Jan 26th: Boot Camp #3, Assignment #2

Boot Camp #3

Complete the following tasks:

  1. Adjust the overall tone of the either the jpg or psd labeled levelsandcurves using Levels and Curves.
  2. Adjust the saturation of the colors in the file labeled vibranceandsaturation. Figure out whether adjusting the vibrance or the saturation would work better. Adjust the saturation of the colors in vibranceandsaturation2 (hint you might have to use a combination of vibrance and saturation, and utilize the mask in order to get the best result)
  3. Adjust the color and tone in the image labeled autocurves by using a curves adjustment layer and using the auto function (remember that if you hit the option key when you hit the auto button a bunch of options come up)


First off, here is some technical information:


This explains RGB vs CMYK

This is an RGB color wheel:

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This explains the difference between 8-Bit and 16-Bit

This explains Adobe RGB vs sRGB vs ProPhoto RGB

Before you dive into Color Adjustments you should understand the following concepts:

How a histogram works

Your whites, blacks, and neutral greys should have equal, or close to equal RGB values. If this doesn’t hold true for your image then you have a color cast. You can detect this using your color picker and your Info panel this site explains color correcting by the numbers

Adjustment Layers


Curves vs Levels

Vibrance vs Saturation

Auto Color inside Curves

BTW, Adjustment Layers are Masks!

Don’t forget all the things that you’ve already learned about masks and selections. If you make a selection and then apply an adjustment layer you will automatically Reveal that part of the image in your mask and hide the rest of your image. If you didn’t want to do that, switch over to your mask properties and make necessary adjustments.

Correct Red Skin Color in Photoshop

Blog post due before next class

Take a photograph in the CAG gallery of the piece that you are the most interested in. Post the picture along with a visual analysis on the blog. A visual analysis includes 1) a thorough description of the work (what it pictures, how it was made, how it appears in the gallery 2) what drew you to the piece 3) what are the artists intentions in terms of theme or content.

Assignment #2, Recontextualize, due January 31st 

One of the key strategies of Michael Menchaca’s work, is the recontextualization of aztec codices within a contemporary printmaking art practice (among other mediums). The assignment for this weekend is to take something either old or non-digital and recontextualize it in a digital context using Photoshop.

Make sure to post the assignment on the blog before class.