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Lesson 3. Creating Distinctive Packaging > Turning a photo into an abstract bac...

Turning a photo into an abstract background image

Now you'll change the realistic photo of leaves into a more abstract image. This is meant to be only a backdrop image, not the main focus of the label design. With this in mind, the number of colors will be reduced, and matched to the colors used later on in Illustrator for the other artwork on the label.

In the toolbox, click the Default Foreground and Background Colors icon to set the foreground color to black and the background color to white.

Black and white works best to get the desired result from the filter that you will use. Deciding which filter and what colors to use certainly requires some experimenting. Photoshop's Filter Gallery (Filter > Filter Gallery) is a great feature to use to create a desired effect.

Make sure that either nothing or the entire image is selected, and then choose Filter > Sketch > Chalk & Charcoal (or choose Filter > Filter Gallery, and then select Chalk & Charcoal from the Sketch group).

Set the Charcoal Area value to 12 to enhance the dark areas. Leave the Chalk Area value at 6 and set the Stroke Pressure value to 2 to increase the contrast a little. You can see the effect of the current settings in the big preview pane on the left. Click OK to close the dialog box and to apply the filter to the image.

You can create a nice effect by assigning specific colors for the dark and light areas of the picture. This can be achieved by taking a little detour: temporarily changing the image mode to Duotone, and picking the colors before finally converting the picture into CMYK Color mode.

To be able to select Duotone from the Image > Mode dialog box, first change the image to Grayscale by choosing Image > Mode > Grayscale. Click OK if a dialog box pops up asking you to confirm that you want to discard the color information.

Now choose Image > Mode > Duotone. In the Duotone Options dialog box, select Duotone from the Type pop-up menu. Click the square color icon for Ink 1 to bring up the Color Picker dialog box. (If the Color Libraries dialog box comes up instead, click the Picker button to switch to the Color Picker dialog box.) Enter CMYK values of C: 31, M: 45, Y: 100, and K: 9, and then click OK. Type brown as the name for Ink 1. In the same way set Ink 2 to C: 0, M: 33, Y: 100, and K: 0, and name it orange. Click OK to close the Duotone Options dialog box. (See illustration on next page.)

Choose Image > Mode > CMYK Color.

Choose File > Save As. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the Lesson03 folder, inside the CS2CIB Lessons folder on your hard disk, select Photoshop as Format, name the file background.psd and click Save.



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