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Select 3 images:

  • an animal
  • a mechanical object
  • a plant

All images should be a very good quality. When lookig for images - check LARGE IMAGES options in your search options.

Work with one image at a time. This assignment is all about cropping and looking doe attractive solutions in your design.

Start with opening an image in Photoshop

Convert the imahe into black and white by selecting Image > Adjustments > Desaturate

This will remove all colos from a picture

Next: remove all values leaving just BLACK and WHITE shapes.

Imahe > Adjustments > Threshold

Adjust the Threshold slider to select a good balance of white and black. Image should stay recognizable.


Next is cropping!!!

Select CROP tool in the Tool Box

Select an area that represents object the best

You can select any part, resize the Crop box or rotate it.

Hit Return (Enter) to apply changes.

File > Save As

Save it as image_1.jpg

Use the Crop tool again. This time the area should be smaller, more abstract, but still you should be able to recognize the object.

Crop. Save As image_2.jpg

Crop Again. This time the image should be completely abstract.

File > Save As image_3.jpg

Swich black and white shapes by Image > Adjustments > Invert

File > Save As image _4.jpg

Compare image 3 and image 4

Which one do you like better?

Keep open the one that you like the most.

You are going to select all white areas now.

Select "Magic Wand" tool in the Tool box. Make sure "Contiguous" option is unchecked.

Click on a white area. This will select all white pixels in the image.

You are going to replace white color with a color of your choice.

Open Swatches palette. Pick a color you like. Then apply this color to the selected area:

Edit > Fill

Use Foreground Color

You can experiment with colors.

File > Save As image_5.jpg

Now you can use multiple colors. Apply a new color to the selected area (former white area).

Select black shapes by going to the Menu bar:

Select > Inverse

Choose another color (use a color wheel and color schemes to help you deside). Complimentary colors work great for this exercise, but others will work too.

File > Save As image _6.jpg

Put all the steps together using InDesign tutorial:

original image 1 image 2
image 3 image 4 image 5 image 6


Repeat the steps with the other two images.

original image 1 image 2
image 3 image 4 image 5 image 6


original image 1 image 2
image 3 image 4 image 5 image 6