In this lesson, we imported the picture from Moodle (the Mini) and edited it using various tools, such as; Quick selection, Magic wand, Paintbrush etc.

Firstly, we destructively damaged the original image, by selecting the background and changing the contrast, Hue, and Saturation. We then emphasised the car by painting the selected parts to make it stand out.

We then created the Non – Destructive mini where we didn’t damage the original image. However, we “copied” the original background layer and then added a mask in which we edited it the exact same way.


Non – Destructive


Step 1: We Opened Photoshop and then imported a picture from Moodle (The Mini).

Step 2: Once we imported the picture, we locked the original layer and then duplicated it, to make a copy.

Step 3: Then, with the duplicated layer selected, we modified it by using the selection tools and the paint tools.

Step 4: We then selected the outside of the Mini i.e. the background and then clicked “Auto-Enhance”, this function can produce some smoother higher quality selection edges.

Step 5: With the “Polygonal” tool selected, we went around the tires and other parts of the picture to make sure the entire mini was selected.

Step 6: Once the entire mini was selected, we then went to select > Save Selection >  and changed the name to Mini and clicked “Save”

Step 7: With the BackGorund copy selected we went to Select > Inverse (or Shift + CMD + I).

Step 8: To view the brush presets go to Window > then scroll down to Brush Presets, Choose a brush, size and colour that you like.

Step 9: Begin to paint the inside of the bodywork of the Mini.

Step 10: There is a wooden framework on the back of the mini. In order to paint the interior area of the mini, you must select the “Quick Selection” tool and go around the inside carefully avoiding the wood frame.

Step 11: Once the mini’s bodywork has been painted, select the “Normal” Drop down panel, and scroll down to “colour”, this will diffuse the painted area of the mini with the original colour, giving the mini a realistic paint job effect.

Step 12: Create a New Layer, go to Channels > While the New Layer is selected, Hold Shift and select the “Colour” copy (it should have a black background and a silhouette of the mini) of the layer > Once selected, go to the Gradient tool > choose a NEW colour > With the Gradient tool selected, go from one end to the other.

Step 13: Once the entirety oft the mini is painted with the chosen colour, then select the drop down panel again and scroll down to “Colour”, this will then diffuse the two colours together.

Step 14: Click the New Layer and then select “create new mask”.

Step 15: With the mask layer selected, click on the Quick Selection tool and highlight the windows.

Step 16: With the Mask Layer selected, click on the brush tool and select black paint. With the brush tool ready, paint the window. The black paint brush will remove the area if the Mask Layer is selected and vice versa with the colour white (Adds colour).

Step 17: Apply this method to the lights, wooden frame, number plate, metallic parts of the car and remove any leakages.

Step 18: With the Mask Layer selected, Hold Shift and select the New Layer. Then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Name it and then Change the Hue and Saturation to your liking.

Step 19: Click on the New layer and then go to Select > Inverse (Shift + CMD + I for the shortcut) this will select the outside of the mini.

Step 20: Duplicate the “copy” of the original layer. Then with the Hue and Saturation Mask . Delete the Mask and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation again. Drag this Layer below the New Layer. With the New Layer Selected, hold Shift and then click on the Hue/saturation Layer. Double click this layer to bring up the editing panel, change the background to black and white by dragging the Saturation slider all the way to the left.

These Steps cover both the Destructive path and the Non-Destructive path of Adjustment Layers.