Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Photoshop Coolness

So after Bret gave us our assignment today I thought about something that would be freaken out of this world to learn in photoshop that I don't know. I know that at one point I was able to do some pretty cool borders but I'm a little out of practice. So as our assignment I started to look around on the web for some cool borders to learn...especially new one dealing with CS2.
So I'm attaching the link to where I'm finding this stuff so if any of you want to look at it and find some other things I hope it helps!
Alright so I found a sight teaching you how to great a soft glowing edge which is pretty cool. Here are the steps.
1. Open a photo.
2. Convert the background to a layer by double clicking on it. (Give it a name if you wish.)
3. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool.
4. Drag a marquee selection around the area of the photo you want to keep.
5. Click the "Add layer mask" button at the bottom of the layers palette
6. Click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers palette.
7. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make sure the Preview option is checked.
8. Adjust the radius until you are happy with the amount of fade and click OK.
9. Add a layer under the photo and fill it with the desired background.

I'm going to try to post the link to the site but if it doesn't work I'm sorry. I can't seem to get it working right now. I will try to remember to come back and edit it later so that it works.

Photoshop Tutorials

Hope you enjoy!

Updated Project

So I have created some images using photoshop at the beginning of the summer hoping that I would actually have a new website up by now. However due to time I haven't gotten very far and would actually like to do it over again. I'm not use to using photoshop for designing other then when I had to use it in certain courses. I mostly use it to correct images. I have always loved art and love to paint and draw so I wanted to use that skill with the website and to help design it. I want the site to have an artsy look to it and something that is very creative. However, in the past I have had some trouble coming up with some good ideas. I see some things in my mind but when I try to create them, especially on the computer, I get frustrated.

I have been thinking about the different links to create and the type of information that I would put onto the site but I think that I still need to recap and do some research as to what a graduate school would want and even get in contact with my advisor in England to see what he would suggest that I put up so that my prof's can see that I actually know what I'm doing and will accept me into the video program which is my main purpose for studying abroad. So I tell myself everyday that I am going to do this and it has been several months and never got around to it. So I suppose what I'm trying to state is that tonight's goal is to sit down and do some much needed emailing to know what I should put up and do some researching for designs and information that I should put up.

As for the flash animation I am thinking of piecing parts of the website together in order to make it...sorta like hey look at this amazing preview and then hit an enter button. So I suppose you could even call it a teaser ;) Then again I'm still need to learn flash which I know I will put off till that last minute because that's how I roll. I will hopefully at least get the rest of the site done and the animation started. The only downer is that I didn't bring up some of my projects that I wanted to stick on the site so I will have to do that at home and I refuse to ask my mom to look for them and send them up. However I do have some videos that I have done that I could put up and some people at work who I can contact about putting the other's on the server back home so that I can access them. I'm sure I will figure something out without stressing to much at the same time.

The other thing that has me worried about is dreamweaver. I know how to use it for the most part but I believe that the image in my mind which is hard to explain will be easy to create seeing how I don't know how to use the software to it's advantage. Then again I may not use dreamweaver. Hum so many possibilities! Well thats about it not now. I'm sure I will think about something later...and I will try to blog about it...but I seem to be rather bad at this whole blogging thing. I'm not one to write down my thoughts very much I tend to like to talk out loud and scare peoples :)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Projects

Well I am not really sure what I am going to do. I wouldn't mind doing something with flash even though I don't know a lot about it but I am use to doing video and I enjoy it and how it has an affect on people. I have also been interested in 3D animation for awhile now and after the session thought about possibly doing an animation or an environment and then adding video to it. I haven't quite yet decided really. I would also like to do something with Middlebury itself and do sorta like a documentary with the town possibly interview some people and get some footage around the area. How the town has changed over the year and what people find most interesting about it. Possibly interview some tourist as well to see what brings them here.

I am mostly leaning towards video but that may change though. I am pretty good with Final Cut and know the basics along with some advance things and have a wonderful book to help me so I might look into that and how I can do some advance type work to make an amazing short-film.

But in the long run I don't know what to do and keep trying to run some ideas through my mind. I want to create an amazing new website as well seeing how my other one isn't very well put together so thats another thought and some how incorporating video and animation into that so thats another idea that I think I might run with.