Online Quiz exercises

The final piece of assessment for ACM202 is an online quiz that includes multiple selection questions about:

  • how to interpret histograms,
  • the impact of various curves adjustments,

and practical exercises in:

  • the adjustment of pixel dimensions,
  • assigning colourspace,
  • use of layer masks
  • and selecting pixels/hair.

Useful readings:

Evening, M 2010,  Adobe Photoshop CS5 for photographers

See Chapter 5: Image Editing Essentials for revision on Histograms and curves adjustments and Chapter 9: Layers, Selections & Masking

With regards to selecting a figure/hair from a background, you may also want to review the video tutorials by Martin Evening:

(If the links play up, you can google for these on youtube. They are published by

These are my exercises:

Screen shot 2013-06-09 at 2.37.06 PM










I am not very happy with the first one but I think the second one looks a bit better as in more natural:

Screen shot 2013-06-09 at 2.49.31 PM


Online Identity Website

This is my final Online Identity Website. As you can see I changed the Profile picture and the Cover Photo as I wanted to emphasize how in the online world we can do and change whatever we want of ourselves in order to look better, emphasising or disemphasising parts of ourselves that we want to show or to hide. For the profile photo I used the photograph that I produced earlier this trimester for the About Face project as it represented the “ideal me”. For the Cover photo, instead, I used a photograph of me in one of my holidays where I photoshopped myself (skinnier body) and the landscape to make it more attractive for the viewer.


Class exercise of retouching techniques for ‘About Face’

In the first image I was only practicing how to change hair and eye colour. I also used the Spot Healing Brush to retouch skin imperfections, spots, pores and moles:
Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.30.58 PM

While in the second image I retouched the skin texture softening it and sharpening the details like eyes, lips, nose, hair etc. I also retouched my face making my eyes and lips a bit bigger, my nose smaller, my eyebrows thinner and my features slimmer with Liquify:
Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.42.26 PM

HDR Images Exercise

Today, we have explored in class different ways of processing a HDR subject, using the given RAW samples:



Under-exposed Image                         Standard exposure_MG_7659

Over-exposed Image
The 3 methods of producing an HDR image combining three photographs with different exposure levels are the following:

1. Adobe HDR Pro, a Photoshop plugin

2. Compiling the exposures as layers in Photoshop and blending via layer masks

3. Photomatix, HDR software available

I have produce an HDR image of the three photographs with each method and these are the results:

1. HDR Pro

Open bracketed captures in Photoshop: File/Automate/Merge to HDR Pro. HDR Pro will combine automatically the three photographs together, taking each one’s exposure and add them together.

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 1.48.03 PM I am now able to adjust the exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, vibrance, saturation, details etc. and this is the reslut:


2. Photomatrix

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 2.20.22 PM

With Photomatrix, I had a long list of options of the HDR image produced to chose. Among those, this was the one I liked the best as it looks more “natural” than the rest:

Photomatrix 1