Project 2: Image Compositing

facebook
phone

In this project, I attempted to portray what my life is like living in my dorm at Canisius. I included various images of items that I keep around my room and I created a pattern background using the wooden texture on my desk. One of the most challenging parts of this project was arranging all of the items in a way that didn’t completely cover the words in the background. Another challenge that a came across was making the pattern in the background look seamless. I feel that the Facebook image I created turned out better than the phone image because the placement of the figures in the phone version are a little more spread out and there is a lot of empty space.

Lab 5: Pen Tool

In this lab I learned how to use the pen tool more effectively. I had already been familiar with using the pen tool in Illustrator, but this lab helped to show me new techniques that I hadn’t known about. I found most of the lab to be easy, but I did find the second last image to be difficult because some of the numbers were out of order. This lab will help me to have better control over the pen tool for future projects.

Lab 4: Textures

Shape Gradient Combo
Textured Fill

In this lab, I learned how to generate textures in Photoshop with several different methods. The easiest part of this lab for me was using the gradient tool because I was already familiar with it. The most challenging part of this lab was creating a textured fill with a source image. I was unable to get the pattern to appear seamless so there are divisions around the boarders of where the pattern repeats. I think this submission could be improved by using a source image with a clearer texture.

Project 1: Portfolio

This project taught me that a portfolio can say a lot about a person simply through the grouping of images. The easiest part for me was editing the images in Photoshop. The most challenging part of this project for me was obtaining images that all related to each other. I decided to get images of objects that I had in my room. I think this submission could be improved by only using images that have significance to me rather than including any objects I found.

Lab 3: Composite Images

In this lab, I learned how to use the magnetic lasso tool and the background eraser in Photoshop. The easiest part of this lab for me was using the magnetic lasso tool to isolate an object. The most difficult part of this lab was getting used to using the background eraser and the pen tool. This lab provided me with useful knowledge for future projects because it provided me with multiple methods to make selections in photoshop.

Lab 1: Acquiring Images

scanned coin
scanned drawing
magazine with dslr
scanned magazine
object with phone camera
photoshop creation
magazine with phone camera
downloaded image
object with dslr
scanned printed image

In this lab the images taken on my phone were much lower resolution than the high-end images from the DSLR camera. Scanning also lowered the quality of the images and made them appear blurry. For the Photoshop image, I decided to make the dimensions 1500 x 1500 pixels with 300 resolution

Stamp Project

  1. In this project, I learned how to utilize type in my designs.
  2. The easiest part was deciding what content would be on the stamp.
  3. The most challenging part was getting the type to fit in the design.
  4. My submission could be improved by making borders on the edges of the stamps.
  5. This assignment could be improved by requiring at least one stamp to include an original font.
  6. I will apply the knowledge I gained from this project to future assignments by keeping in mind the importance of type as a design element.

Combining images metaphor

“Knowledge is Power”

In this project, I learned how to create patterns in Illustrator.

The easiest part of the project was coming up with the metaphor.

The most difficult part of the project was fusing the images in photoshop.

My submission could be improved by making the images blend together a little more seamlessly.

The assignment could be improved in the future by providing a selection of metaphors to choose from.

I will apply the knowledge I gained about photoshop to future projects.

One article that inspired me for this project was the Design Shack article entitled “10 Reasons Why the Best Design Is Invisible”.This article taught me that some of the best design choices are the aspects of a piece that the viewer wouldn’t even know were changed. 

Color Project

I learned how to create designs using the different kinds of color schemes.

The easiest part for me was deciding which colors to use. 

The most challenging part for me was drawing vectors in Illustrator.

My submission could be improved by utilizing the gestalt principles more.

This assignment could be improved in the future by allowing any kind of landscape to be made.

I will apply the skills I learned in Illustrator to future assignments.

One specific reading that helped me with this project was the article on color theory by Cameron Chapman. This article taught me about the different color terminologies and how to use color theory to enhance my designs.