Infinity Motivation


This is a cool poster from the website which posts all types of inspirational works for almost every field of art and design. I love how fun this is, and how simple the design is..yet it’s so effective. I really like the color scheme too. If I were to recreate this, every element on it would be relatively straight forward, except perhaps the mobius sign at the top. In order to create that, I would start in illustrator and use modified circles to create the outside path, then duplicate them and adjust their size to cut out the center. I personally love coloring, so I would probably import the design into photoshop, and then manually color it there. You could also color it in illustrator by using a gradient mesh, and then adding the shine and shadow effects on top by creating new shapes with the pen tool.

Earth Exercise


This was an exercise we did on Photoshop to practice making selections, using layer styles, and using the type tool. We started by creating the background by making a radial gradient and then overlaying a grunge paper texture on a new layer with a low opacity. We then uploaded a picture of grass and using the type tool, typed the word earth. We created a selection of the type, and then using the addition lasso, we added blades of grass to the selection. Once we had all of the letters and grass selected, we clipped the background so that only the letters were filled with the words. We duplicated the layer, then added layer styles to create the 3-d effect. Finally, we created the shadow by duplicating the words and making them black, and the using a motion blur to create the shadow. Overall, it wasn’t too difficult and it creates a great effect that you could apply to anything from hair and fur to landscapes!

Flying Selection Kitty


This wonderful masterpiece was a product of photoshop and a few simple selections, layers, and masks. I took a page from the book of one of my earlier posts about creating a kitschy 80’s poster to create this glorious flying kitty. I started out with a photo of a cat, selected it using a quick mask, and refined the edge to get as good of a selection as possible. I then found a picture of a hawk, and cut out the wings. I placed them on the kitty and used the transform tool to size them and rotate them appropriately. I then used a mask to blend in the feathers from the wings with the fur from the cat. Finally, I placed an adjustment layer on the wings to make them the same color scheme as the fur. Once I finished the kitty, I placed him on a colorful pink sunset field background. I found a picture of a nebula and used a mask to carefully overlay that in the sky, then covered the areas like the tress and field with the mask so there wouldn’t be stars in inappropriate places. After all of this I used adjustment layers like curves, hue/saturation, and brightness/contrast to get the lighting you see. It didn’t take that long and was fun to do!

Selection Practice


These are photos we practiced making and editing selections on. In each one, the foreground or main subject has been cut out and placed on a new background. I used the quick mask and refine edge function on the first and last photos to get the best selection possible, then cut out the foreground.  On the middle one, I used the polygonal lasso tool to cut out the sky.