Final Project

For my final I am going to combine the dog photo with an improved version of the text used in my first week of this class. I am going to use the same original photo as the work I posted last week, but I did redo the whole image for the purposes of this assignment.

Find a profile photograph of a dog. Make sure the photo has adequate contrast. 

Open the photo in Illustrator. Using the Live Trace tracing options, set the trace to color with about 7 steps (fewer or more may work for your particular picture.) After tracing, use the Expand feature to create paths for each color block. Ungroup the photograph so you can delete the background.

On a new document in Photoshop, place each color separation of your photo on its own layer as pixels.

Return to Illustrator and trace the facial features on the original photograph. I only had to trace the eyes, but if too much of the nose or ears are lost, those may need to be traced as well. It is best to use the pen tool for these and fill them in with colors using the eyedropper tool. When you’ve finished tracing the features, place them on their own layer as pixels in Photoshop with the rest of the image.

On one of the layers, you will be applying a mezzotint filter and using the motion blur feature to make long lines. The lines will extend out from the original color field, so you will need to duplicate the layer so you can later create a clipping mask.

On a lighter color field, apply a color halftone filter. I used an 8 pixel diameter for my dots, but the size will depend on the amount of space in your color field. You don’t want the dots so big that you can’t see them. The lighter your color field is, the further apart the dots will be. For all of the dots to be aligned, all of the color channels will need to be placed at the same angle.  Desaturate the dots to rid of the red halo.

The next step is to add a color to the background and crop the document to where your photograph cuts off.

Add a new layer at the top of the layers panel. Under “Create new fill or adjustment layer” in the layer panel, choose Saturation. From there you can choose any color to overlay on the whole picture. Be sure to check the colorize box.

I am now going to add text to the image. I will be using the technique from my first week of assignments. The execution of this technique will be done in Illustrator and then placed into Photoshop with the dog.

For each section of the letters (intersections, breaks) you will need to use the pen tool to draw the outside lines of shape. Use the Blend tool to make 12 steps of lines between the outside lines you drew.

You will have to use the Expand function so each line will become an individual path. In doing so, you can manipulate the lines so they work well as letters and as a whole.

After you get all of your letterforms drawn, blended, and expanded, you will need to expand all of the lines one more time to make each one its own shape. This will help in the coloring process.

Change the fill on the lines to a gradient that matches the color scheme in your dog picture. I chose black and white.

When the text is how you want it, highlight it and drag it to your Photoshop document. Place the text where you want it. Rearrange the layers if you wish to have it in the back instead of the front or vice versa. I rasterized the layer so I could mess with the levels a bit.

Here is the final product:

1 comment:

  1. Cool, I didn't realize that you were converting your lines to shapes to get the gradients in there. I assumed that the gradients were done in Photoshop with the lines as a mask in a layer that had a gradient. I really like the screenshots of layer palettes and such, they make the tutorial easy to follow.
    Thanks for taking the class, have fun in Texas!