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Getting to Know Photoshop Assignments:
Photoshop Projects:Independent Project | Color Scheme Study | Creating Characters |Self Portrait| Master Artist |Movie Poster
1st Quarter, On-Going Project: Independent Project
The Independent Project is a project that you design. It can be any number of things. There are only 3 requirements.
1.) You must use Photoshop
In order to be successful in this class, you must have a good understanding of how to use color. For the first project you will be to creating a color study. You may choose any color scheme to work with. Color Scheme Website
Color Scheme Study Project Requirements:
The final composition should look like one layer. Meaning layers should not appear "cut out" or disconnected from the overall composition. Use your blending and paint brush skills to get a unified effect.
Everyone will turn in their Color Study at the beginning of class on the due date. Any late work will lose 10% per class day that it is late. Make sure you do your best work, AND again you may NOT use any copyrighted material off the Internet. If you have questions about what copyright restrictions are and how to avoid copyright infringement, please see www.whatiscopyright.org and www.copyright.gov.
Photoshop Characters Project Requirements:
This project has two main objectives. The first is for you to be concept driven, which with hopefully fuel both your creativity and expressiveness. The second is to learn how to better use the pen and shape tools. As in the Color Scheme Study Project, your final composition should look like one layer. Meaning layers should not appear "cut out" or disconnected from the overall composition. Use your mad Photoshop skills to get a unified effect.
A note about the background: Use of the scanner is required. You can scan in any number of things such as: an abstract painting, a texture, a drawing, leaves, etc. Let your imagination run wild.
Everyone will turn in their Photoshop Characters at the beginning of class on the due date. Any late work will lose 10% per class day that it is late. Make sure you do your best work, AND again you may NOT use any copyrighted material off the Internet. If you have questions about what copyright restrictions are and how to avoid copyright infringement, please see www.whatiscopyright.org and www.copyright.gov.
You will create a "self portrait" using Photoshop. The self portrait may or may not look anything like you, but it should define you in some way that is obvious to those who know you. In order to achieve a better grade and a piece that you are proud of, avoid trite, obvious solutions like collages of all the things you like. On the spectrum of art vs. design, this piece should be more towards the art end.
In order to receive a perfect grade on this project, you must be committed to the process of creating good art (quick writes, sketches, multiple attempts leading up to a final solution). You must also display good use of color, using the principles of color theory. And you must incorporate your knowledge of the seven principles of organization to achieve unity (harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, and economy). Finally, your final digital file must contain good use of layers (the more, the better) and avoid the use of filters and the liquify effect.
Self Portrait Project Requirements:
During the critique, you will explain your self portrait, sharing some things about yourself that the class may not already know. You will explain your creative process, showing and explaining how you came up with your final solution. You will also explain the art and color fundamentals that you used.
Project #5: Master Artist Project
For this project you will be creating an original work that pays tribute to a Master Artist.
This is a THREE-part project.
Part 1: Your Artist is Assigned! If you really do not agree with the artist you have talk to me asap.
Part 2: Research Your Artist. Write out the following information.
Part 3: Using Photoshop you are going to create a piece of art that is inspired by the artist you have selected.
2nd Quarter, On-Going Project: Independent Project
The Independent Project is a project that you design. It can be any number of things. There are only 3 requirements.
1.) You must use ILLUSTRATOR
Project #6: Music Typography Poster
Project #7: Flat Pack Toys
1.Using Illustrator, translate your sketch. It can be a new character or adapt one that you’ve already created, as long as it is YOURS, do not copy a character that has already been created.
Example: “Roy is an ex-pirate who was throw overboard during a battle on the
Black Sea. He swam to shore and began a new life on land. He still dreams of
his mates on the ship and daydreams that they will come back for him on day.
He spends most of his days climbing coconut trees and looking out over the sea.”
3. Must start with a basic pen or pencil sketch! Sketch will be turned in with self- reflection.
Project #8: Tee-Shirt Designs or Band Poster Project
DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT SLIDESHOW!
Working in groups of 3 or 4 create a 12 month calendar that has a consistent feel. See PowerPoint.
Building a portfolio website
For this project you will be combining at least two different images, using the mask tool, in Photoshop. Then you will be creating a "digital painting" over the combined image. This project focuses on uses Photoshop as an expressive tool/program. The goal is to use the original images as reference and inspiration for your painting. You may use creative license to change color, edit things where you see fit, embelish, etc. Your finial piece should NOT have any of the original images showing, this is VERY IMPORTANT!
At the end of this project, we will be printing out a black and white copy your digital painting and creating an actual painting based on your work to see the process full circle.
Digital Painting Project Requirements:
"Digital painting is an emerging artform in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer. The artist uses painting techniques to create the digital painting directly on the computer. The main difference between digital and traditional painting is the non-linear process. That is, an artist can often arrange their painting in layers that can be edited independently. Also, the ability to undo and redo strokes frees the artist from a linear process.
The digital artist has at their disposal several tools not available to the traditional painter. Some of these include: a virtual palette consisting of millions of colors, almost any size canvas or media, and the ability to take back mistakes, as well as erasers, pencils, spray cans, brushes.
Digital painting thrives mostly in production art. It is most widely used in conceptual design for film, television and video games. There are various types of digital painting, including impressionism, realism, and watercolor." -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_painting
Check out some different types digital paintings :
Photo-Realism- digital paintings that closely resemble real life subject matter
Surrealism- using digital media to create dreamlike images
Abstract- using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet
Architecture- this artist using digital painting as a marketing tool for real estate
Project: Portraits- Contour Lines
Using a digital photo of a teacher of your choice and Photoshop, you need to create a cartoon portrait. The portrait drawing must be on a separate layer than the digital photo. The portrait must start as a CONTOUR LINE DRAWING. From there you can emblesh with selective coloring. Check out this example of Owen Wilson.
This is a shorter project (3 days), you will need to work efficiently in order to finish.
Your next assignment will be to create a movie poster using Photoshop. The poster will be for a fictitious movie or film that you will dream up. The first step will be to come up with proposal for your movie, which will include the genre, the audience type, the "stars", the title for the movie, a "tagline," and a short synopsis.
"A good movie poster is one which is attention-grabbing, convincing and memorable."
Once you have shared your proposal in a small group with the people in your row, you can use the feedback from your proposal to start brainstorming and sketching about what the actual movie poster will look like. It is very important that the poster reflect the genre of the movie and the type of audience you are hoping to attract. This project is more toward the design end of the art vs. design spectrum. Besides being visually appealing (using the principles of organization and color theory), it is important that this piece performs its function: to make people want to see your movie.
Posters that are excellent will be printed on our large format color printer, it must be 150 pixels per inch in resolution and be 13" x 19" in size. And as always with presentation work, you will not be allowed to use any copyrighted material. If you have questions about what copyright restrictions are and how to avoid copyright infringement, please see www.whatiscopyright.org.
You will critique your project in the small group you shared your proposal with. You will explain your creative process, showing and explaining how you came up with your final solution. You will also explain the art and color fundamentals that you used and also, how you made your poster come to life, from a technical standpoint, in Photoshop.
Everyone will turn in his or her printed Movie Poster at the beginning of class on the due date. Any late work will lose 10% per class day that it is late.
In order to receive a perfect grade on your Movie Poster project, you must be committed to the process of creating good art (quick writes, sketches, multiple attempts leading up to a final solution). You must also display good use of color, using the principles of color theory. And you must incorporate your knowledge of the seven principles of organization to achieve unity (harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, and economy). And as with your Self Portrait, your final digital file must contain good use of layers (the more, the better) and avoid the use of filters. Because this is a design project, you must also make sure that your final poster does a good job of "selling" the fictitious movie that you dreamed up.
Business Card Design
"The business card... is kind of an extension of yourself. It's a little bit of giving yourself to someone else."
It is not easy to condense a person down to the size of a business card but doing so may help you to focus on the most important aspects of someone. It can also help to develop your vocabulary as you search for new words to describe a person or their job. It should also be clear that it is almost impossible to tell everything there is about a person from a single piece of paper.
Create a business card for yourself. Your card should help others know and remember you. Ideally it should convey a sense of who you are, what you do, or your interests — artist, history buff, teacher's assistant, class president, athlete, avid reader, etc... Therefore there should be a LOGO or DESIGN on your business card.
A business card generally focuses on a single facet of an individual or business. You may be a lacrosse player who also raises rabbits and tutors younger students afterschool. Create a business card for just one of those aspects of your school life or extracurricular activities.
Basic Principles of Business Card Design:
Create Your Own Business Card: (40 points)
Business Card Checklist
* Name of Individual.
SOME EXTRA TIPS:
* Name: Whether using a horizontal or vertical arrangement, the person's name or the business name are usually the most prominent text item on the card. It is usually placed in the center or upper half of the card and emphasized with a larger or bolder font.
* Contact: Contact information is usually placed in the lower half of the card (left, right, or centered). The preferred method of contact (such as phone number or email) is often emphasized with a larger size, bolder font, or more prominent placement.
* Mini-Ad/Logo Layout: Business card layouts frequently mimic the common and successful Ogilvy ad layout formula that places the visual (logo) at the top or upper left of the card followed by the headline (name) with the signature (contact information) in the lower right.
At the end of this project, should you want to actually print your business cards, there are many ways to do such.
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Business Card Design for an Historical Person
Multiple Cards for Yourself
Possible 10 Extra Credit Points per card.
Project #9:Independent Project
Project Ideas: The list ranges from easy to more difficult projects
Project #10: Final Project
Create a porfolio site on Zhibit.org.
Logo Design Projects
Logo - a graphic or typographic image that identifies a business, group or entity.
For this project, you will design a logo for a company that you have created. The logo must be a graphic symbol which portrays the image of your company. Using the artistic principle of economy, you will create a visually impactful symbol for this company. You will need to appeal to your potential customer and communicate the type of company you are in this single artistic design.
Choose a word (or words) and visually depict the word so that the image of the letters drawn, directly relates to the word. Some easy examples may include hot and cold. For example: if the word was hot; the letters could appear as if they were on fire or flames, if the word was cold students could use snowflakes, icicles to create the letters of the word.
If you are having trouble with finding a word you could use one of these words that work well:
See Student Examples.
Rhino Art Supply: Design a Bag
You will be given a magazine advertisement from National Geographic from 1979 or earlier. You will make a new ad for the same product that would work in today's world. You must take into consideration today's marketing trends and styles and contemporary people's buying habits. Your ad must also be revolutionary, however, and not just a copy of other ads that you see today. You may use your own judgment as to how much of the "historical" ad is appropriate for today's market. You must scan the original National Geographic ad to turn in with your final project.
The idea of the project is that you are a graphic designer and are doing an ad for the company. In a situation like this, the company would give you access to whatever images you needed THAT THE COMPANY OWNED. So you may use logos, product images, etc. from the company's official website (or scanned from company ads or literature) as long as you give credit to the source. Because this is a design project, you must also make sure that your final ad does a good job of "selling" the product that you were assigned.
Your final digital file must contain good use of layers (the more, the better) and avoid the use of filters. Your file must be 150 dpi in resolution and be the correct size for National Geographic magazine (7" wide by 10" tall). And as always with presentation work, you must follow copyright law. If you have questions about what copyright restrictions are and how to avoid copyright infringement, please see www.whatiscopyright.org.
In order to receive a perfect grade on your Magazine Ad project, you must be committed to the process of creating good art (quick writes, sketches, multiple attempts leading up to a final solution). You must also display good use of color, using the principles of color theory. And you must incorporate your knowledge of the seven principles of organization to achieve unity (harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, and economy).
See Student Examples
Social Issue Poster
For this project, you will design a poster about an issue that is important to you. The goal of the poster is to educate and persuade people to believe the way you believe and, hopefully, change some aspect of their behavior. It is important that the design of the poster, as well as the information you present on your poster, is thoughtful, serious, well-written, well-researched, accurate, and original.
Before you start working on your digital file, it is imperative that you do a lot of research. First, you need to make sure that you choose your topic carefully; it should be an issue that you feel very strongly about and have a definite personal opinion about. Once you have chosen a topic, you should do a lot of research about how others feel about the issue (What are some of the counter-arguments? How have other minds been changed?). You should also do a lot of research to find facts to back up your argument (making sure to cite your sources when you put this information on your poster).
There are a number of "tricks" to use when designing your poster. The overall design of the poster should be so compelling that it will grab the attention of people walking by and make them walk up to your poster and read the information on it. The information on your poster should be well-written, persuasive and concise. You need to strike a good balance between presenting enough information to persuade people without overwhelming them with too much information. The overall goal is for the design and the information to be so persuasive that it will not only change people's minds, but hopefully change some aspect of their behavior.
As always, you will be graded on your aesthetic success. You must be committed to the process of creating good art (quick writes, research, sketches, multiple attempts leading up to a final solution). You must also display good use of color, using the principles of color theory. And you must incorporate your knowledge of the seven principles of organization to achieve unity (harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, and economy).
It is extremely important that you follow copyright law in all content on your poster: images, written information, etc. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic failing grade on the project. The information on the poster should come only from you, unless you are quoting facts to help you convince people, and if that is the case, you need to properly cite the source (as you would in a research paper). Remember that the goal of the poster is for you to present your opinion on an issue, supported by facts from reputable sources, and convince others to believe as you do and change their behavior.
See Student Examples
Partner Community Currency Project
For this project you will be working with a partner to create an original system of currency that could be used within our local community. You wlll need to create a currency system with at least 5 denominations.
As a class and individually we will investigate issues related to the use of currency and systems of monetary exchange. For this project, you will choose the form of currency, it does not necessarily need to be paper bills, it can be coins or credit cards, and you will choose the units used for the denomination. The visual design must convey security and trust, so that the system would be acceptable for use in trade and commerce.
Click on each of the links below to learn more about currency. You will need to read each article and individually turn in a written or typed paper highlighting 3 facts you learned from each article before you begin the project.
Things to Consider:
Surrealist Synectic Art Project
You will be randomly assigned 3 seemingly incompatible words from a list. You will take the meanings and ideas behind these three words and create a unified piece of art in the Surrealist style. Think of the completed piece as having the look and feel of a dream. It should look like it could be real, but that there's something definitely surreal (or dreamlike) about it. DO NOT simply produce a collage of images, your finished piece should be a unified work of art, in keeping with the concepts of synectic art.
Because this project is much more towards the art end of the design vs. art spectrum, you will be graded on how well you commit to the artistic process with research, sketches, writing, and multiple attempts leading toward a final solution. You will also, obviously, be graded on the level of aesthetic success you achieve: how well you employ the principles of color theory and your knowledge of the seven principles of organization to achieve unity (harmony, variety, balance, proportion, dominance, movement, and economy). You will also be graded on how well you have incorporated the Surrealist ideals and the concept of synectic art.
The only technical requirements are that your final piece be produced in Photoshop at 150 dpi resolution and less than 8.5" x 11" in size and copyright law, as always, must be followed.
See Samples of Student Work.
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
This project is based on ideas from "The Journey is the Destination" by Dan Eldon
For your final project in Imaging this year, I would like you to do some reflecting about your life think about the things that are important to you and the things that have made you who you are.
You will be required to use some o"found objects" that you bring in on each of the postcards. They can be used in combination with photographs, drawings, writings… The size limitation will be no smaller than 3 x 5 and no larger than 5 x 7". The resolution must be 150ppi. These will be 2-sided projects with one side being primarily the image(s) and artwork, and the other being a written note, reflection or letter to someone (it can be to yourself!). On each card, make sure you utilize the entire picture plane
Postcard #1 - The Past: For this postcard, consider the things, people or events that make you who you are today. Maybe you will chose to do a postcard from when you were 5, because that is when you discovered your love for drawing, surfing, music… Think of a special time… one with family or friends or a time that impacted you in other ways. Maybe a postcard from a few years ago that reminds you of the first time you traveled… the possibilities are endless…
Postcard #2 - The Future: On this postcard, make some predictions about what you will be doing in the future and where you might be. Will you be in San Diego? If not, where will you be living? Will you be working? Traveling? In school? What images and artwork will you choose to represent that time in your life? Have fun with this… dream big!
You can think of this project as a series… and create a visual thread of information that connects these 2 times in your life. You may also choose to make them totally different to represent the changes you have gone through in your life. Again, have fun with this project… there are no real technical requirements aside from the size.
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