DIGITAL IMAGE MANIPULATION ACTIVITY - Using Digital Image manipulation software, scan in hand-drawn artwork and digitally add color and shadows.

Supplies you'll need to do this activity:

Before you begin: Digital Image Editing software is VERY sophisticated, with many capabilities. This activity will only focus on using the software to digitally alter a piece of hand-drawn artwork - in this case adding color and shading to a pencil drawing.

We will use the high-end image editing software Adobe Photoshop™ throughout this activity - this is by no means the only software that can be used to do this activity. Here are some links to similar products:

http://www.gimp.org/ (this one is free!)
http://www.macromedia.com/software/fireworks (you can download a free 30 day trial version)
http://www.jasc.com/products/paintshoppro

Adobe also makes a low-cost version of Photoshop, Photosop Elements. It has fewer tools than the full version, but is still quite powerful.

Step 1: Draw and scan your artwork. The artwork shown here was done by a Studio 3D participant, MsShatia. You can download the file used in this tutorial below.

Step 2: Open your file in Photoshop, by clicking on the word "file" on the top menu bar, then choose "open" from drop-down menu.

Step 3: Each portion we add to our artwork is going to be seperate from every other - so we need to put each part on its own layer. Make sure that the layer panel is open, if it's not click on the Window button on the top menu bar and select "Layers" from the drop-down menu. The layers panel will then pop up on the right. Notice it already has one layer, the background layer.
Step 4: In the Layers Panel, click on the add a layer icon at the bottom of the panel, to the left of the trash can. "Layer1" will appear above the background layer. Make sure that Layer1 is selected by clicking on it.

Step 5: Let's start by coloring the skin on the face. First we need to select the area to fill with color - there are many ways to make a selection in Photoshop, we're going to use one of the simplest - the polygonal lasso tool. Click on the lasso tool icon and hold until the drop-down menu appears, select the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

Step 6: Click and release on the edge of the area you want to select for coloring. Move the mouse along the edge a bit and click again. Continue moving and clicking until you reach the starting point - a little circle will pop up indicating that you have completed the path. TIP: The shorter the segments you make, the smoother your selection will appear.

Step 7: When the selection path is complete, it will change from solid lines to moving dashed lines (marching ants). Now it's time to choose a fill color.

Step 8: Click on the foreground color icon in the toolbox.

Step 9: The Color Picker Dialog Box will pop up. Slide the handles on either side of the spectrum bar until you see the color you want in the large box on the left. Now click inside that box to select the shade you want. Notice the thumbnail in the upper right hand corner of the dialog box will change. Click "ok" to change the foreground color.

Step 10: Now it's time to fill your selection with the color you selected. Click "Edit" from the top menu bar and select "Fill" from the drop-down menu.

Step 11: A dialog box will pop up, make sure that "foreground color" is selected and click "ok". "Whoa! It covered up the drawing!" - don't worry we'll fix that!

Step 12: Let's change the layer styles so that you can see your pencil lines. Go to the layers panel and click on the expandable menu that says Normal, select "Multiply" from the drop-down menu. Try some of the other options to see what you get - you might like it!

Step 13: Your image should now look like this.

Step 14: Now let's add some highlights to the face. Again, there are many ways to do this, we're going to use the paintbrush and the smudge tools. First, select a new color by double clicking on the foreground color icon in the toolbar. The color picker dialog box will appear. Select a color lighter than that of the face, click "ok".
Step 15: Select the paintbrush tool from the toolbar, and select a brush size from the options menu at the top of you screen. We chose a size of 10 pixels. But it's up to you, play around with it!
Step 16: Now it's time to paint. Choose a place to add some highlights and click and drag the mouse to paint. If you don't like what you've drawn, you can always undo it by clicking on "Edit" on the top menu bar, and choosing "Undo" from the drop-down menu.
Step 17: Let's clean it up a little bit with the smudge tool. Click and hold the blur icon on the the toolbar and select the smudge tool from the drop-down menu.

Step 18: Click and drag on the area you want to "smudge". A quick and easy technique is moving the mouse back and forth, like you were using your finger and finger-paints.

Could you use this same technique to add shadows to your drawing?

Step 19: Now let's color the rest of our picture. Go back up to step 3, repeat the instructions for each area that you want to color, and voila! you have a finished color drawing!

Other things to try:

→Try playing around with the filters (click on "Filters" on the top menu bar), see if you can add cool textures or patterns to your drawing!
→Scan in a photograph and try to manipulate it!
→Start with a blank page and use the drawing tools and filters to make a piece of art!

 

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