Graphic Design 1 projects

Photoshop - Composite Images

Composite Image: Combining different source images into one composition. This will make significant use your selection and layer skills.

We will be working on this unit for 4 class periods. You are expected to choose 2 of these projects and manage your time so that your projects involve 4 class periods of effort.

First things first: Download all of the project print templates.

 

Project 1 - Defiling Classic Artwork

What would it look like if you used your Photoshop skills to simultaneously defile some of the most world's most iconic artwork AND perpetuate some stereotypes?

 

 

1. Click on one of these famous pieces of art and download the full sized image.

Mona Lisa American Gothic David Creation of Adam
       
The Scream Whistler's Mother Christina's World Frida Kahlo Portrait
       
Freedom From Want The Thinker Migrant Mother La Grande Jatte
       
Old Guitarist The Bath Le Demoiselles Oath of Horatii

2. Then choose a stereotype from this list: caveman, jock, nerd, yuppie, cougar, billionaire, surfer, celebrity, hobo, diva, goth, trucker, redneck, emo, college professor, metal head, gamer, hippie, lumberjack, mad scientist, zombie, Duck fan!

3. Use the interwebs, Googlenets, and netwebs to search for imagery to turn a masterpiece into a a stereotype. You'll use the Photoshop skills that you've learned to create a composite image.

4. Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print. Boom goes the dynamite!

NOTE: It's all in good fun. There's no intent to offend or make any political or moral statement. It's simply a fun way to practice composite imaging in Photoshop.

 

Project 2 - Modern Day Sgt. Pepper

By all acounts, the world's most famous album cover is the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Here's the backstory about the artwork. Click the image to enlarge. It has been parodied many times.

1. Your mission is to create your own parody by creating a collage of your own in the spirit of Sgt. Peppers. Search for a suitable high resolution background or setting (>2000 pixels).

2. Crop the background image to a 7.5" X 7.5" square at 200ppi.

3. Then, bring in images of people that you admire.

4. You'll make heavy use of Photoshop's "refine edge" tool as well as layering.

5. Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print. Boom goes the dynamite!

 

Project 3 - Head In A Jar

I'm not even going to try to tell you how to do this because here are some links that will show you how:

This will take some planning ahead on your part. You're going to need to provide a jar with a tight lid. You'll need to carefully measure the jar's height and circumference.

Take photos with your cell phone. Or, I'll take your photo in the studio...if you bring in a jar first.

We'll need to laminate your photo before you actually put it in liquid (tea, lemonade, cola, orange soda, apple juice, chunks of stuff, etc.)

 

Project 4 - Series Of Four

What would happen if you layered and combined the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) so that they seamlessly blended into each other? What if they each used equal area but creatively transitioned into each other? What else besides the seasons might work? How about four sports? How about the four Beatles? How about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? What about the four countries of the United Kingdom? What about the Fantastic Four? What about the four years of high school? What about the four Gospels? What about the four women's gymnastics events? What about Buddy the Elf's 4 food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corn, syrup)? What about....?

  • Don't do the seasons! Last term everyone did the seasons and it got boring.
  • Create a new Photoshop file - 9" wide x 6" high - 200ppi
  • Bring high resolution imagery (3,500 pixels) into the file you just created - use lots of layers
  • Emphasize overlapping and blending (erasing on layers) one thing into the next
  • Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print. Boom goes the dynamite!

 

Project 5 - Twinning

What would it look like of you "twinned" with another student in this class? You have access to photos of your classmates and yourself from the Mutant Me project. So....use your layering skills to morph yourself and another classmate. Now the idea is complete believability (as opposed to coneheads).

sibling donor 1 creepy twin sibling donor 2

 

  • Download portraits of you and your friend - crop them to 3" wide x 4" high - 200ppi
  • Use similar skills that you did with the Mutant Me project - layers, erasing on layers, color correction
  • Give your new creepy twin a combo-celebrity name like Brangelina, Kimye, Bennifer
  • Save a copy of your each of the 3 files as a TIFFs (no layers).
  • Open the print template. Place the TIFFs, enter your name & period, and print. Boom goes the dynamite!

 

Project 6 - Apply KISS makeup - YouTube link

This one gets tricky! Use your own portrait. Crop portrait to 7.5" x 9.5" vertical.

You'll need to download this file.

He uses a different version of Photoshop than we do. Also, he covers some concepts that we haven't gotten into yet (this is a plug for our advanced graphic design courses!). However, you know how to work with tutorials now so you should be fine doing this.

NOTE: There are sections where something from the video doesn't jive with our version of PS. So, check out these time markers:

06:35 - After you fill the lips DON'T press Q. Instead, click the quick-mask button.
08:13 - Don't press Q to add to quick mask. Instead, go to the Channels pallet and simply fill the selection with black on the bottom channel.
09:34 - For the displacement values he suggests 5 pixels...I suggest using 10 pixels for both horizontal and vertical scales.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 7 - Type Portrait 1 - YouTube link

Use your portrait or choose a very high resolution image (greater than 3500 pixels). Crop photo to 7.5" x 9.5" vertical. Choose a quote or text that works well with the photo.

He uses a different version of Photoshop than we do. Also, he covers some concepts that we haven't gotten into yet (this is a plug for our advanced graphic design courses!). However, you know how to work with tutorials now so you should be fine doing this.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 8 - Type Portrait 2 - YouTube link

Use your portrait or choose a very high resolution image (greater than 3500 pixels). Crop photo to 7.5" x 9.5" vertical. Choose a quote or text that works well with the photo.

He uses a different version of Photoshop than we do. Also, he covers some concepts that we haven't gotten into yet (this is a plug for our advanced graphic design courses!). However, you know how to work with tutorials now so you should be fine doing this.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 9 - Type Portrait 3 - YouTube link

I'm diggin' this one too. I was just made aware of this one so I haven't done much beyond give you a tutorial link and a print template. The guy is a bit difficult to understand but if you turn up the volume you can follow along.

Create a new Photoshop document - 9" wide X 6" tall @ 200ppi.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 10 - Splatter Effect - YouTube link

This is a fun and trendy effect. He uses a different version of Photoshop than we do. Also, he covers some concepts that we haven't gotten into yet (this is a plug for our advanced graphic design courses!). However, you know how to work with tutorials now so you should be fine doing this. I've never done this.

Use a very high resolution image (greater than 3500 pixels).

Crop photo to 9" x 6" horizontal.

NOTE: at 4:30 he asks you to liquify a layer...however, it won't work for our version of Photoshop until you rasterize the layer (Layer> Rasterize> Layer).

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 11 - Displacement Map - Youtube link

This is a a new one. You will put a logo or some sort of artwork onto a hat and warp it so that it looks like it is actually printed on the hat. You'll need to download this hat image. It's a different image than the video...but it will work fine. Also, you'll need to find some sort of image that you want to place onto the hat (hint: find something black & white).

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 12 - Fishbulb - Youtube link

This is a a new one. You will put fish and splashing water inside a lightbulb. Download these images because the base image (light bulb) has already been sized for you.

NOTE: There is a part where something from the video doesn't jive with our version of PS. So, check out this time markers:

09:35 -Use this key combination instead of the one he shows you: Shift+Option+Command+E

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 13 - Water Apple - Youtube link

This is a a new one. You will combine an apple and a water splash but make it look seemless. Download these images. You'll need to crop to a specific size once you're finished. As an added bonus, you get to listen to really groovy music while you go through the tutorial!

When you're finished, crop the image to 7.5" wide X 6.858" tall @ 224ppi. This will help when you import it into the Illustrator print file.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 14 - Sliced Head - Youtube link

'nudder new one. Just made aware of this one. I'll formalize it next year...no print template for now, just see Mr. Eagen for help converting a different print template.

 

Project 15 - Animal Mashup

This one has been around for a while. Combine different animals to create a new species. At this point, you've got the skills. The tricky part will be finding the correct imagery. Remember that we only use high resolution source images.

Here's a good web site for inspiration.
Here's another good sampling of inspiration.
Here's a pretty good tutorial - you already know most of this stuff.
Here's a different tutorial.

Vertical image - Create a new Photoshop document - 6" wide X 9" tall @ 200ppi.
Horizontal image - Create a new Photoshop document - 9" wide X 6" tall @ 200ppi.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.

 

Project 16 - Celebrity Afterlife

One of my students came up with this concept so I stole it from him! Thanks Sam.

The concept is simple: gather together dead celebrities...here's the catch, you've got to include Bob Ross.

Since this is a new assignment I don't have a "minimum" number of celebrities that you "have" to use...but, for the sake of those who like to count, then let's just say that 6 is the minimum (5 + Bob Ross).

Create a new Photoshop document - 9" wide X 6" tall @ 200ppi.

Save a copy of your file as a TIFF (no layers). Place the TIFF, enter your name & period, and print.



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