Project 3 Photodesign


  1. Description: A project that showcases photography and design talents.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I first decided on an analogous color scheme featuring green, lime, and yellow.  I want something natural and positive to showcase and I felt this color scheme gave that impression.  After I obtained my photograph, I put it into Photoshop and used the Levels, Vibrance/Saturation, Selective Color, and Sharpen Tools.  I really had a challenge with using the sharpen tool.  I kept overdoing the middle of the flower.  I am so glad that I used different layers!  I then looked at the size of the picture and decided to add repeating boxes around the photo.  I then looked at the focal point and flow and decided to align my quote with the edge of the flowers where my eye was lead after the focal point.  I used the color wheel that was provided to find colors that matched the colors in my photo.  I have learned a lot about photography and Photoshop with this assignment!
  3. Message: I worked to create a natural and positive poster that would catch the eye and send a encouraging thought.
  4. Audience: Anyone interested in nature and beauty
  5. Top Thing Learned: How to use Photoshop to improve my photographs.
  6. Color scheme and color names: Analogous – Green, Lime, and Yellow
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Trade Gothic – Sans Grotesque
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Times New Roman – Serif
  9. Thumbnail of original, unedited image inserted


  1. Date and location you took the photo(s) Oct 15th 2014 local park Cleburne, TX

P3 Photodesign Activity

The sky through the branches of a pecan tree.

Light Outside

Light Inside

Light Inside

Focus Forground

Focus: Foreground

Focus Background

Focus: Background


Composition: Strong Leading Lines

Composition: Lead Room

Composition: Lead Room

This was a very interesting exercise.  I learned some new things that I could do with my camera -especially about the macro mode.  The first picture looked pretty good on the camera,  but when I got it into Photoshop I realized that, although I had metered it for the light, the blue in the sky had become more white than I liked.  I was able to fix that with the Selective Color tool.  I choose the color white and then bumped up the cyan about 10 to give the sky a bit more blue.  The next photo I took inside next to a lamp.  I found that adjusting my levels, especially the black, gave me detail and color that would have been lost.  I also found the sharpen tool was useful for the small details and the word that was partially cast in shadow.  I think I learned the most in the next two photos when I was focusing on the foreground and background.  It took me a long time to figure out how to focus properly with the macro setting on my camera.  The sharpen tool was useful to bring out details on the focal point of the picture.

The picture with the strong leading lines was fairly easy to compose.  I put the stone pagoda on the vertical thirds and the bonsai runs close to the other thirds with it’s top close to the horizontal third.  The last picture of my cat has her on the thirds facing into the frame for lead room.  I would have liked to frame her eye on the third but her ear was more prominent with the light shining on it.