Month: May 2014

P4 – Montage Project

SusanWall-P4Montage-FeliciaandJonathon
  • Description: This is a photo montage using masks to blend images together.
  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing): I looked through lots of pictures and tried quite a few different options, but this is the one I liked the best. I took the picture of the Salt Lake Temple when we were in Utah for Christmas. As I was going through pictures this one seemed to feel right. I had taken it an an angle so I had to rotate it. Then I looked through lots of wedding pictures of my daughter’s wedding and decided on this one. I overlapped them and then used a mask on both of them to blend them together. I decided to use a black background to show a lot of contrast so that the couple would really stand out. Then I found the quote that I wanted and used a script font and a larger size to make it stand out from the rest of the text. I liked the gold color for the text and thought it blended well with the colors in the temple, yet contrasted enough with the black to stand out, yet a rich tone to it (rather than white).
  • Message: I chose these pictures and the quote and my message is the Family and that Families are the focus of God’s plan and that they are forever.
  • Audience: LDS people primarily (they would understand it) although, it could be a conversation starter about the church for non-members if they saw this in our homes.
  • Top Thing Learned: I think I really was able to design this in a way that the message is very clear and beautiful. My son-in-law was really touched and wanted me to get it framed for them. I’m gaining confidence in my ability to design.
  • Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: I did not change in colorization in this piece.
  • Color scheme and color names: I’m not sure if this is an Monochromatic or a Complimentary color scheme; the white and black aren’t on the color wheel, but I would guess they are complimentary, but there are various shades of gold in the lettering and in the top of the temple with the lighting etc. So I would say analogous because of the shades of gold and if you add lots of white and lots of black, they you have white and black.
  • Title Font Name & Category: Segoe Script; script
  • Copy Font Name & Category: Verdana; sans serif
  • Thumbnails of Images used: FeliciaJonathonWedding IMG_0142
  • Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site): These images were on my computer. The first one is of my daughter’s wedding (the photographer gave us the CD and said we could do whatever we wanted with them) and the second one I took in December when I was in Utah for Christmas. I actually took it on my iPhone and I had to take it diagonally so I wouldn’t cut off the top. When I was looking through pictures trying to get ideas, I decided I really liked this one and wanted to use it (after doing other ones with other pictures).

Here is the link to my video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvgGI_ezqaQ

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P3 Photodesign Project

SusanWall-P3Photodesign-flower
  • Description: This is a flyer showing the photography of this plant and using it in a flyer for a Botany Club meeting.
  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): The pictures were shot with my father-in-laws Panasonic Lumix FMZ100 camera. I had never used this camera before, or anything more than a “point and shoot”. So, even though I good light shooting these pictures, I felt like I was “shooting in the dark.” My husband went with me and showed me how to use the metering to focus on foreground objects and background. I got some very interesting pictures of light coming through clouds and such, but I was really intrigued with this plant and decided I wanted to use it in my project. I used the colors in the photo (analogous: yellow, lime,green); I find that God is the Master at color schemes. I used Photoshop and adjusted levels, vibrance and sharpness to make it really pop. I decided to use rectangles in the color scheme colors (muted a little). I felt like the yellow around the picture would really bring out the yellow in the flowers. I decided to center the title over the plant rather than all the way to the left. I decided not to put the borders all the way around the picture to use asymmetry. (most the people I asked liked it that way). To balance it out, I put the date and time right-aligned at the bottom and then the place is wrapped around the corner going up the side. I tried a lot of san serif fonts and other sizes etc. but I didn’t like any of them so I stayed with what I have here. Because I couldn’t find other fonts that I liked better, I decided to add a yellow stroke on the title text to add contrast and draw more attention to the title text. I really liked how it turned out.
  • Message: This flyer is designed to excite Botany Club members about the next meeting about Exotic Plants.
  • Audience: Plant enthusiasts (Botany Club members), adults
  • Top Thing Learned: I’ve never done any “photography” except “point and shoot” so I learned how use metering and focus in on an object. I really enjoyed learning about this and I would love to learn more about how to really use a camera.
  • Color scheme and color names: Analogous; Yellow, Lime, Green
  • Title Font Name & Category: Nyala; serif
  • Copy Font Name & Category: Nyala; serif (I tried some san serif fonts, but I didn’t like the way they looked)
  • Thumbnail of original, unedited image inserted: 

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  • Date and location you took the photo(s) Photos were taken Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Peck Road Park, El Monte, CA.

My video: https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=ZvtqAmiDVtI

P3 Photodesign Activity

I thought this was a pretty amazing sight showing light coming through the clouds as the sunset. I know it's a little dark, but I loved the picture. The light is coming in at a diagonal from the upper right to the lower left. I adjusted the levels. I added a little vibrance. I also adjusted the contrast a little bit.

I thought this was a pretty amazing sight showing light coming through the clouds as the sunset. I know it’s a little dark, but I loved the picture. The light is coming in at a diagonal from the upper right to the lower left.
I adjusted the levels. I added a little vibrance. I also adjusted the contrast a little bit. (SusanWall-01-Light-Outdoors)

We went to Panda Express to take a picture of the food (and eat of course) I fell in love with the Pandas on the wall and had to take a picture of them. Besides, the lady at the restaurant was worried when she saw us taking pictures of the food. I cropped this one a little bit and straightened it. I adjusted levels. I also adjusted hue and vibrance. (SusanWall-02-Light-Indoors)

We went to Panda Express to take a picture of the food (and eat of course) I fell in love with the Pandas on the wall and had to take a picture of them. Besides, the lady at the restaurant was worried when she saw us taking pictures of the food.
I cropped this one a little bit and straightened it. I adjusted levels. I also adjusted hue and vibrance. (SusanWall-02-Light-Indoors)

This is an interesting plant with an interesting yellow flower and strange pods hanging down, but I thought is was interesting. This one shows the foreground in focus. I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-03-Focus-foreground)

This is an interesting plant with an interesting yellow flower and strange pods hanging down, but I thought is was interesting. This one shows the foreground in focus.
I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-03-Focus-foreground)

This is the same interesting flower, but this time with the background in focus. I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-04-Focus-background)

This is the same interesting flower, but this time with the background in focus.
I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-04-Focus-background)

This shows a duck leading into the photo. Is was hard because the duck wouldn't hold still. He is leading into the picture with room to continue in the photo. I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-05-Composition-Leading)

This shows a duck leading into the photo. Is was hard because the duck wouldn’t hold still. He is leading into the picture with room to continue in the photo.
I adjusted the levels. I also adjusted the hue and vibrance. I also used the sharpen tool. (SusanWall-05-Composition-Leading)

This is a picture of a hawk in a tree. He and the branch that he is perched on cause a strong line at the third.  I think it looks nice against the nice blue sky. I didn't need to do a lot with this photo because it came out pretty good. I did adjust the levels a little bit though. I was glad he was so content up in that tree. (SusanWall-06-Composition-ruleofthirds)

This is a picture of a hawk in a tree. He and the branch that he is perched on cause a strong line at the third. I think it looks nice against the nice blue sky.
I didn’t need to do a lot with this photo because it came out pretty good. I did adjust the levels a little bit though. I was glad he was so content up in that tree. (SusanWall-06-Composition-ruleofthirds)

Project 2 Event Ad

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  • Description: This is a flyer for a Photoshop class that I will be teaching in the summer. I created it and then found out that it was supposed to be a fund raiser. After texting our teacher, she told me that I could turn it into a fund-rasier. This was done with Microsoft Word program.
  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I scanned in the images from an exercise in the
    Photoshop Book that I teach from. The original pictures showed a picture of a cyclist and then a cropped picture with a formatted edge that looks like a frame. My daughter told me that those pictures wouldn’t interest her in the class because she could do those things on her phone. So I found another exercise in a previous book that you see above where we bring in other images and use other tools to do the landscaping for the house. This is a better example of something that can be done in Photoshop. I also changed a few other things based on feedback that I got from the critiques. I chose the green color because it went well with the first pictures that I used; I decided it looked good with these pictures too. I liked the white contrast and thought it had a summer-like feel to it. I like the repetition and contrast of the white boxes. I like the contrast of the heavy
    Britanic Bold font and the Arial font for the rest. I tried using a serif font for the body copy and didn’t like it as well.
  • Message: I think the message Photoshop grabs the attention because it is placed in the upper right corner and uses an eye-catching font as well. Then the subtitle is in a
    different font and is spread out so that the white space also attracts attention that it is a fund-raiser. Below that we see what the money raised will be used for. In the smaller box towards the bottom we find the date, time, duration of the class and the price of the class.
  • Audience:  The audience is adults over (18 years and older), male and female.
  • Color scheme and color names: This is a monochromatic color scheme using shades of green and white
  • Top Thing Learned: I prefer doing my layout in InDesign where I have guides etc. I was already familiar with the design tools in Word, they keep adding more and more options for changing photos in Word. It’s great to know if you are working on a computer that doesn’t have the Adobe programs.
  • Title Font Name & Category: Britanic Bold, Modern
  • Copy Font Name & Category: Arial, San Serif
  • Scanned images used, sources, original sizes, location of scanner used: I scanned the images from a book, “Photoshop CS4 Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques”
    (I used a newer book for the original pictures and this book for these pictures). These pictures were origianally 1369 x 949 px and 1369 x 936 px. I used the scanner at my home which is an Cannon MP 170.

You can see my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmSsjAHMhlY

Project 1 Flier (Flyer?)

Susan-Wall-InDesign-Flier

Description:

This is a black and white flyer to promote a leadership conference for college
graduating seniors.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills):

I drew sketches and then I created them in InDesign. I actually did all four in InDesign. I had a hard time selecting which one to finalize and post here. About half of the people I asked liked the other one better, but two of the three that I had critique liked this one best. I used
contrast for the focal point and hierarchy. The white text on black catches the attention as well as using very large type for Leadership. The second in importance was gray/black so the movement in this piece went from the left, then to the top where the image was and then down the page on the right side with the “call to action” towards the bottom where they will remember the “where” and “when” and how to register. My white space is grouped and it gives my eyes a rest between the heavy white text on black and the rest of the text. I also used repetition to include a second gray box behind the date, time and place which I feel helped to unify the piece.

Message:

I emphasized this word because that’s what the conference is about. I was afraid if I
emphasized Graduate, that students would think it was about graduation and possibly not go closer to read the rest, especially if they already thought they knew the details of graduation. I’m actually okay if it attracts the attention of those that aren’t graduating seniors, that way they notice what it is and know that they have something that they can look forward to when they are seniors, that will help them develop leadership qualities.

Audience:

This conference is for graduating seniors, ages 22+, but it doesn’t hurt for others to know it is being offered. (As this class is being taught online, worldwide, I felt that the image be a little more representative of cultural diversity.)

Top Thing Learned:

I think the thing that I learned the most here is the value of white space and contrast. I used the contrast for hierarchy purposes and the white space really added to the element of
contrast on the page. (This piece was the first one that I made and I gained some confidence in my design and layout ability.)

Title Font Name & Category:

Helvetica – Sans serif

Copy Font Name & Category:

Helvetica – Sans serif

Links to images used in this project:

JuliePeterson-Leadership-conference-business-rexburg-Idaho_7629-as-Smart-Object-1.jpg

VouantLogo.jpg

 

This is the link to the video showing that I printed my project on quality paper in grayscale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCsBkoDHpPQ

 


 

Since this is my blog, I wanted to also post the other flyer that half of the people I asked liked best: (I would actually appreciate feedback on this one too.)

Graduate Leadership Conference3a