Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Interview Portfolio

Interview Portfolio

Introduction

Throughout my experience with graphic design, I have developed the skills to create mood boards, vintage postcards, calendars, and more. I have three examples of my work, one mood board, one vintage poster, and one calendar. I hope as you go along my work you see the skills I have developed and attained. 

Mood Board Project

For the mood board, I had this idea of a happy summer theme and I liked it. All of these pictures I felt really belonged with the theme I chose. I learned how to make this project by taking small steps at a time. The first thing I did was add shapes onto the blank canvas. To make the funky triangles, I had to go into Adobe Illustrator and make a box with a triangle in it. I then used pathfinder to cut out the middle triangle. I had symmetrical triangles then and I just had to put them together. To put the pictures in, I found the ones I liked and saved them, then put them in my project. I placed the image over the shape I wanted it to fit into, turned the opacity down, and erased whatever was outside of the edges of the shape. The opacity would then be back to normal. Lastly, I added text to the mood board. To make the words blend well, I chose colors that corresponded with the picture it was placed in. I really like this project because I find it very peaceful and well put together. This, I believe, is one of my best pieces I have made this year.

Travel Poster

 I chose Venice, Italy for this poster because I love all of the colors and old-timey feel of the city. I also really like water, so the water front looks really good with the design in my opinion. I learned the process to create this poster which is as follows.The first alteration I made was by changing the hue and saturation. I then changed the curves to determine what the image could look like if I moved some colors around. Lastly, I went to the main image and put an oily filter to it and added grain. I then added the text "Venice, Italy" and applied the same filter for that. Lastly, I went to the main image (the background layer) and put an oily filter to it and added noise (grain). This really helped with the vintage effect. I chose this piece of work to accurately show how I can apply my skills to make a new and modern image look like a vintage poster someone could have gotten from that place years ago.

Calendar





For this project, I had to make a calendar with a specific theme throughout the entire project. I chose a simple organic color scheme. I liked picking out colors for each month based on their season or holiday. I think it's more useful to pick holidays and national days that most people celebrate or would like to be reminded of more than the one's people might not need to know. For the birthdays, I needed twelve birthdays. The icon I made for the birthdays was a red balloon because the red balloon always symbolizes a celebration. I only had one national day in the calendar and that was in the month of September. For the icon used for National Grandparents Day, I made a flower. In this project I learned how to think of a theme for more than one image/poster, create a layout that I liked, and make something everyone can use. I chose this project because I thought this was another one of my best projects. 

Overall

To conclude, I am a hardworking woman that would really appreciate the job. I am dedicated to projects like these and I am always determined to get things done right. I have had a lot of success in my year in the graphic design class that I would like to share beyond the high school. I have also acquired great skill in projects like the ones shown above and I am eager to acquire more skills in the future.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mood Board

  For this project, we had to make a mood board based on things that we like or things that could represent something. I had this idea of a happy, bubbly, summer theme and I liked it. My other option would have been beach related. I found the yellow happy theme would be more uplifting. I really liked the idea of the lemon so that was one of the first shapes I put into the project. I then found the sandals picture which was perfect because it was on the beach. That got me thinking of putting a picture of the beach in the picture, which then got me to the word in the sand. All of these pictures I felt really belonged with the warm, bubbly, happy theme I chose. The way I made this project was by adding shapes onto the blank 12 x 18 canvas. To make the funky looking triangles, I had to go into Adobe Illustrator and make a box with a triangle in it. I then used pathfinder to cut out the middle triangle. I had symmetrical triangles then and I just had to put them together. To put the triangles into the mood board in Adobe Photoshop, I saved the image and then dragged it onto the mood board. To put the pictures in, I found the ones I liked and saved them onto my desktop. After that, I dragged them from my desktop to the mood board. I placed the image over the shape I wanted it to fit into, turned the opacity down, and erased whatever was outside of the edges of the shape. The opacity would then be turned up to 100. I but all of the pictures into their shapes and if the lines weren't straight I used the ruler. Lastly, I added text to the mood board. I wanted the words to be relative to the mood board and have fonts that look like they should go with the theme. I chose the words "fresh", "relax", and "happy". To make the words blend well, I chose colors that corresponded with the picture it was placed in.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Italy Travel Poster


Our class was assigned to complete a vintage travel poster of any place in the world. I chose Venice, Italy because I love all of the colors and old-timey feel of the city. I also really like water, so the water front looks really good with the design in my opinion. Once I found the image, I put it in photoshop. The first alteration I made was by changing the hue and saturation. On the hue and saturation panel, you can change hue, saturation, lightness, you can colorize, preset, etc.. I first put the saturation down to -13. This helped dull the colors. Then I put the lightness down to -9 which made the entire photos lightness go down. The next thing I changed was the curves. In the curves panel you just put your mouse on the white line, hold down, and drag up, down, or side to side to determine what you image could look like if you moved some colors around. I had two different lines that I used to change the look of the poster. Then, based on a tip from one of the suggested websites, I applied a new layer that was just pink. I put the opacity down to 29% which made almost a light filter glazed over the image. After that I put another layer that was just a blurry filter all over the canvas. I then took an eraser and erased the entire middle of the image until just the outside edges looked a little blurry and worn out. Lastly, I went to the main image (the background layer) and put an oily filter to it and added noise (grain). This really helped with the vintage effect. I then chose the font Mistral and added the text "Venice, Italy" and applied the same filter for that. I thought the font went really well with the poster because Venice is a very pretty and since the poster must be vintage I thought the font had a pretty, vintage feel to it.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Calendar





  For this project, our graphic design class each had to create their own calendar with a specific theme throughout the entire project. I chose a simple organic color scheme with, again, a simple organic pattern. I wanted the colors to look good with the month so I chose the colors based on holidays and seasons. For example, I wanted to make January look wintery by putting two different light blues in to resemble the cold and frostiness of winter. I also made March green and a white/grey for the holiday St. Patricks Day. The green is just the color of the holiday and the white goes with the green and can also be the second color of the Irish flag. I liked picking out colors for each month based on their season or holiday.
  The holidays that I chose for each month were chosen because I wanted the most common holidays on my calendar. I think it's more useful to pick holidays and national days that most people celebrate or would like to be reminded of more than the holidays or national days that people might not need to know or might not alway celebrate. For the birthdays, it was required to have at least twelve birthdays. I am pretty sure I had more than twelve because I put as many birthdays as I could because I always feel really bad not remembering someones birthday. The icon I made for the birthdays was a red balloon because the red balloon always symbolizes a celebreation, especially birthdays. I only had one national day in the calendar and that was in the month of September. For the icon used for National Grandparents Day, I made a flower. I thought it was appropriate for the celebration and really pretty because when I think of the elderly, a delicate cute flower comes to my mind.
  The easiest part of the calendar project I would say was thinking of the theme. Sometimes it's hard to think of a really good theme but if you think of all of the colors you like and specific layouts, you become in love with what you are about to work with, which is one of the reasons I love graphic design. When you get a good idea in your head or see something you like that you want to resemble, then when you get the ball rolling, you are so excited to see the outcome of the project.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Photoshop Lesson - Colors and Crop

In this photoshop lesson, I learned how to crop this image and how to adjust the color. I fixed the color by doing auto levels adjustment. To crop the image, I clicked on the crop icon and moved the lines tighter to the picture. I also straightened the picture more than it was by staying on the crop tool and then clicking the straighten button. I dragged the line across the top of the orange picture.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Invitation 1 Halloween



The first project of the year was to make some sort of an invitation. The invitation had to correspond with a holiday like New Years Eve, Christmas Eve, or an event like a baby shower. I wanted to make a Halloween invitation. So I wanted my invitation to look a little spooky as a theme for Halloween. First, I found a few fonts that I liked from fontsquirrel that I thought best fit the theme. One is bloody looking which is the main font used in this invite, the other has an old typewriter look which is simple but sort of has a spooky effect, and then I found this very faint but visible font that I liked that also has a spooky effect to it. After that, I made the background red to make it seem like blood to go with the theme. I used the layers window to do so. I put splatters around the empty spaces by using the stamp tool, then I would change sizes and rotate it to make the splatters look different. Then, I made all of the type into images and then pulled some of the drippy letters down to make them look like they dripped more onto other letters. I then put a moon in the corner to add another color. To add that other color I knew I wanted it to correspond with the theme. Therefore I chose the moon, and put it behind the type and splatter. Then, I made sure I had all that was needed such as RSVP, date, time, and place. I also made sure I had the extra details like wearing a costume. Lastly, I just saved the invite as a JPEG image, and will upload it to the blog and canvas. I really enjoyed this project because I liked the challenge of making a type invitation with a theme without using almost any pictures.

Friday, September 11, 2015

First Class Assignment

I chose to use the line to make an ocean. I used it as the end of the ocean when the waves roll onto shore. I thought of this design because I have a beach house in LBI so I wanted to try to make the beach. I made the one side a beach and put a surfboard, lifeguard stand, chairs, and an umbrella on the "sand". I originally wanted to put dolphins in the water. Then I realized I couldn't draw tiny people so I made the dolphins sharks to look like everyone left the beach. Also, the line in the middle of the ocean I tried to make another wave but it didn't work out too well.