’s try a more advanced tutorial, like Photoshopstar’s exercise on aging an old woman. 


Remember that next Thursday is our presentation day for the map projects. As previously indicated, I expect you to have a way of displaying your map in class. This may involve posterboard. It should involve one or more pieces of text that succinctly explain your project–its intentions, your methods, etc. Remember that you are presenting to a live audience, so think about font size, contrast, and visual interest. Here’s the revised grading rubric:

  • Visual / Technological [15]
    • Uses Photoshop
    • Uses Photography
    • Uses one other “technology” or technique
  • Genre Awareness [10]
    • Involves awareness of the Genre Conventions of a Map
  • Creative Adaption of Genre [15]
    • Devolves some genre/material/convention (etc) expectations for an “academic” map
  • Scholarly Component [10]
    • Some element of research, theory, or rhetorical sophistication
  • Presentation Component [10]
    • Method of presentation makes sense
    • Material presentation doesn’t look shoddy or rushed
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