Art Work Created for My Double Page Spread

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This is the start of my double page spread. I create the Type, Shadows and Strobe lights in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Next I will add a small amount of text to the page as I don’t want to overload the audience with too much information. I will spread the content over a few pages just to make it more audience friendly. The colour schemes I will follow is the American theme: Red, Blue, White and Black. This is fitting for my chosen topic as it was about Americans.

 

Here is a picture of Richard Nixon he was president and was a huge part to the Watergate scandal. It resulted in him resigning in his role and became hated by many people. I wanted to make the picture more subdued and more isolated. By stripping it of all colour it makes the image more of that century and more journalistic of the time. This gives my double page spread more grounds to of reflecting that of the time. I also made the background transparent and played around with the levels of dark and light tones until I was happy.

Above are two different picture elements, I printed each one onto card paper the ripped the stripy paper, this gave the image a more dynamic view. I then placed it over the top of the blue star’s paper, leaving a section in the centre revealed.

It appeared like this once scanned in, I also placed it into Photoshop and used the Hue and saturation tool to manipulate the colour balance. I also gabbed a paint brush and turned the colour to white, The brush was a scattered style. This allowed me to make more texture on the page to make it reflect that of a flag. Once it was something like what I wanted, I then made shadows to make more depth within, my art pieces. I also used the burn tool to make the graphic darker and reflect that dark period in american history. it added more depth and tied into my topic.

I then applied this within my InDesign project and added things like headlines and subheadings.

Digital Versions of My Sketches

After coming up with some ideas, I then produced digital versions so see how well they came out. There where designs that didn’t look good at all when I produced hem and others looked more appropriate for the task.

The Bad attempts 

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This one looked wrong and didn’t seem to be a brand that would be catchy or remember-able. As I didn’t like the digital version I ruled it out and decided to move on.

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This next design was a complete failure as I tried to create an Additions logo. This used typography as well as a picture. This would not be a brand identity as it is too much and at different sizes will become unreadable and not good at all.

I ruled this one out and decided not to try and develop it further as it wasn’t going to become my brand.

OK Brand Ideas

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This logo was better then the ones above, however I didn’t feel it was creative enough. It is very basic and not that what people will remember. My design has to be more creative and so that I stand out amongst others. This logo was that what reflects that to what’s already out on the market. Journalist generally just have there names simply done. I want to push boundaries of what is the normal for people in the Journalism field. The second logo with the black, white and yellow is designed that way as these are my sporting colours. In both of these logos i have designed each letter used in Illustrator.

My favourite brand ideas 

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This design is my favourite by far. it really reflects me. The ‘C’ and the ‘M’ are made from wheelchair tires. This is key as i am disabled  and not ashamed to represent this aspect of my life. The wheels are symbolic as they showcase my personality. The chair transports me around but I am the individual. some people say they don’t want to be defined as a wheelchair user but I see it that its a part of me and why be ashamed.

This design is the building blocks which i want to work from. I want to make it flow better and to make the ‘M’ a continuous flow. The ‘M’ to me looks to much like the McDonalds ‘M’. This could get me into a legal issue if kept this was so by making it flow better and get ring of the central piece of the ‘M’ will help to make it less like the McDonalds brand. The brief states it must work in colour as well as black and whites. My chosen colour scheme will have dark reds or golds.

FINAL HEADLINE FOR INFOGRAPHIC USING ILLUSTRATOR AND PHOTOSHOP LIGHT WORK

Before, I began I familiarized myself with the processes using a smaller amount of letters. This process took me a while to get the grips of but the end product looked of a high standard. This to me was a technique that was transferable to other pieces of my work. This allows me to uses the skills to improve and develop my creative flare.

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For my info graphic design I will be representing the Paralympics from London 2012 using key data along the way.  The word Paralympic is very under rated in accordance to that of the Olympics therefore I wanted to make it stand out and have a bold and eye catching impact for viewers to take notice.

First of all I started of in illustrator and developed the key shapes of each letter, along the way making sure that there were no over hang. To make sure that there was no over hang I clicked (CMD + Y).

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I then added colours into each segment of the letters, I decide I wanted to use gradient and as I was transferring it to Photoshop I knew I could add colours in using overlay so at this moment kept it blacks and whites. This makes areas dark which will be unseen in the final product. Once this was done I then added texture stroke lines into the letters, this creates more depth to the product.

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After putting it into photoshop, I then worked on the letters even more creating layers and new folders, this helped to keep it organised. The first folder created was the background layer, the background of choice was black this helped the dark areas to blend in, creating the contrast. I then created another folder for text light this is where I used the pen tool and selected points in the letters to create shapes. Once enough selections where made I then clicked the black pen tool and selected them so that they were all highlighted.

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Once this section of the process was complete i then started on creating directional lines, from the first attempt i gained the knowledge on how to achieve the same style. this skill was transferred into my new project once all the directional light layers were in place the project looks like this.

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the next stage of my process was to add curves, to the text the brought out and emphasised the curves within the shapes. This gave the graphic a different element.

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other stages of the process included, adding colour layers and adding orbs. this made areas of the text stand out and shine. This is symbolic as it could have connotations to the athletes themselves as they all shined to get to the worlds competition and represent there country. This is a proud moment for all individuals that participated and would be the highlight of there life whether they win or not.

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The end product in my opinion works really well and definitely stands out. There are things that i would like to have done better but for only my second time using this technique i am really impressed how well I’ve picked it up. This skill will help me to create other high professional products.

End product

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Creation of Humber Street 4 page spread

In this session, we have been set the task to produce a 4 page spread – with the topic ‘Humber Street’. To help me create the print product that has been asked of me i have used open sourced software.

Original Template

The title I changed to something much more appropriate to the subject “Humber Street”. I also got rid of the images and backgrounds, so that I could make them much more appropriate to the task.  There were to many pages on the template so I deleted some of the pages to make it fit the requirements of task.

The pages with some changes made (Not with actual text – place holder text) I will be using research to help me make it factual – the placeholder text doesn’t represent how much text will be on the page just there as a plan for where i want to put text. I want the overall project to look clean and very visual (lots of images) not much text , This means it will give the audience a better experience.

Follow this link to go to my Humber Street magazine https://www.lucidpress.com/invitations/accept/7700c48d-be26-4477-830f-e004c1acfce1

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Images used for project- Actuality and Secondary sourced 

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This image was taken by me on KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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After putting the images into a rough plan of the template, I then manipulated the size of each image to match what I had in mind for the layout. After doing this it was about adding text – Title and body copy. In order for my DPS to be factually accurate I now needed to conduct market, background and secondary research.

In the slide of the secondary sourced,  images that I have sourced from a number of websites including that of

The task is now to find the key relevant research.

First attempt on creating an Infographic for Topic

As I have chosen to develop and create an information graphic using data based around the topic of The London 2012 Paralympics. I had to practice different techniques and skills on editing softwares; in order for me to portray the data in a more appealing and visual manner.

First Attempt at using photoshop to create a visual image.

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After

top 5 countries (hands)

This image helps me to represent the top 5 countries in the medal table. My thought process behind this edit and layer masking of images was to

  1. Showcase that talent and countries are open with welcome hands, that talent is something to be captured and talent can bring nations together as one.
  2. China is out side of the hands and centralised to showcase they where the superior country in terms of the medal table. Also to showcase the aspiring countries. Mainly the hierarchy / status.
  3. Also with this, it could mean different things to different people
  • that we have the world in our hands and the world is one and united
  • That we have the world in our hands (iconography of the song)

Other readings and connotations (the preferred reading the meanings that i want the audience to get from it. Alternative readings or oppositional readings)

I believe this particular attempt went really well in terms of the layering and masking. However, I think i am going to have other attempts using the same data but a different style of edit using other techniques, to see if there is a better way to present the data. I need to consider the audience and what they will like to see and what will grab the audiences attention.

Reflection on Green Screen

In the last session of creative futures in video, we were introduced to the importance of green screen and how to employ it for our own work. This process of how to use green screen was very simple for me as I have used this when creating projects/ videos for the last course I did. However, this lesson was a really good recap to refresh my memory. lighting is really crucial when using green screen, the subject has to be really when lit. when doing this task there are multiple ways of doing this.

  1. Use a green backdrop and make sure that the subject is well lite by lights and for the background to have light.

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2. The way we did it in the last session where we used a white screen and two lights that had green filters over the top this made the backdrop appear a green colour. In the room it was really dark which meant that there had to be other lights to make the subject well lit, making there face show up really well. For instance, Set up two lights, one from each side, and both a good distance from the screen. This will avoid getting a bright ‘hot’ spot in the center of the lit area. Ideally there should be one key light and two soft There could be more. After the lights were all set up there wasn’t any shadows and the subject was lit fairly evenly, this allowed us to capture the subject clearly.

Once all footage was collected, it was time to place it into Premiere Pro to change the background into something much more. This was a step by step process in which the group followed:

  • Drag the footage onto the timeline
  • Go to the effects panel
  • Drag the eight-point garbage matte onto the footage
  • Go into the effect controls
  • Move about the volumes, to move and cut the background
  • In the effects bar, search for ultra key and drag it onto the footage
  • In effect controls, change the key colour, use the picker tool and hover over the green background
  • Go to output, alpha channel, pull all the whites and blacks
  • Drop the matte generation in the effects control and change the value of the pedestal
  • To view the difference made change back the output back to composite
  • Go to matte cleanup changing the choke and soften settings, trying to get rid of the green
  • Go into spill suppression and change the desaturate, range and luma effects
  • Go onto the internet and find a large image and save it
  • Drag the image onto a new video layer
  • Drag the image to the layer making sure its behind/underneath footage and

Finally Make sure image is same length as video

This was the finished project after following the steps (me and Danielle worked as a team as i was slightly late to the session as my taxi was late)

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This technique and tool will be really useful when creating my own footage (like PTC’s) this will allow me the opportunities to add in footage in the background and add in any other things that maybe of importance.

 

Basic Typography on Adobe Illustrator

In todays session we were given the assignment brief for this part of the course. This highlight what the project and things we have to do to make sure that we pass. Making the work to a high standard.

After discussing the assignment brief ‘David’ moved the session onto typography, this is seen everywhere, it helps the audience to identify and familiarise themselves with specific language, branding and visuals. By having typography, it helps companies to sell products as it convinces the audience to buy into the brand visually and ascetically. Typography is much more complex and complicated in comparison to signs and symbols. Within this session we had a tutorial on the different ways to used simple typography in illustrator. These are some of the simple ways to add design to the ways text sits within a document and what can be done.type practice original text with strokeThis image showcases my knowledge on how to insert a simple text box and typing my name. also that I can change the colour of the text and add a different coloured stroke to the lettering. This is useful to know as I will have to use the text box tool a lot when designing things.

type practice, ungroup letters and mainuplate pointsI did the same things as the first image, however with this one, I then highlighted all the text right clicked and ungrouped. This meant that I could move each letter around individually. It also meant that I could play around with other tools, to change the appearance. This can look unprofessional so I would be careful to keep my designs simple but yet creative. my designs have to be audience appropriate.

type practice blending background into text

In the image above, it shows an image/ pattern through the lettering this was a very simple process. Basically, i got an image and created a text box and typed my name. i then placed the word above my image and highlighted both then right clicked and pressed make clipping mask

type practice 3D

This is a 3D perspective of my name, it still has a fill colour and a stroke colour. To do this i went to the 3D settings and manipulated the angle in which we see the letters from. This In my opinion can be useful but only for specific audiences and platforms. This would work as well on a more professional basis. Out of all the tutorial this was my favourite one to change as  it isn’t that complicated and there is so many options on how much or little i could change it too.

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This image highlights that I learned how to fill a basic shape with text this can be a very effective way to make boring text into that more digestible. This also might help to pull out important information in a design. By having this knowledge if need be I could use this technique within my own work. This can help to change the appearance of a lot of text. This also shows that i can create a shape and get text to mould to the desired shape. This is a useful thing to know as i can use this to my advantage if i wanted to text wrap around an image or another infographic.

Just from this session I realise the importance of typography and how it can help to sell a product, service or person. There are so many different ways to create attractive and high quality typographic’s. i actually feel like this could be fun to learn and develop my creative skills to produce my own work.