Portfolio

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Cover Page
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Contact Page and Table of Contents
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Infographics
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Brochure
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Photo Design
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Web Design
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Prezi
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Business
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Web Page
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Magazine
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Back Cover

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

This is my portfolio project. It is to contain eight of the projects which I completed in this class. This is to showcase the work I have done to be able to present it to someone wanting to see some of my work. It is also to show my ability to use repetition, contrast, proximity, alignment, font and color principles that we have learned through this class.

PROCESS:

  1. The first part was to set up the document correctly with twenty, “8.5 x 11” pages with spreads.
  2. I then chose eight of my projects to display and chose the order I would display them in.
  3. I then started choosing fonts and colors. To choose the fonts, I create a word and then make multiple copies of it and then start adding font styles to it to see what I like. This time I went to https://www.fontsquirrel.com/and found a decorative font to use.
  4. I then worked on a decorative piece that I could use in my portfolio. I originally used green and maroon for the colors, but later changed the green to a navy blue color.
  5. Then I worked on the background and found an image that I could use in the background.
  6. Setting up pages was next. I first worked on the master pages to set up the page numbers and add the background and design to all pages. To take the page numbers off of the pages that I did not want, I used the technique we were shown in the video to use shift ctrl click on the number and it breaks the link. I learned that I could set up the description pages using the master pages so it was standardized from page to page. To change the content, I used the same technique of shift control click to be able to edit the information from page to page.
  7. Adding the images was not too difficult, but then adding all the descriptive information took a long time to write up and get it correct on each page.
  8. Then I spent a few hours revising each of the projects to make them better and then replacing the newer image in the document.
  9. Then I went through the whole document making changes as I felt necessary.
  10. I posted on Facebook for the review part.

 CRITIQUE PROCESS:

  1. Murdock: Very nice Toni. I really like your very unique logo and I like how it ties in to the graphics that you have through the spread. Your alignment looks good. It looks like your table of contents header is the same weight as your body copy and it feels like it’s competing with each other. Maybe consider reducing the size of the body copy. On your spread page I think you’ll be okay just having your header of Infographics on the left page it seems a little redundant to have it on the second. I would also consider taking out the elements on the second page to really showcase your jpeg projects and increase the size of them to fill more of the page.
  2. Jones:  I love the decorative corners. Your logo is so cool! I love that you used your name. It looks great! I think the pages look good but could use some contrast. Good draft Toni!
  3. Sister Tranberg: Make a few changes to the cover page. She suggested that I make the logo larger and possibly use the same font from the logo in place of the script font. She suggested that I change the body copy on the Table of Contents to 9 to 12 pts.

PORTFOLIO CHANGES

I first changed the decorative fonts to Baskerville MT Pro to match what I had used for the logo. I made my logo the focal point of my cover page. I decrease the size of the font on the Table of Contents.  I took off the decorative parts and the title off of the right side pages to show only the project.

SPECIFIC PROJECT CHANGES

Magazine

  1. I first fixed the alignment on the right and the left.
  2. I also aligned the barcode on the bottom with the page number
  3. I took the yellow circle out and changed the font to a yellow on Family History and added a drop shadow to make it stand out a little more.
  4. I changed Raising to the first line so it didn’t stand alone.
  5. I Capitalized Children to match all the other caps.

Business Letter and Card

  1. I changed the bottom of the letter to a solid yellow all the way across.
  2. I moved the write phonics up a little in the logo to give it a little more white space.
  3. I took the round yellow off of the back of the business card and added a yellow line for repetition.
  4. I move a few things around on the back business card and change font colors on some of the text.

Web Page Mock-Up

  1. I moved the middle section into alignment with the outer two columns.
  2. I moved the background of the columns to go all the way up and down from header to footer.
  3. I moved the small icons above the headers.
  4. I took off the drop shadow from the title
  5. I add a little more instructions to the title for the call to action.

Prezi

  1. I did not make changes as I did not purchase the program so cannot get into the program to make changes.

Web Design HTML/CSS

  1. Instructions said that I did not turn in the correct file type.
  2. I did not make any corrections.

Photo Design

  1. I worked on the right and left alignment.
  2. I added Texas to the title.
  3. I created a drop shadow to make it easier to read the text.
  4. I moved the Texas star over.

Brochure

  1. Instructions said that I did not turn in the correct file type.
  2. I did not make any corrections.

Infographics

  1. I increased the size of the canvas. This allowed me to give a little more white space in the facts and graph areas.
  2. I made a few of the icons smaller and changed some of the wording under the icons.
  3. I moved “Fun Facts” down to take up some of the empty space.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

I had worked with master pages before, but this was a good review. I learned how to break a link from the master page so that I could take off unwanted page numbers by using shift ctrl click. I also learned that you can start the page numbering in a different place than the very first page.

MESSAGE:

The message is showcasing my work I have completed from this visual media class.

AUDIENCE:

My audience will be to people who would like to see my work.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Dual color scheme Maroon (R=82 G=0 B=6), and two shades of Light Blue (R=114 G =140 B=165), and dark blue (R=7 G=30 B=52).

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Title and headers: Serif: Baskerville MT Pro.
  2. Text: Sans Serif: Neue Haaas Grotesk 55 Roman.

IMAGES:

Fresh Japanese maple leaves
Background image

http://www.shunvmall.com/leaf-wallpaper/47151716.html ShunVmall.com

VIDEOS:

Below is the presentation of my Portfolio for the end of class assignment.

Below is the video of my printed portfolio.

CONCLUSION:

This has been a wonderful journey taking this class. It was stressful at times, but so exciting once I had finished each projects and to see what I learned along the way. The class has given me more confidence in my graphic abilities and has given me a greater desire to learn more about the Adobe programs and how to use WordPress better.

Web Design

 

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DESCRIPTION:

This project was to create a website to showcase our logo design.

PROCESS:

  1. The first thing I did was pull up In Design and started creating a rough draft in there of what I thought I would like to create. I moved things around and had to remember that my coding skills are limited.
  2. I drafted up my text in Word and then placed it in my In Design rough draft.
  3. I used Illustrator to create my color pallet.
  4. I then used notepad ++ and started coding the html. I used my coding book quite a bit and referred back to some of my previous web projects to see how things worked especially the background.
  5. I looked up font sets in my book and picked some of the standard sets.
  6. I created two folders; one for images and one for my css.
  7. I placed my images in the image folder.
  8. I created a new css page in the css folder and began coding in there.
  9. Here are some of the challenges I faced.
    1. Floating my two images.
    2. Getting my background to show up.
    3. Getting my footer to stay stick to the bottom.

 ROUGH DRAFT:

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Rough Draft

CRITIQUE PROCESS: 

  1. Huyett: Hi Toni! I like the paper texture you’re using in the sidebars and the overall look suits your logo nicely. Your screenshot is a little blurry on my screen so you might want to see if you can get a better one for Sister Tranberg to critique. There are a couple of things that jump out at me here – the images and captions all seem to be aligned differently, the captions in particular although the color scheme image jumps out as well. It also looks like the “Images” heading is larger than the others (maybe? hard to tell with the blurring), but I think it’s falling trouble zone of being just different enough to feel off, but too close for contrast. I think I’d probably shrink it to match the other headings or possibly take it out entirely just to help clear the whitespace a bit.

    Oh, and you might try increasing the yellow header and title at the top – I think it could give it more weight on the page and help anchor the viewer’s eyes there as a starting point to scan down the page. With all the bars the same size it’s actually drawing my eyes around the page rather than into it. I like that you added your name on the bottom bar, btw – nice touch and finishes it off well.

    Not sure if it’s required or not to link to our blogs specifically (and I think the link you’ve included makes more sense then a blog link anyway), but that might be something to double check.

  2. Adam Harper: He suggested that I move the color scheme image lower on the page, remove the image header and have consistency with the red headers.
  3. Sister Tranberg: She suggested to make all headers in red to be the same type for consistency, and to move the color scheme image lower on the page.

CHANGES

  1. I made the top header a little larger.
  2. I moved the color scheme lower on the page.
  3. I changed the red headers to the same sans serif font for consistency
  4. I added a link at the bottom of the page to my blog page.
  5. I changed the background to a plainer blue.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

  1. I gained more confidence in my coding skills.
  2. I learned more about floating elements and clearing them.
  3. I learned more about relative positioning. I had to use this to get my footer to stick to the bottom of the page.
  4. I still don’t fully understand the difference between the margin and padding, but gained more experience using these.

MESSAGE:

The message was on how I created my logo.

AUDIENCE:

My audience is people wanting to know how to create a logo.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Primary color scheme red(ED1A38), yellow(F3CE1D) and blue (28419A).

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Title and text: font-family: Times, Georgia,serif;
  2. Headers: font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;

IMAGE AND SOURCE:

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Blue Wallpaper for background

Infographics Project

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DESCRIPTION:

This project was to create an informational chart that gives information about a topic of my choice. I chose the United States census since we just studied that in my other class and I found the subject quite interesting. There needs to be at least one graph on the chart.

PROCESS:

  1. Picking a topic was challenging. I thought about doing something about vegetables and nutrients, but couldn’t come up with anything I felt was interesting enough. I then thought about the census and thought there might be some things I could do on it. I spent quite a bit of time researching this topic. I used Family Search Wiki, ancestry and the US government census sites to collect my data.
  2. I wrote down things I found interesting and realized that I could use the population information for a graph. I really found the information on the state census interesting and wondered how I could list this information and make it interesting.  I had the idea to do the United States and put the number on each state.
  3. I looked up color schemes online. When I saw the one with red and blue with a few shades of blue, I felt that would work well for a US theme.
  4. It took some time to pick out two contrasting fonts.
  5. I looked for pictures that I felt would represent the facts I had collected and then went to work trying to create my own original pictures.
  6. I found a US map and blew it up fairly large and then used the pencil tool to draw very quickly around each state. Then I had to go in with the direct selection tool to clean it up and get rid of empty white spaces between the states. This graphic took me the most time, but it was easier than I thought it would be.
  7. I then started drawing the individual fact pictures. I have more pictures, but felt it was getting too busy with the ones I chose to put on and near the end decided to create the ship for immigration as there were quite a few years that dealt with immigration and that is a rather significant thing to find in the census.
  8. The last thing I tackled was the graph. I followed the tutorial given to us about three-fourths of the way down. Then I read that we didn’t need to make them 3-D. I first created a graph using the graph tool and used it to create my own graph. I needed to make changes with size and placement, color and wanted dotted lines across my graph. This process took me awhile also, but I actually like creating my own custom graph.
  9. Below is the project that helped me learn more about using Illustrator e tools.
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    sketch ideas of the graphics
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    Layout design 1

    7ctoninorman
    Layout design 2

 

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

  1. Angelo:This looks so great Toni! I found this really easy and fun to read. I like that you have lots of graphics and less text. It makes the information very easy to take in. I love your color scheme. It’s very appropriate for a Census infographic. I also love your graphics. I am really impressed with how good they look and I can tell you spent a lot of time making them. I would change your title so that it’s not on a squiggly line. There aren’t any other things like that in your design so I think it would look a little better to try to just have your text straight. Other than that it looks great!
  2. Bell: I also like it a lot. It doesn’t seem to busy and the color scheme is excellent for the topic. This is easy to follow. Great job!
  3. Your color scheme looks terrific; you’ve applied it well. In the middle section, the word census needs to be plural in the second sentence. Your graph looks great, but the legend was a bit confusing to me at first. You might want to use Population (in millions) as a title outside of the graph area, reverse the order of the two label items to correspond with the order the data appears, and group them closer together (within a pair of dotted lines).
  4. This caught my eye right away! You did a wonderful job with the map and graph. Your images are simple and really good and your info is to the point. The only thing I would say is the title is a little too wavy. I like to idea, it’s waving like a flag, but it isn’t as on point as the rest. The main titles could be bigger for more contrast. This is really cool though! I really love it!
  5. Adam Harper: He suggested changing the title to take the wave out of it. He felt that I didn’t need the lines to divide the sections. He felt I should move the Fun Facts title over to left align it.
  6. Sister Tranberg: Fix the title font and straighten it out, fix the alignment on the first section, add a bottom to end the graphic, and make changes to the chart to add a little character. Make the sharp corners more rounded.

 CHANGES

I changed the title to the Garmond font, and left aligned it. I made major changes to the first section. I moved the title to left align it. I then left aligned all the images with the text of each section and then aligned them up on bottom and top. I redid some of the images to add some curve to them. I created little people design to give a little more character like population bar graph. I added a bottom section and added the sources I used for the facts in the graph.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

I learned many facts about the census while researching. It was hard to limit the ideas I had as I wanted to put even more facts on the graphic. I learned how to use the convert anchor tool. I used the pencil tool for the state image and then used the direct selection tool to fix the white spaces. This was challenging, but I got better using this tool. I learned how to use the graph tool to create a chart and how to make it 3D for future use.  I learned how to change the size of the art board and had to redo this many times.

Like all the other projects, I learned that critique is an important process and giving myself time to think about how to improve the project is important.

MESSAGE:

The message is that United States census is a valuable resource for people wanting to learn information about their ancestors.

AUDIENCE:

My audience is people interested in researching their ancestors.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Primary color scheme minus the yellow with shades of blue – Red (E70000), Blue (212556), blue shade (4C789F)and blue shade(99AAC2).

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Title and numbers: Sans Serif: Akko Rounded Std regular and bold.
  2. Text: Serif: Stempel Garamond LT, Roman, Italic and Bold.

IMAGES:

Tropical Blue Ocean Water
Background for texture

https://www.google.com/search?q=ocean+water&rlz=1C1KMZB_enUS574US574&espv=2&biw=1317&bih=569&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNwbHn2prSAhXBxVQKHe4XDGsQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=nVYILTG6UVD0kM:

SOURCES:

  1. https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_Census_Online
  2. http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=35
  3. https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/fast_facts/1840_fast_facts.html?cssp=SERP

Business Cards and Letterhead

 

 

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Business Letterhead and Cards

DESCRIPTION:

Create a business card with a front and back, and a letterhead using the logo created in the previous exercise.

PREPERATION:

I first watched the video for the lesson and then watched a few other videos on using Illustrator. I looked at a few business cards and then started working on the project.

PROCESS:

  1. The first step was to create the logo in the previous weeks assignment.
  2. I then created a file in Illustrator with three art boards, one 8.5 inches x 11 inches and two 3.5 inches x 2 inches. I started creating the business cards using the logo and the color scheme of red, yellow and blue.
  3. Once I had the business cards created, I then went to the letter head and tried reusing the same designs used on the business cards.

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

  1. We were to have at least ten critiques on our logo. I decided to put mine up on my personal Facebook account and was surprised to get 52 people giving me their opinion. I also got five opinions from class members. About 70% of the people from my Facebook account chose the red, yellow and blue design.  About 90% of my class members chose my purple design.
  2. I met with Adam Harper, the tutor. His main critique was to not use Comic Sans as one of my fonts.
  3. Debbie Murdocks comments on my design post was, “The top business card looks good to me. The last line of the address could be bumped up a bit to be in with the text across from it and it just looks like there is a gap above it. The other side of the business card is great your alignment looks good. Maybe take off the oval on the right of the stationary? The important info will definitely be your contact info. Also Make sure you line up your last line of your address on your stationary just off a few points. Overall I like the colors you have chosen for everything.”
  4. Sister Tranberg: Suggested redoing my logo so that I did not have so much detail. She also suggested that I use a different shape than an oval. I also needed to make sure that my text was not too close to the bottom. She also suggested that I change the font for Write Phonics so that I could use that font for the body copy.

 

CHANGES

I revamped my logo to make it much simpler. I used a different serif font and changed my yellow shape to part of a pencil.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

I am learning that critiques are very important and that design work takes a lot of changes.

MESSAGE:

The message is a for people wanting a free phonics program to work with their children or those wanting to learn English.

AUDIENCE:

My audience will be people who need an English phonics program.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Triadic color scheme – Red, Yellow and Blue.

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Sans Serif: Comic Sans
  2. Title and Body Copy: Serif: Microsoft Himalaya

IMAGES:

bubbles

https://www.google.com/search?q=bubbles+wallpaper&rlz=1C1KMZB_enUS574US574&tbm=isch&imgil=SvHv902YZ96OQM%253A%253BkUI7eY6F8r_XAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwallpaper-gallery.net%25252Fwallpapers%25252Fbubbles-wallpaper.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=SvHv902YZ96OQM%253A%252CkUI7eY6F8r_XAM%252C_&usg=__koCLKqnvQPBWy62gKU1nGeGz6n4%3D&biw=1097&bih=544&ved=0ahUKEwjiwJKzhpDSAhVJwlQKHc-5DHUQyjcINQ&ei=-jWjWOLbGsmE0wLP87KoBw#imgdii=cmUW8x62bqUVhM:&imgrc=SvHv902YZ96OQM:

 

 

Montage Project

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DESCRIPTION:

I created a poster design using a background picture of a tree. I used a leaf wallpaper as an under lay.  I then found a picture of a treasure chest and masked it into the picture.  I then added family photos and some text to create the Design.

PROCESS:

  1. My first step was to choose a theme. Since I love family history work and this month is the big family history conference in Salt Lake City, Roots Tech, I decided to create a design promoting family history work.
  2. I first found a picture of a tree.
  3. Then I found a wallpaper picture of leaves to place underneath to give it texture.
  4. I then searched for a picture of a treasure chest. On each of my pictures used the size tool to find large size pictures.
  5. I then searched for family photos that I wanted to add to my design.
  6. The text was the next thing. I came up with a title and used colors from the treasure chest.
  7. After the title, I wrote down many statements about doing family history and then picked the one I liked the best. Again, I used colors from the treasure chest to give it contrast to the green background.
  8. The sky was a little to white and washed out looking so I used the paint bucket and gave it a light blue color.

PREPERATION:

I first watched the video on how to use Photoshop. Much of this was new to me. I then followed the instructions to learn how to create the train montage project. This took me a long time, but I gain skills in using Photoshop especially in masking from working on this project. My husband happened to walk in just as I was finishing this and said, “Did you do that? That looks really good.” That gave me confidence that I was learning and able to create something worthwhile.

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Train Montage Project

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

  1. I had my husband look at the design. He helped me make some changes to the theme statement, the text and the blue sky coloring. I sent a copy of it to my family in my weekly email and got the response that it was good.
  2. I posted it on the class Facebook account and got back the following messages:
    1. Catherine Flores: The big thing that stands out to me is how close your text is to the edge. It should probably be moved up. Hopefully that doesn’t make it hard to read. This is a cool idea!
    2. Missy Jones: Great idea! I think you could actually crop the images further out so that there is more blending going on in the trees. Does that make sense? Your text is a little lost. It might be cool to bring the text into the middle more. Beautiful pictures!
  3. I met with Adam Harper, the tutor. He showed me how to use the drop shadow and soften the dark lining.  He also encouraged me to find a color scheme. He showed me how to fix up some of my photos and how to get a better focus in the middle.
  4. Sister Tranberg: Suggested that I use only one photo, and work on the drop shadow so that there wasn’t white space between the letters and the shadow. She felt the green was too bright for the theme. She felt the theme was fitting.

 

CHANGES

I changed from five to three to one picture in the end. I changed the location of my text and made multiple changes to the text. Adam helped me add a black layer to darken the bright green color and give more light focus to the middle. I redid the blending many times to try and not get a hard edge and help it blend better.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

Doing the train montage took me a long time to follow the tutorial, but I finally figured it out and found that creating these masking pictures is quite fun and gives an interesting effect to the design.

I continue to learn the importance of text and making it fit with the design by the use of typefaces, fonts, sizes, and colors. Adding effects like a drop shadow helps the text to stand out a little more.

I have come to like Photoshop more from this exercise and have learned that this is a powerful tool and I have a lot more to learn from it.

MESSAGE:

The message was work on your family history.

AUDIENCE:

My audience will be people who need encouragement to work on their family history.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Analogous color scheme – Green (a3d39c), brown (8c6239), yellow (f2c909).

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Our: Sans Serif: Verdana regular
  2. Ancestors: Decorative: Lucinda Calligraphy
  3. Statement Text; Sans Serif: Verdana regular and italics
  4. Text has a drop shadow on it.

IMAGES/Video:

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Tree

medium_treasure_chest
treasure chest

leaves-wallpaper-8
leaf wallpaper texture for underlay

http://wallpaper-gallery.net/single/leaves-wallpaper/leaves-wallpaper-8.html

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Isaac and Viola Kephart family photo

Personal family picture

 

Photo Design

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DESCRIPTION:

I created a poster design using a picture that I took and then matching color scheme with the fonts and the design.

PROCESS:

  1. I first took some pictures around my house. There was a beautiful sunset and I kept trying to capture a nice sunset picture. I like a few of the pictures, but wasn’t convinced that I wanted to use any of them. I went in to work on dinner and noticed that the sunset colors had deepened.  I ran out in the backyard and snapped two more shots and the second one I got was the one I chose.
  2. My sister and her husband were coming to visit from California and it gave me the idea to create a poster to encourage people to visit Texas.
  3. I tried designing in Photoshop and gave up and went to Illustrator. I designed the “Visit Texas” circle in Illustrator.
  4. I used the eye dropper to find colors from the sunset that I felt went together. I looked at a color chart and found the four colors I liked were two complimentary colors and they were exactly opposite from each other. With a little searching I found this is called a square color scheme.
  5. I added the png of the design I had created and worked on the placement of the design. It stood out in the right bottom corner because of the dark background contrast.
  6. I then worked on small saying and wrote down many different ideas and came up with “The Land of Beautiful Sunsets”. I chose gray and it was all on one line.
  7. I first started with small squares for my color theme. I then thought that stars would go better with my them. I tried making a few stars in Photoshop, but again went back to Illustrator.
  8. I placed my first draft on Facebook and then did a tutoring session and was given some good ideas so made changes to my font quote. I made the circle in the right corner a little smaller. I placed my stars in a square shape and change the font size and some to italics.

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

  1. I had my son look at my design. He gave me the suggestion on the placement of the script at the top of the page.
  2. I had my daughter look at my design. She made suggestions on the placement of the circle more to the bottom of the page.
  3. I met with Adam Harper, the tutor. He suggested I use two lines and make some contrast with the second line to the first line. He also suggested that I keep the sans serif font, but find a different one. He also suggested that I use solid colors for the color scheme stars; no outlined stars. I changed the letter to two lines, changed the color of the second line and italized  the font. I also decreased the size of the color scheme and changed its color.
  4. Debbie Murdock: What a beautiful picture! I like your Texas symbol and how you repeated your color scheme with the stars also. It was a seamless transition. My eyes didn’t catch the title on the top. It could stand out a little more maybe playing around with the sizes or something making the focus words “Beautiful sunsets”. The colors of the photo are so beautiful.
  5. Jennifer Turner: I like the repetition of the stars. That’s a neat way to get your scheme in, and it ties to the idea of Texas. Wonderful photo. Maybe try the Visit Texas logo somewhat smaller. I found myself resenting that it competed at all with the gorgeous sunset.
  6. Sister Tranberg: Crop the picture, no outlines, improve the title font.

 

CHANGES

I cropped my picture on the bottom, changed my stars to have a background, made changes to my Texas circle, and put my title theme on two lines, varied the font and its color.

TOP THINGS LEARNED:

I loved this assignment. I found that it takes multiple shots to get a picture I like. I found the value in choosing a color theme that goes along with the picture. I learned more about using two different fonts and how to obtain contrast by using the same font, but either changing the color, the font weight, changing font format or a combination of these to get some contrast.  Placement of each item to get good balance is also important.

I am learning that doing a draft is important.  Soon after I finish it seems I think of ways to make improvements.  Getting critiques from others really makes a difference.

MESSAGE:

The message was to visit Texas because it is a beautiful state to visit.

AUDIENCE:

My audience will be to people trying to decide if they should travel to Texas or not.

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES:

Square color scheme – Purple ( 35 31 32), orange (254 93 54), yellow (255 210 85) and grayish blue (188 183 151).

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

  1. Title and text: Sans Serif: Segoe UI, regular, semi bold and italics
  2. Design: Decorative: Imprint MT Shadow

ORIGINAL PHOTO:

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IMAGE SOURCE:

Image is my own.

IMAGES/VIDEO:

Six Photo Shots

PHOTOS:

Light Photos:

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1. Outside Light

Outside: I took this photo about 5:45 pm in Haslet, TX in a friends backyard. I took about 10 shots to get this one. I first focused on the sky and while holding the button down half way moved it towards the tree and then took the shot. By using the image adjustments, I brought out the sunset colors a little more.

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2. Inside Light

Inside: This picture was taken on a kitchen table with the overhead light on it.  I was using a friends camera and he suggested that I try taking a picture of some of his camera equipment.  This was a challenge to get all the items in, get the right lighting, and get it at an angle that I liked.

Focus:

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3. Background Focus

Background: This picture was taken outside about 6:00 pm in Haslet, Tx using an F4.8 shutter speed. The picture was cropped and slight adjustments were made using the image adjustments tools.

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4. Foreground Focus

Foreground: This picture was taken outside about 6:10 pm in Haslet, Tx using an F4.3 shutter speed (I think this is what it was called and I might have gotten this backwards). The picture needed more cropping than the previous picture and I used very few image adjustments tools.

Composition:

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5. Rule of Thirds

Thirds: This picture was taken about 6:20 pm in Haslet, Texas. I used more image adjustments on this photo than the other photos.  I increased the red on the bench to make it stand out a little more.

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6. Lead Room

Lead Room: This picture was taken about 5:30 the day after the other pictures were taken. It was taken with a Canon Power Shot camera rather than the very expensive Canon camera my friend had. I used the image adjustment tools to darken the picture and highlight some of the light in my daughter’s hair.

Comments: I have a daughter who is a wonderful photographer. She just moved away from home and I really wished she was here to help me. My husband just received a new Fuji camera from his work, but neither of know how to use this camera.  I called a friend who has a very expensive Canon camera. He spent an evening teaching us about the shutter speeds, the rule of thirds, lighting, using Photoshop and a multitude of other things that was way over my head. He helped me with the first five photos and then I took the last one of my youngest daughter with her Canon Power Shot camera. I haven’t had much interest in photography, but after this exercise, I am excited to learn how to use my husband’s new camera and see if I can improve my novice photography skills.