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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!

Who is this for?

Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level designer. There is a brief to suit you. Follow the instructions in the brief to the letter.

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What if I want to go further?

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Add contrasting light effects to a photographic image - Part 1
18mins Icon for photoshop Adobe Software
Design Brief:
Create a colour light effect on a Photoshop image to replicate the effect achieved by photographers using colour gels on lenses during a photoshoot.
RESOURCES:

"Blackwork & Tatoo" Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash
beginner:
Add contrasting colour lighting (eg. red/pink and blue; orange and green; yellow and purple) to a single image using Photoshop layers and layer effects. The image should have a singular item/person as the focal point to be lit.
intermediate:
Add contrasting colour lighting (eg. red/pink and blue; orange and green; yellow and purple) to a series of images using Photoshop layers and layer effects. The images should have a singular item/person as the focal point to be lit. Think how these images can be used as part of a website image library for a particular brand - they need to have the same look and feel, and colour treatment to work across a brand.
advanced:
Add contrasting colour lighting (eg. red/pink and blue; orange and green; yellow and purple) to a series of images using Photoshop layers and layer effects. The image should have a singular item/person as the focal point to be lit. Now add a background colour behind the models/focal point. Think how these images can be used as part of a website image library for a particular brand - they need to have the same look and feel, and colour treatment to work across a brand.
Design Constraints:
Use Photoshop layers and blending modes to create your colour lighting effect. Make sure you use 2 contrasting colours for right and left lighting respectively.
Design Goals:
Make an image have a distinct look and feel using uniform colour lighting and direction of the colour lighting to replicate a colour gel that a photographer would use to make a shot special.
Tools & Techniques:
Website DesignAdobe Photoshop
Total Time Allowed:
30 Minutes for Beginner: Mask model in the image, and apply contrasting lighting to the model, left and right. 60 Minutes for intermediate: Mask model in the image, and apply contrasting lighting to the model, left and right. Apply this same technique to a series of images (at least 3). 75 Minutes for advanced: Mask model in the image, and apply contrasting lighting to the model, left and right. Add a different colour background to the images that have been masked. Apply this same technique to a series of images (at least 3).

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