Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Photoshop Brief - Postcards

From the workshops we did for photoshop we had to go away and design 5 double sided postcards. These postcards had to be based on the photos we had taken in our design principles workshops.
I decided to use the photos from the colour theory workshops, these were the best photos i had and the ones that i thought would work best in a design.
For the design of the postcard i had to choose the colour i was working with which was green, and i am basically going to carry on the investigation we did with car but digitally. I will use the photos of the green card i took to create a pattern on photoshop and then using different colour backgrounds, blending modes and opacities, i will create the designs. Using the blending modes etc should give different effects when using different background colours, so it should be interesting to see.
The bak of the postcards will have a plain white background and the pattern in the background, taking down the opacity, i will design the back like an actual postcard with the space for writing and address. I think this will make it become a better design as you can actually see it in context and what it would look it to scale and in the right format.

Meaning of colour green - Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don't know what color to use anywhere use green.
Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.

As this meaning ties in with the whole idea of my postcards i think it will be fine and i am now confident with carrying on with designing the postcards.

From these original designs i had created, i like the idea of them but thought it needed something else within the design of each. As its the photoshop brief and we were doing alot of photo manipulation i thought id add a photo into them some how. For the photo i looked through everything i had on my computer and chose the 5 that i thought best represented nature (because my colour is green, when i think of green i think of nature). So here are the finished designs ready to print.

I have chosen to print onto Antique White card from the library, it is slightly thicker than normal paper and has a nice texture to it, so should give the postcards a nice finish.

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