Use photography and design skills to create a project that encompasses a consistent color scheme from the image.
PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)
I began the process by trying to pick a topic. I work in an elementary school and have worked in a library in the past, so I thought that choosing library books as my main theme would be a good direction to head. I then looked online at some examples of library posters for some ideas of what direction to take my design. The school I work at has the theme U.R.O.C.K. so I thought using the tagline “Our Library Rocks” would be appropriate.
To prepare for my photo session I went through the library at the elementary school I work at and selected some books with really attractive covers. One book, Rules by Cynthia Lord had a nice color scheme with blue and orange, so I used that as a starting point for the photo. I found other books that had blues and oranges then I set them up in an appealing way and photographed them using my brother-in-law’s Cannon 70D camera.
After taking several pictures I uploaded the pictures to Photoshop. I knew that the background I had in my photos wouldn’t be very attractive on my poster, so I used a mask to edit out the background. I added a light blue background because I thought was attractive with the books and it also added more interest to the design than a plain white background would. My color swatches are simple rectangles to mimic the basic shape of a book on a shelf. After I finished my design I saved it as a jpeg and uploaded it to Facebook for critiques.
I received critiques from Jess Angelo and Megan Headley. They both commented that there was some readability issues with my text. They both liked the blue background. My instructor said that I should scale down the size of my books and possibly make it landscape oriented. She also said that I needed more contrast with my main title and could accomplish that by changing the size of some of the text. I received some one-on-one critiquing from my friend Hannah. She gave me some tips to make the cropping I did a little more clean. She also agreed that there were some readability problems.
The library at Majestic Elementary school is awesome!
Students and teachers at Majestic Elementary School.
TOP THING LEARNED
I learned some more effective ways to crop out the background with masking.
COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES
Complementary// Orange and blue
TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY
Harlow Solid Italic – Script
COPY FONT NAME & CATEGORY
MS Sans Serif – Sans Serif
THUMBNAILS OF ANY ORIGINAL, UNEDITED IMAGE(S) USED IN THE PROJECT