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  OSX Basics
  Connecting to the Staff Server
  Basic Computer Terms
  Anatomy of a Filename
  Gettting Started
  A1: The Cube & Sphere
  A2: Layers Are Your Friend
  A3: Birds Cartoon
  A4: Big Fish
  A5: Light Burst
  A6: Expanded Square
  A7: Layer Masks 1
  A8: Working With Text
  A9 Pt.1: Letterforms, Hue Value Shape Space & Texture
  A9: Pt.2: Advanced PS Tips
  P1 pt. 1: Scanning Your Line Drawing
  P1 Pt. 2: Preparing Your Line Drawing
  P1 Grading Criteria
  P2: Hue and Value
  P3: Postage Stamp Series
  Saving Files For the Web
  Creating Your Web Portfolio
  Web Portfolio Final Checklist
Assignment 1: The Cube and Sphere

Digital Imaging
Teacher: Ken Kimura
email: ken_kimura at lsrhs dot net
telephone: (978)443-9961 XT2221

Learning Objectives:
  • Using the brush
  • Connect the dots method of painting
  • making selections to delete
  • Filling a selection with the foreground color
  • Undo
  • Setting and switching between foreground and background colors
  • Making simple gradients
  • The Magic Wand tool
  • The Eyedropper tool
  • Setting the foreground and background colors to black and white

Creating a new file
  1. Create a new Photoshop File: File menu> New...
  2. Name it A1_(your last name followed by your first initial)
    for example: A1_bauerj
  3. Choose a preset size of 640 x480 pixels
Drawing a Cube
  1. Choose a dark color with the color picker, and choose a small-ish brush with a hard edge.
  2. Using the “connect the dots” method (Shift click) draw a three dimensional cube on the left half of your canvas.
  3. If you make mistakes that you can easily select, select it and use the delete key (it’s much faster than using the eraser).
Shading Your Cube
  1. Your cube should be painted such that the light is coming from the upper left.
  2. Each side of the cube should be different shades of the SAME hue. You will be work with 3 points of value of one HUE; a PURE value, a DARK value and a LIGHT value
  3. Use the magic wand tool to select a solid side of the cube
  4. Set your foreground color to be one value, and your background color to be another value. Then use the gradient tool, set to foreground to background, and set to linear gradient and drag this across the selected side of the cube. Continue this for each side of the cube.
    cube shading
  5. If you make a mistake and you've deselected a side of the cube, you must either Edit>Undo or Edit>Step Backward, because the magic wand tool is good at selecting solid colors, but it is not good at selecting gradients.

Save your Work
  1. File menu > Save
  2. Save as a Photoshop Document
  3. Save your changes every few minutes by pressing Apple > S
Painting a Sphere
  1. Use the selection tool to select a large circle on the right half of you canvas (hold down the shift key).
  2. Keep the selection active. Choose a color to fill the circle with.
  3. Fill the selection with the foreground color (hold down option, press delete)
  4. (The selection should still be active) Choose a darker value (version) of the color, and choose a large brush with a very soft edge.
  5. (The selection should still be active) Shade the lower side of your circle.
  6. (The selection should still be active) Chose a lighter value of the color and shade the upper side of your circle.
CLICK HERE for Grading Criteria
Edited 2-5-08