Graphic Design 1 Projects

Wednesday 3/4 & Thursday 3/5

Logo Design

Exemplars have: simplicity, good typography, color theory was considered and versatile.

You will be creating a logo for a company. Your logo needs to represent the company and you need to consider your target audience while designing these. You will use brainstorming sessions and sketches to create a series of potential logos for your clients.

 

Project Requirements:

1. File size is 8.5”x11”. 

2. Enlarge your design to fill the page neatly and to create balance and professional presentation.  

 

Tips:

Select your top sketch and begin to recreate it. Refer back to our penguin tutorial if you need additional help with this. 

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save your other logo as “lastName_Logo.ai”.

2. Save both of your AI files as JPGs by going to File>Export and use the settings below: 

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

3. Turn in both files to your “Logo” folder. 

 

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

Robot Character Design

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. Remember that these characters are just a combination of a series of shapes put together to create a character. Remember, a robot doesn’t need to look like your tutorial. Maybe a robot has hair or maybe it is an animal?

 

Design Setup:

Create an AI file that is 8.5’’x11’’.

 

Design Skills:

1. Apply shapes and Illustrator tools to create a character. 

2. Use colors to give a character emotions. 

 

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.

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 and use the settings below: 

Color Model: RGB

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

3. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “Robot”.

4. Upload both the JPG and the AI file into your Vector Monster folder.

5. Upload your just the AI files for your monsters too.

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

Thursday 1/23 & Friday 1/24

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 Worksheet

Work through the slides and the quiz. This should take you 30-40mins to complete. 

 

Downloads:

Color Scheme Slides

Color Scheme AI File

 

Step 2: Color Pattern

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

 

Directions:

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

2. Design creative shapes and take your time to align your shapes perfectly. 3. You need to zoom in to ensure your elements are all properly aligned. Attention to details is critical on 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 do not need to 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 scheme. That means you would JUST use warm and not warm and cool.  

- 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: CMYK

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. 

Monday 12/2 & Tuesday 12/3

Semester 1 Final: Social Issue or Music Poster

You will have the option to create either a music poster or social issue poster. You must use multiple layers in Photoshop and show your knowledge of the pen tool, clipping paths, masks and your design concept skills. This project must showcase all that you know about Photoshop!

 

Social Issue Poster

Decide upon an issue that you have a strong opinion on or a viewpoint you want to express. Maybe it is a political view (immigration) or maybe environmentally (endangered animals). Include a call to action too. This could be as simple as saying, “Stop Polluting our Oceans!” or a real website where the viewer can read more about the social issue. 

 

Music Poster

You can create a concert/promotional poster for a musician. You will be creating these by using text and images, but you can NOT use a picture of the artist without altering the image significantly. 

 

 

 

Project Requirements:

- Size - 11x17 Photoshop file 

- Resolution - 180dpi

- Image and Text is used

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Save your file as a PSD and as a high-res JPG and name them “lastName_poster”.

2. Upload your JPG and PSD file into your “Poster” folder. 

 

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

Monday 11/11 & Tuesday 11/12

Choice Project

You need to decide through three different types of projects for this next project. Decide carefully with what direction you want to go with this project because you won’t have time to switch projects midway through the design. The pen tool, layer masks or clipping masks need to be used in all of these projects!

 

Design Help:

Editable House Tutorial

How to Match Color Between Photos

 

Project 1 - Book Cover

You can make up a book or redesign a real book cover. This can be a fictional book or a non-fiction book, like a book on a historical event. 

 

Design Requirements: 

- Size: 8.5x11 inches

- Resolution: 180

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

- The pen tool or masks need to be used in your designs. 

 

Project 2 - Edible House

How can you turn a piece of food into a house? Using your clipping paths, masking tools and effects skills, you will add elements to a piece of food to create a home. Try using blending modes and adjustment layers to blend the images in better. Search online for help.

 

Steps:

1. Find a piece of food and remove it from the background. 

2. Find a landscape photo where the food house could be and place the clipped out food into that scene. 

3. Begin to remove elements of homes from various photos and add them to the food. 

4. Add effects to make the scene look more realistic. 

 

Design Requirements: 

- Size: 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches

- Resolution: 180

- Clipping Paths, masks and effects need to be used in your designs. 

 

Project 3 - Tiny Person

If I was small, I could do…

This is the question you need to ask for this design. You will need to take a photo of yourself or another person, remove it from a background and add it to a scene as if the person was shrunk. Make sure to add effects to make the scene more realistic. Try using blending modes and adjustment layers to blend the images in correctly. Search online for help with these effects.

 

Steps:

1. Find/take a photo of yourself or a friend posing in position so the image can be blended into a specific scene. You don’t need to use your photo. 

2. Place the image into a background and begin to add effects to make the scene look more realistic and as natural as possible.

 

Design Requirements: 

- Size: 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches

- Resolution: 180

- Clipping Paths, masks and effects need to be used in your designs. 

Steps to setup your file:

1. Create a PSD file with the correct project setup from above, which is 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches PSD file.

2. Find an image on Google by following the directions above. 

3. Open the saved image in Photoshop. 

4. Drag that image over to the PSD file you created BEFORE you start to alter the image. This will ensure you have the correct size photo before you start to work on your design.

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Your PSD and JPG files should be saved as “lastName_Choice”.

3. Go to File>Save As and change the Format to JPG. Select the highest resolution option selected when you are saving it.

4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Choice folder.

 

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

Friday 11/1

Zoo Portraits

You will be creating a portrait of an animal in this project. You will be using an animal's head and a human body after you clip them out using the pen tool or layer masks to keep the detail in the animal’s fur.  

 

Project Steps:

1. Select an animal body and use the appropriate tools to remove the head from the body. Do not lose any fine detail like the fur.

2.  Find a human body that is the correct size. You can not make the image larger!

3. Use layer masking skills to blend the images together by removing the human head and fitting the head into the human’s outfit. 

4. Remember to consider camera angles, body position, lighting, color and contrast – try your best to match these. 

5. Use a simple background, but you do need to add texture or lighting effects. You can not just use a plain blue background for example. Look at the exemplars for clarity on this.

 

Project Setup:

Photoshop file 8.5x11” and 180dpi for the resolution. 

 

Project Requirements:

- Animal and human were carefully blended

- A “simple” background was used

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Save your PSD file and JPG file as “lastName_zoo”.

2. Save your JPG with the highest resolution. 

3. Turn both files into your Final>Zoo folder. 

 

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

 

Monday 10/7 & Tuesday 10/8

Photoshop Clipping Mask

You will need to create a design that incorporates clipping masks. Be creative how you use your clipping masks and think outside of the tutorials you completed. This design needs to show your creativity and should incorporate past design skills too. 

 

Project Setup:

- Size: 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches. Make sure you change the units to inches!

- Resolution - 180 resolution

- Color Mode - RGB

 

Finding Images on Google

Search for large images. This will help to ensure you have a high-resolution image to work with and your photo will not be blurry. Remember, you can not enlarge a small photo in Photoshop because it will be blurry.

 

Steps to setup your file:

1. Create a PSD file with the correct project setup from above, which is 8.5x11 or 11x8.5 inches PSD file.

2. Find an image on Google by following the directions above. 

3. Open the saved image in Photoshop. 

4. Drag that image over to the PSD file you created BEFORE you start to alter the image. This will ensure you have the correct size photo before you start to work on your design.

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Your PSD and JPG files should be saved as “lastName_ClppingMask”.

3. Go to File>Save As and change the Format to JPG. Select the highest resolution option selected when you are saving it.

4. Upload the PSD file and JPG file to your Clipping Mask folder.

 

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

Wednesday 9/25 & Thursday 9/26

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. Your allowed to explore your creativity however you want! Download the Photoshop grid below to get started. If your image is larger than the box, that is OK because you will learn how to use clipping masks. The tutorial is on the Resources page. 

 

Tutorial:

Pop Art TutorialNote - Play around with different filters other than Cutout if you like.

 

Grid Download:

Pop Art PSD Grid

 

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 are used to compliment the images and backgrounds. 

 

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 Photoshop file as “lastName_PopArt”.

3. Go to File>Save As and change the Format to JPG. Select the highest resolution option selected when you are saving it.

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. 

Wednesday 8/21 & Thursday 8/22

About Me Poster

Before you start your design, you will need to complete the About You Project Worksheet. Once you complete the worksheet, you can open a new Google Draw document to start your designs.

 

Project Skills:

1. Correctly setup a file, save a file with the correct extension 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 talks 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 Photo Booth to take your photo or email a photo from your phone.

5. Include at least 5 other images, besides your photo.

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. Create a new folder in your Final folder and name it “About Me”.

2. Move your About Me Google Draw into this folder.

 

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

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