IMAGE MANIPULATION / Smart Filters & Cinemagraph / Term 3, Week 3

In this week’s lecture, we learned how to use smart filter, differentiate linking object (smart object) from copy-pasting an object to the document and lastly, creating moving image which loops infinitely from Photoshop (creating .gif files!).

SMART OBJECT/SMART FILTER

20160629_145247
Making text reflection on the lake/pond). (Smart object, Gaussian Blur)
20160629_145649
Using the “place linked” function allows you to edit the image you linked to be edited in its original file, so that you can always make alterations on the image (for example, in this case, the kerning, or the size of the text) without eradicating it of its edited effects. Smart objects have to be rasterized (removed of its link functions, become a normal image) when you want to edit it on the file you’re working on, but Smart Filters allow changes to be made to smart objects without rasterisation.

 

20160629_145733

Subtle reflection of the text, slab-serif font complimenting the whole look of the environment. I reduced the reflection’s opacity to around 60% and set the blending option to Screen. The blur on the text is achieved by using the smart filter function Gaussian Blur.

CROCFROG (Crocodile head – Frog body image manipulation)

20160629_153436
Place the crocodile image onto the frog’s image. Mask a good part of the crocodile’s head except for its mouth, jaw and neck.
20160629_160429
Adjust the color balance so it would resemble the color of the frog’s body.
20160629_161601
Select the whole image, go to edit and select “Copy Merged”. A new layer consisting of the image’s entirety would show up. Smoothen things up here with blur, clone stamp, smudge and contour some parts with dodging / burn tool.
The crocfrog
Crocodile – frog mutant, no science needed.
20160629_164946
Inserting video into Photoshop! (Photoshop CC supports this function)

20160629_165153

Trimmed the video to the movements that we want to be seen. Select the whole video with marquee tool, go to edit and “Copy Merged”. This will give you a still image of the video, and you’ll be masking this image, removing the partsΒ which motion you want to show in the gif. (In this case, the static-moving train)

20160629_165508
Once you’re done / satisfied with how it looks, click File and Export “Save for Web (Legacy)”. This will allow you to save your file as PNG or GIF.
20160629_165614
How the settings are.
20160629_165838
For an endlessly moving gif file, you’ll have to change the looping options from Once to Forever (quite obviously).

Reading---3608-cinemagraph

(A very messy masking; comic book is supposed to be still but you still can see that it moved)

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s