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Human Perception Assignment 2 by ASinHD

In ASinHD’s blog, Human Perception Assignment 2, the author says, “I really didn’t have enough pictures for this assignment.” Well, I would say that’s not entirely the case as the photos used are amazing and the trip seemed like a great time. The stairs and the Stonehenge background really gave a great sense of depth. While the family photo was a little pixilated (you work with what you have), I thought a really great job was done with the magic wand tool (or however the image was cut-out) around the image, keeping details intact. In the future, I would play with the color adjustments for the images so the graphics have similar brightness levels (like the armor suit on the left). I was also include a little more detail as to the process in which the collage was created, so it gives the reader a greater appreciation for the effort put into the work. I am not really sure of the author’s skill level in Photoshop, but the details around the images were very well executed, couple that with visually stimulating landmarks and a great sense of perspective and you have a very nice collage here. Good job!

The Breakfast of Intellects

I once asked a very pessimistic friend if he was on Facebook. That friend replied, “Social media can bite me.” Well, now he can take a bite out of social media along with the rest of us, with the brand new cereal, Bloggies. A lot of us cereal lovers enjoy the logos and icons used on the boxes (or marshmallows in the case of Lucky Charms), but instead it’s the world’s first social media cereal (after all, the basis for this blog is interactive communications). Tired of seeing the world’s greatest athletes grace cereal covers that only a select few of physically gifted individuals can aspire to be? What about the unsung heroes of the world? This is the cereal for them…its Bloggies, the only cereal that can actually make you smarter.*

*Bloggies is not responsible for making you more or less intelligent and will most likely just rot your teeth (as said on the side of the box).

Ridiculous sales pitch aside, the idea for the cereal is to have a honey glazed cereal mixed in with marshmallows that represent some of the most popular social media web icons today. Delicious.com making you feel hungry? Grab a box of Bloggies while you surf the web. For the purposes of the cereal, I’ve decided to be completely selfish and throw myself on the first cover…not to say there are not dozens of potential covers featuring icons of the web, social media and technology.

For this idea, I decided to use the Vanishing Point to give the 3-D perspective for the box. Basically this entailed creating three separate layers for each panel of the box. To help guide me, I created an outline for the box using the pen tool, then was able to transform the perspective of the panels within the Vanishing Point window. For each one of the panels, I added in a texture (from blending mode) and added in a light shadow (along with an angle for the shadow) to give it a sense of perspective. The tool definitely takes some playing around with to get used to, but helped make the box look a bit more authentic. For the marshmallows, I used free icons that I was able to download and layered them into the cereal. I get an RSS feed from the site, youthedesigner.com and they provide different types of social media icons…everything from icons that look like soda caps to ice cream bars to even origami…everything that is, except marshmallows.  To get that look, I dragged in the standard square icon layers to the cereal bowl and in each layer I went into blend mode, added an inner bevel and then added a contour to give the icon almost a 3-D angle, to represent a small marshmallow.  To have the icons (now “marshmallows”) lay in the cereal; I transformed each layer with either a perspective, skew, rotate and/or scale tool, depending on where the layer was in the bowl. To have the marshmallows actually look like they were part of the cereal, I used the clone stamp tool to copy a part of the cereal itself and created another layer that I used to clone some of the cereal over and around the marshmallows to make it look more realistic (or as realistic as social media icons in a bowl of cereal can look).

For the logo itself, I wanted to have that familiar Wheaties look, but with a twist. I created the Bloggies font in a very similar fashion to the Wheaties version (Haettenschweiler font). I then took the text, converted it to a smart object and then skewed the font to give it the angle that the Wheaties logo has. I then added a stroke and inner shadow to capture the other colors in the logo. To give it that “opposite” look, I reversed the colors (blue as the background, orange as the stroke in the letters). The subhead, The Breakfast of Intellects was used with Karmatic Arcade to convey a kind of an old-school, 8-bit technology effect.

Overall, it was a fun project to create, although a lot of detail went into this. While the cut-out of my picture was relatively easy and the logo font took a little research, the detail in the cereal was very time consuming. I have always been one to notice logos (especially in cereal), so I figured why not combine the social media icons I see everyday into a breakfast cereal? I went light with the tone (as usual) and for some silly reason, the downright campy title of Bloggies for a cereal made me chuckle, so I kept it (still better than Webbies, Brainies or even worse, Foodpress). All in all, I am relatively pleased with the end result. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve their own cereal cover?

That’s right, sucka.

Two Years, One Collage

In Hall’s Mark II’s blog, The Past Two Years, Collage Style, I could not help but be visually stimulated throughout. I may be a little biased (I like The Simpsons, Billy Joel, the New York Yankees, purple Chuck Taylor sneakers, and who doesn’t have a soft spot for the Muppets?), but this collage tells quite a story regardless. The past two years have certainly been a busy, exciting, whirlwind time for the creator and it reflects here. While in some collages, the overlapping over images can be distracting, I feel it works well here as it fits within the story. I really like how there was a lot of passion and personal experience put into the design, which helps tell the (in this case, autobiographical) story very well.

Hall’s Mark II’s The Past Two Years, Collage Style

I also appreciated the level of detail that went into creating the collage (as the explanation describes). I can also appreciate how the creator experimented with various blending options to find what worked best for her. In the future, when using the Magic Wand tool, try lowering the tolerance a bit. If you zoom in while doing this, you can really get out some details with the eraser you may not want (such as the background of the Christmas tree or the background for the Muppets) in future projects. I do particularly like how the creator blended in some of the graphics (like Mickey and Minnie) with the other images. Really great shot of the Yankees parade from an excellent perspective also. Overall, I thought a very good job was done experimenting was the various blending options and tools as well as the creative, diverse selection of pictures used in the collage. I don’t think I could sum up two years of my own life (and have it be as colorful), but Hall’s Mark II managed to pull it off…nice job!

Exile on Crown St.

The task at hand here is for me to present a collage of photos. I have done some collages before, but it is a little tricky considering for this one I am using photos that I have taken myself (I do not take many). Most recently, I have taken several for the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade a couple weeks back. When I was thinking how I could present these photos at once, I drew inspiration from the classic Rolling Stones’ album Exile on Main St., which features a series of photographs/postcards taken by Norman Seeff as the cover.

Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. - 1972

For my featured collage, I used a series of photos (set to grayscale) and instead placed them behind a cork board (which, yes, I photographed). What I liked about Exile on Main St. was that the photos on the album were light in tone and featured some pretty interesting characters (some of which remind me of the Vaudeville era). For the parade, I did not get many pictures of the “actual” parade, but instead mostly my friends (who are characters in their own right) “mugging” for the camera.

Blogetery in Motion - Exile on Crown St.

All of the original photos were taken in color, but converted in grayscale to have that Exile on Main St. feel to it. What was fun about creating this was there was several way to get the effects for the photos. For some I used filters (noise, distort, sketch) and played around with creating my own custom effects. Being the master at filters that I am not, I also chose to go into Image and Adjustments and play around with the color options there, which also created some pretty interesting effects. Unlike the Stones’ cover, I left a small amount of space for some of the photos so it was recognizable for the cork board to be seen. I chose Handwritten Dakota font and if you cannot easily make out the title, I created it that way on purpose (in homage to the original) and subbed out the red font for green in honor of the festivities.

For the photos themselves, I created a border with the rectangular marquee then inverted and created a white border to give the feel of a classic Polaroid photograph. I also added in the drop shadow (but kept  it light as to not go overboard with that effect), so there is a sense of layering with the collage of photos (overall there were 20 layers used for the photos). I titled the piece Exile on Crown St. simply because during the parade we all could find each other on that street (usually getting a slice of pizza at Bar).

While the photos themselves can tell the stories of good times and overall silliness by people reluctantly entering adulthood, I wanted this collage to be a part of another one…the day after the parade.

The Day After

Again, another photo light in tone, which features more perspective (including the perspective on someone walking into my room after my long day). Basically the photo is yours truly the day after the parade (which I presumably fell asleep fully clothed and never made it under the covers, but at least I had plenty of water). I made the original collage part of this photo and used the perspective transform tool to fit the angle of the wall. The computer monitor is tilted so you can see the screen and if you ICM 502-ers look closely you will notice the course blog placed in the screen (which I used the transform warp tool to fit a little better). This was another piece where I wanted to learn something I have not previously used, which in this case is the Clone and Healing Brush tools. Where the photo collage is, there was initially a window in the room, which I used the clone and healing brush tools to remove…to some success, but frustration. These tools are similar and do take some patience (it is particularly frustrating when Deke McClelland says, “New and improved for CS4″ and I am still using CS3 as I continue to wait for CS4 in the mail). Completely against Deke’s wishes, I used the Spot Healing tool, which works quicker…but created some undesirable effects along with it. Overall, it is extremely helpful to know these tools and I can’t believe I have gone all this time avoiding them.

Overall, while my friends may not think all of their photos are in the most flattering light, I wanted the collage to tell the story of the St. Patrick’s parade seen through our eyes, some partying and the next day…some procrastination (as far as school work). There is a happy ending though…I got through the first module, so let’s bring on the rest!