Layer Blending Tutorial Reflection

This layers blending project required watching a video tutorial. The tutorial was very similar to projects that needed to change the opacity. The website I will give a link to published a lot of tutorials. These are very helpful for those who are new to photoshop; this is one of 25 other tutorials on the site. It is super easy and quick, so watch it and you will definitely understand how to blend layers.

Start off by choosing two images with complementary themes. Careful choices will keep the image from looking unrealistic.  For example, nature scenes and silhouettes work well together. So choose some nice pictures you took of nature around and do this tutorial! Here is the link for more! Enjoy!–psd-11612



Polaroid Collage Reflection

In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, I learned how to take a single photograph and turn it into a collage of polaroids, with each polaroid containing a small section of the overall image. This project is user friendly and works well with personal images.


This is a very easy photo collage effect to create, and later in the tutorial, much of the work is simply repeating the same few steps over and over again until you’re happy with the results. I used an image of my good friend and sister for this project.

Lens Flare Reflection

In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, I learned how layer blend modes to add  lens flare effect to a photo. To complete this task, I needed to add the lens flare normally to position it exactly where I wanted it, then undo the effect, add a new layer, re-apply the lens flare, and blend the lens flare into the image. This type works best in a landscape image with an obvious light source within the picture.

This was a very user-friendly and easy tutorial that relied heavily on basic keyboard shortcuts. The project was very interesting and I enjoy taking landscape photography anyway. Enjoy the art!


Polaroid Effect Reflection

This is one of the easier tutorials to make an image look like a polaroid. The only artwork not mine is a template downloaded from the tutor site linked below. The best images to use are portrait images because they fit the square shape the best. Now, we have our two base images after downloading the polaroid template.

Using the guides, I had to resize the image to fit nicely within the Polaroid Frame layer. Now we had to add in some Polaroid coloring effects by creating several layers of color. Here’s how the final project turned out.


Pop Art Photo Reflection

This was the perfect project for anyone who’s a fan of Andy Warhol’s pop art: like the famous Campbell’s soup can artwork. The first step was to find an interesting photo subject. Warhol created his silkscreen prints from a variety of sources and subjects. I chose my sister to model like it was a faux photo booth set.

This project was shot to look like a Photo Booth style pictures. I then bumped up the saturation on the picots and chose contrasting, vibrant colors placed on a lilac canvas. This project trend out totally different than the original image, but this was very cool looking and hipster-ish.


Watercolor Painting Tutorial Reflection

In this Photoshop effects tutorial, I learned how to easily make a photo look more like a watercolor painting. This photo effect works best on images where maintaining rich colors and strong contrast is more important than keeping any fine details, since it loses a lot of detail as the image gets less sharp.

This tutorial was very user-friendly and only took about one class period. I used an image of flowers -golden poppies specifically- on campus and edited in photoshop. It happens to be the an image i never used for another project! Enjoy the restyled version of this photo.


CD Case Reflection

Although many people don’t listen to CD’s anymore and would rather use Pandora, the art and design that goes into making album covers is still a thriving industry. No matter what genre, the art and the musical artist need to be on the same page to create something that truly represents their music.

For my project, I created a fake group and designed their CD -with a little help from my sister and favorite model- to create an album based on our tastes in music and style. Not only were the photos important, but the choices in typography as well. Anyway, here’s my fantasy album and enjoy the art.