Monthly Archives: February 2011

Photoshop Vocabulary

1. Opacity -Used to specify how transparent a layer should be, either on its own or in regard to other layers.

2. Magic Wand -Allows you to make a selection automatically, based on a color, without having to physically trace the outline by clicking in a specific area with the mouse.

3. Clipping Mask -used to shape an image to text or to mask multiple layers with the same shape.

4. Flyout Menu -an extra menu with more advanced features that are not found on the standard toolbar.

5. Layers Palette -Layers are like transparencies. Layers can be stacked on top of one another to form a complex picture, and single layers can be removed from the stack for editing or removal.

6. Filters -allows you to change the look of an image or layer simply by choosing the desired look from the menu options and configuring any dialog boxes that appear.

7. Quick Select -allows you to select an area of an image, usually based on colors, to edit, copy or manipulate the area of the image that was selected.

8. Levels -used to adjust the brightness, color tone range and contrast of an image.

9. Flattening -used to merge or blend all layers into one layer, usually done right before finishing the project.

10. .psd -the file name of a Photoshop Document.

11. .jpg -a file extension, short for JPEG, short for Joint Photographics Experts Group, which is a file compression method and is very common and useful for Web purposes.

12. URL -short for Unique Resource Locator. It is the address of a resource that is accessible by the Internet.


Eliminate Objects

This took me 2 minutes with the spot healing tool. I just thought it was pretty cool so I added it to the blog.

Puzzle Effect

This is the puzzle effect project. I used the Ferrari Italia. First, I had to alter the original image size to 300 dpi. Then I had to use the puzzle template so I could get the puzzle pieces. After that, it looked like a completed puzzle, but I wanted some pieces missing to make it even more realistic looking. Then I used the magic wand tool to select specific pieces of the puzzle, copied and pasted them to a new layer, and then rotated and moved them around the canvas. Looks pretty good to me!

Puzzle Piece Image

This project was created to look like an incomplete puzzle. I selected an image of Bora Bora islands. I first made a new layer for every single puzzle piece. Then, I brought the background layer to the top and created a clipping mask. This brought the image only through the puzzle pieces that I created. The final product looks like a puzzle that wasn’t completed.

Darken Image

As you can see from this image, it’s way too bright. You miss out on much of the vivid colors in this scenery. In photoshop, I darkened the image with the input levels graph. It made the sky look much richer in blue, and same for the rocks and grass.

Image in Shape

For this project, I selected an image of a boat in the Bahamas. I then selected a puzzle piece shape and made it around the boat. This made it look like a puzzle piece to a puzzle. I then flattened the image to blend it into one layer, and that’s the final product!


For this project, I selected a picture of someone jumping. I first used the Quick Selection tool and selected the person. Then, I used the eraser tool and erased the background. I also added black to the person’s body. After that, I selected the person again with the Quick Selection tool and painted in a lime green color with the brush tool.


I selected this image so I can create the illusion that the subject is in motion. I used the lasso tool to make a marquee around the player and added a blur. I then removed the original background and flattened the image to put it into one layer.