How To Use Photoshop, Dover Images, and PnP Paper

metal-etch-2These are a few samples of images from the Dover Pictorial Archive Collections. Many have CD’s that allow you to import the images easily. In the FRCC Jewelry Studio, we have access to the images from over 20 different books. More are available from Dover Publications.

You can use these images with PnP paper to create a resist that can be heat transfered to metal for etching or other design purposes, such as anodizing, or cutting very detailed designs. You can also use the images to have rubber stamps made by Ready Stamp.

To Find an Image in the Jewelry Classroom Computer

Open Adobe Bridge (Br)
These are the paths to follow to use the Dover Images in the computer:

Computer>Macintosh HD>Users>Shared>Dover
Computer>Macintosh HD>Users>Shared>MoreDover
Computer>Macintosh HD>Users>Shared>EvenMoreDover

Browse to the folder you want (jpg is good) and double click to open an image in Photoshop. To open multiple images, hold down Command as you click on the next object. Then double click on one of the highlighted images to open them all.

These are the Dover books we have in the computer. These images are copyright free for artists use.

Dover Folder
Chinese Lattice
Elegant Floral
Floral, Folk, & Paisley
Geometric Designs
Insects
Japanese
Medieval
Naughty Old Time French
Repeating Patterns
Sea Life
Victorian Ornaments

MoreDover Folder
Astronomy/Astrology
Books, Reading & Writing
Celtic
Cowboys & Western
Decorative Ironwork
Egyptian
Food & Drink

Even More Dover
African
Art Deco Motifs and Monograms
Art Nouveau
Birds
Cherubs
Day of the Dead
Decorative Cuts
Japanese Art Deco
Nature to Ornament
Tattoo Designs
Vector Ornaments
Vector Pattern
Victorian Vector

To Make a PnP Master
In Photoshop choose File >New
Create a file using US Letter preset (300 dpi 8.5×11”)
Go back and forth from the images you have opened to the new file. All open files will be listed under Window in the top navigation menu. Choose an image file, and hold down Command and A to Select All
hold down Command and C to Copy
Go back to the PnP Master file you are making, and
Hold down Command and V to Paste
Continue doing this until your master file page is filled. Leave room to cut between the designs. It is a good idea to save your file in case you need to use it again.
You can make copies of an image easily .You can make different versions of an image in several ways—resize it, reverse it, change color images to black and white, and invert to change black to white and white to black. Those are just a few!

To Make Copies of an Image
Make sure you are clicked on the black arrow at the top of the tool bar (this is the Selection Tool) Make sure that Show Transform Controls box at the left of the top navigation bar is clicked. Click on the image inside the bounding box. Hold down the alt/option key while holding the clicker down and dragging the new image away. Two little black and white arrows appear when you do this and the selected object is duplicated. You can do several at once. If you are building a repeating pattern it is easier to build an entire row and duplicate it.

To Resize the Image
Make sure you are clicked on the black arrow at the top of the tool bar (this is the Selection Tool) Make sure that Show Transform Controls box at the left of the top navigation bar is clicked. Click and hold down the curser (clicker button) on one of the Bounding Box corners (around the image) and pull out to make it bigger, push in towards the center to make it smaller. If you hold down Shift at the same time, it will resize in ration, otherwise you will make it skinnier but not shorter, etc., and that can be very cool also. There’s a checkmark at the right of the top navigation bar you must click to Commit to Transform.

To Reverse the Image Direction
Make sure you are clicked on the black arrow at the top of the tool bar (this is the
Selection Tool) Make sure that Show Transform Controls box at the left of the top navigation bar is clicked. Click on the image inside the bounding box to select it.
Make a copy as shown above. Click on the middle box on the left or right side of the bounding box—not a corner box, but in between. Drag the image to the left or right to reverse it. Click the Commit to Transform button at the right of the top navigation bar. You can measure the new one against the original to make sure the size is right. Now you have a left and right version!
OR
Make sure you are clicked on the black arrow at the top of the tool bar (this is the Selection Tool) Make sure that Show Transform Controls box at the left of the top navigation bar is clicked. Click on the image inside the bounding box. Go to the top navigation bar Image>Image Rotation and you can flip it horizontally or vertically.

To Change Color To Black and White
Select the item by clicking on it. Go to the Layers Panel in the lower left of the screen; if it isn’t open, then open it under Window>Layers. At the bottom of the panel are some little icons, and one is a circle, half white and half black. Create New Fill Or Adjustment Layer is its name. One of the adjustments is Black & White. Pick that one and it takes all the color out. If your darks need to be darker, make another adjustment layer and pick Curves. There is a graph with black and white sliders at the bottom. Pick the black one on the left by clicking on it and then slide it to the right to darken the dark parts of the image. You can brighten the light parts of an image by doing the reverse with the white slider bar.

To Invert Black and White
Select the image you wish to invert. Go to Image>Adjustments>Invert and click. The keyboard shortcut is Command plus I. If the image is grey and black , go to the Layers Panel in the lower left of the screen; if it isn’t open, then open it under Window>Layers. At the bottom of the panel are some little icons, and one is a circle, half white and half black. Create New Fill Or Adjustment Layer is its name. One of the adjustments is Curves. There is a graph with black and white sliders at the bottom. Pick the black one on the left by clicking on it and then slide it to the right to darken the dark parts of the image. You can brighten the light parts of an image by doing the reverse with the white slider bar.

To Print on PnP Paper
Save your file frequently as you build it in photoshop as sometimes things go wrong and you don’t want to lose your previous work. When you have a full sheet of images with plenty of room to cut around them to separate them, load the PnP paper into the printer DULL SIDE UP (printer says load print side up, and you print on the dull not the shiny side). Print the image using black laser toner. A fresh cartridge is more likely to bleed as the toner is too “juicy”.

Important Keyboard Shortcuts (Cmd for Macs, Ctrl for PC)
Cmd A = Select All
Cmd C = Copy to Clipboard
Cmd V = Paste
Cmd Z = Edit Undo
Cmd S = Save
Cmd I = Invert
Cmd P = Print

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