Adding scenic windows to our room

Today we will learn how to add windows (and any scene we desire behind those windows) to our room.

Open your window image, path it out in Photoshop, and drag it into your room file:
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.36.25 PM

Adjust the perspective of the window with the transform tools (Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, Edit -> Transform -> Scale, and Edit -> Transform -> Distort)
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.39.06 PM

Duplicate the Layer (Layer -> Duplicate Layer)
Flip the duplicated image so it looks like it belongs of the opposite wall (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal)
Move the duplicated window to the other wall.
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.40.26 PM

Remove the scene inside the window pane using the tool of your choice:
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.51.24 PM

Open the scene you would like to go in your window:
skiing

Drag the scenic image into your room file.
Make sure the scene layer is below the windows layer in your layers palette:
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.54.26 PM

Adjust the perspective of the scene so it matches the perspective of the window with the transform tools (Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, Edit -> Transform -> Scale, and Edit -> Transform -> Distort)
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.55.32 PM

Remove any part of the scenic image that does not belong in the window with the Photoshop tool of your choice:
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 3.57.53 PM

Today we will:

  • continue working on our rooms
  • create a new blog post with a .png of our progress

 

Adjusting Perspective

Today we will learn how to use various features in the transform tool (perspective, distort, scale) to add detail to our floor and walls.

Start with this blank room. (Click on the image to view it full size, then right click -> save picture as):
empty-room-source-file

How to Add a Texture to Your Floor Using the Perspective Tool

Drag your floor texture into your room (do not use the “place” feature!)
hardwood_floor1

Edit-> Transform -> Scale. Scale your floor so it fills the space below where the floor meets the wall. (This is one time that it is ok not to hold down shift, because distorting the dimensions of the floor texture in this step might actually make it look more realistic later.)
hardwood_floor2

Edit -> Transform -> Perspective.
Drag the front corners of the floor outward to transform your floor so it has the correct dimensions.
hardwood_floor3

If your floor still feels a bit off, you can adjust individual points by going to Edit -> Transform -> Distort.

You can use these same tools to add texture to the wall.

Drag your wall texture image into the room file and use the perspective, transform, and distort tools to make it look like it fits on the wall:
bricks1

Once the first wall looks correct, you can duplicate the layer (Layer->Duplicate Layer), and flip it (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal) and then move it to the other side of the room.
bricks2

Duplicating layers will also help you fill the back wall. For example, simply scaling the image on the back wall may look strange if you force the bricks to fit the space.
distorted_bricks

However, you can scale the image to be the appropriate height (Edit -> Transform -> Scale).
Once again, it may be ok to distort the dimensions of the image in this case.
bricks3
Then duplicate the layer (Layer -> Duplicate Layer).
Flip the image so you will have a seamless tile (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal) and move the image so it connects with your other layer.
bricks4

At the bottom of your layers palette, click on the folder icon folder_icon to make a new folder.
Name it “brick wall”.
Drag all the brick layers into this folder. That will help keep your layers organized.
brick_wall_layers

Further uses for the perspective/distort tools:

  • make a poster, framed picture, or mirror look like it is hanging on one of the side walls
  • add windows to one of the side walls

Today we will:

  • begin dragging images into our room and using the perspective and distort tools to make them look like they realistically belong in the room
  • save our image as a PNG and create a new blog post with our progress

Room Design Tips & Tricks

Several of us have run out of space in our numbers. Delete anything you no longer need, and make sure you are backing up your work to a USB or Google Drive account.

Today we will learn several tips & tricks that will help with our room design project.
We will download very large images (at least 2MP) and remove the images from their backgrounds using the pen tool.

Angle of View

When downloading images, consider the point of view from which the image was chosen.
For example, this couch would look great against the back wall:
nailhead_couch_front

while this couch would work better against a side wall:
nailhead_couch_sideways

If you have to choose between an image that is your ideal color, or one that has been taken from the perfect angle, choose the perfect angle. Trying to fake the perfect angle with Photoshop’s perspective tool will give you something like this (notice how we should be able to see the side of the armrest):
nailhead_couch_front_distorted

Changing Color

On the other hand, it is very easy to change the color of an object in Photoshop.
In the example below, I will change the color of the couch:
pink_victorian_sofa

Use the pen tool to path out the part of the object with the color you would like to change, and paste it onto a new layer.
Then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation and adjust the sliders until you are happy with the result.
Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 6.17.30 PM

See how well that works?
blue_victorian_sofa

Adding Color

Hue/Saturation will not work for anything that is white, gray, or black, since those colors are desaturated and technically have no hue.
Luckily, it is very simple to add color to a neutral object.
We will paint the white walls in the image below using the Color Balance effect:
6301562-3d-empty-room

Use the pen tool to path out the part of the object with the color you would like to change, and paste it onto a new layer. Then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Color Balance and adjust the sliders until you are happy with the result.
color_balance

In this case, I have dragged the cyan slider as far as it will go, but the wall colors are not as intense as I would like them to be:
cyan1

In such a case, we may need to apply the Color Balance effect more than once.
Simply hit “OK,” then go to the top of the screen, and once again go to Image -> Adjustments -> Color Balance:
color_balance

This is what the walls look like after a second round:
cyan 2

Review of how to use the pen tool to path out images

  • Go to the “paths” window.
    (It is probably hidden under the layers palette. Make sure you switch over to the “paths” window,
    or you will draw a colored shape with the pen tool instead of a path!)
    create_new_path
    Click the “create new path” button. new_path_icon
  • Go to the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Select the pen tool. pen_tool
    Outline shape you want to lighten.
    Important difference from Illustrator: You will need to hold down on the “Alt” key
    whenever you click a tangent point to make the second half of the tangent line disappear:
    tangent_line_edited
  • Once you have closed your shape by clicking on the first point, go back to the paths window.
    Right click on the path you have created, and click “make selection.”
    make_selection
    Feather the selection by 1pixel (this will soften the edges of your selection).
    You can tell that the couch has been selected because it is surrounded by dotted lines:
    couch_Selection
  • Control + click to copy your selection. Control + click to paste your selection.
  • Go back to the “layers” window.
    Make your original layer invisible to make sure you have successfully separated out your object.
  • Save your image as a Photoshop file. This will allow you to go back later if you distort the object in your room.
    (You don’t want to have to path out your image all over again!)
  • Here is a preview of what the couch will look like in the room:
    couch_no_bg

Today we will:

  • Post a minimum of 15 images we may use in our room design project (if you have not done so already).
    These images should cover the following things: architectural details, color, floor materials and coverings, windows and window coverings, lighting, furniture, art and accessories.
  • Use the pen tool to path to separate images you may want to use in your room from their backgrounds.
    Save these files as both a .PSD and a .PNG (NOT a PDF), and post the before and after files to your blog.
  • DO NOT TRY TO BUILD YOUR ROOM. This will force you to save your pathed out images in their original files.

Here is the blank room file. I am only including it for the purpose of testing whether or not the images you have downloaded are large enough to work. You should be pathing out images (and saving the pathed out images) in the original, separate image files.
empty-room-source-file

Interior Design Styles

Interior Design Project

Today we will begin our interior design project. We will research various interior design styles and create a new blog post with a “mood board” of the look we hope to achieve.

We will start with one of these blank room templates and turn it into an interior space of our choosing. You may want to consider, but are not limited to, spaces such as a dream bedroom or dorm room, an art studio, a coffee shop or restaurant, a music venue, or a store.
6301562-3d-empty-room Empty Room

Here are some examples created by my middle school students. I expect more from this class:
Camryn_DreamRoom

Ethan_Room

Jayha_DreamRoom

Interior Design Styles

Below are some images of various interior design styles. These are just ideas to get you started; you do not have to model your interior space on any particular style.

Art Deco

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Asian/Zen

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Modernism/Minimalism (shop at IKEA)

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French Country/Shabby Chic (shop at Anthropologie)

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Gothic

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Industrial (shop at Restoration Hardware)

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There are many more interior design styles featured on the Interior Designipedia website.

Today we will

  • research potential interior design styles we may use in our project
  • create a new blog post with the following:
    • a minimum of 15 images we may use in our room design project. These images should cover the following things: architectural details, color, floor materials and coverings, windows and window coverings, lighting, furniture, art and accessories. Remember, you are starting with the plain image at the top of the blog post, so you will have to add every detail in the room yourself.
    • a paragraph describing the intended purpose of the room, and how the items you have posted will contribute to the room

Finishing Touches and Artist Statement

cat_portraitWednesday will be our last class to work on this project. Today you should strive to make finishing touches, and begin writing your artist statement. I will provide feedback and suggested changes on both your project and artist statement next class. Your artist statement should be about 150 words. If you are not sure what to write about, begin by answering the questions below:

Subject
Who are you portraying in your portrait?
What makes your portrait unique?

Motivation
Why did you choose this subject?
What does this portrait mean to you?

Process
How images, colors, and Photoshop effects you chose to use affect the end product?

Inspiration
Who or what were you inspired by?
How have these influences made an impression on you?
How do these influences manifest themselves in your portrait?

Impact
What do you want people to take away from your portrait?
What message or emotion are you trying to convey?

Interior Design Styles

Interior Design Project

Today we will begin our interior design project. We will research various interior design styles and create a new blog post with a “mood board” of the look we hope to achieve.

We will start with one of these blank room templates and turn it into an interior space of our choosing. You may want to consider, but are not limited to, spaces such as a dream bedroom or dorm room, an art studio, a coffee shop or restaurant, a music venue, or a store.
6301562-3d-empty-room Empty Room

Here are some examples created by my middle school students. I expect more from this class:
Camryn_DreamRoom

Ethan_Room

Jayha_DreamRoom

Interior Design Styles

Below are some images of various interior design styles. These are just ideas to get you started; you do not have to model your interior space on any particular style.

Art Deco

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Asian/Zen

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Modernism/Minimalism (shop at IKEA)

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French Country/Shabby Chic (shop at Anthropologie)

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Gothic

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Industrial (shop at Restoration Hardware)

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There are many more interior design styles featured on the Interior Designipedia website.

Today we will

  • research potential interior design styles we may use in our project
  • create a new blog post with the following (use Giacomo’s post as a guide):
    • a minimum of 15 images we may use in our room design project. These images should cover the following things: architectural details, color, floor materials and coverings, windows and window coverings, lighting, furniture, art and accessories. Remember, you are starting with the plain image at the top of the blog post, so you will have to add every detail in the room yourself.
    • a paragraph describing the intended purpose of the room, and how the items you have posted will contribute to the room

Project Checkpoint

Essential Question: How does your project (so far) fulfill the requirements introduced on the first day of the project?

Today we will:

  • continue working on our projects
  • create a new blog post at the end of class with the following:
    • an image of today’s project progress
    • a written explanation of how your project (so far) fulfills the outlined project requirements

Project requirements:

  • 11×14″ at 300 DPI
  • created in Adobe Photoshop
  • combines a minimum of five different images. At least 3 of these images should be heavily altered.
  • depicts a clear conflict between multiple aspects of the individual’s personality
  • works together as a unified whole
  • progress posted daily to the class blog, along with a written reflection on any challenges, how you are moving towards your final vision, etc