11 Nov

The New Whiskas.

This assignment was worth 4 stars originally but I found it to be worth only 2 bringing it down to 3 1/2 stars (overrated still). We had to take 2 logos and mash them together. The first thing that came to my mind is Whiskas cat food because I have 2 new additions to my family and feel like I am constantly buying cat food for them (though my preferred brand is friskies). I always go to Walmart to buy the food for them.

The Whiskas logo looks like this:


And the Walmart logo looks like this:


So I got the awesome idea to mesh them into one! I used Photoshop to create my new meshed logo. I hand painted my own version of the Whiskas cat head in Photoshop with the “brush tool” and made sure I selected a color as close to the Whiskas purple as I could. The I took the Walmart logo and made the background transparent through LunaPic. Once I had my cat head and Walmart logo ready to go, I layered them together in Photoshop. This was really easy to do which is why I didn’t really get the rating on this assignment.

Here is the logo I came up with!


11 Nov

We belong together.

I created an assignment in the assignment bank because I was inspired by a music assignment current in the bank. I initially rated it 3 stars because while it isn’t hard, it is somewhat time-consuming and someone came along and rated it 3 1/2 stars. So 3 1/2 stars it is I suppose. For this assignment, I wanted to take 2 famous actors that people love and impose them into one photo and actually make them look like they belong in the photo together. This involved Photoshop and Lunapic (are you surprised this is what I used? lol). I feel like I’m getting significantly better as using Photoshop because I am getting so much practice with it. Each time I do an assignment, I’m using new tools and making my works SO much better than the last!

So, I had to find 3 different photos. I searched for scary backgrounds on google and found what looked like an old, ominous, abandoned town. This was perfect for Johnny Depp and Daryl Dixon to star in (I don’t know Daryl’s real name, and I’m ok with that). Then I found 2 photos of my stars themselves. I wanted something that wasn’t going to mesh perfectly right away and needed some editing. Then, I removed the background of each of these photos. Once they were each pulled from their backgrounds I went over to Photoshop! I placed the background first to the town setting I found then started with Daryl. I felt like he was the more dominant but yet a backup guy at the same time. Then I placed Johnny Depp into the photo (again all of these photos were placed on separate layers). With Johnny I wanted to put him lower, appearing that he was the one leading. Then I took the eraser and edited some of the glare off of Johnny because it didn’t match Daryl. After they were both in there and I was satisfied I saved my work, but this wasn’t the end. I wanted it to really look like it was an old snap shot of them working together, similar to the photos in The Walking Dead. So I uploaded my edited work to LunaPic and chose the filter “sepiatone.” There were a ton of other filters I could have used, but this fit the part for me. Then I decided I wanted to make the border corners rounded to make it look like some of the old family photos that my grandmother has. This was done under borders and “rounded border.” I changed my border corner size to 100 and got my end project!

Let me know what you think!! It was fun to create! (:


10 Nov

May the odds be ever in your favor.. Mermaid style

For this assignment (3.5 stars) I had to take elements from different movies and movie posters and mash them into one. I decided to use Katniss Everdean from The Hunger Games as the new Queen of the sea because she had a photo from a movie poster that showed her in a Queen-like chair. Then I started thinking about different Kings in movies and the first thing that popped into my mind was King Triton from The Little Mermaid (this was my favorite movie growing up so I put Ariel in there too). Because I wanted to add a little bit more movie diversity, I decided to use the sea setting from Finding Nemo.

Putting everything together was fairly easy. I use Photoshop to do this but had to make the photo backgrounds transparent. I pulled a few tutorials online on how to use Photoshop to make a background transparent and it didn’t work. So I turned to my handy dandy website LunaPic and used the transparent tool to remove the background. After I removed the background from everything that needed to be removed, it was time to start layering. I added the background first and made sure it is where I wanted it to be centered. Then I started placing the images and editing the sizes of the photos to give them a little bit more dimension (longer, wider, etc.) I made sure to put each photo on its own layer so if something wasn’t right I could just delete and replace that image (I finally learned how to delete an image instead of starting over.. YAY!). Then I decided that something needed to be added to the poster so that it was 100% apparent what the story was. I toyed around with the different colors and fonts, length and size, and words.

My final poster is shown below! Are you team Katniss or Triton?!


10 Nov

Holiday mashup!

For this assignment (4 stars) we had to use Photoshop or Pixlr to create a photo mashup of our 3 favorite holidays. For this I chose Christmas, Halloween, and The 4th of July. I chose to use Photoshop because I had already had the trial downloaded onto my computer. I had never used Photoshop to this extent before and it took a little bit to become aware of how to use the layers. There are some awesome tutorials online on how to use Photoshop layers that you can find here. I made sure all of my photos were transparent by using the Lunapic transparent tool found here. Then used the layers to add photos as needed in a separate layer until I was satisfied with my ending photo.

The second part of the assignment was to tell the story behind the masterpiece I created and why I created it. I love Halloween because it gives children, and even adults to be something that they life. I feel like it’s a time for everyone to be something they aspire to be, or just be plain silly. It allows you to step out of your comfort zone and not be yourself for one night. Then there Christmas. This is probably my favorite time of year. Not because of the gifts, but because of the family spirit and quality time that I get to spend with everyone. I feel like it puts everyone in a better mood and everyone is festive. Last but not least, The 4th of July. I love this day because my family usually gets together to cook out and spend more time together to celebrate America and commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 by the Continental Congress.

So below you will get to see my snowman decorated with all of my favorite holidays! I wanted to make sure I did enough work to constitute the star rating I got, so I made sure to add in enough and balance it out. More work for more stars. (:

I hope you enjoy my masterpiece!