After reading my peer feedback, and trying a few different tools on photoshop, I made my final design changes to try to improve the overall look to my collage. One of the things I wanted to work on was showing the background a little more, I did this by using the eraser tool which was suggested in my peer feedback. I erased to tops of my photos and around the edges to make them smaller and arranged them by using the move tool to keep the composition balanced. I also used the blur tool to blur the background of my photos so that the people in them are emphasized. As I mentioned in my draft post, these are people that have been an important part of my life especially in recent years so I wanted to try and show that in my collage. I really liked the suggestion to use the erase tool so that I could frame the pictures a little better and bring out the background because it was almost impossible to see in my draft collage. The background photo was taken at Kamiak Butte so it ties in with the rest of the pictures since they are all from the past four years here in Pullman. I like the way the drop shadow forms with the new edge lines of the photos it keeps that “pop” the tool gives and makes it a little more interesting to look at. Some of the photos blend together with their borders I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not at first but decided to keep them like that because it creates an almost illusionist visual effect once you start looking closely at the collage.
Originally, I layered my photos so that they overlapped and added the drop shadow so they popped out from the background. I liked that effect but the background was completely covered so after editing the photos it came to life like I intended. I wanted to make the people the more prominent parts of the collage because they are some of the people who have given me my best memories, this far. My parents are the most important people in my life and have helped me get where I am today, every step of the way; I couldn’t ask for more supportive and truly amazing parents. My friends have always been there for me whenever needed no questions asked so I feel extremely lucky to have people like that in my life.
My process was still fairly basic and simple but again, I am still learning and I didn’t want to overdo it with too many effects. I wanted to keep it clean and visually appealing; I tried a few different tools and ended up making a mess so I went back to a more basic layout. I’m happy with the turnout but definitely have a lot more to learn so that I can make more interesting pieces in the future!
I chose the photos used in my collage because they include people that have impacted me in a positive way the past four years I have been at WSU. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the continuous support from my parents; they have been by my side emotionally, physically, and of course financially. The bond that has built becomes stronger all the time. Both are shown during mom and dads’ weekends here which are always a blast with them. I also have one of my best friends since high school, which was also my roommate freshman year, along with a few of the first friends I made here that I am still close with. The first vacation I took with my boyfriend is another one of the photos shown, probably the most fun I’ve had. He is also an important part of my life and keeps a smile on my face. The second best trip is my first time in Vegas, shown in my collage as well. That was a great experience and seems like it is a rite of passage for Americans. All of these people and places have influenced who I am in one way or another and have all been there for me whenever needed.
I used a pretty simple layout and design because I am new to photoshop, so it was difficult to get fancy for me. The background is a photo taken of my friend and I at Kamiak Butte (a hike I definitely recommend), I made the opacity slightly transparent for visual effect. I also used a drop shadow on the photos to add some depth to the collage. Figuring out how to move around the photos after placing them took forever, but once I realized how it was done I was able to mess with the effects and try some different things. I would like to try some different background and layout techniques for my final collage once I get more comfortable with the program.
I have chosen to use “about me” as my topic for class this semester. I actually consider writing and/or talking about myself is more difficult than using another topic but I think it will push me out of my comfort zone a little, but because I am kind of an expert on myself it will be good practice for future blog posts and will be a good step into this project.
A little background about me; I grew up in in western Washington in the small town of Yelm (right next to Olympia). I am an only child but very close with my family. My mom is from New Mexico and has an extremely large family, and my dad from Oregon. I was always active during school with sports, dance and cheer. This is my senior year at WSU and I have really enjoyed being here the past four years. However, I will be thankful to never have to walk through the snow to class in the morning. I try to lighten awkward situations with humor, which doesn’t always ease the tension but is always meant to be friendly.
I look forward to learning through these multimedia projects, I am new to all of these programs and software but am excited to get familiar with them. Hopefully I can catch on quick and keep up with the rest of you!