This week’s assignments all focused on visual creativity and storytelling. I was glad to spend some more time in photoshop. I used to love creating things when I was younger and had significantly more time and now I am getting back into it with these assignments.
“Find something in your house. Take a picture. Let your imagination churn. Make as many different augmented versions as you can think of. Help others see what’s in your head.” The assignment can be found HERE and it is worth 3.5 stars. This was also required of everybody.
WHY THE MICROPHONE?
From previous blogs that I have read, it seems people had the most trouble with finding an object to use. I can see why this is difficult. I knew that if I started walking around the house, I would begin overanalyzing and never get anything done. That’s just how my brain works. My choice occurred when I plugged in my Microphone and realized that it’s a beautiful little ball and could become anything. These microphones are called SNOWBALLS I believe. I chose to do two image placements of it: one as the moon in a beautiful landscape and the other as a baseball in a glove. I chose the first one because I imagined how great it would be if the moon was a beautiful microphone that played music for people. Everybody would spend more time outside looking up at the sky and enjoying the evening. Maybe people would dance more and have more fun breathing the outside air instead of being stuck in the house all the time. I also chose to make it a baseball because Baseball is a popular sport, not just in the U.S. but in other countries as well (Japan!). Placing a piece of technology in these situations is a representation of how technology is shaping our lives and what a big part of our daily activities it has become. What if the game of baseball in the future will no longer require physical baseballs or bat but instead holograms that you can control? What if we colonize space and use the moon as an actual speaker to communicate with Earth? That might be a crazy idea but I believe there is no end to human creativity. Also, the placement of the microphone made me realize how spheres and circles are a very typical part of life. The sun, the moon, things we play with, tires, cakes, the “circle of life”. When I see something spherical, I immediately want to pick it up and hold it in my hands. I’m not sure if that’s just me or some type of evolutionary human response.
After I figured out what to use as my object, it didn’t take long to find the other two pictures. I knew I wanted to make it a moon and I knew I wanted to make it a baseball so I googled these images and chose the ones I liked. Next, the photoshop magic began. I used the same YouTube tutorial by TECHNOLOGYGURU77 that I used to make my other visual assignment. I also made a tutorial video that is included below and it takes you through the process that I used for both images (although the tutorial is of the baseball). First, I opened my background image (moon landscape or baseball) and then I went into FILE and PLACE and selected the photo I took of my microphone. Luckily for me, the microphone was already an almost perfect size. Seeing that I did not need to make any crazy changes, I deleted the placed microphone picture and opened it in a new tab in photoshop by going to FILE and NEW. I made sure that the width and height of this new blank canvas was about the same as my background picture. Once I had my microphone picture opened, I used the Elliptical Marquee tool and selected the microphone. The next step is to FILE and COPY it and FILE, PASTE it onto the background image. Use the MOVE TOOL (V) to move the microphone into its proper position and use the ERASER tool to erase the extra pixels around the microphone. Zooming in and making the eraser size smaller helps with precision. Finally, I blurred (BLUR TOOL) the edges of the microphone to make it fit more smoothly into its background. I saved both images as JPEG formats and uploaded them to this blog. That’s all folks!