• They are made of bitmaps and
they’re from pixels.
• Bitmaps separate an image into
millions of little squares.
• These squares show the
different colours in the image
• They have a fixed resolution
(300dpi is the set resolution in
photoshop), resulting in
distortion when resizing.
• They are made up of paths, made
from a defined start and end,
curve, points and angles.
• The path can become a line,
square, triangle or a curvy shape
• An advantage vectors have over
bitmaps is that vectors don’t lose
quality when distorted and made
into different scales.
• A disadvantage is that the file
save size is a lot bigger than a
bitmap, so not ideal to be used
for websites on the internet as it
slows it down.
Stands For Joint Photographic Expert Group
Used For Photographs and web formats
Advantage It’s a small file, takes up less space.
Ideal to use for websites and the internet
as the small file means it doesn’t slow the
Disadvantage Loses quality with multiple edits due to
compression and recompression every
time it is opened and closed.
Stands For Tagged image file format
Used For Desk top publishing, Adobe InDesign saved
Advantage Doesn’t lose quality when opened and
closed, unlike a JPEG.
Disadvantage Big files, need lots of storage space, will
slow computers, software and internet
Stands For Photoshop document
Used For Image manipulation
Advantage Saves layers and page formatting
It also supports transparency
Disadvantage Big files, need lots of storage space.
Only useful in photoshop so it won’t open
in any other format, so people who don’t
own photoshop cannot access the image.
Stands For Adobe illustrator
Used For Logo creation, graphics to represent
Advantage Can be scaled big and small without the
image becoming pixelated.
Disadvantage Limited software, files can only be opened
in certain software. So if someone doesn’t
own the correct software they cannot
open the image.
Stands For 3D Studio
Used For 3D modelling, animation and rendering
Advantage Industry standard format, so most
software allows this to be viewed.
Can be used for moving images and films
and video games.
Disadvantage Big file saves, need a lot of storage to be
able to save files.
What did you like about your image? We added a lot of
detail to make it look 3D and realistic. The colours we
used were also very accurate.
What would you improve if you did it again? I would
have probably increased the opacity on some of the
colours that I didn’t want to stand out so much. Some
colours such as the contouring on her cheeks don’t look
natural the way they are but if we increased the opacity
they would blend in more with the rest of her face.
What did you like about your image? I liked that the
letters were thick and close enough together to get a
clear picture of the face in the image. We used the
colour orange in our text to represent the title of the
film that is being referred to.
What would you improve if you did it again? I would
have liked to make the line between the orange and the
black a lot less sharp. Next time we could spend a bit
more time choosing a font that was a bit more exciting,
as the one we used looks quite plain.
What did you like about your image? I like the two very distinct
patterns we used, and how much they contrast. There are several
patterns going on, though we have managed to make everything tie
in well together so it doesn’t look over crowded. All of the colours
we used also work really nicely together. The font is interesting, and I
like the way we have made the letters all different sizes so that
everything fits in the circle.
What would you improve if you did it again? I may have left the
background white, or perhaps just a different colour other than
2400 by 3200 pixels
The idea I have gone with is one where I will use an image of MF Doom’s mask, with
the album artwork of Clams Casinos Instrumentals 2 cut inside it. I will also lower the
opacity of the colour from the album artwork so you can see the shadowing of the
mask, so you can see the shape better. Then I will add ‘Bookfiend’, the name of one of
the songs by MF Doom and Clams Casino. The writing will be in a sort of calligraphy
style, which will curve around my design.
Advantages; Its compatible with RedBubble and can save transparency and lowered
Disadvantages; It’s a larger file size than similar formats such as JPEG
1st October 2013
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
I will plan the design for
my T- shirt by creating a
mood board and mind
I will create the design I
have planned using
I will spend more time
working on my ideas.
Making adjustments or
designing new ideas.
The audience I think I will attract are young people, ranging from teens to people in
their twenties. I also think my T-shirts will mainly attract men. The types of people
who will be interested in buying my T-shirts are going to be people interested in
experimental music, psychedelic pop, electronic and hip hop.
What are the strengths of the final image?
• The font used is interesting & links to the image
• The simplistic design is effective as it allows the
writing & the image to stand out.
What could be developed if the image was
• The final image isn’t really a graphic. This could be
developed into a rotoscoped image (although it
does look good the way it is
What are the strengths of the final image?
I like how the image looks real with the use of
effects on the darkened areas
I like how the image is 3D
What could be developed if the image was
The edges are a bit sharp and ridged could
make them smoother
Does your final product reflect your
For my first design, my original plan reflects my finished product a lot. I used the
image that I planned to use, with the pattern I intended to use too.
The only thing I changed was the writing. In my original plan I didn’t have any writing,
but I added writing for my actual piece.
For my second and third designs I didn’t create an initial plan. I came up with the ideas after
creating my first design. I did do another rough plan for a different design, however after
creating it I decided I didn’t like the idea and abandoned it to create something else.
Is your product suitable for your
Yes I think it is. The audience that my product is aimed for is young men or teenagers.
This is because I think that they are the ones more likely to listen to the sort of music
that I have based my design on. I also think the colours from the pattern on this design
are quite young colours, as they are black and gold. Gold is sometimes associated with
gangsters, or rappers and it tends to be younger generations and men who are
in gangs, and who are into hip-hop or rap music.
It was similar for my second design. My design is aimed at people who are
into Panda Bear’s music. Panda Bear do not necessarily have a
predominantly male or female fan base. Skateboards are typically quite
masculine, though have been increasing in popularity amounts women
recently. The design was appropriate as the music is intended to be good
for skateboarding, so people who like skateboarding may also like Panda
The audience for my third design would be
younger people, ages 18+. They wouldn’t
specifically be male or female. They would have an
interest in experimental music. My design was
inspired by Avey Tare (David Portner), who came
from Animal Collective. He creates experimental
music. I think younger people would be interested
in this as experimental music is quite a new
concept and Avey Tare was created quite recently.
The actual design itself links in well to the genre
also as it is quite surreal and quirky, as are most of
Avey Tares tunes, so this too makes the design
more suitable for the audience.
What do you like/dislike about the
techniques you have used?
On my first design I like the way the pattern looks over the top of the mask. To achieve this I
created a clipping mask on the pattern so it fitted over the mask perfectly. I also like the look of
the lowered opacity on the pattern so the natural dark and light parts of the mask show through
a bit to give it a bit more shape rather than a block colour. Lowering the opacity also made the
colours less vibrant, which I think looks a lot nicer.
I wish I’d have used more rotoscoping on this picture so it was more my work, rather
just me arranging someone else’s work.
I didn’t use that many techniques on my second design, but I did use the clipping mask tool
again, which I think looks really good as it means you can fill in an image with any pattern or
other image you like. To cut out the wheels on the skateboard I had to use the polygonal lasso
On this design I feel like I could have used more techniques to create a much more intricate
design, that would be more of my own work, such as rotoscoping.
On my third design I altered the original colour of the alligator head to make it the same black
and white as the persons body. I liked this because it made the image look more realistic.
Although the black and whites didn’t come out completely identical, I think it still looks close
and very good. I also lowered the opacity of the skull head to make the colours seem duller,
which I think looks nice and ties in more with the black and white. I liked my use of layering as it
make it look as if the alligator/ human was actually sat in front of the painting. On each
individual image I used to create this design I had to use the polygonal lasso tool to cut out the
sections I wanted.
Again though I probably aught to have used more rotoscoping to make it more my own work,
though due to the amount of editing I did to each image to achieve the right colours I think that
could have been enough.
What do you like/dislike about how
your final product looks?
I like the colours I have used on my final product for my first design. The album artwork I chose
to use for my design looks perfect the way I used it as it is a simple pattern. I think the writing
fits into the image as it curves around the mask and the font is nice. I also like the simplicity of
my final image.
One thing I didn’t like was that I noticed after I uploaded it to Redbubble, that
the image was slightly stretched. I also noticed that some of the edges were quite sharpe, so I
should have spent some time looking more closely at my design to avoid these issues.
I like the simplicity also on my second design. The fact it is quite a small simple design means
that perhaps it will go with more T-shirt colours. By using the clipping mask on my design it has
made it look like the album artwork is on the bottom of the skateboard.
Although I do like the simplicity of the design I perhaps could have added more detail without
over crowding it. I could have spent some more time on the work rotoscoping the design on the
bottom of the skateboard, in order to make the work more my own rather than just a collection
of someone elses work.
On my third design I really like the selection of images I used to create this weird kind of collage.
The colour selection on this image is also really nice and the colours tie in well together. I spent
a lot of time trying to get the colours of the alligator head and the persons hands to match in
order to make the two images look like one. I like that the alligators head looks realistic on top
of the persons body, making it look very surreal. It was quite a risk creating such a busy design
when previously I had only done simple designs, however I think it was worth taking the risk as
all of the images I included fit well together.
One thing I don’t like is that the gold frame cuts off at the edge. A lot of the skull in the
background on the image is covered up by the alligator head so it is quite difficult to make out
what it is.
Why did you include the content you
The mask is meant to represent MF DOOM, a rapper who conceals his identity by
wearing a metal mask. The pattern over it represents Clams Casino, as the pattern
I used is his album artwork. And the writing that says “Bookfiend” is the song that
MF DOOM and Clams Casino did together.
In my second design I used the image of the skateboard to represent how Panda Bears
music is meant to be good for skateboarding to, but also how the members all
skateboard. Also the image I used for the deck is the album cover of their album
I used the alligator head on my third design as that is Avey Tares symbol for his music.
The persons body I used in my design was David Portners body, who is Avey Tare. I
think the particular image I used for the body was also from one of Avey Tares album
covers. I used the skull as means of some controversy. Avey Tares actual symbol is an
alligator skull, so I used the live alligator head on the persons body to show them as
the spectator, and the human skull to represent the Avey Tare symbol.
What style have you employed in your
The main effect I used on my products was using the clipping mask to place images
inside another image, this seems to be the style I have employed. I took inspiration
for my first design from album artworks from the artists mostly. For my third image I
create a sort of collage where I took bits from different photos, cut them out with the
polygonal lasso tool, and stuck them together to create the image I wanted. I had to
play with the effects available on photoshop in order to get my alligator head to match
the colour of the persons skin on their hands.
What were the strengths and weaknesses
of the pre-production and planning
The strengths were that I had a clear idea in my head of what I was going to do before
hand. Though my weakness was that I didn’t record my ideas down sufficiently. The
images I had recorded down that I was going to use didn’t show clearly what I was
planning to do, nor did I take down written notes about it.
Also I didn’t even do a plan for my second and third plan so I really did have to do it off
the top of my head.
Analyse each of your final print products commenting
on the strengths, weaknesses and aspects you would
do differently if you were to repeat the project
Image is slightly stretched.
Good shading to give
it the design shape,
by lowering opacity.
Edges are quite sharp. I
should have slightly rounded
Writing is curved
around so it fits in
with the image.
Didn’t cover the
wheels of the
skateboard with the
image on the deck so
it is clear to see it
actually is a
The image inside
makes it look like
that is the design
on the bottom
of the deck.
The colours from the
image on the deck
fits in quite well with
the colours on the
I wish I’d
the image on
I should have placed the alligator head more carefully on
the body so it looked more like it was attatched
I also should have made the black and whites for the body and the head more similar.
I wish you could see the eyes on the skull so its clearer what it is.
I like the combination of images I used to create this design
The black and white image with the gold frame works well together.
Font is also
The colours fit
well together and
relate to the
Managed to cut the image of
the skateboard so it actually
My peer review on my first design suggested that my font was interesting, that the
simplicity was effective and that it looked 3D and realistic. It also suggested that I
should have rotoscoped it, and also that the edges were too sharp.
I agree that the image looked 3D and quite realistic. I also agreed with the
comments about the font, as I though the font was interesting too. She made
comments about the simplicity of my design, which I also thought was effective. I
also agree with both of the criticisms too, that the edges are too sharp and that I
probably should have rotoscoped it.
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