This project was a fun one to capture and to edit. Again, I didn’t receive a lot of feedback saying the things that I should change other than raising some of the audio levels and adding in more audio. I think my interview would have been a lot more interesting and fun to listen to if I could have my project be longer than 2 minutes. So unfortunately I couldn’t take my classmates advice and add in an outro. It was already so hard trying to narrow down what had to go and what got to stay, that I couldn’t possibly add in more audio. I also wanted to use the WSU fight song but I didn’t know if there would be any type of copyright issues with the lyrics so I just went without it.
All of the footage that I recorded at the game and put on snapchat erased after 24 hours so I was left with no additional audio to play with. I searched the internet and found a video online of crazed fans screaming ” go cougs” after a WSU VS. USC game. So I tracked down the author to get their permission to use it in my video.
One of my biggest issues with this project was trying to find a space that I could record good audio in. I live in a noisy apartment complex that has music playing at all hours of the day and night. Another complication that I had with recording at my place was that I have hardwood floors and the sound would bounce off of the floors and walls, giving me a lot of feedback in my recordings.
Aside from turning the audio up I faded the crowd in and out as well as took out a many of the “Um’s” that I could without ruining the audio. It’s also pretty obvious that I cut the interview down so I could make the 2 minute limit.
Being honest, this isn’t my best work… and I’m happy to admit that. I don’t really like the way this sounds and I know that I can produce better audio work than this. Unfortunately, due to my school load right now I didn’t have the time to go back and re-record the audio. So I had to make due with what I had. A few years ago one of my teachers told me “ A true editor can take the crappiest footage and turn it into gold”. I’m hoping this is at least bronze. :-p
I love editing video so I can’t wait to start working on the next unit! 🙂
For this project I wanted to direct the focus back to me and my brand, so I tried to find a way to still tell a story with my logo but also make it simple enough to where it clicks when you first look at it.
I wanted to keep the previous ideas that I have used for my logo because I like how simple and to the point it is so I am finding a way to recreate my logo by personalizing it and making it stand out more.
I found a tutorial online that shows how to outline a picture using the pen tool and use it to create a silhouette so I used a photo from one of my previous photoshoots and used the pen tool with it set to no fill as I used the photo as a stencil for outlining. After scouring Dafont.com for hours I finally came across a font style that I’d like to use. Since I am majoring in Production, I decided to use a glamorous style font called Cheerful Party. After I added in my lettering, I used the elliptical tool and gaussian blur effect to create the light effect on my name. Afterwards I added in lines behind my name to give it more of a “Now playing” movie theater feel.
There actually wasn’t any open white space in my original photo but to make the photo look more realistic I used the pen tool with a while fill to create a small space in between the camera and my hands.
I would like to keep the space needle in my logo because it represents me and where i’m from so I will be adding it in on my final draft. I think I may also add in an extra shape to throw off the balance of the logo a bit. Just an idea.
Here is my whiteboard sketch of my idea.. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do but I knew what picture I wanted to use.
Youtube link to tutorial Video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=illustrator+silohuette+tutorial
Here is the final of my collage. This was difficult. When I sat back down to work on the final collage from the draft I kept coming across different technical issues that made me so frustrated that I completely started over with my project to produce my final.
Most of the comments I received on my rough draft were about the bottom right two photos looking as if they were blended together and about how the text was getting lost in the photos.
One of the most noticeable things that I did with the photos was switch out a few of them. I took out the two photos that appeared to be blending together and replaced with another significant photo from the ceremony. Also, I couldn’t find the family photo that I had originally used so I used another one that I found on my hard drive.
One of the biggest issues I had with editing the draft was setting the borders. I created the stroke layer style in one of the photos and thought that copying and pasting would apply to all of the images the same. Once I did this to all of the photos all of the borders ended up being different sized. I realized that I had forgotten that I had used my DSLR camera, so the photos were high resolution and were going to give me a headache when it came to sizing. So the collage actually looked worse once I applied the inside stroke. To fix this, when I created the new final version I placed the photo over the placement holder before I added the clipping mask to make sure I had close to the size that I needed. After this I had to go through each individual picture and adjust the inside stroke size so that it looked like the border was the same distance all around the edges. I think I did a pretty good job with hiding the fact that they aren’t all the same size. This was probably the most frustrating part about the entire collage. I still haven’t found the solution to getting the stroke in the photos in the middle to touch all borders.
I received a few comments about the text and how it was blending into the background so I added gradient overlay, outer glow and a few other layer effects to make the words stand out a bit more than they were before. Now I am happy with the way the text and photos stand out.
Previously I posted pictures of objects that I would like to edit into one single photo but after working on the draft, I realized the idea that I came up with is actually a lot
harder to bring to life than I thought it would be. Although I would still like to do this for a project, I decided to put that one on hold and focus on one that was a bit more within my skill range… which is pretty novice at the moment.
I then started going through my SD cards and found the photos I took at my cousins wedding. It was very short and rushed but I snapped the photos that I could. I thought this would be a great opportunity to use the skills I’m acquiring in school to edit their wedding photos for them.
I started by using google to find collages and came up with a few wedding examples but I didn’t have those types of photos. I watched a few youtube tutorial’s showing how to use key shortcuts, the ruler and additionally I combined this tutorial with other
skills I picked up as I searched across on the internet.
I created this collage by creating square shapes with the rectangle tool. After I used the clipping mask feature to shape the photograph under the shapes creates with the rectangle tool.
In this photo I have only placed text over the photos but I would like to make it a bit more appealing to the eye in the final project. I definitely plan on changing up the shape and possibly putting the text in front of the photos using the clipping mask.
The hardest part of this project was finding photos that would work because I didn’t get the chance to take a lot of staged photos and the ones I did were rushed. Because i’m not satisfied with this either I will probably end up changing the project again. Really, I just turned in this copy of the draft so I would receive credit for doing it… not because I am happy with the work that I’ve done.
Source Tutorial Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuUdTWeY4vQ
Remember when I said I would be using my site for assignments? Well… Here is my first one. It was to digitally edit these photos by instruction. I am going to post these Backwards… after and then Before
Here are the photos before I edited them