Graphic Design 1 & MGD 102 Projects

Thursday 2/25

Custom Poster

For this project, you will be using all of your design knowledge and skills to create a custom poster of your choice. You should be focused on applying new skills or tools to this project. This will push our Invention competency by making a more creative design and it will allow you to be successful in your Skills/Tools competency as well. 

 

Project Steps:

1. Create a 11x17” AI file. It can be 17” wide or tall. It is up to your design. Set the color mode to RGB and Raster Effects to 300ppi.

2. Using your inspiration pieces and your sketch, begin to create your design using shapes tool, pathfinder tool, layers, pen tool and whatever else that may be appropriate. 

3. Search online for Illustrator tools to help you create your design too. 

4. Consider how you are using your design concepts (balance, white space, flow, hierarchy, & color theory). 

 

Project Requirements:

1. Size - 11x17’’

2. New skills or tools were used

3. Use tutorials to help grow skills, but do not just follow a tutorial to create the entire project. 

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save your AI file as “lastName_CustomPoster”.

2. Save your file as a JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Custom Poster folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Custom Poster and save it into your Custom Poster folder. 

Tuesday 2/9

Robot Character

You will use the skills you learned from the tutorials to create a robot character design. It is key that you show your knowledge of tools like the pathfinder tool, fill/stroke, creating shapes and using color in this project. Remember that these characters are just a combination of a series of shapes put together to create a character. A robot shouldn’t look like your tutorial. Maybe a robot has hair or maybe it is an animal? Think outside the box. 

 

Project Steps:

1. Create an AI file that is 8.5’’x11’’.

2. Embed your sketches into your file so you can use them as reference - How to embed sketches video. 

3. Start to apply your knowledge of tools to create a design. 

4. Consider how you are using color to create emotions for your character. 

5. Add a background so your robot isn’t just sitting on a white background. 

 

Design Requirements:

1. At least 5 different elements are used. For example, you could have a body, legs, eyes, mouth and teeth. 

2. Pathfinder tool is used where appropriate. 

3. Layers are created for the 5 elements and are named correctly.

4. A background is created. 

 

You can use the links below if you need additional help with your robots. Do not use a tutorial online though. You need to create your robot from your own imagination so you can score highly in the Invention competency.  

 

Helpful Websites:

Examples 1

Examples 2

Examples 3

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Save your files as an ai file and titled “lastName_Robot”. 

2. Save your files as JPG by going to File>Export>Export As and select Use Artboards. Then use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Robot folder.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Robot and save it into your Robot folder. 

Wednesday 1/27

Color Pattern

There are several steps to this project. Complete the 1st step, which includes a quiz. Take your time to read through all of the directions carefully. 

 

Step 1: Color Scheme Brainstorming Worksheet

Work through the slides and the quiz. This should take you 30-40mins to complete. This will help prepare you for this project. 

 

Downloads:

Color Scheme Brainstorming Slides

Color Scheme Brainstorming AI File

 

Step 2: Color Pattern

You will be creating a pattern by using your knowledge of color to create your design. Follow the steps in the tutorial exactly or your patterns won’t work. This means grouping your objects and expanding your shapes. 

 

Tutorial Video:

Hexagon Pattern Video

 

Project Steps:

1. Decide on a color scheme by looking at your Color Scheme Brainstorming Worksheet. 

2. Design creative shapes and take your time to align your shapes perfectly. DO NOT just use hexagon shapes like the tutorial. 

3. You need to zoom in to ensure your elements are all properly aligned. Attention to details is critical to this design. Make sure you group your objects so your shapes don’t shift by accident. This is a common mistake.

 

Project Setup:

- AI file

- Size to 8.5’’x11’’

 

Project Requirements:

- You can not use a hexagon, so play with various shapes. You can even try to use two different shapes in order to raise your Invention Competency for creativity. 

- You need to use either primary, secondary, monochromatic, complementary, triadic, warm or cool color schemes. That means you would JUST use warm and not warm and cool color schemes. Pick just one.  

- Use the color wheel, that is on the Resources page, to help you select the color scheme you will be using on this project.

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Save your Illustrator file as “lastName_colorPattern.ai”. 

2. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export and changing the format to JPG. 

3. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left. If you don’t, you will not have a nice rectangle design and you will lose points.

4. Save your JPG file using the settings below:

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

4. Place both the JPG and the Illustrator files into a folder titled “Color Pattern”.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Color Pattern and save it into your Color Pattern folder. 

Thursday 1/4

Color Wheel

Now that you know how to create color wheels and use the basic tools in Illustrator, you will create your own wheels. Think about the different designs and styles of “wheels” you can create besides a circle like you did in the tutorial. This will allow you to push your creativity and Invention competency. This project will allow you to learn more about the tools in Illustrator and how to use the color wheel too. 

 

Color Wheel Steps 

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. If you haven’t already, create a new folder in your Final and title it “Color Wheel”.

2. Save your Illustrator file as “lastName_colorWheel.ai”. 

3. Export your file as a JPG by going to File>Export and changing the format to JPG. Make sure to check the Use Artboards box on the bottom left. If you don’t, you will not have a nice rectangle design and you will lose points.

4. Save your JPG file using the settings below:

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

5. Place both the JPG and the Illustrator files into a folder titled “Color Wheel”.

 

Project Rubric - copy and paste into your own Google Doc titled Rubric - Color Wheel and save it into your Color Wheel folder. 

Wednesday 10/7

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

 

Project Requirements:

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

 

Project Tips:

- 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.

 

Turn-In Directions:

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. 

Tuesday 9/29

Book Cover

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. 

 

Design Requirements: 

- Size: 8.5 wide x11 inches (Make sure you change it to inches!)

- DPO - 180

- Designs need to include: images, title and author.

 

Turn-In Directions:

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. 

Friday 9/18

Pop Art

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. 

 

Tutorial:

Pop Art Tutorial

Tip #1: Using Clipping Masks

Tip #2: Additional Help Removing Backgrounds

 

Grid Download:

Pop Art PSD Grid

 

Tips:

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. 

 

Project Requirements:

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. 

 

Image Directions:

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!

 

Turn-In Directions:

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. 

Monday 9/14

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.

 

Project Requirements:

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.

 

Project Download:

Nature Images

 

Project Tips:

These videos will help you with new skills and tools. 

Tip #1: Find Images & Create Shadows

Tip #2: Mask Image to Be Behind Objects

Tip #3: Remove Complicated Backgrounds

 

Turn-in Directions:

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.

Tuesday 8/26

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. 

 

Download:

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. 

 

Project Skills:

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.

 

Project Requirements:

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!

 

Grammar Tips

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?

 

Turn-in Directions:

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.