Session 2B | Nov 16, 2016

Session 2B | Nov 16, 2016


Today's session is almost entirely dedicated to working on your assignment, starting from divergent thinking exercises to sketching.

In Class

Most of the today’s session is dedicated to the work on your assignment, however we will start with a tech demo in Photoshop.


Tech Demo: Faking Reality In Photoshop

This demo (with -as always- accompanying tutorial) shows some more advanced techniques you can (and should) use to make the best-looking realistic effects in Photoshop. Please note that these techniques, although may appear complicated for the first time, will greatly speed up your work!

Download Material (3.6Mb .zip)

Or take a look at entire tutorial:

Fake Reality In PhotoshopToday we'll see how to use a little more advanced Photoshop workflow to quickly produce convincing realistic materials that are not possible in Rhino.


Group Exercise: Words

Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 students. The goal of the exercise is to use group suggestions to further focus the idea of how to approach the assignment.
Each student will present the homework, explaining the piece of art selected to illustrate and particular moment. The student will also explain in words the planned idea of how to visualize. Then a short discussion will follow where other students will give suggestions on what can be in the scene. After 5 minutes, the next student will take turn.

All suggestions must be written on post-it notes.


Individual Exercise: Thumbnails

Each student has to produce at least 3 different sketches that illustrate the idea. Ideally the suggestions of other students should be taken into account.
Sketches should be small, ideally fitting on a post-it notes (each sketch = one post it). Keep the thumbnail sketches simple, focusing on the main (biggest) elements of composition, including all the important elements (people, space, vegetation…) and taking care of hierarch and balance in composition.

Format: The final image of this assignment will be 1280x720px (which is 16:9, typical HD video format), so plan your sketches accordingly.


Group Exercise: SketchStorming

This exercise takes place within the same group as the first one.
Each student will look at other students work, and comment on each sketch in strictly visual manner. Each comment should be another sketch on a post it note. Sketch can contain a few words, but the focus must be on visuals.

Each student must produce at least one comment/sketch for his peers.

This exercise must be done in complete silence. Students are not allowed to discuss their work in words.


Individual Exercise: Final Sketch

By far, each student will have the following:

Based on all this experience, not only of working on their own project but from helping friends, each student now has to produce one final sketch, showing in better detail how they want to approach both the design of space and the design of the image too.

In this sketch, you can annotate by words certain details such as colors or textures, or other thing you want to remember.


Individual Exercise: Recipe

Before getting into production (modeling, rendering, Photoshop-ing…) it is very important to know in advance what you want to do and how you plan to accomplish it. Therefore for each successful project it’s very important to write/sketch down a plan of how to make it. Think of it as a “recipe” similar to cooking recipes. Each recipe shows:

So by the end of the class, each student must write down in words (or sketch) the recipe for their project, and upload – together with all the material they created in this class.



Test Image/  Preview

For the following class, each student must create an image that represent a work-in-progress of what they plan to make. What I strongly suggest:


Cool + Useful

More Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop #3: Blending ModesBlending Modes define how a layer affects whatever is below it, and it's an important feature that you are likely to use on daily basis.

Photoshop #4: Cutting Out ThingsOne of the most annoying things that you'll often have to do in Photoshop is cut-out entourage/props like people, trees, cars, or other objects - here's how to do this without going completely mad.

Online Resources: Cut-Outs And Textures

Immediate Entourage : Cut-out images for Photoshop.

GoboTree : Cut-out images for Photoshop (see Categories button on the top of the page)

Skalgubbar : Not so many images, but great quality cut outs.

Mr. Cutout : Lots of images, free registration – but watch out, there is a daily 2.5Mb limit on downloads! : Probably the biggest collection of textures (to use with Rhino)

SW Texture : Another quality site for textures

Render Textures : Very nicely designed and organized website, good quality textures.


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