Lesson 1B: Know the Work Area

Now that you’ve created your first project, let’s take a little more time to get to know the work area even better. Watch the videos below and then reproduce each of the steps.

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History and Undo/Redo

Download the following project file to H: Drive > 01 – Photoshop > 02 – Getting Started

  • Vienna_15.jpg
    (the image will open in a new tab, click the download icon to download the image).

In this part of the lesson, we are going to learn and review the following:

  • Zoom in
  • Pan left, right, up, and down
  • Undo/Redo
  • Step Backward/Forward
  • Adjust brush size
  • View history

Mini Bridge

Our folder structure is a little bit different than in the video below, but Mini Bridge should work pretty much the same way. Download the files below to  H:Drive > 01 – Photoshop > 02 – Getting Started

Project Time

Download the files below to  H:Drive > 01 – Photoshop > 02 – Getting Started

Starting on PDF page 16/textbook page 23 of Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Classroom in a Book, follow the steps to complete the Beach Cleanup project. When you finish, show Mr. Macfadden and proceed to Project – Part 2 below.


Project – Part 2

Take what you have learned in the lesson above and create an original promotional postcard for an event that you are involved in.  We will conduct a competitive gallery walk at the end of class.



8_bit_avatarExtra Project – Photoshop Challenge

Click this link to create some 8 bit art: http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-pixel-art-with-a-limited-palette-in-10-steps-with-photoshop–cms-21894 

This art form comes to us from the late 1980s and early 1990s when video game systems could only produce graphics at 8 dots per inch. Follow the tutorial, then try to create your own 8 bit avatar.

*Hint: to save the finished product so that you can view it without being zoomed in to 1600%, you may have to investigate Windows 7’s Snipping Tool.