Graphic Design Baby Steps

Project 4

I’ve been working hard to practice my layout, inking, learn Illustrator, and yes, I am the last person on earth to learn Photoshop!  This project involved me taking a digital photo that I had shot, putting it into Photoshop, changing it to grayscale, cropping repeatedly to four inch squares, while adjusting the threshold, then printing out the three photos.

Next was laying out and drawing a 5″ x 15″ rectangle with 3 evenly spaced 4″ x 4″ boxes inside onto a sheet of 15″ x 17″ tracing paper, followed by placing the three printed-out photos, one at a time underneath in order to trace outlines of black or white shapes.

Next step was to cut off a 5″x15″ piece of illustration board, tape the tracing paper with the rectangle centered on top, then place a sheet of graphite paper between the tracing paper and illustration board, then retrace with pencil.

Next fill in the dark spaces with india ink.

We handed in the illustration board and created a digital version in Adobe Illustrator to turn in along with the three jpeg files.  From .ai to .pdf to .jpeg, here is my finished project.

This is old hat to graphic designers, but I liked it so well that I did a whole other project, just for practice!


About reluctantretiree

recent last-minute retiree, husband, father, grandfather, student, technology nerd, fabricator, builder, etc., trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
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One Response to Graphic Design Baby Steps

  1. driftlesspage says:

    lol. No, you are not the last person to learn photoshop. I’m still too stubborn:-)


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