Graphic Design 3 Projects

Monday 3/9

Surrealist Self-Portrait

Exemplars have: color corrected, clean clipping/masking and meaningful symbolism. 

 

You will be creating a surrealist self-portrait in the style of Andrea Constantini. You will need to include objects and elements that represent yourself and use your photo editing techniques to color correct the design.

 

Objective:

To tell a story about yourself with the images you choose. Do NOT choose random stuff. This needs to be meaningful to you.

 

Self-portrait:

You can use a photo of yourself that you have already, or you can take a photo in class. It will be easier to remove your image from the background if you use a solid white background. Consider what angle you want your face to be too.

 

Project Requirements:

1. File size - 18x24” and 180 resolution

2. Your face must be recognizable in the final piece and photo removed from the background.

3. The use of clouds must be used, just like you see in the examples. 

4. At least 6 images need to be used. Search free stock photo website to find large enough images. 

5. Organize and name your layers.

6. Overlap images to give the illusion of DEPTH.

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save a JPG and PSD file named “lastName_Self-Portrait”.

2. Turn in both files to your “Self-Portrait” folder. 

 

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

Wednesday 2/12

Surrealism Landscape

You will be using Photoshop to create a surrealism landscape design that you will apply your knowledge of photo editing to. You will notice how examples online use dramatic lighting and effects to create a fantasy type image, which is how you can use your photo editing skills in this project.

 

Project Setup:

Photoshop file 11x17” or 8.5x11” and 180dpi. 

 

Project Requirements:

  1. Create a fantasy type landscape scene using one of the following:

  • Realistic items that have been used out-of-place

  • Unreal scenes

  • Normal objects acting abnormally

  • Fantastic creatures Photo 

2. At least 3 different landscape or images were blended. 

3. Editing skills are applied (i.e. layer adjustments, color matching, saturation) to create a dramatic scene.

4. Add-on objects need to be blended together successfully and not just pasted. A layer mask could be a good tool for this.

5. Only high resolution images are used.

 

Turn-in Directions:

Save your PSD file and a high-res JPG file as “lastName_landscape” and upload them to a folder titled “Landscape”.

 

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

Friday 1/17

Citywide Art Contest

You will be creating any design that uses one of the themes below. This is DPS’s largest art contest and has three rounds of judging. 

 

Project Themes:

- Environmental - Earth Day is in April

- Immigration Rights

- Cultural 

- Who Are You? Create a collage that represents yourself. 

- Do you have another idea? Propose it to Mr. Wiant for approval first. 

 

Judging:

First Round - You will first submit your designs, along with other NEC students, and these will be judged by a panel here on our campus. Ten pieces will be selected to be submitted into the contest. 

 

Second Round - A panel of judges will select the pieces to be entered and showcased in the art contest, which is held at a downtown building.

 

Third Round - Winners will be selected by another judging committee and awards given out. 

 

Contest Website

 

Project Requirements:

- Size - No larger than 13’’x19’’

- Resolution - 180dpi

- Color Mode - RGB 

 

Turn-In Directions:

1. Save your file as a JPG and PSD and name it “lastName_Citywide”.

2. Turn your files into your Citywide folder.

3. Complete the Project Form to submit work. 

 

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

Wednesday 1/8

Polaroid Photos

You will be creating a Photoshop composition by splitting up an image to create the illusion of multiple Polaroid photos. In order to know how to do this, you will review the tutorial as you are working on your own design. 

 

You will need to find a high-res image to use for your designs. You need to search for large images that can fill a 11”x17” page, so search for at least 2mp or larger images. 

 

Tutorial:

Polaroid Photo Tutorial

 

Project Tips:

1. Use a photo that provides good opportunities to have portions come out of the Polaroid photos because this is required. 

2. Find an interesting pattern or texture for your background.

3. Rotate your Polaroid photos to provide an interesting composition. 

 

Project Requirements:

1. Photoshop file 11x17” and 180dpi. 

2. At least 10 photos are created. 

3. You use a separate background with your design.

 

Turn-in Directions:

Save your PSD file and a high-res JPG file as “lastName_polaroid” and upload them to a folder titled “Polaroid”.

 

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

Tuesday 12/3

Semester 1 Final: Self-Portrait

You will need to create a self-portrait in Illustrator. You can create any sort of self-portrait you like. How will you be able to push your invention competency more by not just following a tutorial. Can you combine tutorials? How can you make your design personal?

 

Project Help:

Vector Tutorial

Vector Tutorial 2

Project Requirements:

1. Illustrator file size can be 11’’x17’’

2. Your name is included on the design. 

 

Turn In Directions:

1. Save your Illustrator file as “lastName_Self-Portrait”

2. Export your file as a JPG using the following settings:

  • Check Use Artboard 

  • Color Model: RGB

  • Quality: 10

  • Resolution: 300

4. Place both the JPG and the AI files into your Self-Portrait Final folder.

 

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

Wednesday 11/13

Shapes Poster

You will need to create a simple shape poster. You don’t need to, but your poster can represent a movie, TV show or book. The poster will only use simple shapes to create a vector based character. You will also need to include a simple title.

 

Video Tutorial:

View the video tutorial to get an understanding on how to design your poster. You do not need to complete this tutorial, it is only for your reference.

Shapes Poster Video

 

Vector Repeating Background Tutorial (optional):

You will learn how to create a repeating background in this tutorial.

Repeating Pattern 1

Repeating Pattern 2

 

Design Setup:

- Illustrator file size is 17”x 11’’.

 

Project Requirements:

1. A character is created by using only simple shapes. 

2. A title of some sort is used on the design.

 

Turn In Directions:

Save a JPG and AI file saved as “lastName_shapePoster”. Use the settings below for your JPG. 

- Select Use Artboards

- Color Mode: RGB

- Quality: 10

- Resolution: 300


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

Wednesday 10/23

Cubee Characters

You will be creating your own cubee character. You can base your cubee from the vector characters that you already created or create a new character. The more details and colors effects you add, the more successful this design will be. 

 

Design Setup:

You can use either the Basic template for a standard cubee, or you can use the Advanced template, which will allow you to add hair, ears or other features. If you need to, you can create your own template as well. 

 

Cubee Template

 

You will then embed your original sketch into your document, name the layer properly, and lock that layer so you can start to recreate your design.

 

Turn In Directions:

Save a JPG and AI file saved as “lastName_cubee”. Use the settings below for your JPG. 

- Select Use Artboards

- Color Mode: RGB

- Quality: 10

- Resolution: 300

 

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

Friday 9/5

Sugar Skull or Animal Pattern

You will be either creating a sugar skull design based on inspiration that you will pull from your own life and the Day of the Dead celebration. Or you can create an animal pattern design. You will take a photo of your sketch and import it into Illustrator in order to recreate your design using the appropriate tools. You can either create your own skull shape or download the AI template file and copy and paste the skull shape into your own file. 

 

Sugar Skull Download:

AI Skull Template

 

Help With New Skills:

Here are three tutorials that will help you create your designs. Use these to help you with your design if you are stuck on how to create new elements.

 

Tracing Sugar Skull Sketch

Sugar Skull Written Tutorial

Sugar Skull Video Tutorial

 

Tips:

Be smart and efficient about creating designs by duplicating objects. 

 

Design Setup:

You have already taken a photo of your sketch, so now you need to setup your AI file and import the photo. 

1. Size - 8.5x11 (make sure your Units are set to Inches)

2. Place your image File>Place

3. Embed your image by clicking on the Embed button in the Option Bar at the top. 

4. Lock that layer, create a new layer, and begin to recreate your design using the pen tool and shape tools. 

 

Turn In Directions:

Save a JPG and AI file saved as “lastName_pattern”. Use the settings below for your JPG. 

- Select Use Artboards

- Color Mode: RGB

- Quality: 10

- Resolution: 300

 

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

Friday 9/5

Vector Characters

You will be creating vector characters in Illustrator for this next project. You will first sketch your ideas and then you will take a photo of your sketches to import them into Illustrator, similar to how you created the practice lion character. You will use the sketches as a base for your designs, so sketches must be completed! This is a requirement for the project.   

 

Need Help:

Character Kit Tutorial Directions

Sketch to Vector Tutorial

 

Project Requirements:

1. 11x17 AI file

2. At least two characters are created.

3. Sketch photos are kept on their own layer so Mr. Wiant can see the original ideas compared to your final design. 

4. A background that compliments the character is designed.

 

Turn In Directions:

Save a JPG and AI file saved as “lastName_vectorCharacter”. Use the settings below for your JPG. 

- Select Use Artboards

- Color Mode: RGB

- Quality: 10

- Resolution: 300

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

Wednesday 8/21

My Summer Poster

Your objective is to create a 8.5x11’’ poster that represents your summer. You can make a design that represents one event of the summer or combines many events. Be creative and think outside of the box. You will present these to the class at the end of the project. 

 

Project Skills:

  1. Correctly setup a file, save a file with the correct extension and submit files correctly. 

  2. A variety of past AND new Photoshop/Illustrator skills are used including the design principles. 

  3. Typography skills use successful fonts, leading, kerning and tracking. 

 

Project Requirements:

1. Size is 8.5x11’’ and 180dpi. 

2. Design is submitted as the native file type (PSD or AI) and as a JPG set to high resolution.

3. You include both text and images. 

 

Turn-in Directions:

1. Create a new folder in your Final and title it “My Summer”.

2. Name your file lastName_MySummer.psd or .ai. 

3. Save your JPG file using the settings below:

Color Model: CMYK

Quality: 10

Resolution: 300

4. Turn-in both your native and JPG files into the correct folder.

 

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

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