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Tone Mapping April 22, 2013

Filed under: Design,Photo Editing — delaners @ 11:25 pm

Project Name: Tone Mapping

Project Goal: To learn how to use tone mapping when editing photos in PhotoShop.

Project Narrative: These are some pictures I took inside and outside my house. I used tone mapping to intensify certain colors and details.

Here are some examples of tone mapping on photos I have taken.


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Here’s the photo with the auto curve adjuster.

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Here is the final with the gradient mapping overlay with the blending mode set to “Multiply”.


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Here’s the first step using the auto curve adjuster.

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Then here is is with the gradient mapping overlay with the same settings used on the purple flower photo.

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It was a little dark with just the gradient mapping, so I adjusted the midtone levels.


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Here is the photo with the auto curve adjustments.

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Here it is with the same gradient mapping settings as the other two photos.


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Auto curve adjustment again.

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Same gradient mapping settings as the first three, only it was a little too dark, so I adjusted the opacity.


Photo Retouching March 18, 2013

Filed under: Design,Photo Editing — delaners @ 9:54 am


Project Name: Photo Retouching

Project Goal: The goal of this project was to take a less than perfect photo and edit it to remove imperfections, while still looking natural.

Project Narrative: In class, our teacher sent everyone a picture of a girl who looked like she needed a little photoshopping. He went through how to use different tools that can cover blemishes, patch up blotchy skin, and how to brighten the eyes and whiten teeth.


Rain Typography Poster Tutorial November 30, 2012

Filed under: Art,Design — delaners @ 8:37 am

First, you’ll want to find a font that would look good on a poster and doesn’t have serifs. I used Furmanite. Serifs dont work to well in the next step.

Next, you’ll want to go under “Type” and select “Create Outlines” in order to edit your text.

Using the hollow point selector, you’ll then edit the letters however you think will look best.

It creates a strong composition to use multiples of the same word.

To create an even stronger composition, you can change the colors. I decided to stick with the black for the front “Rain” and a red for the back “Rain” to create strong contrast.

Next to the big text, you’ll then want to put in smaller, filler text. I chose lyrics from a Bruno Mars song.

Then arrange the smaller text around the big text. I used a darker red and black to color my text. You may have noticed the big “Rain” changed from a dark red, to a bright red. The smaller, darker red text shows up better on the bright red, making it readable, but still interesting.

Now that you have the text where you want it, you can then create outlines like you did with the big text.

Now you can edit the small letters in a cool, interesting way. Be careful not to edit too many letters or it will look cluttered and overworked.

Then, select an image you want for a background. Make sure it’s big enough so it won’t be pixilated and distorted when you use it with your edited text.

Go to “File” and select “Place”. It will pull up folders. Find your desired background image and click “Okay”.

To do something with a bit more meaning, type a word that has an opposite meaning to that of your big text in a pretty, swirly font. I used Edwardian Script.

Once you have your opposite word, enlarge it and place it behind the text but in front of the background image.

Then, place a rain texture image over the top of it all.

Change the texture opacity from 100% to 10%.

Now make a rectangle the same size as your art board using the shape tool.

Select everything and go to “Object,” then “Create Clipping Mask” and select “Make”. Lastly save the image as a .png or .jpeg and you are done!


Fat Boy Logo February 2, 2012

Filed under: Design — delaners @ 4:42 pm

This is the Fat Boy logo I did for one of LewisCreative’s clients.

Project Name: Fat Boy Logo

Project Goal: To create a logo for a client

Project Narrative: My mother is the founder and operator of a great graphic design company called LewisCreative. Every now and again, she gives me the opportunity to help her with a project, or have complete creative control over a project. This is one of those projects where she gave me complete control. The client, Mark, wanted a cartoon of his face for his website. This is the final product after scathing on paper, tracing it in Illustrator, and then finally perfecting it and adding color.


Green Day CD Cover

Filed under: Design — delaners @ 1:05 pm

This is the final CD cover redesign for Green Day’s Dookie album that I did in Graphic Design class.

This is the front cover.

This is the back cover.

This is the inside front cover.

This is the actual CD design.


Project Name: CD Cover Redesign

Project Goal: To create a fun design that the band you were assigned might like during the era they released the album.

Project Narrative: I was assigned Green Day’s 1994 album Dookie. For this I was asked to create a cover that would fit the era it was released in. I decided that I’d use bright colors and geometric shapes. This concept turned into the designs above. 🙂


Rain Typography

Filed under: Art,Design — delaners @ 10:35 am
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Here’s the final for a typography lesson in my Graphic Design 1 class earlier in the school year.

Project Name: Rain Typography

Project Goal: To create a typography design based on a David Carson design.

Project Narrative: The main idea of this project was to learn the basics of typography and learn what makes typography work and not work. I worked the type in Illustrator and the background in PhotoShop. The type is actually lyrics from Bruno Mars’ song It Will Rain, which is what I was listening to when I made this.