Here are brief descriptions of some of the techniques we discussed in class Thursday.
Open your image (from camera, scan, or download) in Photoshop
Select Image Size
Deselect the Resample Image check box
Change Resolution to 150 (this is best for printing in MacLab)
Save As .tiff or .psd format – not .jpg (compressed format not good for printing)
Increase Image Canvas by selecting Image>Canvas Size and enlarge size (space around image) by about 2x
Select the image with the Rectangle Marquee Tool (or another selection tool like the Magic Wand)
With the image selected, choose Edit>Transform>Perspective (or another Transform) and distort the image
When you’re satisfied, double click to Accept Distort and with image selected, copy to a new layer
Turn off other layers so you have image against the transparent (checkerboard) background
With the image selected, select the Burn Tool (above the Pen Tool)
In the menu area, set the Burn Tool to a soft brush of about 125 size, and exposure about 35% (you can play with these)
Then gently brush across the back (top) of the image to create a slight darkening that will add to perspective illusion
You can do the same with the Dodge Tool which will lighten an area of the image
Placing into Image Illustrator
In Illustrator, select File>Place and select the .psd image
Place in Illustrator and make sure it is silhouetted – no white pixels around the image you distorted
Select the image and use Object>Arrange to move it to the front or back of your design
A Final Point
If you have a complex shape drawn with vectors in Illustrator you can copy that into Photoshop (as a Path) and use the vectors as a guide to selecting/cropping image.
CG Textures is one of many sources for digital textures – try scanning and photographing your own textures and images.