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The Alphabet: Stage 3 - The Finishing Touches

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  1. Open up Adobe Photoshop (Go to Start - All Programs- Adobe Design Standard CS3 - Adobe Photoshop)
  2. Go to "File" and 'Open"
  3. Navigate to your "My Alphabet" folder and open the Alphabet.PSD file
  4. Create a new layer
  5. Go to the Internet and locate an image of a raw material (marble, stone, rock, sand, etc - do not get an image cotton candy, logo for your favorite sports team, etc)
  6. Paste the image of your material on a layer underneath your alphabet
  7. On the layer's pallette, drop the "Fill" of your Alphabet layer down to "0"
  8. Apply a Layer Effect to your aplhabet layer.
    1. Apply a Bevel
    2. Apply a "Drop Shadow"

      Experiment with these settings to generate a more realistic carved look for your alphabet.

  9. When you are satisfied with your results, save your file as a Photoshop PDF file.

    STL 8 - The Attributes of Design (Students will develop an understanding of the attributes of design

    • The design process
    • Design problems are usually not clear
    • Designs need to be refined

    STL 11 - Apply the Design Process (Students will develop the abilities to apply the design process)

    • Identify a design problem
    • Refine the design
    • Evaluate the design

    STL 17 - Information and Communication Technologies (Students will devlop and understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies)

    • The purpose of information and communication technology
    • Many ways of communicating
    • Communicating through symbols