Category Archives: Software

Photoshop – Lesson 06: Masks and Channels

Working With Photoshop Masks and Channels

Select and Mask, Quick Masks, Puppet Warping, and Creating a Shadow from an Alpha Channel

This 4-part demo (playlist) will show you how to refine complex edges in masks using CC 2017 tools. This is a daunting task without this method! It follows the lessons in Chapter 6 of the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book 2017 edition. Continue reading Photoshop – Lesson 06: Masks and Channels

Photoshop – Lesson 03: Making Selections

Working With Photoshop Selection Tools

To follow along with the Lesson 3 from Photoshop CC 2017 : Classroom in a Book and learn some additional best practice tips NOT in the book, watch the following videos below. It is a playlist of five videos that cover using selection tools in Photoshop.

To view the above video in a larger screen size, start the video and click the YouTube icon.

  1. Video 1 – Smart Selection: ~20 minutes
  2. Video 2 – Marquee Selections: ~13 minutes
  3. Video 3 – Marquee and Magic Wand: ~ 6 minutes
  4. Video 4 – Lasso Tools: ~ 14 minutes
  5. Video 5 – Magnetic Lasso: ~ 21 minutes

TOTAL: ~1 hour and 15 minutes


SFTP – Cyberduck for

Get Connected

Although this page is a tutorial on using Cyberduck, there are several free SFTP software packages you can use:

Mac users : CyberduckFilezillaFugu
PC users: CyberduckFilezillaWinSCP

Miracosta College has a help desk webpage that shows you how to use Fugu and WinSCP here:

The instructor happens to prefer Cyberduck and Filezilla. NOTE: Filezilla’s interface is not quite as friendly as Cyberduck’s.

Using Cyberduck for SFTP

In the first video of the playlist below, you will learn how to use the SFTP program, Cyberduck, to connect to your Miracosta College student web directory.

The second video continuation covers how to create the folder structure on the server for our class, how to create and rename files, how ‘index’ files work vs. other files, and how to view your uploaded work on the web.

PHOTOSHOP – Making Image Navigation For the Web

The first demo video shows you how you can make navigational buttons in Photoshop using multiple layers in a single space. The second demo shows you how to create the same output files as in the first demo, but the second video uses “slices”.

BY THE WAY . . .. Even though in the video a talk about making “javascript rollovers,” these techniques are the same for making CSS hover buttons that use absolutely no javascript. So don’t let that throw you off! Continue reading PHOTOSHOP – Making Image Navigation For the Web

Primary Colors of Light and Pigment

How We See Color

The inner surfaces of your eyes contain photoreceptors—specialized cells that are sensitive to light and relay messages to your brain. There are two types of photoreceptors: cones (which are sensitive to color) and rods (which are more sensitive to intensity). You are able to “see” an object when light from the object enters your eyes and strikes these photoreceptors. Continue reading Primary Colors of Light and Pigment