Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pretty Colors

Color Wheel:
      So I used a flute again. I think it looks pretty cool; kind of like the spokes of a wheel. This is not your typical color wheel. It is the RGB Color Wheel, which is the one that shows the mixture of colors in light rather than pigments. On the computer, colors mix like the light rather than paint so mixing red and green will get you yellow, not some weird dull icky color like paint. I improved on remembering where the different tools were since that can be difficult sometimes. This is also useful for when we start mixing colors more on Photoshop.

A long, long time ago...

      I used a combination of lens flares and paint dots for the stars in this one. I liked how the clouds looked on the planet and in the background, although I wasn't as happy with the value of the planet. Unfortunately the side of the planet that is facing the really bright star is the darkest side....for some reason the burn and dodge tools didn't help the issue at all. Instead they just made the colors fade away so I gave up on them. I hope the arrangement of stars isn't too weird looking, because I tried to make it as realistic as I could. The rainbow background adds a fantastical element that I really like.

Friday, February 3, 2012

      This was a pretty simple project. I found a picture of a flute player since I myself play flute. I used the threshold tool to make it completely black and white with no gray areas. Then I painted the colors on a different layer and blended the two together to make the black areas colorized. Using Gaussian Blur it blended the colors so the transition was more natural.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Patterned Gerbil:
      This is simply too cute. Gerbils are the cutest thing ever so it wasn't hard to make this look good. The main thing that I didn't like about this project is the differences in diamond size on areas right next to each other, such as where the legs meet the body. The shaping around the gerbil ended up looking pretty nice though so I am overall happy with this immensely cute project.

Bunny Fox:
      This is my Bunny Fox or....Box? or...Funny? If the last one was cute, this one has to be even cuter. The original pictures of both the bunny and the fox were already SUPER adorable and together they make an animal that actually looks like it could be real. I used the grass and body from the bunny picture and the background daisies and head from the fox picture. This got really confusing for a little bit with all the layers, most likely because this was our first project without a specific tutorial for it and I was kind of making it up as I went. I made a clone of the daisy/head layer and made the top layer black and white in order to get the head to be the same color as the body. I then erased around the head which revealed the colored layer underneath. In order to further match the fur, I put the eraser on low opacity and erased sections of the head in order to see a tinge of color from the layer underneath. This project was really fun and certainly not as hard as I thought it would be!

Too many of me

      This project was fun and not as hard as I thought it would be to do. Those poles were harder than it looked to stand on. I thought the layer intricacy was really neat, though a little hard to understand at first. The hardest part of this project was doing sections where the clones overlapped, though mine only had a small overlap so it wasn't too bad. I learned a lot about layering in Photoshop with this project.