Graphic Design 1 Projects
Self-Portrait Poster Design
You will create a self portrait that is representative of you and your interests. You can create a collage, digital scrapbook, surreal composite...be creative! The self portrait is one of the most interesting project assignments you can be assigned because it is so versatile and subjective. In a self portrait you can represent yourself in so many ways that the possibilities are truly endless! This project should look totally different than your About Me project and needs to show your creativity, skills you have learned this quarter in Photopea and you must explore new skills and techniques on your own.
Project Set Up:
- Size - 11x17 or 17x11 inch canvas
- Resolution DPI - 180dpi
1. Include at least 15 images using only clear and high resolution images.
2. Adjust, manipulate and transform images to create interest
3. Use layer styles, adjustment layers and/or filters to alter images
- Avoid or adjust placement of items that are ‘cut off’ or are full photo squares.
- Create depth using layers
- Consider the arrangement of all the items you’ve placed and rotate, adjust sizes and play with proportion.
1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Poster” if you have not already.
2. Save a PSD file as “lastName_Poster”.
3. Save your file as a high resolution JPG named “lastName_Poster.jpg”. Go to File>Export As>JPG. Make sure you change the quality all the way to 100%. No other settings need to be adjusted.
4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Poster folder.
Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Poster and save it into your Poster folder.
Using your proposal to help create your idea of your project. Your book cover needs to represent your proposal. You can make up a book or redesign a real book cover.
- Size: 8.5 wide x11 inches (Make sure you change it to inches!)
- DPO - 180
- Designs need to include: images, title and author.
1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Book Cover” if you have not already.
2. Save a PSD file as “lastName_BookCover”.
3. Save your file as a high resolution JPG named “lastName_BookCover.jpg”. Go to File>Export As>JPG. Make sure you change the quality all the way to 100%. No other settings need to be adjusted.
4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your BookCover folder.
Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Book Cover and save it into your Book Cover folder.
Your project will be an Andy Warhol inspired design. You can create any design you want. Find an image online or use a photo of yourself. You're allowed to explore your creativity however you want! Download the Photopea grid below to get started. If your image is larger than the box, that is OK because you will learn how to use clipping mask below.
1. Try different Blend Modes with your image to show your creativity.
2. Experiment with Clipping Masks (find the tutorial above) to make a more impactful design.
1. Your PSD file and JPG files are turned in.
2. Accuracy and attention to details are used while creating clipping paths.
3. Intentional color selection is used to compliment the images and backgrounds. This means you don’t have similar looking colors side by side.
If you are looking online for an image, you will need to find an image large enough for your design. Follow the directions below to do that:
1. Search for your image in Google.
2. Change your Google search to Image and click on Search Tools.
3. Click on Size and change the option to Large. This will ensure you find an image that is large enough to use for your design.
4. Control and click on the image to Save Image
Remember, you can’t make a photo larger than it is when you bring it into Photoshop. If it is small, you will need to find another photo!
1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Pop Art” if you have not already.
2. Save a PSD file as “lastName_PopArt”.
3. Save your file as a high resolution JPG named “lastName_PopArt.jpg”. Go to File>Export As>JPG. Make sure you change the quality all the way to 100%. No other settings need to be adjusted.
4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Pop Art folder.
Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Pop Art and save it into your Pop Art folder.
Photopea Nature Scene
For this project, you will be required to take a nature scene and add various images to design a creative and original scene. You will need to use the skills you have learned in the previous tutorials to achieve this. You can decide between the ocean or forest image for this project.
1. Design is submitted as the native file type (PSD) and as a JPG set to high resolution.
2. You include 3 images with backgrounds that are removed using the appropriate selection tools. You decide what tools to use.
3. Consider how the images are interacting with each other. The images shouldn’t be just thrown on the design without thought behind it
4. You include a creative title for your design by adjusting the font, size and color.
5. Layers are created and named correctly.
6. Blank layers are deleted.
7. Shadows need to be used to create a realistic scene.
Even if you complete the project and requirements for the design, you need to continue to add and build on your design. Push your creativity and design skills, which is part of your Invention competency.
These videos will help you with new skills and tools.
1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Nature Scene”.
2. Name your file “lastName_NatureScene.psd” when you upload it to your Drive.
3. Save your file as a high resolution JPG named “lastName_NatureScene.jpg”. Go to File>Export As>JPG. Make sure you change the quality all the way to 100%. No other settings need to be adjusted.
4. Turn-in both your PSD and JPG files into the correct folder.
Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Nature Scene and save it into your Nature Scene folder.
About Me Design
This project is a chance for you to share to the class about who you are. It is important that we get familiar with each other so we can work together to grow our skills. Before you start your design, you will need to complete the About You Project Worksheet.
1. Go to your Drive and create a new Google Doc.
2. Open About Me Project Worksheet
3. Select All (Control + A), Copy (Control + C) and then in the blank Google Doc paste the rubric (Control + P). Be patient so you don’t paste it too many times!
4. Complete the info at the top and name the blank doc correctly by clicking where it says Untitled and change the name to “LastName_About Me Project Worksheet”.
5. We will then go over how to move the worksheet into the correct folder.
1. Correctly set up a file, save a file with the correct name and submit files correctly.
2. New Google Draw skills are discovered and used.
1. Your name needs to be used in the design.
2. Include at least five sentences that talk about you. You can write about your family, hobbies, or anything else that explains who you are.
3. Correct grammar was used throughout your writing.
4. An image of yourself needs to be on the page. Use your computer's camera or take your photo from your phone and email it to your school’s Gmail account.
5. Include at least 5 other images, besides your photo. AT LEAST 6 total images.
6. Use consistent colors and fonts. Too many colors create a distracting design!
Did you put a space after all commas and periods?
Did you capitalize I in your writing?
Did you capitalize names of people, restaurants and places?
1. Move your About Me Google Draw into your Final>About Me.
2. Name the file correctly, “LastName_About Me”.
3. Save a JPG version of your file by going to File>Download>JPG. That will save a file to your computer. You will need to find that and upload it to your About Me folder.
4. Upload your JPG by going to your About Me folder, clicking New>File Upload. Find your JPG in your download folder and upload it.
5. Ensure your rubric, worksheet and project are all saved to your About Me folder.
Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - About Me and save it into your About Me folder.