That Blue Square Thing

Year 9 Computing - Cd Cover and Photoshop Skills

This lesson explores how to use colour on a CD cover.

PDF iconProject Brief

This is deliberately very vague. You need to know how to do some things first.

PDF iconSlides from class

PDF iconTools

Because you're making a CD cover, make sure you square crop each of the images.

PDF iconSquare crop

Make sure you practice adding text to at least one of the images you work on today.

PDF iconAdding Text

Changing Colours - Using Hue and Saturation

Weird coloured tree imageSaturation lets you make colours stronger - more saturated. Hue lets you change colours.

PDF iconColour sliders - Hue and Saturation

Choose one of these images to use. All of them work well.

Image iconWind turbines image

Image iconFootball badge image

Image iconFerry image

Colour Filters

Weird coloured tree imageAdding a colour filter to a black and white image can create an interesting look. This is used by Belle and Sebastian on lots of their album covers. You should be able to create a similar effect really quickly.

PDF iconColour filters

This image works really well for this effect.

Image iconStudents on steps image

Two different coloured areas

Weird coloured tree imageThis lets you change the colour of, for example, the sky differently to the colour of the land. It can make for some pretty nice effects.

PDF iconColoured sky

Either of these images should work fine for this.

Image iconTree on beach

Image iconWind turbines image

Selective colour

Coloured ducksSelective colour is used to make part of an image coloured - but to leave part black and white. Or it can be used to change the colours in only park of an image.

This is a little tricky as it uses a layer mask. You might need to ask for help.

PDF iconSelective colour - ducks

PDF iconSelective colours - 3 duck colours

PDF iconBrush Tools

This image works really well for this skill.

Image iconDucks image

You can go back to lesson 1 if you need to.

Go on to lesson 3

There are some other skills at More Photoshop Skills page if you get through everthing.