Friday, October 29, 2010

Night and Day: The Difference Photoshop Makes...

This is an original picture of a lotus flower. This seems to be a picture that was taken at night. Through the wonders of photoshop....

This is now the same photo in the daylight. Here's what I did....

1. First I placed the photo in a 7X9 document in Photoshop. 
2. Then, I rasterized the photo.
3.Then I played with the "Adjustment" option through contrast. By using the "Magic Wand" tool, I selected the sky. (You may need to go to "Select" and "Similar "to get the whole sky).
4. Then, I used the "auto color" option to make the sky more blue. You may also need to adjust the "Hue/Color Saturation" option to scrub more blue into the sky.
5. Then, I moved onti the trees in the background. Again, I used the Magic Wand tool to select the trees.
6. Then, I played with the Color Balance to make the trees appear green. 
7. Then, I used the Auto color to make the green stand out even more.

I think that it was cool that even though in theory these two images are the same, they both give you a different feeling. The images are "night" and "day," excuse the pun. I think that it is nice that Photoshop can be used to enhance photos. When done for good, Photoshop can be a very useful and artistic tool.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Folded and now look!: Pop up books

I know the concept is a little juvenile (I am a big kid at heart), but I think that pop-up books are a good example of using folded paper for a purpose. The fact that this piece that I have posted even sparks my interest makes it a pretty successful piece. This book in particular took a lot of thought and work to make sure that all of the surfaces are shown and are visually appealing. These types of books have been in all of our childhoods and continue to put smiles on kids faces.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This spread from Travel magazine shows the use of a 2-column grid. The title and the subheadings are all aligned with each other. Each column is also aligned with the images in the spread. I think this is a very clean and well-organized piece.

Friday, October 15, 2010

You've been Photoshopped!

This is a cute yet a little creepy example of using Photoshop. The concept is very creative and the detail is well-done. I don't know but something about this image is just weird but I like it!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Well-done Magazine Layout

I'm not exactly sure what magazine this is from but I liked it. I like the way that you get the feel of what the article is about just from the layout and the colors. It has an urban feel that makes the meaning of the article pop without even having to read the text. The article is very organized. The way the text wraps around the images adds a nice touch. I like how the most prevalent quotes are contrasted from the other text through color and typeface.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

InDesign helps!

Indesign has really helped me with my projects in 502. I like how 501 teaches you how to complete certain tasks while 502 gives you  stylistic support. I think that as I grow in 501, 502 and throughout the Pub. Design program, I will come to appreciate Indesign a lot more. My projects in 502 are a lot more organized and well-formatted thanks to Indesign. There are some growing pains but overall I have had a great experience!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What TYPE of???

I like this ad. It looks familiar but it wasn't until now that I understand the concept. Every detail in this ad uses the appropriate letter. I also think that this typeface fits the feeling of the message. I'm not sure what this is an ad for. I think it was a part of a blog. I love the idea of this piece.

This is an ad for the Sydney Opera House in Australia. I love how the typography works in this ad as well as the color choices.Even though this ad is clearly an image, the message is still being carried by the words.