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.

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.

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Practice on Technique using small amounts of letters

Before starting my infographic I wanted to learn a technique that I had recently seen, it uses illustrator and photoshop with light work. I wanted to use this skill once I have had a practice as it is a transferable skill that looks impressive.

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In Illustrator, i created letters using shapes. Once the letters where created and all looked fairly uniform, I then inserted the gradient colours and set it to black and white. The dark areas will blend into the background once in Photoshop.

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When in Photoshop I created two different folders and inserted layers in each one. I renamed the folders one called background and the other text light. I set the background to black on a layer and moved on the text light layer, and started to use the pen tool to start picking points with in each letters.

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Here I was using the path finder tool then clicked the centre point and clicked Alt and it deleted the anchor point then I could move on to the next point. This part of the process I struggled with as I was unsure how to delete the anchor points.

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After, the is stage i then moved onto adding in directional light

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In the image above, I used the select tool and made a rectangle shape filled it with white. Place them around my text. i placed a filter over the top of the rectangle shape called gaussian blur.

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Contact sheets of all Images taken

These are my contact sheets of the images i have taken. The images range from wheelchair rugby through to basketball. some of these image i have used and edited for previous projects. In order for me to meet the brief i will pick the best 15-30 images, modify them if need be and crop/ manipulate the images. The images have been influenced by multiple of professional photographers from Ernst Haas and Christopher Martin. Not all the images turned out in as expected as the shutter speed – aperture and ISO settings where not set properly. Also the lighting on some of the images wasn’t expectable as the images came out over saturated and of a yellow/ orange colour.

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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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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.

Information Graphics Statement of Intent

After, conducting relevant research to the task. I then had to come up with a theme/topic to focus on for me to make my own infographics. This was an opportunity to mould the task to my interests which is Sports – Disability Sports. I collected lots of different types of research to help me with facts and statistics for this task.

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The topic choice I picked for my assignment is to look at the results of the 2012 London Paralympics and how different countries did in terms of talent and how many athletes they brought over to compete.

For this task the research will be collated an made into different images, short and snappy statistics or sentences. Also into charts, graphs ect. However, putting my own spin on them to make them something more advanced, in comparison to the everyday simple ones that can be seen.

I have decided to use the colours of the nations within the images and the background presented on to be (Black). This is because it will look more formal and will help to make the colours pop on the page. It also will make  it look clean and professional. The font colours will be (White and Yellow) this is to contrast and juxtapose the background, making it stand off the page.

finally, I will try out different things, to see if they work and if they don’t and identify what i can do in order for it to be better and give the audience a good experience. Things, I have to consider: What is the best data? What will the audience want to know? What may be important for the audience to know? What is the best ways to present the data? By considering all this i will then be able to make something that will be of a high standard.