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Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

the final draft of a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. Wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Contents:

Idea and Inspiration

CHANGE OF DIRECTION

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

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Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. The wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Idea and Inspiration

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

graphic design project for photoshop or gimp title image
Photoshop logo http://bit.ly/2sREdRX – GIMP logo (head only) http://bit.ly/2syxQQA

Project Intent

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a creative process into your work. If you just start out making images for your design without planning, gathering resources, and problem solving, you will probably have a hard time staying focused. I always like to start by breaking down the requirements of a project to see exaclty what is required, so I will do excellent, targeted work rather than lots of wasted time going in the wrong direction.

As part of a class project, I will use the skills I gained through my tutorial work in GIMP (that’s right, I’m not using Photoshop) to complete a graphic design project that will help explain why and how I’m qualified as an expert on this topic. Based on my previous coursework in Digital Technology and Culture, I’m going to use GIMP to make a branding/promotional image in order to show what I’ve learned and what you can gain as a reader of this blog. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

the photoshop logothe gimp logo

To Photoshop or GIMP? That is the Question. . .

I recently completed these five tutorials as part of a class project for COM 210 at WSU Vancouver. I am posting these here as evidence of completing the projects (mostly for the instructor), but also to share some of the lessons I learned in the process, especially concerning GIMP and how I used it to complete the tasks involved. Click to check out the Photoshop tutorials for yourself: One, two, three, four, and five.

Note: these were originally tutorials meant to be completed on Photoshop, in which I used GIMP. It was a good learning experience for me to see how to do some basic stuff in GIMP that is normally done in Photoshop. Through this tutorial, I had to do some research to find out how to install plug-ins for GIMP, which is fairly easy. Click the link for a GIMP plug-ins installation tutorial.

I also found a neat page that tells you how to make GIMP work a lot more like Photoshop. Continue reading Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

Welcome to My New Blog!

color reversed map of the united states

Why in the World. . . ?

Because when I was battling through my junior year at WSU Vancouver in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, I would’ve loved a little heads up about what would help make the experience an excellent one. Because so many students I’ve met here seem to go through this program without a really solid plan about what they want to do or how to go about acquiring excellent project experience from every assignment. If you want to maximize the value you and your instructors, bosses, or clients get out of every project you do, you are in the right place!  Continue reading Welcome to My New Blog!