Cube Project Finished


After getting the template, I cut outside the edges and folded the white parts on the side. After that, I put small pieces of tape half inside the tab and half sticking out from the tab. I then connected the tabs to the backs of the pictures until I got to the last picture where I kinda had to pinch and hook my way to get it to connect. This made me appreciate how intricate and gentle you have to be handling fragile things like pictures in the case to make it look great.

Photoshop Filters

Do_Michelle_Cube Project

Through this project, we had to take pictures, crop them to a square, resize them, and apply filters on them and paste them into a template that is given to us. This template will be later be cut and assembled into a cute cube in which we can use to see the different filters that we can put on to make any drastic or minimal changes as possible.

I chose these pictures because of course I wanted to make something I would actually use in the future. Of course we had to have pictures we took ourselves and and I did take these. I used the self timer feature on the camera and put the camera on a stable platform as I tried my best to keep everything in focus and centered. The reason why the pictures don’t line up is solely because the pictures were taken simultaneously but different times. I constantly reset the camera to take pictures again because at least one picture didn’t look good so we did different poses and constantly changing and resetting the camera caused the placement to be different.

I wanted very little changes to my pictures so I found filters that were very static and if they weren’t, I’d go to the right side of the filters to change so the pixelation was a lot smaller making the picture to look solely the same. To place the picture into the template, I had to change the tool from grayscale to RGB filter and then I used the rectangle marquee tool to select one of the squares, then I copied the picture and special pasted it into the selected space. I really liked this project; I felt like it was really easy compared to all the other projects. I actually understood how to do everything without any help and I think that is a huge accomplishment.

Video of how-to apply filters here

Cool special effects you can try here 

Action Sequence

Do_Michelle _Action Sequence

The purpose of the action sequence is to have different poses in different locations of a specific scene. In the project, we would have to stitch different images together and acts as a time lapse. As the subject moves it shows the change in time as the background is kept constant to crate a special effect that the picture is a story taking place. The way to do this is to take pictures with a tripod where it is calm and quiet preferably. You wouldn’t have to move the tripod to keep the same background and take pictures as the subject moves in different locations. After this you would have to upload this into photoshop, have one picture as the base, and copy and paste the other pictures in as layers, then link it as a layer mask so it merges then use black brush to form the picture from each layer.

The reason why I used this setting is that there was a lot of light coming through. I really like pictures with bright lighting so this helped me a lot with the editing. I also chose this background because it was symmetrical and the girl who is in my picture wanted picture that was symmetrical so that worked out too. I also edited the picture so that there was a gradient because there were lots of shadows and I tried to make everything even and I erased the shadows that I didn’t want

50 Ways Project



The 50 ways project was used to give us a different perspective on things. We were assigned to choose one thing that we wanted; we got a suggestion of things that would transform so we can see the process of the certain thing as tiny changes were set into play. The different perspectives would be better in different angles, maybe changing the lighting, bottom-view, up-top-view, etc.

In my case, I used my keychain and lanyard; moved each thing in a different form as I took apart my keys from the rings as well as taking the picture from different angles all around. I also chose this object because I feel like this fit my personality, each thing means a lot to me like in the left bottom corner, the heart saying “TNTT” is part of the youth group I’m in, I’ve been in it since I was six and its been a huge part of my life. The shoe was meant for ‘putting on our shoes to become a better leader’, and the key, well its my house key which to me felt like it was the key to my heart, my home which was my youth group.

How-to make a collage on photoshop


Alphabet Project

Do_Michelle_Alphabet ProjectThe purpose of Alphabet Project is to spell out a word using the surroundings around us to spell out a word. Things like railings like the first picture can be used as a ‘P’; perspective is also a huge aspect of this project; the ‘P’ could also be seen as a ‘b’ or even a ‘d’ depending on how it’s flipped or rotated. The perspective also takes a lot of close attention and imagination. While looking for something that looked like the letter ‘a’, I had to see something that looked round and anything of that sort. The ‘u’ needed close attention, the ‘u’ was seen through a rotation and slightly covered by the other parts of the chain to hold the gates together. After taking these pictures, you’d have to convert the pictures to black and white (how-to link at the end) to show the contrast and emphasize certain parts of the picture.

In my case, I spelled out ‘Paul’. I chose this layout because it was symmetrical and I thought it looked better than if I kept everything aligned. I also chose to make the middle letters smaller than the sides because in normal writing, the lower cased letters would be smaller than letters like the capital ‘P’ and the long letter ‘l’. The reason why I chose this word is because I thought it was easy and I also thought it would be nice to dedicate it to a friend. This friend liked simple things and gave so much meaning to it like plants growing like our friendship and locks as we lock that friendship and stay together because well, without the key we’re kinda stuck together so minus well make the best of each moment. Using the contrast and the bars, I made the pictures bright to my liking and enough for me to notice what word it made out.

Some people find that this project is hard but in reality, getting to the basics and using that wild imagination, one can save lots of money as seen in these:Examples

To make the pictures Black and White, this is a great how-to guide: Guide

Panography-Hockney Project

Do_Period5_PanographyThe purpose of this project is to use numerous amounts of pictures to make up a specific image. It isn’t specifically just for the extra effect in the edges but it could be for a process of things; it could be for telling a story as time passes, and or even actions or emotions that change in a sudden moment. David Hockney used his pictures to tell stories of what he saw, he used his creativity and insight to look at specific spots that he wanted to emphasize-maybe a close up at a nice cup of tea or beautiful earrings- and joined them into that particular place to unify the picture.

For this project, I used many parts of this specific site; my goal was to make a panorama sort of picture and going back to see how it changed after going again to that certain place to see how it changed. Sadly, I wasn’t able to fit the whole entire scene in this picture so I used the best of my ability to scrunch certain parts of the scene together that I thought wasn’t as significant so it would fit and be as simple as possible. I purposely put the janitor in his daily routine and driving off in the distance showing his routes in tranquility with his background. I also chose the bright white shining clouds from the beautiful day and the flying flag in the distance as it stands for patriotic purposes.

Click here for how to’s and examples