Assignment 2: Decorative Silhouettes
This weeks DIM assignment will be creating pieces of art using silhouette masks and mimicking real word framing. The masks will mimic the appearance a matte around the outside of your photos, giving it shape. The final look and feel will be of the white matte sitting in “front” of the art, and “behind” the matte are the photos.
Additionally we will add in a drop shadow / inner glow to the matte so the appearance is that the project has depth, and the photos are a millimeter or 2 behind the front of the matte. Again this mimics the real world depth that these types of framing materials have.
I realize this can be a bit confusing, but we have frames everywhere in Cawd where I can show you the effect. Just ask!
Tools you will be practicing
- Digital Photography / Composition
- Offloading media and organization of assets
- Pen Tool to create Vector Mask silhouettes. The shape of the mask should connect to the theme of your project.
- A layer effect on the vector mask to give it depth, and push the illusion that the matte is sitting over the background imagery. Consider inner glow / shadow, and go from there.
- Guides to distribute your work evenly.
- Folders in the layer stack for organization.
- Adjustments as needed – keep it realistic.
The Work Product
You will be creating 3 projects to demonstrate your proficiency in these skills:
- Single – you take the photos – these photos can be taken by you at ANY TIME so long as they are quality photos, high enough resolution. Have some great photos from freshmen year? Last year? Sure, use them.
- Multiple – you take the photos – again, photos taken by you at ANY time.
- Choice – you use the internet to get photos.
All 3 projects will be 8.5 by 11 inches at landscape at a resolution of 300 DPI. This will create a piece of art which could be printed, or used large format digitally.
For the first 2, find a silhouette to use which that is “Vermont-y” to use as a vector mask. Something that is identifiable through a silhouette. These first 2 will require you to take the photos yourself.
The third and final “Choice” will allow you to do the same process using images found on the internet. Any theme, any silhouette (that connects with that theme) will work.
Under each add your last name and 2019. Be creative with letter spacing and line height to get a more artistic look. Do not stretch the letters. Increase the space between the letters.
Project #1: Single
Choose a single fill image that you take, and choose a silhouette to use as a mask.
Remember that you are taking the fill photos, and the shape you use as the mask must be easily identifiable.
Project #2: Multiple
Chose a series of at least 3 (different) images to use. You take the photos. Combine these with a different silhouette to use as a mask. Setup guides and distributes each so that each slice of the image is the same width as the next. For example, if using 5 images, each slice should be 20%.
Project #3: Choice (internet as source for imagery)
In this piece, you are going to use a series of at least 5 (different) images to use. You do not need to take these Photos, you are allowed to take content from the internet. Combine with a silhouette image as a mask. Again distribute your guides so that the images are equal width.
This choice project allows you work with non-Vermont content. You could do a silhouette of an old joy-stick, and images of classic video games. You could do a silhouette of a cat and use images of kittens. You could do a silhouette of a skateboard, and images of famous skateboarders.
For all projects your silhouette and the source images must be of the same theme.
Create a “dim_2” folder inside of “dim” in your root directory. In this folder upload:
- critique.html – You can get an “A” for this even if you only use:
- I really just care about your information and words, I am not grading you on anything related to web design. This will feel odd – I am happy to check your work before it is due.
If you don’t know how to do something…
- Google. In this college class there will be tasks where YOU will be in charge of finding the information you need, be it through YouTube, forums, program documentation, classmates, etc.
- Talk to Mr. Bohmann.
- Talk to me – but not on the day the assignment is due. I answer nothing the day an assignment is due for the entire class, it promotes a “last minute” work ethic.
Dates to remember
- Assigned Wednesday, October 16th at 11AM
- Due Wednesday, October 30th at 11AM – this is now back to the normal 2-weeks per college assignment.