A dove’s journey: development


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Importing Photoshop art files

Firstly, I imported my digital art that I created in Photoshop, then saved all these assets into a single file so none of my images would get corrupted. Then, dragging and dropping the image I wanted to animate into the keyframe tab, I added a keyframe to each image so it could animate in the viewing window.

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With each frame I moved the position and scale key frames for both the dove and her wings to create a convincing flying effect for the first scene as it flies towards and then into the tree.

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For the second scene, in order to create the image of the dove’s wings closing, I added a rotation and scale key frame so I could shrink and turn the wings with each frame as the dove was landing on the branch, so it looked as though the wings were closing.


Making the dove’s head was a bit more complicated as I had to animate a second image of the dove’s head alongside the dove’s body, to bring across the impression of the dove’s sad mood. For this, I keyframed both the head and the body and made sure that the head lined up with the body’s animation as it rotated.


First assignment:”London festival of architecture” poster

For our first task, we have been asked to create a poster for an architecture festival in London.

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The introduction to the brief

Our first assignment is to create a poster for a festival of architecture taking place in London.

The first task in the assignment is to do some research on different event posters from london and take inspiration from their use of visual communications (layout, composition, colour, etc,).

Then, using the  knowledge we’ve collected, we need to create mood-boards, mind-maps and thumbnails showing the different ideas we have for the poster.

an example of an event poster
my work-in-progress ideas mind-map.


Afterwards, using PhotoShop and Illustrator, we need to develop our poster ideas digitally, using different effects, type/font, layout, colour, etc.


video-game HUD mood-board

In this lesson we began one of our games design tasks, looking at basic game structure and getting an idea of the layout of a game screen.

To do this, we created a mood board displaying different video-game HUDs (Heads-Up-Display) which is an interface in video-games that indicate your life-bar status, the collectibles you have, sometimes hunger (e.g. Don’t starve, Minecraft), and other technical aspects.

Different types of HUD:

  • Permanent HUD: A display of the status of different aspects are always onscreen (e.g. Far cry games, Minecraft)
  • pull-up HUD: Where the HUD can be displayed whenever you want it to by using a button command, or going to the game’s menu. (E.g. Grand theft auto V’s weapon HUD circle, which tells you which weapons you have.)
  • Action HUD: A specific HUD is displayed briefly when an action is performed or completed
Here’s an example of a permanent HUD from popular game, Minecraft.
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A mood-board showing different examples of HUD from different video-games

first task: famous building moodboard

editing mood-board


To create an inspiration mood-board for our first task/assignment, we found 10-15 online photos of famous buildings in London, such as Big-Ben, the Shard and the “Walkie-Talkie”.

We looked at the different details in each building and found ones we could use in a poster design. The way we created our mood-boards was we imported our photos in PhotoShop, and re-sized them with Command-T to the scale we liked and arranged them in a scrap-book style. And then, using the “layer” tab clicked  “smart-object” in the “rasterize” category, so we could freely edit and cut the photos using the marquee tool.


rasterize and smart object
complete mood-board
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marquee tool



photoshop: text

Here are some tips for editing text in Photoshop.

In film posters, the image given is usually accompanied by text giving you a clue as to what the film is about and the film’s title.

(tip: holding CMD (or CTRL) over a chosen layer and then clicking on it with lasso the whole image on that layer)

In Photoshop there are many ways to change your chosen text using the “Layer style tool” in the layers menu.

layer style tab

You can add drop-shadow, depth, colour and other features to the text.

“Clip and mask” is another tool to use if you want the image inside the text.

If you want to use a font you’ve seen on a poster, save the image and put it in Photoshop. Then use the marquee tool and highlight the font you want, then go to type and match font and Photoshop will bring up the font that is the closest the poster’s font looks like.

type and match font

After that your font should resemble the font on the poster

Photoshop: Polybird

There is a method in Photoshop where you can re-create images in a low-rendered polygon form. The way we were taught this was we used a picture of a Robin (below)


In order to achieve this and to speed up the process, we created an F1 shortcut called poly-fill.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-25-14 I did this by recording a set of actions on the action tab brought up in the windows menu and setting the action to the F1 button by enabling those commands in preferences, keyboard.

Afterwards (using the polygonal lasso tool) I began outlining triangles on my Robin and pressing my new F1 command to fill it with a polygonal colour, while making sure that the triangles fit together by starting the outline from one point of the previous triangle to the next.

polygon process

When i had completed the polygon-ing of my bird, to complete the picture i added a grading green background to make it look more refined. When i had finished, my Robin looked like this:

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Photoshop (image correction)

Morgan Freeman (before image correction)

In Photoshop we were taught how to use different tools , specifically the patch tool and Gaussian blur tool to “de-age” Morgan Freeman.


Gaussian blur tab

To use the non-destructive method, we created a masked layer so we could correct our mistakes if we made them, and patched Morgan Freeman by masking the wrinkles and spots on his face, here’s my version.


Morgan Freeman (de-aged)





Morgan Freeman layers

Photoshop techniques

re-coloured mini car

In one of our original photoshop lessons, we were taught how to change and mask the colour of an object, in this case a mini-car.

In order to do this, we selected the colour we wanted and painted it over the car using the lasso tool to select what we wanted coloured, and then we clicked on the tool over the layers tab called “colour”. This tool blended the colours we had chosen with the car.

However, to do the non-destructive version of this, we created a new layer and used the mask tool to create a 2nd version of the mini car, and then we coloured it. This way we could make a mistake with a tool and then correct it afterwards without ruining the photo we were creating.