The Purpose of my collage is to illustrate things that are important to me while utilizing my personality and creativity in the design. I must admit this is not how I pictured my collage coming out as I had some pretty unrealistic expectations for my first Photoshop creation. Originally I had envisioned having my face centered in a picture of space with with my eyes on fire and an orbit of items and pictures surrounding my face. The more I progressed with this idea, the more I realized how I should do something more simple and less confusing. I wanted to keep the idea of a mixture of layers for a space background because space and the stars just really interest me and I simply think they are nice to look at and not distracting from the other images that would end up being included. Instead of a solid black background without texture, stars and similar things make a nice contrast to the main images (the three “space” layers and their pictures as a part of the background image are all cited bellow, all of which are shared under a free to remix license).
The main images that a family member or I took are pictures that are just important and memorable to me. Three of them were a collage that I had previously made of me and my parents and siblings. The two pictures of the praying mantis of the other collage, I took and made while working. My work is a hot spot for these awesome animals and I cant deny the fact that I have captured dozens over the years and observed them. I love wildlife and this was the most practical way of demonstrating that. Previous attempts at trying to integrate a shark or a reptile of some sort into the space background didn’t go so well and I thought this would be a good substitute. Originally, both those sets of collages had a white background so I inversed the picture and set a black background so it wouldn’t stick out too bad. The last picture was of my girlfriend and I for a Homecoming dance in high school. We took pride in being the most patriotic couple which inspired her to make her own dress which was awesome!
Each Picture is outlined with the Bevel and Emboss and Outer Glow effects which add a glowing effect and make the pictures stand out nicely. There are also two color balance adjustments I added which made the colors of every picture stand out a lot better, as well as change the stars color from the background from a boring gray to a slight red, which accompanied with the blue parts of the background go really well with the red white and blue in my largest picture.
Finally, I tried goofing around with other affects and decided I would try a 3D title to kind of go along with the space theme of the background and add some depth to the images as a whole.
My original idea was overly confusing but sounded cool in my mind, but I instead opted to try to make it simpler for my skill while still demonstrating my personality and interests as a part of my main topic. This assignment was a little tough and took some trial and error but it was really enjoyable but I cant help but think I could do better with more practice.
Sweetie187. “Space.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 12 Mar. 2011. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5518992555/in/photolist-bTgqWn-9pGhd4-9pGgQg-9pKiho-9pKhUm-9pGfXt-9pGgw8-9pKiEC-b8VdVc-4tx8TR-2ARhsT-iQiAx3-bNizEt-bNizrt-bzoVPo-bNiziX-73QCyX-iY2g1b-aC6dCi-9p2g8C-bu9fK-8zMrjp-fDVD71-hf4z6-9RpstC-72hXSg-dFxFBv-3MiXpn-87Te8V-7D9Eyf-9mKYWk-dd9c8g-cCTs3j-wCUX7-47zLGV-9p72ri-HFzzD-mfJeo-7CfoiH-ddtmtv-2miSSi-fLcamn-iQizjS-2xHS4v-7eo7Jo-73zAEn-kjkJ5N-bpixTw-oMZJdP-8e1Pdt>.
Sweetie187. “Space.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 02 June 2011. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5519580228/in/photolist-bTgqWn-cb14DC-9pGhd4-9pGgQg-9pKiho-9pKhUm-9pGfXt-9pGgw8-cPcpqj-cPctMU-9pKiEC-cPcrDm-bAWvdk-o9xe37-b8VdVc-7Tby25-5Lnfk9-bHxiWx-9Ej29K-9XwA5y>.
Spencer, Kenneth. “Moon 100614.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 07 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/kendo26/15280817250/in/photolist-oq1roA-pC6VVv-phjbAo-oGWTUF-oQnpMc-oGeRwX-oFngcJ-oRiecr-qmw69R-oC1csd-orpXdX-oD9WWq-pw1cqC-pGTJfz-pVPczU-pFySvB-p8RoAx-ovnWWw-oHYYDu-piFsmS-pCnva1-pcmm5R-q1Xup3-p8Xs92-pcDjXg-paioFF-pbPcS4-pgHeyf-qdH2sF-pnDBKN-peAT8G-p6Gseq-phWsdJ-pGcH9h-oWETWa-pUY5ig-qkUKcJ-pDXPkc-pcvu5M-oScu7y-pau4FP-puKyyF-pjqALR-ptGU1i-pwmrED-pDzQ3H-pGPp4N-pGgY8L-pid3mW-p9EgS4>.
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