So this vector thing took some serious time. Once I got the hang of things it made it easier to edit but still slow as molasses, definitely something to keep practicing.
My “client” hired me to create postage stamps for the new breed of the blue butterfly. At least that is what I attempted to do. It is very difficult to create the repeating stamp shape without using the brush tool… ugh!
Here is the before:
I lightened the background on this one but it still looks a little pink. Oh well… I blame the pink border around the picture. 😀
For this weeks project we needed to restore an old photo. The one I used was an image of my husbands maternal grandmother. This is what I have completed for now, I know I need to really get in there and clean up around the edges to blend it in better.
I used these restoration tools: spot healing, healing, patch and cloning tools. I made some adjustment layers to adjust the color balance, levels and black and white. I also used the lasso to select an area (like the boy’s eye) and duplicated it to the other side. Boy, was that a challenge!
Here is the before:
And the after:
And here is the dance 2 image:
So this week was extremely difficult for me, I don’t believe that typography is my thing. I do although really enjoy seeing other designers tutorials and creations.
I will post all the projects I did, but the first one is my “typography art piece” for this class.
I will also add the url links I used for the projects and add the pictures I used from the web.
Here we go:
#1. I got my template from a picture I took and wanted to recreate the fruit loops in words but that would have taken forever, so I changed that part. Instead of a bowl of cereal I did a plate of peas.
I also wanted to try to create my photo with words like this link, but I did not know how.
Here is my pic
#2. I used this tutorial for this project, changed a few things and added a brush as a border.
#3. I created this project for my boys bedroom, I did not use a tutorial. The font is “transformers” from dafont.com.
This is what it looked like before I placed the paper over all the layers.
#4. Created the stamp, thought it was neat and learned something new. I used this tutorial, but used my own photo for the “grunge”.
#5.This one is supposed to kind of look like a stitch pillow. I did not save this project when I first created it and then Photoshop crashed on me. I lost everything I did, took me about 2 hours trying to figure out how to follow the tutorial. Then when I went to recreate this it only took me 10 min. Boy, did I learn my lesson!!! ALWAYS SAVE YOUR WORK!!! I used this tutorial to complete this project. And I used this picture for the ribbon on this page.
OK, so this project was a little bit difficult. Finding something weird or quirky took me some time to think of and I still think the advertisement could have been stronger. I did the best I could with the time and imagination I had available this week.
So here it is w/ the layers!
My inspiration came from a dream I had last week- I dreamt my mother had a salami bush in her front yard and it was time to pick off the “fruit”. I don’t know where these dreams come from, but they get weird sometimes!
I created this advertisement 3 fold. First I created the salami w/ the husk, I contemplated using a tree or an arched trellis to hang the salami on but then I thought about using corn husks. I also created the seed packet separately- which I used an early 1900’s seed packet as my inspiration, and then the final advertisement to combine it all together. Here are the images I used:
Details for the salami husk:
- I found a picture of salami w/out the wrapper- selected the one I wanted to use and with it still selected I created a layer of just my selection.
- Found a corn with a nice husk around it- selected the corn and deleted it. Added the salami to the husk and did some touch ups to make it look like it should belong.
Seed packet details:
- Created a new workspace and added the digital paper I used for my first self-portrait except I only used a corner of it.
- Copied the salami husk into a new workspace and duplicated it. The duplicated copy I turned into multiply and minimized the opacity so it wasn’t so dark.
- Did that again for the second salami husk. I also enlarged and tilted both the husks.
- Added a bit of a drop shadow and inner shadow and grain to the salami husks to make them look older
- Then added the text of course J Used some free fonts from dafont.com
- Copied the background layer to the top and then overlaid it and dropped the opacity.
Final advertisement details:
- Used a picture I took of a cornfield as the background.
- Copied over the seed packet, added a stroke and drop shadow to both.
- Created a clipping mask with the salami picture in the top text and no it’s not a gradient.
- Added the picture of the salami growing in the field to make it seem somewhat believable.
- And added text. Added a drop shadow, bevel and emboss and a stroke. I didn’t know what to say so it’s pretty bare.
It seem like this project took some more time because I did not have any ideas on what to do or how to put them together.
So for my first project I choose to do a senior inspired announcement of photos I took last year. This one seemed so bare it took me a while fiddling around with different ideas, which still seems a little simple. I think boy announcements are a bit more challenging than girls.
My details of completion are:
- I created a canvas border like the video and did a bevel and emboss. The frame is also attached to the inner separations. They fused together when I created new separating lines using the marquee tool.
- On the left side I used a textured digital paper I purchased from Florabella.
- For the “class of” I used copperplate gothic font and added a drop shadow, outer glow and a bevel and emboss.
- For the “2010” I used bleeding cowboys font which can be downloaded for free from 1001freefonts.com. I added a drop shadow, outer glow and a bevel and emboss. Also in the characters panel I set the leading orientation to 40pts so that the #s are still touching.
- And the senior’s name I just used a bevel and emboss.
For the second announcement I chose to do a baby shower invite. Seems a lot easier to do something for a girl.
Here are the details:
- The digital paper and picture frames were purchased from Florabella.
- So starting from the top, the frames, I added a drop shadow and bevel and emboss.
- Pink damask digital paper half way down the canvas and I chose a multiply overlay.
- The ribbon was created using the marquee tool, dropped in color and then added a pattern overlay. I also added a bevel and emboss.
- The tag was created using the rectangle tool. Then I free transformed it, chose the warp toll and then brought the points in to warp the edges. Added a drop shadow, pattern overlay, and a stroke.
- With the bottom half I used orange stripe paper, dropped the opacity so it was not so bright, created a box with the marquee tool and jumped it to a new layer and added a stroke to the jumped layer.
- The stamp was created from a selection of the pink damask paper at the top. I duplicated this layer and changed the mode to multiply to make it more contrasted and then I added a bevel and emboss.
- Then added the text-using calamity jane and chopin script from 1001freefonts.com.
For the postcard I chose Scotland because I really, really want to visit sometime. When I did a search for pictures of Scotland I found so many beautiful castle image and decided I wanted to add that aspect into the postcard. And of course other elements I first think of in relations to Scotland are the pubs and the bagpiper (I bet there is a real name for them). This took some time thinking about what pictures I wanted to use as well as how to lay it out. Seems that my husband prefers this one over the others.
- Starting from the top I used a chunky font so I can inlay the pictures into the font. The word Scotland has castle images inlayed into the letters. Added a drop shadow and bevel and emboss.
- The frame was created the same way as the senior video and I added an extra piece to the frame using the marquee tool. I added the taupe digital paper in all the frames and the background for “Scotland”.
- Created the picture frames with the marquee tool and duplicated the effects from the large frame.
- And the strip was created the same way as the picture frames.
- All photos used for the postcard were all taken from the web.
A few weeks ago I saw a bulletin that had a gradient background with silhouetted people jumping in the air. I wanted to recreate the image and knew that we were going to have a chance to do so. I tried 2 different variations for this project, one with a natural image and the other as an illustrated image.
The natural image is of a photographer behind a large format camera taking a picture of the lions lying on the log. I liked the idea behind this one with the silhouetted photographer hiding behind the bushes to photograph the lions, but with the two images together, I wasn’t really “feeling” the composite. Maybe I could have added some dramatic color changes to adjust the mood.
I used the quick selection tool with a combo of the lasso tool. I also added a mask to my layer so I could adjust the silhouette by brushing on or off the black areas.
These are the two images I used.
And here is the final:
Here are the photos I used for the illustrated image:
The second project is a silhouette of my son at his 3-year-old b-day party hitting the piñata. This one took me all day (sorry babe), thinking about what I was going to do, how to lay it out and choosing many photos that did not make the cut. I originally wanted to create a concert feel because I was apart of one this weekend, but to my disappointment there were tons of illustration that were very similar to what I wanted to do.
I had an idea as to the background I wanted, so I created that first using the rectangle marquee tool and creating a gradient in each strip. I also knew I wanted grass at the bottom. I thought I would try adding a tree to see how it came out, I tried to select a lot of different types of trees but I did not like the way the were coming out. This tree was selected as you see it, at first I did not like it but it grew on me. I like how the branches extend across the top of the image kind of creating a border. For my son, I needed to use 2 separate images because the piñata photo my son was cut off and adding only half his body didn’t look to appealing. So I found one of him on his scooter and I selected his bottom half of his body and added it to his torso. I also added a mask to blend the two layers together.
All in all, I flipped the kid (and resized), the tree and the large blades of grass, added some extra visual elements, used a combo of the color range with the lasso, marquee and quick selection tool, refine edge, changed blending modes and created masking on some of the layers.
This one is definitely my favorite of the two projects.
So here is the final:
*All images were taken from the internet except for the child*
For this project I attempted to colorize a few different subject like changing the color of cactus pedals and dots on a Dalmatian but didn’t really like how my images were coming out. My friend last semester got me into buying Altoids, so I thought I would try to use that subject for my project.
So here is the before picture:
And here is the after:
The text on the paper reads “enter at your risk”!
Now available in assorted colors 😀
(if you would like to know how I made the adjustments, leave me a comment and I will add my steps to completing the project.)