Tag Archives: Graphic Design

Project #20: How to Make a Chalkboard on Photoshop

Hello all!

I was requested to create a website banner for a mobile application training site for the business I am working for. It was challenging to think of something original and I decided to design a chalkboard-esque banner since it represents learning. This is the banner I made:

To start off I formed a rectangle and coloured it green to create my background. Then, I layered another rectangle on top and stroked it with a thick border and coloured it brown.  In the “Blending Options” I chose to “Bevel” the border in order to make it look realistic. The next step was to make the background look chalky and dusty which I did by choosing an appropriate brush and taking down the opacity and flow.  Finally, I found the chalk text -which is probably the most important part of the design- on Font Squirrel (it’s called Eraser)… Gotta love free fonts! :)

Anyway, this is just a quick post to let you know that I’m still alive and I will try to update my blog more regularly!

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Project #19: Triangles (Photoshop CS6 Beta)

I came across this image on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun and easy project.

Pinned Image

You might recognize my original photo (I’m not much of a photographer unfortunately):

To create even triangles, I traced the Triangle Symbol and used the Polygonal Lasso Tool to trace the shape.  I copied and pasted some parts of the image to different locations in addition to adding some coloured and patterned triangles. (I got the patterns for free from the Creative Market.) This is my finished product:

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Project #17: Make a Header for Heather (Adobe Illustrator)

As I mentioned in my previous post, my project this week was to make a blog banner for Heather (Thorn in My Heart). It took me longer than I anticipated… There is a big difference between creating something for yourself and creating something for someone else. Heather gave me some ideas of what she would like to be included in her header: her blog title of course, a cross, a heart, Damask print, Scroll Work, Paisley and purple.  The first thing I did was google Damask print & Scroll Work to find out what they were haha. I then compiled some images for inspiration:

 

The next step was making my own Damask print which I wrote about in my last post.

I then started a new 870×220 pixel document in Adobe Illustrator and got to work! I took some ideas from a pretty banner that I found on Pinterest:

Pinned Image

I visited the Lost Type Co-op for some awesome new fonts (Lavanderia & Airplane).  If you have not been to the Lost Type website yet, I would highly recommend checking it out! They have great fonts & you pay for them by donation; It’s a really neat concept.

This is the finished product:

I learned so much about using different brushes and applying different styles to images during this project. Also, I finally figured out that under “File” in Illustrator there is an option to “Save for Web & Devices”.  Since WordPress does not allow Illustrator files, I had been hitting “Print Screen” on my keyboard and saving them on Paint haha.

Heather: Let me know what you think! I would be more than happy to make any changes that you would like & I won’t be offended if you choose not to use it… It was great practice and lots of fun to make!

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Project #16: Create My Own “Damask Print” (Adobe Illustrator CS5)

Hello! This week I am working on a blog banner for the lovely Heather Tiger. One of the things she likes is Damask Print so, I decided to try making my own so that I can include it in her banner.

I used this image as a guideline:

& this is my creation:

Damask Print is much easier to create than I thought it would be however, it requires a lot of patience. I used the Pen Tool and copied & pasted the designs to the opposite side using the “Reflection” function to save time and make it more symetrical. 

After this project, I have a new appreciation for Damask Print!!

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

One of my main sources of inspiration, Sophy’s world of art, has nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I am so flattered! Thanks Sophy!! I think the award is a fun way to introduce you (that is, if you are not already following them) to some brilliant bloggers here on WordPress.

Rules for this award:
1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

7 things about me that you might not have known: 1. Je sais comment parler francais (je suis nee a Montreal) 2. I own 25 pairs of shoes 3. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure 4. I love to bake, cupcakes are my specialty 5. I have a record collection 6. I am half Portuguese (Bon dia!) 7. I LOVE coffee, especially caramel macchiatos

I am influenced & inspired daily by all the blogs I read on WordPress & I thought I would share some of my favourite blogs with you.  (It was honestly so hard to narrow it down to 7!)

inspiring-blogger-award My nominees are as follows:

 Suzannah
 THE FLOOD
 Beautiful Hello
 le zoe musings
 Pride in Photos
 ThinK Design
 Ooh la Lapin

I know that I have not been posting as much later, and I’m blaming it on Adobe Illustrator!  I am currently working on a little project inspired by this image done by Garance Doré:

(Thanks to Some Bubble for the blog post!)

Hopefully I will be done my rendition in the next few days so that I can share it with you! Thanks to everyone for your support, comments, likes and inspiration!!

xoxo

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Project #14: Typography (Illustrator CS5)

Hello WordPress friends, it’s been a while! I had a job interview on Friday to work for a company building mobile applications and.. I got the job!! I am so stoked to get started!

For this project I decided to make a poster displaying a quote using different fonts. I sketched the text on some paper & took a picture:

(Yes, I really need to practice my printing skills haha.)

I used the “Live Trace” feature in Adobe Illustrator (thanks to Suzannah for telling me about this function!) to isolate each word and “Stroked” the paths with different brushes. I ended up replacing some text with Illustrator because I did not like the way the words “makes” and “you” turned out.

This is what I came up with:

It’s not the most amazing work I have ever done but I was on a limited time frame and I really wanted to make a blog post haha. The next one will be better I promise :)

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Project #13: Using the Pen Tool (Illustrator CS5)

If you have read my blog posts before then you probably know that I despise the pen tool! After looking into Illustrator a bit, I realized that I was going to need to get familiar with this instrument… I tried using tutorials to help me understand how the Pen works however, I came to the conclusion that a more hands-on approach was necessary.

I decided to take the following image of myself:

& outline and colour myself in:

It’s definitely not perfect but I am pretty pleased with the result all things considered!  I could not even draw a circle before this project! If you have any good tutorials/tips for Illustrator or the Pen Tool please feel free to share :)

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Bye Bye Photoshop, Hello Illustrator!

I had so much fun learning how to better use Photoshop over the last month!  Thanks to everyone who has been following my blog and giving me feedback, it makes the journey that much more interesting :)  I am amazed at the skills I was able to acquire via online tutorials and trial & error.   Now it’s time to get acquainted with Adobe Illustrator!  I downloaded the Illustrator CS5 30-day trial from Adobe’s website.  Can’t wait to see what sort of things I can create!

Adieu Photoshop!

Photo Taken in Yellowknife, Edited in Photoshop

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Practice: Double Exposure & Much More (Photoshop CS5)

I was so inspired by the following images by Karen To (which I encountered thanks to THE FLOOD Zine’s WordPress site) & Dan Mountford (found on the WordPress blog STYND).  You can click on the images to go to the original posts and see more photos!

Here are my interpretations:

I altered the Opacity, Curve levels, Contrast/Brightness and Hues of my design. 

These are my original photos:

 

& my second design (which was a tad more complex):

In this image I combined the following images using different Opacity settings:

    

In addition to layering all these photos, I changed the Hues, Curves, Brightness & Contrast levels of my final picture.  I used Paint Brushes and also applied some Colour Exclusion and Double Exposure techniques to achieve my final effect.

With lots of practice I hope that I can attain the same level of quality as my inspirations: Karen To & Dan Mountford!

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