Final Logo

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When I first started this project I was unsure what I wanted to make my logo look like but when I thought about my theme for the blog, about me, I decided that something to do with my family would be suitable. I chose to make a tree with my last name on it, representing my family tree, which could be used with any family business. The sketch on the left was my original idea for the logo, the picture in the middle was my draft created with adobe illustrator and the picture on the far right is my revised final draft of the logo. I created the leaves on the tree using the ellipse tool and intersecting the trees in a tree like manner. I erased the lines between the different ellipses by using the pathfinder tool to unite the image to one image. I created the tree trunks and branches using the rectangle tool, copy and pasting the rectangles and adjusting them using the rotatory tool to where I wanted them to be in order to represent branches. I again used the pathfinder and unite tools to make the trunk and branches one image. I chose colors for both images that were close to what I wanted and then used the gradient tool to give a lighting effect to the image. In my draft I used a linear gradient but upon revision looking at suggestions I decided to make the gradient radial to outline the title and give the tree a glowing effect. I tried to find a good balance between the colors to unite the images to one logo. I then added my last name, Davis, using the type tool and changing the font to AR darling and the font to 72. My original draft had my name as a line but on the revision I chose to make my name an arch to add visual effects. I then added a shadow effect to the name to blend it into the picture in a more visually appealing way; I later changed it to a glow effect to signify that the name is key to the logo and to make it easier to read. I then centered the name to the tree and trunk. On revision I curved the trunk using the pin to create rounded triangles which I placed on corners and combined with the image using the same method as with the branches. I then added roots to the image using the pen tool to form the image and the eraser tool to form them to a shape that would better fit the logo. Roots are key to a tree and I felt that to show the strength of the tree representing my family they should be added to the logo. I attached the roots the same way as I have previously done with the branches.

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Logo Draft

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When I first started this project I was unsure what I wanted to make my logo look like but when I thought about my theme for the blog, about me, I decided that something to do with my family would be suitable. I chose to make a tree with my last name on it, representing my family tree. The sketch on the left was my original idea for the logo and the picture on the right is my changed version of the sketch on Adobe Illustrator. I created the leaves on the tree using the ellipse tool and intersecting the trees in a tree like manner. I erased the lines between the different ellipses by using the pathfinder tool to unite the image to one image. I created the tree trunks and branches using the rectangle tool, copy and pasting the rectangles and adjusting them using the rotatory tool to where I wanted them to be in order to represent branches. I again used the pathfinder and unite tools to make the trunk and branches one image. I chose colors for both images that were close to what I wanted and then used the gradient tool to give a lighting effect to the image. I put lighter colors of the shades I wanted on the right side of the gradient bar and darker colors of the shades I wanted on the left. I then used the slides to adjust the blend between the two colors and make it look like there was a light coming from the top right corner of the image. I tried to find a good balance between the colors to unite the images to one logo. I then added my last name, Davis, using the type tool and changing the font to AR darling and the font to 72. I then added a shadow effect to the name to blend it into the picture in a more visually appealing way. I then centered the name to the tree and trunk.

Final Graphic Collage

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I choose to make my collage on the Marine Corps because I am aspiring to become a United States Marine Corps Officer after graduating college. I chose pictures that I felt represented some of the most important thoughts, values and skills of the Marine Corps to include in my collage. I chose to make the American Flag my background when doing my draft and centered the rest of the pictures on the idea of supporting the American Flag. The pictures are intertwined with the Flag to show that the Marine Corps and the American Flag are intimately intertwined.

With this first draft I failed to cut many of the pictures in a way that would be easy to blend into the flag and to create shadows that would make the pictures seem more natural. I had to revise this when creating my final draft; I cut the sniper picture down to just the nipper by using the erase tool and zooming into the picture. I rounded off the salute picture by using the eraser to cut corners and then by using the smudge tool to round the image out and give it a shadow like effect. For all of my pictures I used the blend if selections in the layer style pop up in order to erase the images in accordance with certain lines of the flag.

One of my peers had committed on my first draft that having the flag intersect the medallions was distracting to the importance of the medallions, but with some help I decided that the flag was the focus and that I was able to appreciate the image more with the flag on top of the medallions. I also changed the font and orientation of some of the photos because of feedback I had received. I made the quote more prominent by using the outer glow option in the layer style section and by choosing a more effective font to portray the ideas of the quote. I also changed the direction of the tank in order to portray it as if it were in action due to the suggestion from my TA. In addition I erased the small flag in the corner because due to the way I had chosen to combine the photos someone who had did not know the memorial that the flag was connected to would be confused by the appearance of a second flag.

Overall I was pleased with my final draft of my collage, this was my first time using photo shop and I enjoyed being able to use my creative abilities to work on a project that I was interested in.

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