Archive for April, 2012

April 31/May 1, 2012

Objective: Students will use pattern layers and the sphereize filtures to create optical art in photoshop.

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  1. Typing Practice at
  2. Yearbook – Click Here
  3. Op Art – Slideshow Above
  4. Project #35 – Bridget Riley – Metamorphosis

      1. You will need this file.
        1. If that doesn’t work, click here
    1. Select the 2 dots with the Rectangular Marquee tool and choose Edit –> Define Pattern
    2. Create a New Layer, Fill with White using the Paint Bucket
    3. Go to Layer–> Style–> Pattern Overlay
    4. To make the Pattern layer editable, Create a merged copy by pressing CTRL+Alt+Shift+E
    5. Duplicate this layer, and hide the original (We will need it later)
    6. Filter –> Distort–>Spherize  [Horizontal Only]
    7. Use Ctrl+T and scale from the sides to make the dots in the center appear circular.
    8. Select half of the layer, Right Click and click Layer via Cut.
    9. Show the original layer and use the Move Tool to rearrange the layers so that they all line up.
    10. Fade the corners by using a large eraser with the hardness set to 0.
  5. Now, use the same process to try to create a piece similar to Movement in Squares.  Post both to WordPress with an explanation of what Op Art is. [Title: Op Art in the Style of Bridget Riley]

Examples and information adapted from:


Objective: Students will apply different functions of the liquify tool in order to create multiple surreal images that they can post to wordpress.


  1. Typing Practice at
  2. Finish Project 34
    1. Post as a Gallery to a New Post in WordPress: Title: Liquify Gallery
  3. Project #35: Melting the Camera – Adapted from
    1. You will need this file (Save and then Open)
    2. Duplicate the Camera Layer
    3. Transform (CTRL + T) the Duplicate layer as shown in the diagram.
    4. Use the Liquify –  Forward Warp tool (Shift+Ctrl+X) to “melt” the bottom camera.
    5. Click the image for a bigger diagram:
    6. Use the Eraser (Hardness = 0) to clean the edges.
    7. Merge the 2 camera layers into 1 by right clicking on the layers.
    8. Then Re-Liquify to make the two layers appear one.
    9. Duplicate the Merged layers then Flip one Vertically to form the reflection.
    10. Set the Opacity of the flipped camera to 70%
    11. Go to Filters –> Render –> Lens Flare to create a flash in the camera.
    12. Show the Tile Background then set the Opacity to 45%
    13. Feel free to add in your own ideas.
  4. 35.B – Finished with everything?  Liquify a picture of your choice, try to use the different liquify styles.

Wednesday April 25th, 2012

Objective:  Students will apply the liquify tool to create different photo, text and image effects in order to form a gallery of 8 images to post into WordPress.


  1. Typing Practice at
  2. Modelling: Text Effects and Patterns
  3. Finish Assignment #34

Objective:  Students will apply different styles of the liquify filter to create 8 different images using the tutorial provided.  Students will explain how the liquify filter is useful as they post all 8 images to a new post in wordpress.

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  1. Typing Practice at
  2. Grade Reflection, use the Google Form Below
  3. Who was Francis Bacon? – PPT
  4. Mini-Activity – Liquify the Mouth and then Smudge
    1. You will need this file!
    2. Go to Filters –> Liquify
      1. Open up the mouth.
      2. Raise the eyebrows
      3. Apply Changes
    3. Use the smudge tool to create vertical lines in the pictures.
      1. Hold shift to force vertical lines.
      2. Use [ and ] to quickly change the brush sizes.
    4. Post it to WordPress – Title: Screaming Pope in the Style of Francis Bacon.  No Caption
  5. Assignment 34 – Liquify round 2:
    1. Follow this tutorial:
      1. Note: We use WordPress instead of Dreamweaver for posting up our assignments.
    2. You must save/copy each of the starting images and get them into Photoshop, or you may use your own images, as long as you have all 8 styles.
    3. Then use the different features of the liquify filter as directed.
    4. When finished, post all 8 pictures into WordPress (as a gallery) with an explanation of how and when you would want to use the Liquify tool.  (1 sentence explaining how to use the liquify tool, 1 sentence explaination of why you would use it).
      1. To Create the Gallery  – Upload all of the image files into wordpress, then click “SAVE ALL CHANGES” the Gallery Tab should appear at the top, make sure that all 8 images appear once and then click “Insert Gallery”

March 19th-20th, 2012

Objective:  Students will apply the Liquify filter in photoshop to melt clocks over 2 objects in the surrealist style of Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory


  1. Typing Practice at – Everyone should get at least to level 5 by today (higher if you have been using Nitrotype before)
  2. Google Form – Realistic vs Creative? (In conjunction with ppt)
  3. Mini-Lesson: Surrealism – PPT
    1. Complete this form as we go through the presentation – CLICK HERE FOR FORM
  4. #33 – Salvador Dali’s Clocks
    1. Click for File
    2. Melt the clock over the table.
      1. Select the Clock Layer
      2. Go to Filters: Liquify
      3. Make sure that the table is visible.
      4. Use the default liquify (forward liquify) tool to bend the clock over the table with a large (~300 pixels) brush
      5. Make sure the clock matches the angles of the table.
      6. Apply the filters.
      7. Notice one side of the table is darker than the top.  Make a selection on the dark side of the table then right click and select feather.  Change the value to 8 pixels then click okay.
      8. Now use the Hue/Saturation adjustment (Ctrl+U) to lower the lightness and make the image appear shadowed.
      9. Tip: For extra realistic shadows – create a new layer under the clock (but above the table) and use the brush tool (50 pixels, Hardness 0, Color black) to draw more shadows underneath the clock.
      10. Save your image as a JPEG and post to WordPress.
    3. Reopen the file and replace the table with an image of your choice.  Think of an image that you could put a blanket on.   Repeat the steps above to melt the clock onto your selected image.
    4. Post both to WordPress with your own explanation of surrealism.  Also, identify what is “real” and what is “fantasy” in your photo.

Objective: Students will assess their current level of typing and make a plan for reaching or exceeding 40 words per minute by June!


  1. Typing Practice at
  2. Typing Test
  3. New Blog Post:  Title: April Typing Test
    Answer the following questions

    1. What was your speed and accuracy in today’s test?
    2. Are you satisfied with your current level of typing?
    3. How have you improved in typing since the beginning of the year?
    4. Did you improve or slow down over spring break?
    5. What do you need to do to exceed 40 words per minute by June? (If you are over 40 words, what can you do to improve even further?)
  4. Finished?  Show this post and your Spring Break Map to Mr. Levin
  5. Go to and Sign-Up for an account, we will be using Nitrotype to help improve our typing SPEED.
    1. Then compete in a typing race and start trying to build your score.

Objective:  Students will apply the basic layer, move and photo montage tools to create a map that represents how they spent their spring break.


  1. Login using your live@edu accounts
  2. Typing Practice at
  3. 5 Minute FreeWrite: New Blog Post: My Spring Break
  4. Back into Photoshop
  5. Mr. Levin’s Spring Break Map
  6. Project # 31 – My Spring Break Map
    1. Create a Map of how you spent your spring break, use layers and images to represent the different places you went to, things you did, and so on.  This image will be posted to your 5 minute freewrite.
    2. Process:
      1. Go to Google Maps and zoom to the location that you want.
      2. Use Print Screen and Paste (Ctrl+V) to bring the image into Photoshop.
      3. Edit the image to include only the map (Crop tool or selection Tools)
      4. Find images that represent what you did over break to bring into your map (Google Image Search)
      5. Use selection tools to remove the backgrounds from your images
      6. Use the blending options to make sure your layers standout (Shadows, Glows, etc)
      7. Repeat step 4-6 until your map is completed.
      8. Save your image as a jpeg and add it to the blog post from earlier today.
      9. Proofread your 5-minute freewrite and modify as need it.
      10. Update/Publish the post (blue button)
      11. Show Completed Project #31 to Mr. Levin
    3. Example: