Project 1: Paint a Picture

While this is not strictly a photography project, it will get you into PHOTO EDITORS, an essential tool for modern photographers.

Today's assignment is easy: Paint a picture of a house on a sunny day with two trees.

Your picture will be painted in PHOTOPEA using the BRUSH tool and the COLOR PICKER. In addition to painting the house you will learn how to create a new document and what the settings on the NEW DOCUMENT screen look like.

STEP 1: OPEN PHOTOPEA
This first step might be the trickiest. You need to open PHOTOPEA.



STEP 2: NEW FILE

Click on the FILE menu and click on NEW...


This window will appear:


Select the Instagram Template. (Why? Because it's a good size and you can post it later if you'd like.)

STEP 3: PAINT

You will have a document that you can start painting.


To paint you need to use a couple of tools. The first is the brush.


The brush tool looks like a brush and if you click on the down arrow near the number at the top, you can change the size, hardness (how fuzzy the edges are), and the type of brush.

Next, is the color picker.


There is also an eraser to correct your mistakes. The size and hardness of the eraser is changed in a similar way to the brush tool.





Photoshop CS 5.5 Only Instructions

STEP 1: OPEN PHOTOSHOP
This first step might be the trickiest. You need to open PHOTOSHOP. CLICK on the WINDOWS menu and find ADOBE MASTER COLLECTION CS5. Under that folder you will look for the version that says ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS5. Do NOT click on the version that says "(64 Bit)." That version does not work with some of the software on this computer making it crash all the time. We use the NON-64 BIT version.


Click on the icon.

STEP 2: NEW FILE

Click on the FILE menu and click on NEW...


This window will appear:


Fill out the window EXACTLY as you see here. Pay attention to the pull-down menu next to the numbers 8 and 10. Yours will say pixels, but select INCHES.

STEP 3: PAINT

You will have a document that you can start painting. Now, mine already has the beginning of a house.


To make this I needed to use a couple of tools. The first is the brush.

BRUSH
The brush tool is inn the palette on the right side of the screen. The brush tool lets you paint a color selected from the COLOR PICKER


To change settings for the BRUSH (like SIZE) click on the ARROW next to the number at the top of the TOOLBAR


HARDNESS changes how fuzzy the edges of the brush are. If you are confident you can also change the BRUSH SHAPE, but that is not required for this project.


COLOR PICKER
To select a different color for your picture, select the black box over the white box on the pallete


Drag the slider to the RIGHT of the large square around to change the HUE and click on the square to PICK another color. 

ERASE
If you make a mistake you can ERASE using the ERASER tool on the pallete.