13A Final Portfolio

I enjoyed preparing this slide show. I created it in PowerPoint. I know how to do so much in there now! I re-worked five of my slides to prepare them for my portfolio. I remade my “Eye of the Tiger” to make the text more visible. I had to remake the whole thing, because I hadn’t saved the Word document; I thought a JPEG was all I needed. I created a somewhat transparent background rectangle the same color as the leaves in the image. I softened the edges so it wouldn’t detract from the image. It is a great match, doesn’t show up, and the text is crystal clear. I also had to recreate my event flier. I had placed some text too close to the margin in the original version. It was fun creating it from scratch again, knowing what I was doing this time. I had to work on my movie poster. There was that problem with the shadow on the roof looking like it was sky. I got Brent to help me and we made it the same color as the shingles on the roof. We removed both trees from the image. I didn’t like how bare it looked, so I went back and used a photo that I had taken the previous day while it was snowing. I like the white it adds to the project. It still has the trees, and now it doesn’t look so bland. I like my new movie poster much better. I also had to make changes to my pie Web Site page. Sister Larson suggested I change the logo from a white background to a red one, to match the rest of the heading. I had a cute pie clip art image I wanted to keep in the logo, but it had a white square background to it. Because it was so small, it lost its shape when I tried to cut it out. I worked on it for quite some time before I called “uncle” and went to a tutor. Brent knew a way to use the magic wand to accomplish what I needed to do, so we did it, and it worked! The solid red heading looks much better. My last change was to my magazine spread in InDesign. I removed an image, removed a box outline, then corrected some text to remove an orphan. I like the white space those changes added to my spread. To finish making this slide show, I had to choose my layout for the portfolio. I vacillated between using color in my background or making them all a neutral gray. I finally opted for the grays. I also decided to center each project on the page.

My message is: Look at the amazing things I have learned to do in COMM 125!
My audience is: Everyone! I hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Critiques:
Margery Bailey Sabolsky: Nancy, brilliant idea to say what software you used to create your designs. My critique from Sis. Larson encouraged me to do the same. Great job on the ‘bars’ with titles in them; great use of color. Not sure I like the font on First slide; the cursive one.
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Kristen Larson Wayne (aka Nancy) here you go: http://screencast.com/t/d5CnQztm0p0
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Shelley Guthrie Tiffany: The label bar on Slide #2 is a little difficult to read. Perhaps a darker background?
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Nancy Wells: Shelley Guthrie Tiffany It’s black and it’s not been coming through. I don’t know why slideshare kept dropping it. It saved right in the pdf. I just redid the whole thing. It worked and all the bars came through. I changed the look of it in several ways. Could you look at it again, Shelley, and tell me what you think? Thanks! Nancy
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Shelley Guthrie Tiffany: Nancy, this revision looks really nice. I like the black/white gradient in the backgrounds. The new diamond design works well. I like the placement of your images for the slide design page better on this newer version. You have good color variations in your labels. Nice work!
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All of my critiques were from Facebook, with a Jing included from Sister Larson. All were given on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the project was due. Neither Margery nor Sister Larson liked the decorative font I used, so I changed it to something a little easier to read, made all the fonts the right size, and corrected the leading. The new font adds some variety, but is tasteful. Shelley noticed that SlideShare was dropping the black bar from one of my slides. I worked to correct it and couldn’t get it to work with SlideShare. So I re-did my whole portfolio. I needed to redo it anyway, because Sister Larson pointed out that my pictures were too small, since I had the bar that labeled each slide at the bottom of the slide. I moved the bar to the left side and made it wider. I removed the colored background and decided to go with a gray background. I wasn’t happy with it until I made it gradient. That made the slides look much better. I also added a diamond design to connect each slide to the others. I listened to all of the critiques and appreciated all of the great ideas for improving my portfolio. I’m pleased with the final product.

Fonts: Roboto/sans serif, Gabriola/serif

 

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12B Magazine Spread – Update of 7A Blog Post

12A Magazine Spread Portfolio Final 2

12A Magazine Spread Shape Map

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I am writing an article for the Ensign. My audience is adults and older teenagers. My message is about simple ways to be a true friend to someone who is in need. I write about the time my teenage son was in the hospital fighting cancer. I tell about the young woman who came to visit both him and me and the different ways she supported us through our trials. Often, we feel we are inadequate to give meaningful service in difficult situations as these. This story shows how a teenager did simple acts of service that made a huge difference in our lives.

Update: March 26, 2016
My message is that being a friend is made up of doing simple things that can make a difference in someone’s life. When we serve others, we are only serving God. My audience is teenagers and adults. Making the sketch a few weeks ago was really helpful in getting to my final spread. I started with one that I liked best, then tweaked it to make it look better. It changed considerably. It was a challenge to learn how to work InDesign. I have had great help from Sister Larson and Brent Fisher. The shape map was also fun to make. But the best part was watching all the photographs and text come together to form an artistic design. I like trying out different things when I am creating to see which hue or shade looks best. I feel the final project is greater than the individual parts.

Font: Title: You’reInvited /Decorative and Arial/sans serif. Body Copy: Arial/sans serif and Vijaya/serif)(very similar font to You’reInvited) used for the Quotes

Critiques:
Shelley Guthrie Tiffany Because of the spacing to show your image of the wave, the text feels very spaced apart. It was hard to know where to begin reading on the second page. I think you should bring it back together and just let the wave in the background come through behind. This is a very touching story. I’m sorry for your loss.

Shelley Guthrie Tiffany My issue was whether to start at the bottom left column or the top middle.

Dee Selph Wightman Nancy this looks great. I love how you used the whole photo in the background. You may want to lighten the scripture text box color.

Wayne Wells Thanks, Dee. I decided to make the text box colorless and just have the colored stroke around it. It’s easier to read that way. I also made the stroke 2 pt. rather than the 3 pt. it is in this draft. Thanks for your critique! Nancy

Margery Bailey Sabolsky Okay I pulled myself together and now I’m not crying. I very much like your second try. Well done. I like how the top right steps down like the bottom right steps down. As a mother to four, please know I’m very sorry for your loss.

Michala Wawro Beautiful coloring! And I love your background images. I would maybe make your title bigger so it’s what you really notice on that first page. Great job!

What I Did: Shelley Tiffany gave me a great critique which really helped me with my final product. I moved my text boxes so they were closer together and easier to read. I had already changed the text box to no color. Dee suggested lightening it. Michala Wawro suggested making the title larger, which I did.

Color Scheme: Monochromatic – Blue

Image Sources:
Teen in hospital bed with chemo in focus
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/2/1433254721636/6a81b6f8-b902-4fdb-8119-bd41ae74eb5f-2060×1236.jpeg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=df0ce862791e532cd87caedf4b5299f2. jpg

Large blue wave
https://renusfantasyblogs.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/waves. jpg

Dewey He Lives small (good quality)
http://www.mormonwiki.com/wiki/images/5/5b/Dewey-He-Lives_small. jpg

Text: Ye Have Done It Unto Me
It was the day before Thanksgiving. I was in a sterile ICU room with my 17-year-old son, Bill, who had been diagnosed with leukemia five weeks earlier. While his immune system was down from the first round of chemo, a life-threatening fungal infection attacked his body. It came in waves as individual organs began to suffer. Then, just the day before, the doctors had told us they had one last medicine available to treat the fungus. If it failed, there was nothing more they could do. In his weakened condition, Bill could no longer move or talk. His only form of communication was blinking. I sat at his bedside hoping and praying that my son’s life would be spared.

Suddenly, the door opened and a young woman entered. I recognized her as a friend of Bill’s from a couple of years earlier. Joscelyn had learned of his illness the day before in Seminary. I shared with her his latest struggles. She approached his bed and asked Bill if he remembered her. His eyes flashed with blinks! The blips on the monitor revealed his heart also recognized her. Her care for him was evident as she spoke soothingly to him and caressed his cheek. She visited for several minutes then left.

On Thanksgiving, Joscelyn returned. Bill had significantly improved; he could move his arms and legs a little and nod his head. Joscelyn cheered his every movement. I could tell Bill was pleased, and I was encouraged by his progress. Yet on Sunday, his spleen died. He was rushed into emergency surgery. Joscelyn waited with us the five long hours he was in surgery. Her positive attitude and hope were calming. Miraculously, Bill pulled through.

Joscelyn began dropping by almost daily. I eagerly anticipated her visits. My lonely hours in the hospital were replaced by amusing stories from her childhood. We laughed together. On difficult days, she comforted me. She shared with me her goal to become a nurse after her early graduation in December.

On Bill’s birthday, Joscelyn delivered get-well cards from her Seminary class to tack onto his walls. She also brought posters and markers. Together we designed colorful birthday signs to brighten his room. He was still sedated from his recent surgery, but through Joscelyn’s creativity, we celebrated his milestone into adulthood nonetheless.

Bill began to improve after the surgery. Over the next two weeks, the doctors began to speak of moving him back to the oncology floor. He still had some ups and downs, but things were looking up. Then, just when it appeared we had smooth sailing, a giant wave hit. My husband had gone home one evening to be with our other children. Joscelyn and I were chatting, when Bill unexpectedly began vomiting blood. The doctors indicated this was a serious turn. Joscelyn didn’t go home, but stayed at the hospital with me the entire night.

Bill’s final day came four days later. Although it was Joscelyn’s last day of high school, she raced to the hospital to offer her support. She selflessly took our younger girls for needed walks, allowing my husband and me some extra, cherished moments with our son. Her hugs that day reached deep into my soul. At one point, she kissed Bill on the cheek, and whispered in his ear. My heart was touched as, once again, the monitor indicated his heart felt her love. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for Joscelyn’s love and support. When I was at my lowest, she came to that awful place and buoyed me up.

Scripture:
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee sick, and visited thee? …
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them… Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these … ye have done it unto me.

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12A Magazine Spread

12A Magazine Spread Portfolio Final 2

URL’s for Images:
Boy in hospital bed with chemo in focus
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/2/1433254721636/6a81b6f8-b902-4fdb-8119-bd41ae74eb5f-2060×1236.jpeg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=df0ce862791e532cd87caedf4b5299f2. jpg

Large blue wave
http://windows10wall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/blue-wave-ocean-nature-beautiful-scenery-hd-Wallpaper. jpg

Dewey He Lives small (good quality)
http://www.mormonwiki.com/wiki/images/5/5b/Dewey-He-Lives_small. jpg

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11A Web Page Layout

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Message: Pie is delicious and pretty much everyone loves to eat it! The message is that our company quite simply makes and sells the best pies. We try to make it as easy as possible to find us, use us for catering, weddings, holidays, etc. We want to draw people to come into our shop and have a piece of delicious pie. We do that with inviting pictures. We also tell about the quality of our pies. I had planned on doing something else for my project, but when I learned it was pie day on Monday, I made a pie. While I was making it, I decided pies would make a great website.

Audience: Everyone who loves to eat desserts, but especially those who love pie!

After I decided to make my website based on a pie shop, I had to figure out what it would look like. I knew I wanted a picture of a scrumptious pie front and center. I decided to put the logo in the upper left corner with a heading/navigation bar next to it in a different color. I placed some text below the picture and drew in the footer. Last of all I added three circle pictures of slices of pies above the footer. Transforming this into Photoshop was a little difficult for me, because I am still learning Photoshop. Getting it to work for me can be painfully slow sometimes. But I learned a lot doing this project. I finished my wire frames fairly easily. I spent quite a while trying to figure out a logo. Once I had the idea, it still took awhile to bring together. Brent Fisher helped me figure out how to get my Logo into the project. It was tricky to create because I had to use five text boxes to include everything and have it in the right places. I aligned everything, so it would all fit together. Then I saved it as a pdf and made it into a jpeg. I didn’t know how to clip it, but Brent did. It was pretty easy once I learned what to do. The rest was fairly easy. I really appreciated your critique, Sister Larson. I start being pleased with my project because it is starting to look nice. But you always see it with fresh eyes that can quickly tell what would improve it. And it does! Thank you!

The following people critiqued my project:

Kristen Larson Last Critique of the night! You made it! http://screencast.com/t/ymu7yGaz5L0
1. Add year to copyright.
2. Remove grid, unless intentionally there.
3. Make footer narrower.
4. Increase logo size.
Shelley Guthrie Tiffany Be sure to remove the grid from behind the circle shapes near the bottom. Maybe increase the font in your logo. I love the apple red color throughout. This looks delicious!
Sharon Lundgren Coleman Very cool project. Nice job. I agree, the logo font should stand out a little more. Can’t see anything else I would change.

I really appreciated all the great critiques. I used all of the suggestions. Removing the grid made my project look a lot cleaner. I was surprised how much better it looked when I made the footer narrower. It also corrected the spacing above and below the circle pictures to make them more even. Increasing the logo size made the biggest difference, I think.

Color scheme: Monochromatic (red)

Font: Title/Logo: Vivaldi/decorative, Text: Arial Unicode MS/sans serif

A quote from my son: “I love pie!” -Bill

Pie URLs:
Apple Pie
http://images.harryanddavid.com/is/image/HarryandDavid/asiHighRez/overlay_shipsOvernight_feature_pre/1630_29544_01h-sweet-lady-jane-deep-dish-apple-pie. jpg
Lemon meringue pie slice
http://lackeyafjrotc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/lemon-meringue-pie-slice-slice-of-baked-lemon-meringue-pie. jpg
Photo of up close pecan pie slice
http://img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webmd/consumer_assets/site_images/articles/health_tools/holiday_depression_slideshow/getty_rm_photo_of_pecan_pie_slice. jpg
Cherry pie slice
http://www.trbimg.com/img-51003980/turbine/la-dd-recipes-to-celebrate-national-pie-day-20-001. jpg
Cherry pie clipart (used in logo)
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/12/23/f1/1223f1faa11d30a8521ed2763a26440d. jpg

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10A Movie Poster Project

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Message/Audience: My message is humorous, intended to make the Mom the one who is “home alone.” It’s for all parents who sometimes wish for some time alone.

This was an interesting learning project. Being a recent “empty nester,” I figured that “Home Alone” was a good description of my Mom life now. I enjoyed working with layers in Photoshop. I had to come up with a blue background that matched the sky in my picture. It was fun taking pictures and working with them in Lightroom, then adding them one at a time. I had to erase the line between my picture and background through blending, and Sister Larson helped immensely with that. She also helped me get the yellow home outline in the title. In addition, I did a cutout of my picture and positioned it on the page. I added the words at the bottom to tell what it is about and who the stars are.

Font: Title: Times New Roman (serif), Body Copy: Movie Poster Font (sans serif)

Image:
Twentieth Century Fox Logo https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/image003__130620133753.png

Critiques:
Morgan Hartman: This is hilarious about the “empty nester” take on the movie! Love it! I think you did a good job cutting out your image and blending the two images. Only thing that stands outs to me is the lower case “e” on the title. Is that supposed to be lower cased or upper cased?

Nancy Wells: It’s lower case in the Home Alone movie titles. (the little “e” all alone at the end?)

Morgan Hartman: Nancy Wells awesome I think leave it then to match the original titles

Nancy Wells: The lower case “e” is also tilted a little in the original title, but I didn’t know how to do that. Thanks for the critique!

Kristen Larson: To do the tilted e, you would delete the “e” from the word Alone and write it as its own layer so you can move it how you need to.

Shelley Guthrie Tiffany: This looks great. I like how you matched the credits box with the beautiful blue sky.

Dee Selph Wightman I really like how this turned out. Personally, I would remove the blue text box at the bottom and just have the text.

I agreed with Shelley Guthrie Tiffany about matching the credits box with the blue sky, so I left it that way. I listened to Sister Larson and tried to lighten up the shadow on the roof by the chimney, so it didn’t look like sky. I also optimized the print when I saved it to lose the pixilation in the title.

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9A Photographic Study Project

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This is my favorite project up to this point in the class. I love photography and am just getting started with trying my hand at it. I have so much to learn. When I saw this project, I immediately knew I wanted to photograph a violin. A friend of mine has one, so I was able to borrow it from her. I liked how the different shots turned out. I took about 150 photographs. It was interesting trying to get different shots that would be interesting yet not feel like a duplicate. I wish I had a professional background. I used some black fabric I had that didn’t have a sheen. It still sometimes looked blue, and I had to try to darken it without ruining the color of the violin. Still, it was fun working in Lightroom. I discovered my own computer does a better job at removing parts not wanted in the picture or needing to be smoothed out or blended. I really liked the feature that let me look at the before and after shots, so I could ensure I wasn’t getting crazy with my editing. I had to work to make the violin the same color throughout. Some shots made it look brown, others yellow, and the rest were somewhere in-between. It was interesting to see how different the editing changes were to get the violin the color and clarity I wanted. Speaking of clarity, that was one of my favorite editing buttons. It made a big difference with how the pictures looked. The black and white buttons made quite a difference. I tried my hand with the blended Photoshop photo. I can see how it would really look nice with the right two photos or texture. Photoshop was completely new to me. I was glad to have Ben guiding me to learn my way around. We have the best tutors! All in all, it was fun editing my photos and making the collage.

I received the following critiques:
Ashley Linder Daniels Gorgeous photos!! The angle on the shot with the bow is just fantastic. I also think that the solid background really helps the rich color of the instrument stand out. Great job!

Dee Selph Wightman I love it. Nice job. This is hard to critique Maybe lighten the top middle photo? Because of the shadow underneath. Just a little….

Margery Bailey Sabolsky Oh wow beautiful. Good job on collage and love font. Maybe switch bottom left to be put in bottom middle square and bottom middle to be put in bottom left square; in other words switch. More visually appealing

I agreed with Dee and lightened the top center photo. I also switched two of the bottom photos and liked them better the way Margery suggested. I appreciated their critiques. I really enjoyed this project!

Font: Vivaldi

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8C LFC Photography Activity

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Lead Room

I love photography and am just starting to learn how to take pictures that aren’t just point and shoot. I have always wanted to take pictures where parts were in focus and parts were blurred out. I finally did it! Our winter this year has been very dry and my photos show it. We did get a snowstorm this week, so some of my pictures have snow. For the outdoor picture, I went to a nearby lake. It was cloudy on the horizon, but I got a shot that I cropped into thirds to show mostly sky. It made a huge difference to focus on the sky before taking the photo. It’s not my favorite picture I’ve ever taken, but with Lightroom, the colors were boosted and it looks much better. For my indoor photo, I put some mice figurines against a black background. This photo required the most editing, but I was really pleased with the way it turned out.

For the foreground, background picture, I used a bird feeder in our yard. I was lucky that a mom and her little boy were taking a walk as I was taking pictures. I got a clear picture of them in the background-in-focus picture. I like how the bird feeder looks in the focus on it. It surprised me how different the editing was for the two pictures to achieve the best color and look for each one. It was fun!

For the rule of thirds, I took this photo at sunrise. I cropped it and did very little editing. It was beautiful all by itself. For the lead room, I had a friend come over so I could take some pictures of her musical instrument for next week’s project. She let me take her picture for the lead photo. We had a lot of fun with it. I had to make the colors more vibrant and slight cropping, but didn’t do more editing than that.

I really enjoyed this project, but was frustrated by the dry winter. Thank goodness the sun produces beautiful sunrises all year round! I had never worked with Lightroom or Photoshop before. It was fun learning a little about Lightroom. I think it is something I could really enjoy using with my photographs.

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