Print, Photograph, Upload

In this exercise, we were to print a collection of our work, arrange it on a neutral background, photograph it, then edit, crop, and color correct it in Photoshop. I used masking tape on the backs of the photos to tape them to a large corkboard, but after I photographed it, I didn’t like the way the corkboard looked (it didn’t appear “neutral” enough), so I used Photoshop to darken the cork to black. Now it’s neutral.

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Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator

This is a photo I took a few years ago at a park near my home:

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Here is Illustrator’s “High Fidelity” Image Trace version of the photo:

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Here is Illustrator’s “Low Fidelity” Image Trace version of the photo. It resembles one of those paint-by-numbers paintings we all did as kids:

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Here is Illustrator’s “16 Colors” Image Trace version of the photo:

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Here is Illustrator’s “6 Colors” Image Trace version of the photo:

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Here is Illustrator’s “3 Colors” Image Trace version of the photo:

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Here is Illustrator’s “Shades of Gray” Image Trace version of the photo:

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Here is Illustrator’s “Black and White Logo” Image Trace version of the photo (not very good):

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25 Boxes

My first name “David” has five letters and begins and ends with the letter “D,” so I decided to fill my 25 boxes, horizontally and vertically, with letters from my first name. I used a font named Bodoni Black Squares. In the first image, I changed the foreground layer to black so all the letters would appear black, and I changed all the background to different colors — red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

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In the second image, I changed the color of letters, using the complementary colors of their backgrounds.

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As suggested, here’s a new version without the black outlines:

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Experiments With Basic Illustrator Tools

To start, I drew the basic shape of a guitar with the paintbrush tool and one of the brushes from the brushes palette (though I can’t remember which brush).

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Then, I selected the drawing with a selection tool and went into the brushes palette again, this time clicking all the various choices. These from the “Decorative Banners and Seals” were the most interesting results.

Starburst 2:

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Starburst 3:

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Starburst 6:

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GIF Animation Accessing Layers

I created this simple GIF animation of my cat by using layers in Photoshop. I’ve made a few GIF animations before by using a GIF-making program, but this is the first time I’ve made a GIF in Photoshop with layers. To be honest, it’s much easier making GIFs with the GIF-making program, so I probably will never make another GIF in Photoshop.

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