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Monday March 23rd

Dear Students,

As a result of campus closure, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and educators, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please follow the instructions below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

Visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use your school credentials to sign in.
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If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your password. Or provide your credentials in your school’s login screen.
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From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.
For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps.

Ms. Mason
Please visit this HelpX page if you have questions.



 Aim: How to restore photos?

Do Now: Discuss the problem with these photos and what tools can remedy the problem?

Activity: Use Photoshop to correct the photos in the link photos Due Tuesday March 17th




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The Digital Photography Syllabus

Class Agreement




 Pre-Production Phase

1. Go to wix.com and create a blog in order to post answers to the questions from projects.


2. Go to http://masonstudio.wordpress.com>Digital Photography and put your URL and name in the comment section.


Take the preassessment 

 Compositional Rules

Aim: How to apply compositional rules of photography?

Do Now: Watch these videos, video

               How can viewpoint impact composing a photo?  
I. Describe how the following Photographers used these rules
SteichenMan RayLaughlinKruger 

II. Apply the Rule of Thirds and the Fill the Frame Rule to all of your homework photos.
Post your before and after photos on your blog


III. Framing can give the viewer the impression of looking through something to the subject. The frame directs the eye's gaze.
Framing that surrounds the subject. Framing that adds depth to the image by establishing a foreground or background.

IV. Lighting Photography is all about light. Direction, color, hardness, it's all about light. To control what happens in your photograph you must control the light. 

V. Viewpoint: Before photographing your subject, take time to think about where you will shoot it from. Our viewpoint has a massive impact on the composition of our photo, and as a result it can greatly affect the message that the shot conveys. Rather than just shooting from eye level, consider photographing from high above, down at ground level, from the side, from the back, from a long way away, from very close up, etc.

VI. How does extracting Color change the photo. 



Vii. CropHow does the cropping add emphasis


Explain how you applied these concepts. 

I. Camera Shots 
(close up, extreme closeup, medium shot, wide angle, long shot, over the shoulder, point of view, cutaway)

II. Camera Angles (Eye-Level, High Angle, Low Angle, Bird's Eye, Aerial view).




Aim: Identifying Graphic Design Principles

Download this file Designathon Graphic Design Principles.pptx


Create a poster using a photo for the "BSSS CTE Commercial Art Department Celebrating Black History Month" that illustrates 3 of the Graphic Design Principles.

1. Good Design Tells A Story

2. Start With A Grid

3. Use Color for a Reason

4. Use 1 or 2 Typefaces

5. One Typeface doesn't have to be boring

6. Make eye contact

7. Manipulate Scale

8. Focus the eye

9. Overwhelm the eye

10. Use text as an image

11. Simplify

12. Use Text as an Image

13. Amplify

14. Make one thing important

15. Activate the Diagonal

16. Overlap

17. Consistency



Print-Ready is a term used to describe a file that has all the specifications necessary to produce high-resolution printed output, without requiring any additional alteration or intervention. In other words, a commercial printer can use the file “as submitted” to successfully create the desired print materials.
Artwork specifications


  1. Save your artwork as a single PDF or .Jpg file. Make sure all fonts are embedded or converted to vector paths.
  2. Images must have minimum resolution of 300ppi. Save images at 600ppi or optimal print quality.
  3. Use CMYK colour. ...
  4. Flatten your document. ...
  5. Add bleed area. ...
  6. Set the Trim Box.




Aim: Preparing for Certification Exam!

Do Now: Sign into ACA TestPrep

Username: cteArt-stu
Password: photoshop




Aim: How can Photoshop help enhance photos?

Do Now: When you encounter difficulties in Photoshop how can you resolve them?

Activity: Take 4 of your homework pictures and do the following tasks:


  1. Save and Reset Workspaces, 
  2. Crop and Straighten Images
  3. Spot Healing and Clone Stamp
  4. Nondestructive Edits
  5. Save and Export
  6. Browsing With Bridge
  7. Developing Raw Images
  8. Perfecting Colors

On your blog write about how you used the tools for each task. Due date February 28th

Take quiz tomorrow. Present 2 photos on Friday





 Take pretest


 Aim: How can Photoshop be used in the Fashion Industry?

Do Now: Discuss the ways Photoshop has changed the modeling industry?

Activity: Using your model pictures from homework (2 closeups, 2 long shots) complete Project 2 in ACA Test Prep.

I. Post the before and after photos on your blog and discuss how you did the following tasks:

1. Editing Professional photos

2. Healing Imperfections

3. Masking Adjustments

4. Raw and Healing Mastery

5. Level Up Photo touch up

6. Wrap up engagement shoot

7. Quick challenge with concert shot

8. Creative Crop, Masks and adjustments

9. Tweaking Street photos

10. FaceSwap

































Aim: How can Photoshop be used in Fashion Design?

Go to this site http://digitalartanddesign.org/00_Basic_Tools_1_Ps.htm follow the instructions find one article of

clothing and make an advertisement 

Create a Layer Mask (see directions) or this link

1. Create a look and redesign an 2 articles of clothing (jacket, coat, dress, sneakers, shoes, pants) you can use either the following pattern op art  or use the skin of an animal. The clothes must be on a person and have the characteristics of that animal.

choose a color scheme

2. Create a pattern based on the first two articles of clothing you have redesigned then put it on another article of clothing.

The project must use multiple Layer Masks. You must use adjustments, modes and filters in the project.

  1. What were the requirements for assignment?
  2. What is unique about your composition?
  3. How did you use Photoshop to create your composition?
  4. What is symbolism behind your picture?
  5. How does your picture represent a fantasy or reality?
  6. Name one principle of design and element of art in your composition.
  7. Name the members of your team and what they were reponsible for.

Go to padlet jot down what was rewarding and challenging about todays activity



Create a logo for The Brooklyn Studio Commercial Arts Department




Aim: How can masking help us create creative options for our compositions?

Do Now: Watch video 


Change the title of your magazine using the 

1.  Open your magazine project. Go to Save As and save it as a different name.

2. In the duplicate get rid of the title.

3. Create a New title using the Type Text Tool. Click this link Type Text Tool

4. Make sure the new background for the Title reflects the style of the magazine


 Aim: How can masking extend our creativity when using selections?

Do Now: Watch video,  video1

Activity: Use masks and alpha channels to enhance these images

1. Open Photoshop and put these two images in separate layers




Tutorial on using alpha channels




Click on this link for Test



Alpha channels- store selections so you can use or edit them later.

 Alpha channels are additional channels that can be added to an RGB or CMYK image. They are generally used to hold complex masking information. While layermasks can hold the same information, Alpha channels allow you to have access to that mask, but not have it actually used within the image.

These channels get their name from a process called alpha compositing, which combines a partially transparent image with another image. Information about the shape of the transparent area and the pixels’ level of transparency has to be stored somewhere, and that somewhere is an alpha channel.

This allows you to save selections. As long as you save your document as a Photoshop file (PSD), that alpha channel will always be there for you to use. 

You can drag alpha channels between documents as long as both documents have the same pixel dimensions.

 Alpha channels can be refered to as channel masks because, once you’ve made an alpha channel, you can use it to help you adjust certain portions of your image—kind of like when you use a layer mask.

Creating a layer mask by loading an alpha channel as a selection is the most common use for alpha channels. 

Creating an Alpha Channel

Alpha channel is a grayscale representation of your selection. Unless you change Photoshop’s settings, the black parts of the channel are the unselected portion of your image—also referred to as the protected or masked part—and the white parts are the selection. And, just like in a layer mask,shades of gray represent areas that are only partially selected, which means they’re partially transparent.


Saving Alpha Channels

 Aim: How to use Alpha Channels to get dramatic effects?

Do Now: Watch video Project

Activity: Choose one of your photos and pick a photo of a texture from Google images

               load alpha channels to your picture to get an interesting effect


Grade Yourself



Aim: How to use Photoshop to restore photos?

Do Now: Identify the problem with the photos below then choose how the commands or tools below can correct them: 


The Burn tool

The Dodge tool

The Healing Brush

The Clone Stamp

Blending modes













Correct the photos below


Post all 3 before and after versions on your blog.

Answer the following questions on your blog

1. What is the difference between the healing brush and the clone stamp tool?


2. What is the goal of photo restoration?


3. Which picture was the most difficult to restore?


4. Which picture do you feel you restored the best? How did you achieve the effect? 

Grade Yourself


Aim: How to alter a person's appearance? 

Answer the questions below on your blog.

  1. Explain how you used the transform tool to change at least one selection/layer?
  2. Explain how you used the dodge, burn, healing brush, variations, liquify, warp or the eraser tool to enhance the actors or models?
  3. Did you work independently, or ask the teacher or fellow student for help?
  4. What were the requirements for assignment?
  5. What did you learn about how magazines use Photoshop?
  6. What selection tool did you use and how did you use it?
  7. Do you agree with how the publishing industry uses Photoshop?
  8. How were you successful or unsuccessful in executing this project?


Do Now: Using the following tools and methods transform the older person to a younger person:

Clone Stamp, Dodge, Burn, Healing Brush, Blending mode, brushes



Make a overweight person thin and a thin person overweight 

Using the the filter>liquify, Transform>Scale or Warp

Grade Yourself



Go to Quizlet, study vocabulary then take test


Aim: What steps are involved in designing and preparing a document for printing?

Do Now: Sign into ACA TestPrep

Activity: You are going to Create an Event Poster for Our Hololens Scavenger Hunt

Come experience the Mixed Reality Scavenger Hunt

Find solution for the riddle and win a prize.


Watch the videos below. Username - karenmason-stu The password - GRAPHICS

You must work in pairs but each person is responsible for their own Poster


Show evidence that you used the following items for the Scavenger Hunt Poster

Organized layers - Grouped


Smart Filter

Gradient Layer Mask


Proof Setup CMYK

Proof Color


Tracking, Kerning, leading

Saving a Style



Aim: How to be creative with the selection tools?

Do Now: Watch videos and make an unique animal with three different animals:


  1. Open in Mini Bridge
  2. Save and load selections
  3. Use mask and refine mask
  4. Match tonal colors using adjustments
  5. Save for the web
  6. Add copyright info and soft proof


Aim: How to create a wild environment for you animal to live in? 

Prepare for Final on Wednesday and certification exam on Friday

Do Now: Watch the video below:


Create a magical environment due Wednesday


Review for final


June 1

Take Final exam


1. When finished exam make sure you post your "weird animal" project on your blog. 

2. Finish environment

Certification exam people


Look over all of the videos on ACA prep.
Take the test tomorrow if you fail
then you'll just do a retake the next day or when ever you feel ready.




Good luck