Monday, 14 November 2011

Photoshop tutorials

Recently I have started using photoshop for laying out my projects and visuals. I'm a complete novice so my Dad decided to lend a hand by researching some good photoshop tutorials to help with my visuals. They have helped me and hopefully will help some others.

Here is a tutorial on composition for use in Photography, Art and Architecture.  It will even include the making of a full scale model or actual tool for practical use in your Architectural studies.

 I could'nt have put it together without YouTube so I hope I have kept to the point and that what follows is in some sort of logical order.  There are 7 short videos to watch on the internet and that is it.  Watch them sometime when you want to relax and enjoy.

Here goes!

1   Google - Rules of photo composition.  Simply read the first 3 rules of composition and don't mind anything else on this site.  Next go to YouTube.

2   On YouTube look up - Everything is connected to the Golden Ratio. Chris MintZBarf.  View that and move on to the next one.

3   How to draw Fibonacci Spiral.  Go on to the next one and continue to the end of number 8.

4   Composition - The golden Mean (Golden Section) with Ronald Swanwich.  When you've done that you are about half way through this tutorial, yeah?

5   Fibonacci Guage: Phi (pronounced Fi) & The Golden Ratio.  
     (I went onto the website and downloaded the PDF scale drawing with measurements for your full scale model or actual tool.  See attachment.)

6   Golden Mean Calipers.  
     (This shows a precision tool as against a home made one.  You could check out an engineering department that might make them as part of their project!)

7   SketchUp - Simple Staircase.

That ends this tutorial.  The only thing left to do is actually make the calipers and use it, if only to show people how their hands measure up.


John Colfer said...


Here is a followup to the last set of comments on composition. I will cover three areas of interest and by following these we will discover how to find and use lots of tools in CS5.

Here goes!

Open Ps CS5 and Open a picture with a building that leans slightly to the left or right. You want to make this building stand vertical in the picture.

Go to the tool bar on the left of your screen and view the eye eyedropper tool. Note the little arrow on the bottom right corner that indicates there are other tools hidden underneath this. Bring your curser up the the eyedropper and LEFT click on it to view the other tools, select the ruler tool by clicking on it. Now bring the ruler tool to the bottom of the edge of the building and while holding down the left mouse key create a line along the edge of the building fromt the bottom up to the top. let go the left key when satisfied.

Now select Image > image rotation > arbitrary and click on that. The Rotate canvas box will appear showing the angle of correction and the direction clockwise or CCW. OK that and see what happens.

You can clone in the edges or crop to suit.


Select the area of the image you want to keep and go to Image > Crop.


The Rule of 1/3's as a composition guide is quick and easy to use. Providing yout Grid is set at 1/3 intervals only.

I will show you how to view your grid or turn it on or off. If it not a simple grid divided into 1/3
segments only we will find out how to change that, but first we weill view it to see what we have on your computer. Go to View > Show > and click on Grid. Ah, if that looks like a sheet of graph paper we will change that by doing the following.

This time go to Edit > Preferences (on the very bottom) > Guiodes, Grid and Slices. You can edit that, example, RED 33.3 PERCENT and 1 in Subdivisions. OK that and now view your grid. ----- Remember View > Show and turn grid on/off.


A Quick Tip.

You have a big image. you wnnt to use a small piece of this image and you want it to be 9 inches long by 6 inches tall. Go to the crop tool (5th tool left side of screen) Click on that. Note the settings above the title of your image. Read and set those as required, say 9 in by 6 in etc.

The will give you a 9 X 6 image when cropped.

Play with this and don't forget to experiment by turning your 1/3 grid on/off while doing this.


petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Top of the evening to you, Paul!

Absolutely fascinating!

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my post about "Living Buildings..." It's so futuristic, but the future should have begun in the 70s when the environmental movement really took off!

It would be great for our children to witness, wouldn't it?

Petra :))

Photoshop tutorials said...

May be you can explain better with help of uploading a photoshop tutorials . Anyway I enjoyed that article.

Paulcolfer said...

Hi Photoshop Tutorials,

I'm thinking of doing some more tutorials in the future. What do you think people would appreciate?