What are we doing?

  • Using layers in PhotoShop and/or Illustrator
  • The requirements:
      • create a design that has at least 10 layers
      • can be fine art, poster, product, album cover, etc.
      • size minimum: photoshop=5x7 at 200 dpi or illustrator=letter size
  • Things to make think about:
    • font, colors, placement, and details all work together to convey meaning
    • active use of positive and negative space in the overall design
    • think about how you will do the layering and overlapping. Choose which elements should come forward and which should recede backwards.
    • how can the layers interact with each other? though color, transparancy, content, etc.
    • incorporate the Principles and Elements of Design to create a stronger image



CHECKLIST: What should I turn in /participate in? What will be graded?

  • 2 initial sketches in sketchbook
  • The final design
  • Class Critique/Reflection
  • Classroom citizenship (attitude, effort, clean-up)


What should I make sure to do? What should I think about?

  • Have the layers interact with each other
  • Design can communicat ideas and feelings. What do you want to convey through your work?
  • Check the rubric again to really review what I expect from you in your designs.
  • Make sure that you are in control, not the computer. Have reasons for the design
    looking the way it does. Go in and re-do or change areas if needed. There is
    no need to rush. It is quality over quantity.



What should I do if I need help?

Ask Ms. Epp. That is what she is there for!



© 2006