For our midterm project, I was inspired to recreate the travel site, Choose Chicago. I liked that by recreating the site I had the potential to use a variety of different photos and subjects.
I replicated the color scheme from Choose Chicago, which uses a black, white and gray palette.
I also looked at a variety of other tourism sites to get ideas for my layout. I establish order and hierarchy in my current design. The viewer understands that the dominate story on the page is the lead story with the headline, “Van Gogh exhibit at Art Institute.” I established this focal point with the large box and photo. The layout employs order because all of the stories on the page have the same design and all of the items are aligned.
Although the page doesn’t have white space, I was sure not to overwhelm the page with too much information. All of the items have their own distinguishable space.
I took the photos I used for this assignment on a cloudy, rainy day using my iPhone. To lighten up my photos, I edited them in Photoshop. I think this gave the photos a similar hue.
This aged photo was full of holes and stains. Per our assignment instructions, I used Photoshop tools to not only get rid of them but I also toned the photo to add brightness and contrast.
I got rid of the stains and holes by using the eyedropper tool. This tool allows you to replicate a color and place it somewhere else on the photo.
I noticed that the young woman was also faded from age. Her face lacked clarity and appeal. Therefore, I used the dodge tool to lighten under her eyes. I also added some light pink blush to her cheekbones to brighten her complexion. I think overall the photo looks much better.
I was asked to edit a photo of two dancers by using Photoshop’s crop and toning features.
The crop tool in Photoshop can really change a photo. I gave two dancers a crop in an effort to improve the photo.
Before the crop, the photo did not have a very clear focal point. Therefore, I used the crop tool to place the dancing couple on one of the third corners of the screen by using the rule of thirds.
The dancers were also overexposed by the sun. I toned their faces to decrease the overwhelming brightness. I warmed their faces by using the burn tool on Photoshop. I had to make sure not to make their faces too dark however so it didn’t look unnatural.
I warmed up other areas of the photo as well like the pavement behind the dancers exposed by the sun and the soles of the shoes of the male dancer.