Welcome back!

Week #2 was a great productive class! We dug into our first project and had solid class time working on project #1 (you can see the specs for the project here

First, we placed an emphasis on finding images, where do we look? What are are our resources for free images, attribution and creative commons? We learned about FLICKR, the NYPL Digital Collections and the Met Museums Open Access repository. Once we found images we dug into the practice of cutting out and extracting specific “elements and objects” from those images that we discovered through our research. We learned how to create graphic assets and save them for both use in photoshop (.psd files) as well as exporting them for the web as transparent .PNG files (remember the cool Instagram stories demonstration via my iPhone? The PNG files come in handy for that.)

Here are two pen tool tutorials to help you practice this week:

After cutting out a series of graphics assets we talked about the layout of our art-boards and picture plane structure in photoshop. I suggested laying out both the front and the back side of the postcard in one art board to work with the card in unison together. We also talked about variations and iterations by tweaking subtle things like background colors and playing with the composition and scale. Here is a visual from the layout demonstration. Using rules and guides makes it very easy to control your layout.

What about adding realistic shadows to a graphic asset with Photoshop? – Here is a great Tutorialhttps://memorynotfound.com/add-a-shadow-to-an-object-person-photoshop/

Adobe.com also has a ton of great tutorials and many of their evangelists have youtube channels for their live streams. Check out one of my favorite’s, Terry White here.

This coming Friday we will dedicate the first half of our class adding text and type to the works in progress and also preparing our postcard for our class critique, we will then discuss our outcomes as a class.

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