Logo Project Draft


For my logo, I wanted to stick with something related to my topic: Off-roading.

When I sat down to start designed my logo, the first thing I thought of was my car, so decided to use that as my background for my logo. Building off that, I knew I wanted to have the text say ‘Off-Road Nation” but I didn’t exactly know how I wanted to portray it. After thinking for a while I came up with the idea of using a tire as the “O” in off-road to keep with the theme. To finish it off, I knew I wanted the text in the middle of the car to have an almost ‘negative’effect on the image to make it look like the letters were actually just cutouts from behind the car.

When it came time to bring my logo to life in Illustrator, the first thing I started with was my car. I brought the image into Photoshop, traced all around the car to make a perfect cutout, and then I brought that image into Illustrator. Since all of our materials had to be vectors for this project, I then proceeded to transform the cutout of my car into a vector using the trace image tool. After selecting the silhouette option for the image, I was able to create an outline of my car while maintaining the detail of the rims, which is exactly what I wanted to do. In order to make the tire, I played around in Illustrator for a few hours but couldn’t find a way to make the tire look exactly the way I wanted it to, so I went online and found a tutorial on how to make a tire in Illustrator. I didn’t follow this tutorial step-by-step however, because the tire would have ended up having a 3-D effect to it that I didn’t want. I mainly followed the tutorial on how to make the general shape of the tire, and how to create the tread that went on the tire. After creating and moving the tire into my project I then proceeded to simply add my text to the logo, and then moved everything together the way I wanted it to. Overall I’m very satisfied with the way my logo turned out.

Link to the tutorial I used for the tire: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-detailed-3d-vector-tire-in-illustrator–vector-2144


Graphic Design Project: Final


When I sat down to start creating my graphic design project, it came to me instantly that I wanted to create some sort of poster to convey my topic, which is off-roading. I knew I needed pictures of the cars to start, so I went out and took pictures of both my car, and my friends car. From there, I went to look for a picture of hills/mountains for the background. I had images that I shot myself from Yakima, but none of them had the type of geography that I wanted in it, so I went to Pixbay (a free to use images website) and found a picture of some mountains that worked well for the picture. After tying all of these pictures together along with the text, my poster was complete.

The “tying together” process was something that took a bit of time. Once I loaded my mountains background into Photoshop, and went from there. I began with my friends Tahoe (the white car), and using the Magnetic Lasso Tool I was able to cut it out of its original image, and then after applying a Stroke effect to it, I added it to the picture. I then added my car (the red Pathfinder) just below the mountains, and simply tried to blend the pictures together. To finish my poster, I added text in the upper right hand corner, which had a different background behind the text, and then put a white border around the entire poster.

My revised poster isn’t majorly different from my original, rather it’s just more refined. The feedback I received from my peers were all similar, that being to change my text so it was more legible, and to make “the red car” fit the picture more. To do this, I used the same tools and methods I used on the Tahoe to make the Pathfinder fit better. I began by stretching the mountains background to fit the entire poster, and then simply used the Magnetic Lasso Tool, and the Stroke and Drop Shadow effect on the Pathfinder to make the cutout blend well with the image. I also messed with the picture of my car in the background by lowering the opacity to make it stand out less, and not be the center of attention. To finish my revisions, I changed the text to a simple black with a white outline to make the text pop, and I’m a lot happier with the way it looks.

The materials that I used in this project were mostly mine, with the exception of the mountain background picture, which I got from Pixabay; a website that offers free-to-use images. The link to that image is here: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-alps-austria-mountains-1244132/.

I really enjoyed the graphic design project, and I’m proud of my final poster. The revisions I made helped make my poster look better as a whole, and I’m very satisfied with it.

Graphic Design Project Draft: Poster


For my graphic design project I chose to create a poster based off of 3 different images that I chose. I created this poster to portray my overall topic I chose for this project, which is all about how me and my friend can reach roads that a lot of people can’t get to. I chose the mountain picture in the background to show the kind of places we go to, and the cars were chosen because they were both ours.

As I was designing this poster, I wanted to do something that highlighted and showed off our cars, so I made them the center of attention. As I added more to my project, I decided to get a bit more crafty. My text was created by actually removing the outline of the text from the background, so that way I could put an image behind the text to add more character. To finish it off, I decided to outline my Pathfinder and then use a color overlay to create a smaller version of my car that I put on the crest of one of the hills.

The tools I used in Photoshop were mainly the “magnetic lasso tool” to outline the cars, and a lot of different blending options for the specific layers. The blending options I used were mainly the “stroke” tool and a variety of different inside and outside drop shadows just to add more depth to the picture. The text specifically used a combination of an inside shadow, and the stroke outline. Throughout all the finishing touches I did on my poster, it was a lot of tweaking the levels of different layers in order to get it looking the way I wanted it to.

The materials that I used in this project were mostly mine, with the exception of the mountain background picture, which I got from Pixabay; a website that offers free-to-use images. The link to that image is here: https://pixabay.com/en/mountain-alps-austria-mountains-1244132/.

Overall I’m really excited for this project in general, and I’m confident that my poster is going to end up looking exactly the way I want it to.