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Weekly Design Exercise abbrev. DEX

/‘wiːkli/ /‘dɪˈzʌɪn/ /‘ɛksəsʌɪz/ | noun

noun: weekly design exercise; plural noun: weekly design exercises

1.Activity requiring physical effort occurring once a week, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness of your freakin’ mind.

E.”Weekly Design Exercise improves your Adobe skills and design power"

Feel free to jump into our weekly design brief and produce a mini design project. They are completely free. No catch! These exercises are The Graphic Design School’s contribution to the continuum of the design education of our design graduates, students and the design world at large. Gosh darn that’s nice of us!

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Create Surreal Compositions in Photoshop
23mins Icon for photoshop Adobe Software
Design Brief:
Creating a striking and unexpected Photoshop composition through the juxtaposition of a food and human/animal element.
RESOURCES:

"Donut Photo" Photo by Patrick Fore
"Female Model" Photo by Autumn Goodman
"Male Model" Photo by Fabian Møller
"Subway Campaign" Inspiration from the Inspiration Grid
"Paul Fuentes Design" Inspiration from Paul Fuentes Design Instragram Feed
beginner:
Use the donut and one of the model images from the link below and create one visual using Photoshop layers and layer masks. Make the donut look like it is a part of the image although there is an unexpected /surreal relationship between the 2 visuals. Add a uniform colour fill background to contrast or complement the composition.
intermediate:
Use 2 or 3 donuts and both the male and female model images from the links below and create two visuals using Photoshop layers and layer masks. You can use images of your choice - there needs to be a food element and a human/animal element to the composition. Make the donuts/food look like they are a part of the image although there is an unexpected/surreal relationship between the 2 visuals. Add a different colour fill background to each of the images to contrast or complement the composition.
advanced:
Create a campaign of 3 visuals using a food element juxtapositioned with an animal or human image. You can use the images supplied in the links or images of your choice. There needs to be an unexpected /surreal relationship between the images in the composition. Add a different colour fill background to each of the images to contrast or complement the compositions.
Design Constraints:
Use Photoshop Color Fill Layers and Layer Masks to create your composition.
Design Goals:
Create an unusual composition of 2 contrasting elements in one image. The contrast in scale, texture or unexpected placement can be used.
Tools & Techniques:
Photoshop Select ToolAdobe PhotoshopPhotoshop Mask Tool
Total Time Allowed:
45 Minutes for Beginner: mask model and donut image, create a composition and add a Color Fill to the background. 60 Minutes for intermediate: mask model and donut images (or images of your choice), create 2 or 3 compositions and add a Color Fill to the backgrounds. 60-90 Minutes for advanced: mask model and donut images (or images of your choice), create a campaign of 3 compositions and add a Color Fill to the backgrounds.

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