Specifications for Midterm and Final Projects
Choose and research a monster from myth or legend, then create it, its environment, and its interactions in a Photoshop scene. You can use pieces from online photos or other imagery to build your monster. Caption the image with its name and a short summary.
- Pick a monster from the list of 75 in the Monster Chart. Yes, it must be one of these unless you get an okay from me ahead of time for an alternate monster.
- Research the monster online. The synopses below are just to help you select a monster and get you started. You should learn a lot more about your monster than what you read here.
- Create a scene in Photoshop which includes the monster and its environment. The scene you create should also tell something about this monster's legend and its behavior.
- Your image must be created from scratch, or pieced together from many different image sources. You may use images found online.
- Your monster may not be merely selected whole from a single image you found. For example you would instead take eyes from one animal, ears from another, tail from another, fur from another, etc. Blend the pieces together to make a cohesive and convincing monster.
- Your background should be similarly pieced together, not a single scene from a single source image.
- The scene you create should tell something about this monster's story, environment, and behavior.
- Include text that tells the name of the monster and a short summary about it (2-3 sentences) in your own words.
- Your final final must be a multi-layered Photoshop file which is at least 800px x 800px.
- You will be graded on time and effort, so work hard and spend a lot of time on this!
Upload the following to the Week 5: •Midterm Project basket:
- Monster composition (unflattened PSD file) (150 points)
Final Project Overview
For the Final Project, you will be completing a complex Photoshop composition for a Photoshop competition. You do not need to actually enter the contest. You may even create a composition for a contest which has already closed. Do, however, follow the guidelines as given on the contest site.
Select a Photoshop contest from one of the websites below:
Complete a complex, multi-layered Photoshop composition which you might enter into the contest you have selected.
Your Photoshop composition should make ample use of the following skills you have learned in class:
- named layers
- customized brushes
- retouching tools
- healing, patching, and cloning
- layer masks
- color editing
- text and paths, if appropriate
Let me have some information about your composition:
- Open the PSD file in Photoshop.
- File > File Info
- In the first tab (Description), fill in the following:
- Document Title (name your artwork)
- Author (your name)
- Description (put the name and web address of the specific Photoshop contest you selected)
- Click OK and save your file.
Your layered Photoshop file is due by the end of class in Week 11. It will NOT be accepted any later than the last minute of class on that class day.
Upload the following to the Week 11: •Final Project basket by the end of the final day of class:
- Final Project composition (unflattened PSD file) (250 points)