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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
Light Burst Effect

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

  1. Create a new document - 800 x 600 pixels (a preset is available)

  2. If upi need to, set background color to white (option delete with white as the foreground color)

  3. Set black type, large, bold/heavy, in the middle of the page. It should take up about half the width of your canvas, leaving enough space all around your text. (I suggest Arial Black)

  4. Select the topmost layer and create a New Layer.

  5. Option merge visible layers (while holding down the option key, select Merge Visible from drop down menu on top right of the layers palette)

  6. Gaussian Blur new layer by 2.5 pixels (Filter menu >Blur - Gaussian Blur)

  7. Solarize (Filter menu > Stylize > Solarize) - the image becomes mostly black

  8. Auto Tone (Image menu >Auto Tone)
    Rename this layer to "Solarized"

  9. Duplicate the layer

  10. Distort the new layer using Polar Coordinates (Filter menu > Distort > Polar Coordinates...) use the “Polar to Rectangular” setting
    Your text should be hanging off the top of the canvas in halves.

  11. Rotate Canvas 90 degrees Clockwise (Image menu > Rotate Canvas > 90 CW)

  12. Apply Wind Filter from the right (Filter menu > Stylize > Wind)

  13. Repeat Filter twice (Command - F, command - F)

  14. Invert black and white (Image menu > Adjustments > Invert [Command - i])
    The image becomes mostly white.

  15. Auto Tone (Image menu >Auto Tone)
    The image should still be mostly white

  16. Repeat the filter again (Command - F)

  17. Invert black and white (Image menu > Adjustments > Invert [Command - i])
    The image becomes mostly black again.

  18. Auto Tone (Image menu >Auto Tone)

  19. Rotate canvas Counter Clockwise 90 degrees. (Image menu > Rotate Canvas > 90 CCW)

  20. Distort Polar Coordinates (Filter menu > Distort > Polar Coordinates...) use Rectangular to Polar setting - Rename this layer to "Lightburst."

  21. Bring the "Solarized" layer above the "Lightburst" layer.

  22. Set layer blending mode for the Solarized layer to “Screen

  23. Create a new layer and drag it to the top.

  24. Create an interesting color gradient through the layer

  25. Set the blending mode of the gradient layer to “color

  26. (Optional) Create a new layer - on top of all other layers

  27. (Optional) Option Merge Visible to create a composite layer.