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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
Letterforms, Hue, Value, Shape, Space & Texture

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


  • We’ve learned how to create monochromatic palettes of color, and how to find the compliment of a color by looking at the color wheel.
  • We’ve learned that creating shapes creates new shapes of negative space.
  • We’ve learned some basics about text, fonts and how to manipulate them in photoshop.


Combining the concepts that you’ve learned, you will spend two class sessions creating an abstract composition using letter forms as the basic structure of your project.


Begin with a canvas that is either 1152 x 864 or 864 x 1152 pixels.
[Web Preset]


Divide & Conquer. Using the shapes of letter forms, divide your canvas into shapes of positive and negative shape. Scale two or three letters so that parts of them touch opposite sides of your frame. Be aware of where the forms overlap and think of these areas as shapes of their own.

Break these new shapes that you’ve created into separate layers.

Begin to modify the colors of the shapes, remembering to control your use of color so that elements work together effectively.

Use letter forms and text to create varying texture. Refer to the ideas that you learned from the last exercise.


Rearrange layers, move layers, duplicate and alter, change blending modes, change opacity, adjust colors etc.

Remember that the goal is to create a cohesive composition, one where the parts and pieces all work together to create a whole image.
I expect that all the spaces outside of your letter-forms are broken into separate layers and manipulated independent of each other.

Edited 5-10-11