Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Easter work

Hey Guys, Firstly thanks for all those who attended....even the guys who never used a tablet before, we will get you guys using a tablet like its second nature! Think of these workshops as a Q&A also. So ask away and get as much info from me as you can so your more aware of how it can benefit your practice.

Here is quick recap for what you need to do over easter.

A canvas of silhouettes, draw big then shrink down and place into rows next to each other. Although its the first step of the process it is still important to make your canvas presentable, as it will be sent to clients! Canvas size, just use international paper at 72 pixels per inch. You will feel the need to zoom in a lot but don't, keep zoomed out and be gestural.

Handy shortcuts for the silhouette phase

alt - will copy and paste your silhouette to where ever you drag it to. Good to quickly lay out your silhouettes ready to work some designs onto.

cmd T - selects your image to transform i.e. adjust size of image . Hold shift whilst adjusting the size to keep the scale uniformed.

other shortcuts are on the below post, Just scroll down to the  TOOLS part for now, that has all you need for this phase.

Assigning tablet buttons to keyboard shortcuts
Top left of screen, click on apple sign, Go to system preferences,  and you will see the wacom tablet symbol at the bottom. Click that to open options and you can map the buttons on your tablet to keyboard shortcuts to make life a little easier for you...its good for getting a comfortable workflow. Just type in the shortcuts to what ever button you want and name it. I would advise using the touch strip to change brush size. (Bush size shortcut smaller - [, bigger - ])

Pick your strongest silhouette, look for overall shape and how it reads. select them with the lasso tool (L) and copy paste to new canvas (landscape canvas) make a new layer above them and paint in some details, just enough to make it readable. Then save them as a jpeg before you go any further. I need to see the separate canvas's. I don't mind if you want to detail one of them even more and add colour....but i will be showing you how to do that when we get back from easter. But either way its good practice for you to try it on your own. Keep it greyscale use the tablet to your advantage, applying more pressure for darker lines and less for lighter.

Tablets are in kierens office, don't be scared to take one when ever you want to. Also good news guys, we have ordered 10 new tablets!!!

 This is a great time for you to gain an understanding of digital illustration and what you can use it for in your own practice before September. The more i know about what you need the more i can structure it to your needs.


Monday, 18 March 2013

Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

Draw Marquee from CenterOption-Marquee
Add to a SelectionShift
Subtract from a SelectionOption
Intersection with a SelectionShift-Option
Make Copy of Selection w/Move toolOption-Drag Selection
Make Copy of Selection when not in Move toolCmd-Option-Drag Selection
Move Selection (in 1-pixel Increments)Arrow Keys
Move Selection (in 10-pixel Increments)Shift-Arrow Keys
Select all Opaque Pixels on LayerCmd-Click on Layer Thumbnail (in Layers panel)
Restore Last SelectionCmd-Shift-D
Feather SelectionShift-F6
Move Marquee while drawing selectionHold Space while drawing marquee
Fit on ScreenDouble-click on Hand tool or Cmd-0
100% View Level (Actual Pixels)Double-Click on Zoom Tool or Cmd-Option-0
Zoom inCmd-Space-Click or Cmd-Plus(+)
Zoom outOption-Space-Click or Cmd-Minus(–)
Hide all tools and panelsTab
Hide all panels except Toolbox and Options barShift-Tab
Rotate through full screen modesF
Scroll image left or right in windowCmd-Shift-Page Up/Down
Jump/Zoom to part of ImageCmd-drag in Navigator panel
Toggles layer mask on/off as rubylith\
Layer Shortcuts
Create new layerCmd-Shift-N
Select non-contiguous layersCmd-Click layers
Select contiguous layersClick one layer, then Shift-Click another layer
Delete LayerDelete key
View contents of layer maskOption-Click layer mask icon
Temporarily turn off layer maskShift-Click layer mask icon
Clone layer as you move itOption-Drag
Find/Select layer containing objectControl-Click on object w/Move tool
Change layer opacityNumber keys (w/Move tool selected)
Cycle down or up through blend modesShift-Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Change to a specific blend mode(w/Move tool) Shift-Option-letter (ie: N=Normal, M=Multiply. etc.)
Switch to layer below/above current layerOption-[ or Option-]
Type Shortcuts
Select all text on layerDouble-Click on T thumbnail in Layers panel
Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 2ptsCmd-Shift->/<
Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 10 ptsCmd-Option-Shift->/<
Increase/Decrease kerning/trackingOption-Right/Left Arrow
Align text left/center/rightCmd-Shift-L/C/R
Fill selection with background colorCmd-Delete
Fill selection with foreground colorOption-Delete
Fill selection with foreground color using Lock Transparent PixelsOption-Shift-Delete
Fill selection with source state in History panelCmd-Option-Delete
Display Fill dialog boxShift-Delete
Sample as background colorOption-Click w/Eyedropper tool
To get Move toolWhile in any painting/editing tool-hold Cmd
To get Eyedropper with Paint toolsOption
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush OFF)Number keys
Change paint opacity (with Airbrush ON)Shift-Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush ON)Number keys
Change Airbrush flow (with Airbrush OFF)Shift-Number keys
Cross-Hair CursorAny painting/editing tool-turn Caps Lock on
Decrease/Increase Brush Size[ or ]
Decrease/Increase Hardness of BrushShift-[ or Shift-]
Switch between preset Brushes< or >
Open Brushes pop-up panelCtrl-Click in Image window
Erase to History panel's source stateOption-Eraser
Cycle down or up through blend modesShift-Plus(+) or Minus(–)
Change to a specific blend modeShift-Opt-letter (ie: N=Normal, M=Multiply, etc.)
Create fixed color target from within a dialog boxShift-Click in image window
Delete fixed color targetOption-Click on target with Color Sampler tool
Create new spot-color channel from current selectionCmd-Click on New Channel button in Channels panel
Pen Tool Shortcuts
To get Direct Selection tool while using PenCmd
Switch between Add-Anchor and Delete-Anchor Point toolsOption
Switch from Path Selection tool to Convert Point tool when pointer is over anchor pointCmd-Option
To Select a whole path w/Direct Selection toolOption-click
Convert path to a selectionCmd-click on path name (in Paths panel)
Panel Shortcuts
Show/Hide Brushes panelF5
Show/Hide Color panelF6
Show/Hide Layers panelF7
Show/Hide Info panelF8
Show/Hide Actions panelOption-F9
Open Adobe BridgeCmd-Option-O
Other Shortcuts
Switch between open documentsCmd-tilde(~)
Undo or Redo operations beyond last oneCmd-Option-Z/-Shift-Z
Apply Last FilterCmd-F
Opens Last Filter Dialog BoxCmd-Option-F
Hand ToolSpacebar
Reset Dialog BoxHold Option, Cancel turns into Reset Button, Click it
Increase/Decrease value (in any option field) by 1 unitUp/Down Arrow
Increase/Decrease value (in any option field) by 10 unitsShift-Up/Down Arrow
Repeat Last TransformationCmd-Shift-T
Measure Angle between Lines (Protractor Function)After ruler is drawn, Option-Drag end of line with Ruler Tool
Move Crop Marquee while creatingHold Space while drawing
Snap Guide to Ruler ticksHold Shift while dragging
Highlight Fields in Options bar (n/a for all tools)Return
Don't Snap object edge while movingHold Control while dragging
MMarquee tools
LLasso tools
WQuick Selection, Magic Wand
CCrop and Slice Tools
IEyedropper, Color Sampler, Ruler, Note, Count
JSpot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch, Red Eye
BBrush, Pencil, Color Replacement, Mixer Brush
SClone Stamp, Pattern Stamp
YHistory Brush, Art History Brush
EEraser tools
GGradient, Paint Bucket
ODodge, Burn, Sponge
PPen tools
TType tools
APath Selection, Direct Selection
URectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line, Custom Shape
K3D Tools
N3D Camera Tools
DDefault colors
XSwitch Foreground and Background colors
QQuick Mask Mode
To switch between all tools within groups, add the Shift key to the letters above
For example, to switch between rectangular and elliptical marquee hit Shift-M