I found some awesome examples of graphic design posters, flyers and images on Pinterest and I saw another one that I want to try and replicate. Obviously there is going to be a lot of editing and transforming involved to get the edit just right. I also went on the hunt for a matching font and while I couldn’t match it exactly, I found one that will do the trick.
This is the original image that I want to use as an example:
And here are the two images I’m going to use for this graphic:
After watching Black Mirror again (it was some years ago when I first watched it) I felt really inspired to try my hand at another composite image. My goal is to get skilled enough to eventually make my own posters. This was always my goal and why I wanted to learn Graphic Design. I am quite a distance away from that goal, but edging ever closer.
I came up with the idea in the most random way, which is why I really wanted to try it. If you haven’t seen Black Mirror Season 1 Episode 1, you probably won’t understand the story behind the image and I’m not one to spoil things. If you’re interested in what Black Mirror is, here is the description in the writer’s words, Charlie Brooker:
If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.
So here is my composite image, it’s the first one I’ve done for myself, really. Everything else has mostly been practice or Star Wars related so I was ready to do something different:
I used stock images (getting into the habit of not using copyrighted images) for the main composite and Photoshop editing for the rest. I liked how the image of 10 Downing Street looks painted and surreal (this effect is awesome to create in photoshop) and the Pig is the opposite – the contrast between the two images is exactly what I wanted to create so I am happy with how it turned out.
As you know, I’ve been trying my hand at learning new things for Graphic Design. This has brought me to many websites and video clips and theory all about how to learn the skills needed to become a visual designer. One of the places I found was kind of right under my nose at Adobe.
I first came across Adobe Create magazine simply by accident and now I have discovered yet another great resource to use for upskilling. One of the best places on YouTube is Adobe’s channel where they have so many learning tips and tricks for beginners and seasoned veterans alike.
I decided I am going to try my hand at doing one edit a day (kind of like the One Poster a Day challenge except just edits) and these video clips are wonderful for learning quick and easy techniques for editing and not just in Photoshop but in all of Adobe’s products.
Here’s my first go at creating a composite from scratch using Adobe’s assets. At first it doesn’t really look like you could create anything from these two images, right? Wrong!
And my composite image combining these two images using the transform tool, warp and masks. This took me just over a couple of minutes to do: