The Beginner’s Creative Ad

Hello, everyone. It is so good to be typing again especially when it is for the class that I am taking. These past two weeks, in my visual media class, also called COMM 130 at BYU-Idaho, we have been learning about Adobe Photoshop. Our assigned project was to create a creative ad based off of a project generator. The specifications that I got after clicking the project generator that my teacher had my class use were:

  • Toothpaste
  • Gender: Male and Female
  • Age: 25-34
  • Relationship: Married
  • Education: Masters or Doctorate
  • Income: $60,000-89,000
  • Media Consumption: Blog and Social Media

The goal was to hit as many as these specifications as possible within our creative ad. Leading up to create the creative ad using Photoshop, we were asked to remove three things and add three creative activities to our day for a week. Doing this assignment prepared me for the creative ad as it opened my creative side of the brain and the ideas for my creative ad came more readily.

I also sketched out my ideas that potentially met these specifications.

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Even though I ended up not using any of these designs, it helped me figure out what I wanted to include.

When I was creating the ad, at first I was having a problem with masking images which in simpler terms also means melding and layering images together. After getting some help from my teacher, I felt more confident with using this tool. The two other things I had a challenging with was finding a logo image from the company that was large enough for me to remove the white backdrop from. The third thing was selecting the typography that enhanced the photo.

The Final – Blog and Social Media

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Blog – Clarissa Cook 2017
Fishy breath Toms
Social Media – Facebook – Clarissa Cook 2017

Photography Attribution

Image of a Fish; masking was used to meld fish and an Asian man.

Asian Man in the City

Tom’s of Maine Logo

I decided to use a man with a fish head because it is meant to be symbolic and represent having a fish breath. The goal was to target females who have a significant other and think the significant needs to have a better breath as well as men who feeling conscious about their breath and want to change it for the better. The photo of a man that I selected to use also had meaning in it as well. It was supposed to represent a guy sitting outside his house because his wife refused to kiss him and he was already having a hard day. I selected the Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste company because the company tends to target individuals who will pay more and who also care about all natural things, which choosing a fish head felt fitting.

While creating this ad took time, it was also a lot of fun. I learned a lot while I was in the process and found that Photoshop is my favorite Adobe program so far. I am eager to learn more so that my designs will become even better. Have a great day or night wherever you may.

Till next time,

Clarissa

 

 

The Elements – Photography Analysis

This week in my Visual Media class we have been learning and reading about photography and composition techniques including the rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field.

Rule of Thirds

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Source: Erica Savage Photography

https://ericasavagephotography.pixieset.com/jacksonlebaronnewbornsession/

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This photographer utilized the element of the rule of thirds by using one of the lines as a line of symmetry for the face. This draws attention to the face which makes it the focus of the picture.

My Rule of Thirds Photo

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Like in the example, my photo also utilizes the rule of third lines to create a focal point. In this photo, it is the reflector and bike rack.

Leading Lines

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Source: Erica Savage; https://www.instagram.com/p/BI-xdIWDGVQHYTMqSVbz16RlOtitsaRyzuWSpo0/

leading lines

This photographer utilizes the element of leading lines by using the natural lines to “lead” to the focus of this picture which in this case is the lady.

My Leading Lines Photo

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Like in the example, my photo also utilizes the element of leading lines to lead to the corner in the bottom left of the brick wall.

Depth of Field

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Source: Erica Savage Photography; https://www.instagram.com/p/BTSjz5KFOdt/

depth of field

The photographer ultilizes the element of the depth of field to focus on two poppy flowers and blur out the background. This gives the photo an astecially pleasing effect.

My Photo of Depth of Field

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Like in the example, my photo also utilizes the element of the depth of field to focus on one part of the beauty and blurring out the rest.

Summary 

In conclusion, using the various elements in photography allows us to create a more detailed, crafted, and beautiful image that is pleasing to the eye, without even touching Photoshop or any other editing app.