I created this draft of my collage using some of the basic Photoshop principles we learned last week. Basically, I tried my best to recall as many of the image altering techniques we covered in the tutorials plus some of my own as I messed around with the different tools at our disposal. Mainly, I chose to use different filtering techniques such as blurs, sharpening, lens correction, contrast, toning, and rasterizing. I wanted to make more stylized images without completely ruining the photos with alterations. I actually had a version I created before this one that I liked a lot better but I accidentally made it 32-bit somehow and couldn’t save it to the web for blog purposes without re-sizing it and screwing with the changes I had already made.
The images I chose are all owned by me (except the background) and represent a few things in my life that I enjoy and are important to me. The jetski picture represents my fun-loving spirit and the value I put on family as I am with my sister. The baseball photo is of a great catch I made a couple years ago that my Dad managed to capture on film. It also is supposed to display my love of sports. The picture of two guys is my best friend Anthony (left) and I after a good workout at the REC. He means a lot to me as well and I think this was a great picture portraying how we like to act. The Coug pic is of me when I first got to WSU. Its important to me because Wazzu is my new home and I love my Cougs. The background of Seattle was chosen because its my hometown and I’ve always enjoyed seeing the city skyline at night with the Space Needle in view. The Space Needle is also one of the coolest landmarks in the U.S. in my opinion.
Overall, I think these images and this collage as a whole paint a little picture of who I am. I hope to continue improving my Photoshop skills (its still a headache at this time) so I can utilize them for future assignments in this class and also in the workplace someday.
I used this freely-shared image of the Space Needle for my background from one of the recommended sites: