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Digital Publication Changes
May 4, 2012, 12:11 am
Filed under: Extended Major Project, Graphic Design, Photoshop

I’ve done some changes to the images and the layout of the text of the poem, which describes isolation. Firstly I changed some of the background images, because I felt the other images were really distorted to the point that they didn’t project anything to the overall piece. The reason I chose this poem is because it’s very descriptive of the emotion that isolation gives off. I think this helps convey’s my message that I’m trying to get the audience to understand.

Landscape View                                                 Portrait View

  

  

  

I’ve animated each sentence so that they appear one by one down the page. This is meant to help the user navigate through the publication. I’m a new user to Indesign, and I’ve been having a great difficulty animating these versus as they disappear after the animation is applied. I was informed by Phil that the animation feature in Indesign is not working properly, so I’ve had to turn to After Effects to create the animations. I created simple keyframes that increased the opacity of each sentence from 0-100%. Here is a montage of all the pages in both Landscape and Horizontal view.

Update!

Unfortunately, these videos didn’t work smoothly in Indesign. I was unable to have the last frame freeze on the page so that the user could read the excerpts of the poem. The video would just return to the beginning of the animation and become quite pixelated. I decided that since I’ve not been able to create animations in the first place in the digital publishing suite, then it wasn’t meant to be. I was hoping to make the publication appear a bit more dynamic, but as I’m progressing through the production stage I’m constantly having to take a step back.



Playing around with Photoshop
May 29, 2010, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Photography, Photoshop

Here’s an image I created in Photoshop.

I hadn’t used Photoshop in a while so I wanted to mess around with some of the tools and features, just to keep me refreshed about the program. I ended up creating a poster image of Netsky to co-incide with his new album. I never realize how obsessed I am with photography until I go onto YouTube and start searching through some liquid DnB videos. I always come across some amazing pictures and they always relate to the music really well.

For my image, I took some long exposure photos of some light, which creates the light streaks. In the far background I’ve used images of clouds, which I’ve taken from my own images I took from Bournemouth beach. I used the ‘overlay’ effect in the layers menu to make the cloud images appear through the light streak images. I prefer this method than having to change the opacity to make the background show through. For the logo, I used a simplistic font, accompanied with a fine green glow around the edges to make it fit in with the overall piece.



Digital Paint
May 3, 2010, 10:57 pm
Filed under: General, Graphic Design, Photoshop

This is a very interesting take on digital painting. The methods used are not the traditional ways to create digital paintings so this is a nice alternative. The outcome is vibrant, and the whole process of creating can be a bit difficult, but fun at the same time, since you could use your own materials like custom paint splashes. I found this image really eye-catching. This style of art really appeals to me because it reminds me of street art and I’ve always been interested in Banksy’s and Mr. Brainwash’s work. I find it hard to believe that pretty much most of the work gone into the image has been created digitally. We are definitely living in the digital age!

The creator of this piece is, Jill Tovey.

“Most of my work is mixed media, I use Corel Painter, Photoshop as well as lots of different paints, scans and textures – mostly just playing until I have something I feel happy with.”

Jill mentions she used Corel Painter, which I’m guessing is the program she used to create all the paint brush textures in. Since the new release of Photoshop CS5, it now has it’s very own paint feature which allows you to create and apply different brush strokes and mix colours together, just like traditional painting.

When I was doing Art Graphics for GCSE, I remember I introduced myself to Photoshop by scanning work I had sketched out and then applying effects, then printing it off working into it again and then re-scanning back into photoshop and so on. I found that process very therapeutic.



The Brentmeister General
May 3, 2010, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Photoshop

After seeing Ricky Gervais last Wednesday, I felt inspired to create a David Brent image in photoshop.



M/M PARIS
November 1, 2009, 6:24 pm
Filed under: General, Graphic Design, Typography

M/M Paris is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, established in Paris in 1992. They are best known for their art direction and collaborations with musicians as they originally started out in the music industry making album artworks. Since then, they have managed to branch out and gain some credibility for working with fashion designers and for magazines. They Like to listen to obscure music to get inspiration from.

Mmparis_noghost

The poster for Pierre Huyghe’s & Philippe Parreno’s film Ann Lee: No ghost just a shell from 1999, by M/M (Paris).

M/M Paris like to experiment with photographs of human figures and manipulate the images to create text, like in the image below. This is the sort of direction I’d like to take my photography in and really work into the images. For the piece of graphics

Mmparis_alphabet

The Alphabet (an A to Z of beauty). Art Direction & design: M/M (Paris). Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.




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