While the brunt of the work I do at my current job is laying out and designing signs and displays, sometimes clients come to us to help build their brand and design logos and other assets they will use for their business. This client was opening a behavioral health services…
The State Fair in Minnesota is, to put it lightly, a pretty big deal. I was tasked with designing a menu board for a vendor at the State Fair. The vendor sent me a hand-sketched thumbnail layout and the information they wanted to be conveyed. I was also sent along…
Another night, another Skillshare class. This time I worked on creating patterns in Photoshop and saving them for future use and sharing. It was a neat, quick exercise exploring ideas that I’ve always wanted to play with, but never sunk my teeth into HOW to do it. I can see…
Tonight I wanted to work on a few more Photoshop tools to fill out my, well, toolkit. I found a neat, quick class on Skillshare called “Advanced Photoshop Glow Effects” taught by a very skilled and knowledgeable instructor named Manu De May. It’s a quick walk through, less than an…
I recently completed a course on Skillshare working with photo manipulation and learning some more granular details about Photoshop and some of the tools that I had a general knowledge of. This course dealt a lot at first with Photoshop and image basics, which really nagged at me to skip ahead, but I’ve run into that trouble plenty of times. I stuck with it and soon I was learning some new tips and tricks that I actually never stumbled upon when working with things like refining a mask, adjustment layers, and Photoshop’s photo filters.
Here I have the three images the class used for a basis, and then the ethereal creation upon completion.
For a recent job application I was asked to design t-shirts based on prompts provided by the job poster. For those prompts, I chose two –
Create a t-shirt design for Traveler’s Insurance 5K Run/Walk. Must include Traveler’s logo, with space around it. Must be a 2 color design with red incorporated either in the design or as the shirt color. They want some element of St. Paul, MN incorporated into the design – they run down by the river.
Homecoming T-Shirt. Lion appearing as though he is “inside us” so that our being torn or ripped away you would see that we still have the fight of a lion inside of us. The back would include the words “Royal to the Core”.
Last spring, my niece was given an assignment – to send a flat version of herself to someone who lives in a different place. The person who received it would take photos and journal their adventures together and send them back for presenting to the class.
While I certainly took her around Saint Paul and the greater metro area, I also couldn’t let a chance like this go to waste by NOT Photoshopping us somewhere crazy and wild so she could share with the class. I took a photo of her flat drawing/photo that she sent along, took a goofy photo of me, and comped it together in a crazy fantasy illustration I found online. Looks like she beat me up the cliff, but I might have been slowed down by the crazy view!
I’ve wanted to try and expand my horizons and diversify my skills when it comes to design and I knew I couldn’t do it alone. So, I’ve decided to give SkillShare a try. SkillShare is a service where thousands of experts teach you almost anything under the sun – from motion graphics to sewing to, well, probably anything you can think of! So, I’m focusing on graphic design for now.
My first lesson was on fundamentals of design, layout, and using grids to direct the flow of design. Below are a few two page spreads that I assembled using what I learned through those lessons. They aren’t totally refined, but it was good to try something new and just get it out there.
Here are a couple of new items I worked on today that I thought would be really neat to show.
The first image was created for an award order with a quick turnaround time where we couldn’t get in a prefab plaque plate with a similar image and design so I was tasked with recreating the design and making our own plates. Stock photo searching and blending in to the black background for some dynamic lighting made short work of this task and it transferred to the steel plate like a charm.
The second is a plaque award where I got to design the piece from scratch. The client didn’t have a solid idea and wanted to see what we could do. Taking inspiration from a couple of items we had in our catalog I went all in and made something fun and on-brand for the team. This was also one of the few times I got to do everything myself – design, printing, sublimating, and mounting.