This was a group project where we worked together to create our own 1930’s advertisement after watching demo videos on:
http://www.lynda.com/Photosho p-CS5-tutorials/Photoshop-for- Designers-Shape-Layers/83783- 2.html
I watched and took notes on Nigel French’s tutorials on Shape Layers. Both Chapter one and chapter two were informative. Most of the creating processes were showing towards the end of chapter two. It was the most helpful when creating our own advertisement.
Here is the history of the type of advertisement, some of the ways to create your own ad, some artists and additional tutorials to reference and notes on what we picked up on during our research.
Here are some of the notes I collected from French’s tutorials:
Shape (layers)- target path
Pen path (paths)- alt + click= corner, curve; alt + shift= to warp; command key, hybrid, hold alt
filled pixels (layers)
Shape will print crisply
Converting shape to path and vice versa. The shape has to be saved as a path and then you can delete the layer. Then to fill you have to adjust the layer.
Rasterizing is another term for converting pixels. This adds filters to the rasterized shape.
To invert colors you must use the path subtraction the short cut is to add, subtract, intersect, exclude overlap and then combine.
command + g= group alignment
command + a= selects all
Other helpful tutorials similar to this one can be seen in the slideshow.
After receiving all my critique sheets I learned that my work had a lot of room for improvement. People critiqued my work were unimpressed by the way I executed my typeface and illustration. The critiques seemed as if there was more criticism than feedback but I do believe I have ideas to make my illustration and typeface more appealing. Perhaps taking the typeface to a more extreme level will allow me to pick up my grade. As for the illustration, I suppose adding more innuendos that the propane tanks symbolize the letter P itself will higher my grades in that area as well.
I learned that maya wasn’t exactly an easy software. Perhaps taking more risks could have gotten me better peer critiques. I should have taken the assignment in more of a design perspective rather than worrying too much about if the viewer will be able to tell the letter I was rendering. The feedback I got was a bit disappointing but I learned that taking risks and creating a more design oriented piece would have had better feedback.
for the letter book idea i have a plethora of ideas…
imagine this: a penguin elongating his foot into the water with a fish nibbling his foot. the fish would be a sherif of the letter. the penguin would have his mouth open and that would serve as the middle of the letter. the whole body would be rounded as the letter is itself.
i guess for the text i would be clever to keep it child like and make it look like a toddler wrote the letter with crayon…
I approached this assignment by clearing the opacity of the original picture and enhancing the detail on and off until I used the graffiti can efficiently with the rest of the details on the sock monkey. I made sure the scale worked appropriately with the image itself.
Sock monkey was a good choice.
This tutorial is a good choice for learning how to paint on photoshop.
After presenting my “yellow project” in class, I got a lot of feedback.
They commented on all three aspects: craft, creativity and composition. Overall everyone enjoyed my size and orientation as it was long and trimmed height wise. Many noticed that my technical skills lacked as well. They commented on the crowd and how I should fix the resolution. The idea wasn’t deep as well. I believe I did well at discovering even more ways to use photoshop. I learned a lot through this experience and agree with my classmates constructive criticism.
I have much more to concentrate on for my next piece.
After going through critique and seeing all my classmates pieces, I realized that I wanted to change my topic. I wanted to find out what I associated with yellow and the way the color was perceived in a general consensus. I settled on the color yellow being associated with wisdom. I chose people who I believed were wise. I chose: Muhatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte and Mother Theresa. Perhaps controversial to some but I chose an even number so there is no middle. I decided to settle upon the conventional sunset sky. I decided to crop each person and place them on the bottom of the picture. the simplicity is suppose to juxtapose the colored background with the black and white figures. I chose to mask them together and create a slight outer glow. This piece is meant to show wisdom without the glitz and the glam.
monday’s assignment for digital studio took hours upon hours of contemplating, mapping out and understanding exactly what i was to do…
not only was there the hurdle of figuring out how to use photoshop itself (which the assigned lynda chapters 1,2,6,11 &12) assisted with but how to narrow the broad project of collaging a couple of pictures together
starring at my arbitrarily themed screensaver of giraffes, elephants and zebras…i thought of camels. i realized the vastness of the desert would be a smart composition for the project. parents weekend passed and i began to miss New York more and more. i played with photoshop by using the tools of opacity, image adjustments, masking, layers and light exposure.
cutting out the head of the camel with the select tool on another photohshop file, transfering it’s size, composition and color onto the color boosted desert backdrop took over two hours. obviously, i am a photoshop genius…
now what? how could i make this creative. i stumbled upon the quote “New York is the great stone desert” by Isreal Zangwill shortly after (during procrastination)
*lightbulb: taking the skyline of the city and using a mask against the black background i feathered the sides and refined the existing sunset background until it became crisp and placed it on the bottom and placed the quote above it.
thoughts for next time: this piece is definitely an improvement from my previous pieces…but not there yet. i would have enjoyed the composition a bit better if i had placed the skyline behind the sand dunes but made sure the line of the camels and was prominently ahead of the skyline in a darker gradient. maybe i could have completely eliminated the camel all together and changed the canvas size then added the quote going across the bottom of the long photograph.
After reviewing my peer’s critiques I decided to take the comments into consideration when re-doing the piece. I choose to take the words out and have the piece create its own meaning. This can be seen by the repetition with the sahara desert and the camels walking across the horizon line and the famous skyline of new york city. Both have the same type of shadow and can show repetitiveness. The camel face looked out of place so I took that aspect out as well. I decided having the skyline behind the camels on a different horizon made for an interesting concept.