design therapy

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design therapy

All ...

I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately ... my day job ... well ... this is our busiest time of the year and we're short staffed right now. Bad combination.

ANYWAY ... I am starting to come up for air a bit and will try to comment as often as possible.

On my lunch break the past few days I've been working on a couple of new posters. This first one is for Logan. He just passed the test for the first stripe on his green belt at judo. This makes him the highest ranking student in the kids class now. He's worked 3 long years to get to this point and I couldn't be any more proud of him than I already am. Smile I adore this boy and my heart threatens to burst open sharing something that I love so much with him and his daddy.

Sorry ... I'm in a seriously emotional state right now ... the stress does that to me.

ANYWAY ... here's my first draft at a poster for Loli:

I've also been playing around some more w/ designs of my friend Jermaine (with whom I did the MMA photo shoot) and here is my latest effort on that front:

Working on these have been my only break in work as of late. I'm glad to have things like this to play with as time allows. Smile

Anyway ... TFL, everyone!

Best,
GiGi

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Joined: 10/20/01
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GiGi, that's so awesome of Loli and his Judo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the poster, but I don't get a sense of action from the main image. I feel like there needs to be some kind of trail coming from the kid who's about to go down. And I'm loving "fight engineer", that's clever! Very neat outline going around him - how did you do that? I could never freehand something like that, wondering if you did.

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Congrats to Logan, that is great! I like the clean-ness of the background in his poster...the rest doesn't do much for me but that is just me. I continue to be amazed at your skills at "tubing" people from pictures--clipping them out so to speak and the edges are so perfect! How do you do it!

Now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your fighter poster! I love everything about it!! Excellent work! I too am curious how you outlined him.

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Joined: 01/04/09
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I love what you do with your designs girl!

Joined: 10/26/01
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THANKS GUYS!!!! Your comments mean the world to me ... especially w/ the way things are going at work.

Gwen ... I am not sure how to add a feel of motion to Loli's poster. But I"m open to suggestions. Smile I may change that photo out. It's a real advanced technique which is why I chose that particular one. but I have some others that might work better.

For the record ... the magnetic lasso is my friend, people. It's my primary tool for extracting people from the original images. I did a quick tutorial on it a while back. You might be able to find it if you do a search. It's been a while (maybe a year?). ANYWAY ...

As for that outline ... it was actually pretty easy ... I went to the layer where I had the 'cut out' of Jermaine and selected all of the empty space around him. Then I inverted the selection. From here, I did a modify selection option and chose expand. I expanded about 55 pixels (this is a big file). After that, I again modified the selection and chose 'border'. I'm not sure how big I made the border ... 11 pixels, maybe. I had to play with it a couple of times until I was happy with it. Then I added another layer behind the one I was working in and did a 'bucket fill' in the border selection. And TADA ... instant outline. Biggrin

This has become one of my favorites.

Cindy ... your comment means the WOLD to me! And it's just plain great to see you posting. I've missed you!

Here's another I've been playing around with:

I'm thinking it would be a fun design for a senior guy. I just don't have any senior guys asking me to take their pictures. Wink

anyway ... thanks again, everyone! This is truly the only thing saving my sanity right now. Wish I could play w/ this stuff all day.

Back to the grind .....

Best,
GiGi

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I like it Gigi but I would definitely up the exposure on it. Smile Good to see you too hun!

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Ahh, I have used that method to add filled shaped borders around & behind text before.

I'll have to try to dig up your tutorial for the magnetic lassoing to extract people. Smile