I began learning Photoshop in high school for an Ad Design class and since then it has become an interest of mine which I continue practicing to this day.
JAMES BRIDGES THEATER
My freshman year of college, I began working at the James Bridges Theater on campus as their graphic design/social media coordinator. My job entailed both managing the social media accounts for the theater and creating/designating images for social media posts/profiles which promoted the various events held at the theater.
Collaborating with a peer who ran the social media pages of a club on campus, Hermanos Unidos, I created graphics for the club's summer spotlight series which highlighted the different internships which members took over the summer.
Recently, my photography class took a trip to the Getty Museum. Our job there was to look at the different photoshop techniques used in the pieces in the photography exhibit and then mimic them with our own photos once we got back to school. The hardest thing for me during this project was that we were virtually on our own, since these were all things that we had vaguely touched on in class, we were expected to figure out how to do the (what seemed) complex tricks from the Getty photos. After asking for a hand from my classmates, googling a few shortcuts, and using my own common sense, though, the project became pretty simple and also sort of fun. I enjoy editing my own work, because I'm taking a photo that I'm proud of and turning it into something else that I'm proud of. My favorite to make was 'incoming' because working with portraits of my friends was fun, and so was being able to merge them from composed to their goofy selves. My favorite outcome, though, has to be vrene - I struggled the most with making the silhouettes, but once I did the picture turned out really interesting to look at, I think. And I used two of the photos that I'm most proud of taking.
These photos are part of a project that I did for my Ad Design class where we had to take a photo of an object that we could see being used for an ad and then use photoshop to edit the image and make three different ads. We used a different persuasive technique for each ad. I decided to use peach rings, because I really like peach rings. The hardest thing about these for me was outlining the peaches in the first two images, but after asking a classmate for help, I was able to understand how to use the outlining tool for the last image. I also played around with fonts and which colors worked best together. Overall, I'm proud of these. They're designs that fit my taste and I got to reference things I enjoy (like The Front Bottoms). This project also helped expand my knowledge with digital imaging in photoshop.
These are all the pages that I worked on in yearbook my senior year! I worked on pages for both the elementary school and high school yearbooks. For each page, I would have to come up with a creative title, take the photos that would be featured on the page (or ensure that someone else was taking them), and do write-ups! I had a lot of fun working on this years yearbook. The most difficult page for me was probably the 'Life-Long Trojans' page, because it required a lot of Photoshop on my part. I had to take the photos of students, and then Photoshop their baby photos into their hands. It helped sharpen my Photoshop skills, though, which is something that I'm grateful for. Working on the yearbook has helped me work on my collaboration skills. I had a partner for each page that I've designed, and coming up with ideas, doing write-ups, and working together really showed me how to share responsibility with someone else. It also made me realize that I must always be pulling my own weight in order to make everything run smoothly. Overall, yearbook was a great learning experience and a lot of fun.