Applications workshop-19/10/2015 & 22/10/2015

This weeks workshop was with Ricardo focusing on getting us familiar with Photoshop and InDesign. Firstly, we made a business card in Photoshop by using the shape, pen and anchor,and text tools. Doing this helped to familiarise us with the different tools and ways in which Photoshop can be used. We began by creating the background for our business cards by creating different coloured shapes.

First project-business card

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After the background was complete it was time to play around with the text. This including testing the different fonts, colours and sizes available in Photoshop.

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Above is my final business card design front and back. After finishing our business cards we moved on to the main part of our workshop, making a poster-collage with the intent of reworking the “clenched fistarchetype and align it with a cause of subject we feel passionate about. I chose mental health. After getting the brief I headed straight to the library looking online and in books for possible image I could use in my poster/collage.

Finished poster/collage

poster mental health

Once my poster was ready it was time to start using InDesign. The aim was to use our posters to create a double page magazine spread of our chosen subject.

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We focused first on layout and then we could add our poster and 300 word text to go with the image again playing around with the texts possible different fonts/sizes and how we wanted our article to look. Here is my double paged spread on the importance of mental health awareness.

Final double page spread article

mental illness double page article

This workshop has been my favourite so far. I really enjoy working on Photoshop although I am not the best with it and I am unfamiliar with a lot of the tools available on there so it was good to try something new. It was particularly nice to get the chance to use Indesign as I have never had the opportunity to do so before so I learnt a lot from this workshop.

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