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The final ad… and what I learned.

Always do a test print. Or several. I wasn’t able to get into the computer labs at school, and learned that the hard way. My ad came out a black muddy mess.

I got a B+ still, mainly because the professor liked the idea, the image, and the fact that I took the initiative to take my own photo instead of pulling one off the web. SO luckily, it pulled my grade up, because that print was horrendous.

Here’s the final ad, in color, the way I intended it to look before the printer got it.

Absolut…

Just a quick update. After a week or so of fiddling, I think I may have gotten an image I’m willing to settle with. there’s still a lot that I would change if I had the time (my project is due this Tuesday) but, I think that for a first try at building/lighting a studio, it didn’t come out all that bad.

Here’s the final image.

Absolut

I’ll post the final project soon!

And with that… I’m off to go drink the still life. šŸ˜‰

Building a tabletop studio…

I’m about 2 weeks in to my classes for this semester, and have gotten my first project for my graphic design class. We are to create a mock Absolut ad. So after doing some hunting through stock images, I decided that I’m going to just create on of my own, this way I can get exactly what I’m after (hopefully).

After racking my brain for a bit, I decided to go with the theme Absolut Simplicity. The image being a black background, typical for Absolut ads, with only a tumbler of ice. The Absolut bottle will be in the reflection of the tumbler.

So… how to get the image?

I did a little research online, and found this tutorial here: DIYPhotography.net and decided to give it a try with a few edits, as I don’t actually own any strobes or softboxes, or really any photography equipment besides a camera and a couple of lenses…

Here’s what my creation looks like.

What I used:

  • 2 pieces of scrap black fabric.
  • 3 aluminum turkey pans.
  • 3 work lights. (2 med, 1 small)
  • wax parchment paper. (usually for baking)
  • 1 large box.
  • 1 piece of Plexiglas.
  • 2 old speaker stands.
  • 1 slightly bent clothing rack.
  • a lot of duct tape.

I have to hunt down a nice looking tumbler, and grab a bottle of Absolut still, but I think the little studio came pretty decent. I’ll be posting my results and probably whatever test shots I take soon.

And now for something completely different…

Yes! I’m still alive… and I do check up on things here daily, so feel free to leave comments, I would totally love that.

From time to time, the place I work will run print ads or mailers advertising specials, couponsĀ  and such. I get to design the ads, which is super cool, since I really don’t have much of a design background (I am related to a graphic designer, so, does that count?).I thought I’d share the latest one.

This one should be coming out in the next few weeks. I’m excited to see how the final print will look.

The pegboard, note paper and ripped loose leaf are from sxc.hu. Sticky notes were photographed by me. The image of the skiers and logos are from ski/snowboard company media files.