Friday, April 26, 2013

Photoshop Practice Tutorials


Tutorial #1


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I chose to do this tutorial because it seemed basic enough to begin practicing texts in photoshop. I liked the use of a multi-colored gradient on the text, which I had never done before. The tutorial itself was also very well formatted and easy to follow. I could clearly see how the lettering should look after each step and clearly see where to go and what to click to accomplish the task. In the end my image turned out somewhat similar to the example, but also a little different. The colors in mine are not as vibrant, as a result of some confusion and poor directions in the tutorial. Additionally I began with a different font, lending to the varying shapes and sizes of the letters. But overall I think I still learned a lot and took away more of the color and shading techniques than the ascetics. Link to tutorial


Tutorial #2
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I chose this tutorial because I liked the idea of giving the text a 3D appeal. The shading and rounding of the letters was very interesting, and I was amazed to see how much is truly available for photo and text editing in photoshop. This tutorial used a lot of screen shot photos to demonstrate what I needed to do, which was very helpful. I liked the visual aid that was provided as well as the freedom. I could set my own color and choose my own initial font to work with which allowed me to be not too reliant on the tutorial and be more intuitive and creative. I think my image turned out fairly similar to the example, although I choose a different texture color to use. The texture of my text is slightly off, however this was becuase the photoshop on my computer did not have the option that was required in the tutorial. Other than that, I managed to create a 3D look for the text which I had not known how to do before.


Tutorial #3
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I chose this tutorial because I really liked the finished product, I liked how the font really changes. This tutorial was generally easy to follow but did require more concentration then some of the later tutorials that I did due to the slightly greater level of complexity. This tutorial taught me how to alter the colors, add outlines and inside sections with different colors. I also learned how to copy and paste the text behind the original and move the copy downward to give a shadow, reflection appeal. Images were provided for each step which was very helpful. I liked this tutorial because it required less of simply selecting different settings from a drop down menu and more using the different tools to shape and modify the text. I think I did a good job at following this tutorial and my version of the text was very close to how it was supposed to turn out. The directions were very precise and detailed so that I was able to closely follow each step and correctly apply each technique to the text.  Link to tutorial



Tutorial #4

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I chose this tutorial because I liked the use of multiple colors and the formation of a completely re-textured font. This tutorial focused on how to customize the paint brush tool and experiment with colors, it also provided me with a background image and gave multiple suggestions for a starting font, which I then had to download. The tutorial was generally well written but a little vague and hard to follow in a few spots. Sometimes my text wouldn't turn out how the example images showed it would but I was able to figure out most difficulties and move on. Overall I think I followed the tutorial well, however there were a few places where the directions were rather unclear and as a result my image did not turn out quite as vibrant as the sample image. Despite this, I still learned how to customize and apply the paint brush tool and properly add color to each letter.  Link to tutorial


Tutorial #5
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I chose this tutorial because it was very well written, simple, and easy to follow. I was provided with a background picture then given suggestions but not limitations on what font I should use. It was a very basic tutorial but it allowed me to see how many changes you can make to a picture or text in so little time, in only a few simple steps. This tutorial focused on learning how to customize the blending options a little to completely alter the appearence of the text and use the gradient tool to give the flat text more of a 3D edge. I think my image turned out very similar to what the tutorial described. My image is not blue like the sample image because the tutorial did not explain how to play around with the color and lighting to get hat blue spotlight feel. By following only the steps that were provided however, my image is exactly how it should turn out and I think I affectively followed each step of the tutorial. Link to tutorial