During today’s digital workshop, we spent the morning experimenting a bit more with Photoshop. We were required to bring in an image of ourselves ready to edit for today’s session, retouching flaws and blemishes. As well as editing our skin and facial features we changed the colour of our eyes. I really enjoyed this workshop as it was interesting to see myself transform using an editor.

Editing the image

Clone stamp – to remove any spots and blemishes
Spot Healing – this is used to mix the pixels together creating a complexion the matches your whole face
Gausian Blur – this tool helps to blur out imperfections, you can select the areas you wish to be erased using this tool.



Today we were given brief induction to colour by Lucy. This lecture was really to give the class a better understanding of how important colour can be and to help us when creating our own colour pallets for the remainder of the module.

With only three seconds . It is so crucial to decide colours within the first stage of DDP (Design Development Program) – Market Definition. It is important to create your own colour pallets before producing any designs as it creates a solid foundation for your work and will help you decide a suitable colour that compliments your designs. We also spoke about how when deciding on colours you should always consider cultural differences which should be researched if need be and the market age as colours may not be so appealing to one another depending on their age range.


HUE – what the colour is

CHROMA – how pure the colour is

SATURATION– the strength or weakness of the colour

VALUE – how light or dark the colour is

TONE – created by added grey to pure hue

SHADE – created by adding black to pure hue.

TINT – created by adding white to pure hue


BLUE – calm / sadness / honestly / responsible

GREEN – nature / harmony / abundance / peaceful 

ORANGE – energetic / happiness / creativity

YELLOW – cheerful / optimistic / positivity 

WHITE – cleanliness / purity / virture

RED – love / anger : colour meaning can be changed by altering fonts, imagery etc

Branding / Understanding /  Personality
(Branding is dependent of the the colour for their products and logo.)
for example; Srcrumdiddly’s, Harrods and Bendylegs.


MONOCHROMATIC – made up of different tones, shades and tints within a different colour.

ANALOGOUS – using three colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel

COMPLIMENTARY – combining colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel

SPLIT COMPLIMENTARY –  use colours on either side of the colour wheel, opposite your basic colour.

TRIADIC – made up of colour equally spaced around the  12 spoke colour wheel

CUSTOM COLOUR SCHEME – a custom scheme isn’t based on anything,  your decision 

What is a colour board?

– One extension of the theme board
– It sets a visual platform for the brief
– It clearly defines the exact colours which sit with the theme creating solid foundations.

CMYK – anything printed
RGB – anything online
PANTONES – global colour reference system



We were required before starting and designs for our current digital module to create a colour palette. When it comes to designing, colour is one of the most important aspects we need to have prepared. Before creating my colour board is gathered some more images online which I then created into a moodboard but only I made sure when deciding on images that the colours in them were more prominent in order for me to collect colour from to create my palette. I used the pipette tool to select the colours which are placed around the board.

I am very happy with the outcome of this colour board and I feel the colours i selected definitely emphasize the images used. They also are very complimentary to my theme.

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The foreground colours I selected to create my palette were:

– 4E655D
– A37C92
– 9D8C74F
– 7972A4


Following up my first induction to Photoshop, I decided to make a start on creating my mood-boards. I used the 10 downloads images we were required to bring in during the first week as well as some images I had gathered when researching my theme. I tried to include black and white images as well as colour, some of the different shades within the monochrome images worked well along side brighter colours on the pallet

I am very pleased with the mood-boards I created, I particularly like the colours I selected for my colour palate. I love colour so colour blocking the images was very enjoyable when making my boards.

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I like to walk around Cardiff as much as I can and it fortunately happens to be a particularly busy town with lots of interesting scenery I will develop this digital exercise by taking images myself and using them to create my own mood-board. I will continue to update my blog with any further progress.


We started our first digital workshop today by having a short introduction to Adobe Photoshop and illustrator. This was my first time ever using Illustrator or Photoshop so I was very excited to be starting this workshop as the experience will be very useful when creating my mood-boards further on in the module.

This was a very basic induction, we began by creating shapes and experimenting with them. I did this by filling them with colour, adding edition shapes and deleting sections from them to create something we can develop further.
We then selected tools this would add shade around the edge of the shape, changing the texture, size, pattern and making it 3D.

– I repeated my shape and decided to have a play around with colour. This was a good way for me to learn some of the general shortcuts on the keyboard

– I then created shapes to experiment with textures, shadows and how to turn images and shapes 3D.

– I learnt from today’s session about the various colour setting and what the are used for: 
RBG Red / Green / Blue
This is light generated through the computer screen which means the lights (colours) are directed straight into the eye.
CYMKCyan / Magenta / Yellow / Black
This is light that reflected into the eye.

One of the most useful things I learnt from today’s session was the use of layers. Being able to over lap images by alternating the layers with be very useful again when creating our mood-boards. Being able to create a new layer allowed me to overlap images to create funky patterns and designs.
By duplicating selected layers and dragging them to form groups I could repeat my shape to create a repeated pattern. I could change the scale and rotation of these shapes to create distinct patterns.


Following up our visit to Roath Park we spend the rest of the afternoon playing around with our drawings on Photoshop. This was my first time to ever use Photoshop or Illustrator so I was apprehensive about starting but found it easier after I spend more time using is after our lecture.

I started by scanning my drawings and making a simple design to experiment more with the  software. I cloned the images to create a repeated pattern. I then changed the colour of the the drawing as well as the scale. By learning some of the shortcuts on the keyboard and having a practice using some of the tools, I found this to be a very useful session.

As I was still new to Photoshop, this exercise was hard for me to grip at first. I found by using some of my more simple designs I drew that day were at a lot easier to work with before moving on to repeated patterns.

Here are two designs I created for my first attempt trying out colours from the fossils and foliage-

I really enjoyed selecting from the fossils and flowers for my designs, some of the colours were so interesting and worked so well for this exercise



On Tuesday the 12th on April we spend the morning and afternoon in Roath Park conservatory. We met Professor Richard Western and he briefly spoke to us about a recent app he had created called ‘MollyPic’. This app enables you to edit and manipulate images producing amazing digital designs. We spend the day exploring the conservatory, drawing images that could be used later on in our photoshop workshop later that day.
He explained how he has not had time to experiment much with the app yet due to it being created recently, it also is not being available for students yet so he kindly scanned everyone image individual to show us what it can do.

As well as drawing I collected some images I found particularly interesting and to remember my time here –


As it was a particularly lovely day, me and some of my classmates as a small group decided to take a further walk around the park and stop for some lunch at a near by cafe overlooking the river. This was my first time ever visiting Roath Park and it was a very enjoyable experience.