And yet, not a Graphic Designer

And yet, not a graphic designer
Photo-A-Day #1386

That title is kind of a personal running joke of mine. When I started at my present job I applied to be a graphic designer. I ended up in the implementation division traveling the country and teaching people how to use our software. I started this blog so that I could have a creative outlet and also to track the places I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had. I am completely happy that I wasn’t hired to be a graphic designer. What I take away from that is be open to new experiences and opportunities because you don’t know where they will take you.

Even though I am not a graphic designer I did get to use my photoshop skills the past few weeks. You see, I’m that guy that gets the 11th hour call when something visual is needed. This time I was called upon to hand create 321 yearbookyourself type images. The reason we didn’t use yearbookyourself to do this was that the site closed down on the exact day that the project was approved. So then plan B was invoked.

“Hi, I am Plan B.”

I was asked to take 321 photos from employee badges and then make those photos into yearbook ones. I started with a couple ones and I made a pretty crude attempt at the blending but they were good enough to keep so I got the job. First things first if I am making 321 of these images and making them look good I’d better learn a better way to edit these images. I turned to a very cool podcast called Photoshop Elements Killer Tips and I watched the episode called Clipping mask. I’d explain the process but Corey Barker does a much better job. So watch the podcast to learn how I took the image, changed the background layer to a regular layer, pulled over the other image, added a clipping mask and then blended the two images to make the old yearbook style images.

I wanted to make sure that everyone enjoyed and got a good laugh from their images so I worked really hard on them. I even gave myself the goofiest looking photo just in case someone didn’t like theirs they could look at mine and feel better.

So here is mine, for your viewing pleasure.

My base photo

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My base yearbook photo

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The finished product.

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10 thoughts on “And yet, not a Graphic Designer”

  1. Chica,
    It was really fun to make them and to see and hear everyone’s reactions. I made all of them into a slide show that I projected so that everyone who was standing around could see the images of everyone else. It was fun.

  2. It must be the neck because the face is actually rounder in the bottom image but the neck is less fat. Everyone did enjoy the images. They got a big kick out of them.

  3. Tracye,

    It was a lot of fun and a ton more work than expected. But it was good overall.

    I did this with Photoshop Elements, the consumer product, much cheaper and there are plenty of tutorials to help.

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