Learning more Graphic Design

Here’s another project I had to do…
Editorial Illustration Project

Client: Major national magazine publisher

Task: Create an editorial illustration for an article in a magazine

Size: 8″ x 10″ total page area. Will have to factor in text and title elements.

(start with PhotoShop file provided on the server)

Choose an article of your choice from one of the following magazines:

1. Road & Track

Requirements: Needs to be more than just a photo or collage of photos. All PhotoShop tools, filters, image adjustments, vector capabilities, 3D stuff, and fonts are available for this project.

GPeppers-Editorial_Illustration-Finish-1

 

There were multiple magazines to choose from but I picked Road & Track because of the convenience; copy in bathroom and my husbands restoration projects provided plenty of photos.

The article I picked was by Peter Egan, Side Glances: Cars of Occasion, August 1, 2013, print. It was a very enjoyable article expressing the need of more than one vehicle  in todays world, and more importantly the need of cars (or trucks) for certain occasions. Egan discusses everything from trucks to convertibles to jeeps.

I collected photos of my favorite projects Mac (husband) has restored; ’63 split window, ’63 Impala 409 SS, and ’69 Corvette roadster. I then found my favorite photos of my vehicles: BMW Z3 Roadster and my current ride, 2006 Jeep TJ. I had this grand idea of using them all because, well, basically they fit the article. I ran into problems managing the text in Photoshop. I wanted the text to be in 3 columns and going around some of the cars. Not that easy in Photoshop if you’ve never tried it. Remember I’m learning the program and trying to learn how to design. I finally figured out how to create a shape and have the text follow it.

I decided to use the ’63 split window corvette mainly because of the quality of photo, plus it’s very iconic and recognizable.  If I were a guy (that was into cars) flipping through Road & Track and saw a ’63 split window I’d stop and see if it was worth reading. So, I clipped the car from the background, then went to the filters to see what I could make happen. The “poster edges” under the Artistic  Filter gave the car some cool effects I thought.

I then created the road & mountains using vector shapes. Using the eye dropper tool I pulled some color out of the car to help pull it together. I decided that the tail lights needed some help so I painted them a bright color to appear being on. I really liked how that came out.

Any critiques or comments will be greatly appreciated. Or any comments on how to use Photoshop to accomplish effects more efficiently would really be appreciated. Such as, is there a way to get vector shapes to “lock” together other than zooming in and eye balling?

 

 

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