LASER-CUTTING ON TO WOOD

Today we spent the afternoon creating a design to be laser cut onto wood, I used a stencil font and created the design on Adobe Illustrator. I tried to give my design a modern take by adding the squares around my name. This design was intended to be my project title to use as cover for this project.

I think this design fits well into my theme as well as using wood. I like the effect it has on the wood, it gives the design a rough edge and reminds me of some of the decayed images I used for my mood and colour boards. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and plan to create more design to cut on various materials at some point in this project.

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Progression of my design being laser-cut:

 

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DIGITAL WORKSHOP SIX

Illustrator
During this mornings workshop, we were required to collect images together in preparation for this exercise. We looked at how to merge images together using illustrator.

I achieved this by:
 – Open two images (make sure both images are on the same document)
– Scale the foreground image
– Add ‘Vector Mask’ on top layer
– Change Opacity
– Use the ‘gradient tool’ from white to black  then click and drag from any are to the centre
– Up the opacity

This has definitely been my favourite workshop so far, I really enjoyed using my own images in relation to my theme to create these merged images. I am really pleased with their outcomes.

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DIGITAL WORKSHOP FIVE

Illustrator
In today session were taught how to create motifs to turn into a repeated pattern. By grouping all the components together this enables you to copy and paste the whole image together to create a repeated pattern.

I achieved this by useing the following tools:

– Rounded Rectangle Tool
– Rectangle Tool
– Elipse Tool
– Fill Colour
– Gradient Fill Colour
– Opacity
– Object -> Pattern -> Make

Steve created a basic image of a air-plan using these tools, this was an example we could mimic then experiment with our own designs.
Here is a example of the image I created from this workshop.

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DIGITAL WORKSHOP THREE

Photoshop
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.

INTRODUCTION TO COLOUR

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.

COLOUR TERMINOLOGY

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

COLOUR THEORY

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.

COLOUR FORECASTING

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

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COLOUR BOARD / PALETTE

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

PHOTOSHOP MOODBOARDS

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.