How to make a Billboard Image
To begin making the billboard, search for the lighthouse image from the Pics4Learning.com website.
(Bias, Gene, lighthouse/.jpg. July, 2004.Pics4Learning.22 Mar 2005 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>).
Then, right click the image, and go to the option "Save Picture as..." and save image onto the Desktop or desired location.
Next, open the Adobe Photoshop 7.0 CS and go to "File > Open" and then double click on the lighthouse image file in the location where you saved it to. Now you can begin and modify the image to look like a billboard sign.
By using the "Filter" option located in the main menu bar on the top of the screen, go to "Style > Solarize" option. The Filter option, in general, allows the user to alter their desired image by applying various filters. This will allow you to modify and produce a solarize effect to the background of the lighthouse image.
Next, by using the Magic Wand Tool located on Photoshop's Tool window on the left side of the screen (see arrow), it will allow you to select certain areas on the image that correlate with each other and are similar in color features. Once Magic Wand tool selected, use the left clicker on your mouse and click on the one of the two black borders that is underneath the white rooftop on the building. A moving dashed line should appear around the object on the image that you selected using this tool.
After the object in the image is selected, you can now modify the color of the object. This can be achieved by first selecting the Paint Bucket Tool, which is another useful option found on Photoshop's Tool window found on the left of the screen. After this tool was selected, use the provided color palette on the right hand side of the screen, select the "Dark Red" color by left clicking the color square.
Once both the Paint Bucket tool and the desired Dark Red color is selected, proceed to place the cursor that looks like a tipping paint bucket over the object within the picture that has the moving dashed line around it. Then, use by using the left click on the mouse, there should be a visible difference in color change (black -> dark red). If this was successfully done, continue to follow the same exact steps (steps 4-6) with the second trimming underneath the rooftop in the lighthouse image.
The next step into making a Billboard image is to add a simple text onto the image. The addition of any text onto an image through Photoshop can be done by using the Horizontal Type tool. This tool option once again is located on the left side of the screen on Photoshop's Tool window that automatically loads when opening the program. Use the left click on the mouse and select this specific Text tool. Next, move the mouse over to the image and place the text cursor towards the top of the picture by left clicking the image. Once cursor is at desired area, type in "Visit NJ's most haunted lighthouse". Once text is displayed, place the cursor again towards the bottom of the image, then type in "10 mi. off Exit 13"
By this step, the text should be seen on the image. Now, in order to modify the actual text, hold down the left click and highlight the text and alter the text with the different text specifications such as color, font size, font style. Set the text as: Font size 12pt ; Font Name/Style- Century Gothic/Italicize (for bottom text) ; Color- Dark Red.
The last step that will be done to modify the entire image is to use the "Brightness/Contrast" option. By using the "image" option located on the main menu bar on the top of the screen, then go to "Adjustments", and then "Brightness/Contrast" option. By adjusting the amount of brightness/contrast of the image, the image will be at its optimal viewing pleasure. Set Brightness to +25 and contrast to +15.
Lastly, save the Lighthouse Billboard image by going to "File" and then "Save as...", and make the file name as lighthouse and set it as a .bmp or .jpg image.
This is how your final product should look like! TADA!