Design ideas and design process
Combining black/white and colour
For my first design, I selected an image of a girl with paint on her hands and face. I wanted to make the paint the main focus of the image so I decided to keep only those parts in colour.
Overall, I was happy with this result as the colours of the paint, being the main focus really stands out from the black and white background which is effective when drawing the viewers’ eye. This task helped me to understand how to use the quick selection tool and to see how I could refine my selection by clicking ‘select and mask’ to include the fine details of the hand and face.
Altering the background of a photo
For my second design, I took an image of a dull landscape, where I wanted to replace the sky for a bright blue sky.
The results were successful as the image looks realistic as if it had a bright blue sky to begin with. This task helped me to become more familiar with the quick selection and ‘select and mask’ tool and to adjust the hue/saturation levels to match with the original image. To improve, perhaps I could have moved the sky down or enlarged it as you can see the foreground of the background image which does not match the colours exactly.
Altering reality of a photo
From here onwards, I experimented with different ways of seeing how I could create more depth into this frame as it seemed to look too flat and simple.
The results of my third design were quite successful as the brush tool enhanced the features of the sunset as if it was really projecting outside into the room, however, I do think with some more detail, for example, adding more shadow around the door frame could bring a more in-depth alter reality.
These tutorials were very useful in the fact that they were quick and easy to follow. Even though I have use photoshop in the past, I was not familiar with all the tools so these tutorials helped me to get more familiar with the quick selection tool when changing the colour of a specific section or changing the background of an image.
I did not use the third tutorial in my final design, however, it did help me to understand more about lighting and the direction it travels which I incorporated in my third design.
I would like to further my skills and knowledge of using the drop shadow tool in photoshop as this could have brought out some of my designs more and add more depth to it.
Design resources and articles
This page inspired to me choose an image with a variety of bold colours to make them stand out more by making the rest of the image black and white.
I was inspired by this page to enhance the background by changing it entirely to a bright blue sky and match it to the same tones as the original image.
I was inspired by the first two images on this page when creating an altered reality of overlapping a scene on top of another one to look like you could walk through it.
Learning across the module
Across the module, I have improved my skills in photoshop such as using the quick selection tool to remove/change backgrounds. I have also learnt how to use the clone stamp tool to help me remove unnecessary objects in the background. I have also improved my illustrator skills in creating a variety of different shapes for my text using the effects tool. Furthermore, I really enjoyed creating the gifs in AfterEffects and since I had never used that software before, the tutorials I watched were very useful and I feel confident in using this software again.