Project 1


This project helped me take images and transform them into background and foreground images for cards. This can be a really useful tool for making personalized cards for friends and even for businesses.

I learned to cut different parts of images and then mask the background so they can be placed on other images. In the process, I learned how to play with Photoshop, which took practice but so does everything in life.

This project was not easy for me. I had to ask for help on many steps as sometimes what the professor did on the screen didn’t work for me. But now I am happy that I completed making a card and can hopefully use this skill in the future to complete other projects in my own life. It was challenging for me to get most of the small details in photoshop like having my text wrap around my images as well as making images larger/smaller.

I believe my submission could be improved by adding more backgrounds to the inside of my card. But at the same time, I didn’t want too much going on and for my audience to be able to see what was written on the inside. I could improve the assignment for next class by adding cleaner images and maybe trying to find some better images online.

This knowledge could be used to decorate birthday cards or even for any special occasion. These steps learned for Project 1 would save someone a good amount of money from buying cards or even hiring someone to do the same job as what we did today. This is a skill that could be applied to so many aspects of life and really is a necessity in the world we live in today.

A specific reading that inspired me for this project would have to be “How 25 years of photoshop changed our perception of reality”. This reading and video included showed me how much our world that we view as reality is really fiction. Models and people who we idolize are really being photoshopped and changed into a perfect image that we view as being normal. I tried to keep my card simple and not try to hide any flaws when putting myself onto the front card.


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