This was a fun exercise – creating a poster advertising a future exhibition of artwork.
To start, I used a photograph of the interior of an old derelict farmhouse near my home.
Firstly I lightened the photograph using levels. I then duplicated & rotated the image, creating a mirror image. Sampling the colour of the door, using the eyedropper tool, I was able to create text in a matching tone of green. I was then able to rotate both the address and date to align with the angle of the doors. The gradient tool was invaluable in lightening up the central ‘space’. I customized this again using the eyedropper tool to ensure the tones would fit in with the original colours. Finally I changed the text around until I was happy with it and used brightness/contrast to give the image more definition. I particularly like the way the old horse’s hames, hanging from the rafters, show up in the centre of the new image.
For the next exercise I designed a poster for a virtual exhibition on Second Life.
This was inspired by a scene I came across whilst exploring the Second Life world. I found the flower imagery reminiscent of Impressionism, Monet in particular. This feeling was emphasized by an online article I read on artsy.net about a digital painting artist titled, ‘Is Petra Cortright the Monet of the 21st Century?’
I opened the snapshot I had taken whilst in Second Life and, sampling the colours with the eyedropper tool, I was able to match up the background and the text colours to the scene from Second Life. I decided to hold the exhibition at the DIT Second Life campus, to add to the theme of virtual reality.
My final poster was basically an exploration on working with Photoshop as I used the Pencil tool to create a pattern of lines of different thicknesses and shades. I used the colour palette from the last exercise – mainly because I liked it – and played around with the ‘paint bucket tool’ and colour theory, in filling up the spaces and adding depth to the layered design.
I then added a ‘Gaussian Blur’ filter. I also added a custom gradient effect, an effect that I have only just discovered. The ‘misty’ effect produced helped the text to stand out from the background design for increased legibility.