Vocabulary for this project:
- Primary Colors (yellow, red, blue)
- Secondary Colors (orange, violet, green)
- Tertiary Colors (mixes of the primary and secondary colors)
- Smart Object
Day 1 & 2 (Color Wheel Photos):
- Create a new folder called Color Wheel Poster to your desktop. All of your files should be saved into this folder.
- Download the Adobe Illustrator file, Color Wheel Grid.ai from the class site.
- Open the file in Adobe Illustrator. Understand what is occurring on each of the two layers in Illustrator. We will be dropping in photographs into the grid in Adobe Photoshop using selections and paste into function. The Illustrator file will be functioning as a smart object in Photoshop so that we can continue to edit the file in Illustrator when we need to do so.
- Create a new Photoshop file, 11 in. x 11 in., 200 ppi, RGB.
- Copy and Paste only the grid from illustrator. Paste as a smart object when asked.
- Use either the magic wand tool or quick selection tool to select a color section. Use copy>paste into to paste the needed color image into the grid. Repeat until you’re pleased with the result. It might be a smart to use a theme for this color wheel – organic items v. man-made items. Try to be creative with this component.
Day 3 & 4: Color Acquity Test/Psychology of Color
- Our annual Who Sees Color Best Competition will be held on these days – we’ll be using this web site for this competition:
- Post a screen capture of your finished score to your journal. Lowest five scores (AM & PM combined) win a mouse-pad project kit after this poster project is completed.
We’ll need some text for our poster. Pick a single color you wish to feature in your poster. Use the following web sites to read about the psychology of color and how color is perceived differently in different cultures.
Create a Microsoft Word document (Use this Template) and copy/paste any text you can find related to the color you have chosen. Your text should include both bulleted lists as well as paragraph text. It is a good idea to edit your word file to remove any formatting from the web page. Make sure that you’re copying the sources (web address) of your information as we’ll be giving credit for the text sources.
Day 5: Photography Section
Take seven photos of an object that is of the color you’re going to focus on for your poster. Try to use a low depth of field for these shots and don’t be afraid to fill your composition with the color. In other words, get close to your subject! Upload your images to your Color Wheel Poster folder.
Day 6 & 7: Thumbnails, Rough and layout in InDesign - details to come next week.