Design Project

Destined Nations, a local travel agency, is looking to hire a freelance graphic artist to design their marketing pieces.  Rather than peruse portfolios, they are holding a contest to select a poster design.  Each entrant is given the same image to modify as they see fit.  As an incentive to get the very best entries, they’re offering an all-expense paid week vacation to the winner.  You like vacations, so you decide to enter the contest.

Sample Solution

  1. Obtain at least one image for the vacation destination design – you can use the images that are available on your computer, scanned images, the Internet, or images from a digital camera
  2. Open PS 8-5.psd from the Digital Design folder on the server
  3. Save your work to your folder on the server as PS_C8_DP_Shield (your username)
    [If you receive a warning box about maximum compatibility, or a message stating that some of the text layers need to be updated before they can be used for vector-based output, and/or a warning box about maximum compatibility, click Update and/or click OK
  4. Verify that the Shield layer is active, open the Lighting Effects dialog box, then choose a lighting style
  5. Continue working in the Lighting Effects dialog box – change the Light type color swatch to yellow
    [Hint:  To change color, click the color swatch]
  6. Place at least two other spotlights around the preview window using different colored lights
    [Hint:  To add a spotlight, drag the light bulb icon to the preview window]
  7. Close the Lighting Effects dialog box and view the image
  8. Apply a subtle texture (like the Smudge Stick Artistic filter) to the Shield layer
  9. Delete the large center circle from the Shield layer
    [Hint:  To delete the circle quickly, select the Elliptical Marquee tool, draw a selection around the circle, then press Delete, or you can apply a layer mask and paint the circle]
  10. Delete the triangles from the Shield layer
    [Hint:  To delete the triangles quickly, select the Polygonal Lasso tool, draw a selection around the edges of the triangles, then press Delete, or you can apply a layer mask and paint the triangles]
  11. Create a new layer at the bottom of the Layers panel, and then fill it in black
  12. Create a new layer above the black layer and name it Blur
  13. Use a Lasso tool or any other shape tool to create a shape that fills the left side of the layer, then apply a fill color to the selection
  14. Apply at least one Blur filter to the Blur layer
  15. Transform the shield so that it has dimension, then move it to the left side of the window
    [Hint:  The Shield layer in the sample has been distorted]
  16. Add type layers as desired and apply styles or filters to them
    [Hint:  You can add a border by clicking the Rasterize command on the Layer menu, and then using the Stroke command on the Edit menu]
  17. Open the image files, drag or copy them to the Shield image, close the image files, then apply filters or styles to them
  18. Save your work