Final Portfolio Requirements

Hey there. It’s the end of the semester, we made it!

Requirements for Final Portfolio Day: Friday, Dec. 6 

BEGINNING OF CLASS CRITIQUE  on your (3) Color Portraits AND submit all final versions of projects on the server. 

No exceptions. No time to save files. Walk in, on time… be ready or points will be deducted from your final portfolio grade for lack of professionalism. (10 points will be deducted for failure to meet this beginning of class deadline)

Final Portfolio Requirements: (This counts as your Final Exam)

Upload a folder of your project to the Macserver (Labeled with your Name)

Design Projects :

Please label them as follows with your initials: i.e. “KMHCollage1.pdf”

  1. (Initials)WordasImage.jpg
  2. (Initials)Collage1.jpg
  3. (Initials)Collage2.jpg
  4. (Initials)TypoPortrait.pdf
  5. (Initials)ColorPortrait1.pdf
  6. (Initials)ColorPortrait2.pdf
  7. (Initials)ColorPortrait3.pdf
  8. (Initials)DesignerStatement.docx

Design Statement:

1-2 page designer statement answering the following questions in paragraph format: 

What did you learn this semester? (Technical + conceptual)

How is your view of Photoshop and Illustrator different after taking this class?

Which projects did you enjoy the most/the least?

Is there anything specific that you would have liked to have gone over?

How can you improve your design skills for the future?

How can I improve Do you use it?

Anything else you would like to tell me?

Also – if you have edited your projects at all, please tell me what you did to fix/change your design in your designer statement. 


Color +

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  1. Visually research an artist.
  2. Design a portrait in Illustrator (self portrait or of a friend/family) that is inspired by their sense of color.
  3. Experiment with how an image changes with 3 different color schemes.



Final Result: 

Using both “Image Trace” the “Recolor Artwork” option in Illustrator:

  • Choose three following color schemes: complimentary, analogous and split complementary, monochromatic. More options can be seen in the “Edit Colors” section of Illustrator. (You will have the same project saved in 3 different files for critique)

The goals of this project are to be inspired by a famous artist, to learn 2 major skills in Illustrator and to address and experiment with color theory.

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Andy Warhol

Vincent Van Gogh

Piet Mondrian

Frida Kahlo

Henri Matisse

Pablo Picasso

Wassily Kandinsky

Jackson Pollack

Georgia O’Keefe

Open to any other artists as well – just ask!



Typographic Self Portrait

Our next project will challenge the following skills:

  • Learning basic skills in Illustrator (pen tool, drawing on a path, installing a typeface)
  • Creative expression through Self Portraiture

Two things you need: 

  1. A photo of your face
  2. Text – could be a serious of words, song lyrics, a poem, a combination of all

Student examples: 

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Online examples:

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Once you gather your photo and the text you will be using, we will go over basic Illustrator pen tool skills.

The PEN tool – the pen tool is one of the most important tools to master in Illustrator. Throughout the semester you will get better at the pen tool, but only with lots of practice!

Setting up new document

Selection vs. Direct Selection

Pen tool basics: add, subtract, convert, handlebars, curves, pencil

Good link on drawing basics

Fun interlude: Play this game for a few minutes to practice the pen tool 😉 

More pen tool resources: 

         Pen tool tips

Other general Adobe Illustrator tutorials

Digital Collage


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Mastery of Photoshop selection tools including: Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand, Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush, Layers.

Photoshop HELP

Photoshop Layers

Photoshop Effects

Photoshop Tutorials

Fundamental Tools

Assignment 3: Digital Collages: Using selection tools and magic wand make (2) 8” x 10”collages using sections and pieces of your original images/scans/color alterations from Tuesday.  Use at least 4 different images in each collage – think about how to compose an interesting design with the images that you have. Remember to assess the formal Principles of Design – Balance, Repetition and Rhythm, Scale and Proportion, Contrast and Directional Forces. Be sure to save two versions – a .psd and a .jpg

Think of a way to create a collage with any of the following themes: 1. Memory 2. Documentation 3. Texture (see above links for free texture images) 4. Fantastical Landscape 5. Self Portrait See Maggie Taylor’s work or Jerry Uelsmann’s b/w photo work for inspiration on fantastical digital collages.

Great example of masking

Drawing elements + shapes + photos

General collage links


Friday, Sep 27

Class plan: 8-9:30 – refine Photoshop Word Play assignment + Principles of Design assignment

9:30: Critique on both projects

Homework: Bring in 15-25 jpg photographs (original) to work with next week. I will intro our Photoshop Collage project then.

Also note: Next week I need to start class at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. because I have an early am appt. Sorry!