Unit 111

In this unit I will work with digital image systems and equipment to produce digital images. This could be applied to many different sectors, for example image editors working on images intended for magazines, websites, packaging, advertising hoardings or exhibition. I will understand and learn key aspects of digital practice such as file naming conventions, storage, compression and output also working with a range of input devices and software tools.

For most of my shooting I use a Canon EOS 70D with a Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM Lens, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens. I also use a Pentax K1000 with 50mm. I use a SanDisk memory card 16GB and SanDisk Ultra Fit 32 GB USB for storage. sadly the USB is quite small in size so it can be easy to lose. I hope that one day I can own a Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens, Canon EF 16 - 35 mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and Canon EF-S 24 mm f/2.8 STM Lens to help me produce more stunning landscape shoots. 

For my editing i use Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS 6. For most of my edits I normally crop the image down to get rid of any unnecessary noise. Then go to Image, Adjustments and alter the level. If, however the image has a focus on colour I then will duplicate the layer and change the second layer into a black and white then uses the Erase tool on the first layer to bring back the colour I want. This doesn't work for all images but in an interesting way to edit photos.

Watercolour paintings are a hugely popular art style that can be incorporated into your design images, but you don’t need to be a master artist to create such imagery. I did this by opening my image in Adobe Photoshop. Right click on the background image layer and select "Convert to Smart Object". I then Head to the "Filter menu" and select "Filter Gallery". Navigate to the Artistic category and select Dry Brush, then change the settings to 10 Brush Size, 10 Brush Detail and 1 Texture. Click OK to apply the effect. Select the Filter Gallery menu option again, making sure not to choose the option at the top, which would reapply the same effect. This time select the Cutout filter and configure the settings to 5 Number of Levels, 4 Edge Simplicity and 1 Edge Fidelity. In the Layers panel I double click the tiny settings icon next to the top Filter Gallery entry. Change the blending mode to Pin Light. I Click the Filter menu again, this time go to Blur > Smart Blur. Enter the settings of 5 Radius, 100 Threshold and change the Quality to High. Double click the settings icon and change the blending mode of the Smart Blur effect to Screen and reduce the opacity to 50%. I Head Filter > Stylize > Find Edges. Edit the Blending Options and change the blending mode to Multiply to render this layer’s background transparent, this will leave just the details of the find edges effect to represent pencil sketch lines. I find a free paper texture. I Copy and Paste the texture into the Photoshop and scale it to size to fit over the canvas. I change the blending mode to Multiply. Download and install this free set of Watercolor Photoshop Brushes. then added a Layer Mask to the Background layer, then I use the ALT+Backspace shortcut to fill the mask with black, which will effectively erase the entire photograph. Select the Brush tool and choose one of the watercolour brushes. Then switch the foreground colour to white in the toolbar, then use the square bracket keys to adjust the size of the brush. I then click around the canvas to restore the photograph with watercolour style bleeding around the edges. After a few clicks, change the brush to an alternative watercolour option and continue restoring the image with a range of watercolour tones to avoid repetition.