Tell us where you are, where you’re from, or simply where you’d rather be and build a greeting card.
I couldn’t quite figure out how to insert a text to an image on GIMP therefore I did this project on Microsoft Word (Woohoo)! I simply picked a photo that I took in Ethiopia and chose one that I felt represented Ethiopia in a ‘non-stereotypical’ manner but still reflected Africa. Through Word I changed the contrast and brightness of the picture. After I did that I inserted a text box and made the ‘fill’ transparent so the text would look like it blended in with the image. After I finished creating the postcard I clicked the PrintScreen button on my keyboard and pasted it in Windown Picture Manager. Following, I cropped the unecessary extras and saved the image as a JPEG. I am really happy with the way it turned out and if I was visiting Ethiopia I think I would purchase this postcard 🙂
Take a picture of your subject (grandparents, pet, yourself) and put it into a totally different background in which they appear abnormally too small or too large. Think of Honey, we shrunk the kids…
Once again, I am not very familiar with photo editing programs so this was my VERY first time doing something like this. If I were to be completely honest, I would have to admit that I had to Skype my friend in Japan to walk me through this process. I can admit that the ‘quality’ and “believe – ability” of this picture isn’t very good but it was my FIRST try. The more I use GIMP, the better I am getting at it but I definitely do have a long way to go. The hardest part about it so far is grasping the concept of layers. This is my version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and my attempt of trying to shrink an object to look smaller than its actual surroundings.
Color, lighting, saturation, contrast, and many other factors all play in to taking a decent photo and making it fabulous. This assignment is to change the mood or tone of a photograph by altering the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, exposure, etc. You do not have to change all of those things about the photo, but you can if you would like to. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to take it to the extremes, and don’t be afraid to be subtle. Familiarize yourself with your editing software, whether it’s Photoshop, GIMP, Picnik, or any number of other editing platforms. Most of all, enjoy what you are doing!
Personally, I have messed with these elements of a picture but never on a photo-editing program. Word has been sufficient enough for me in terms of changing the ‘mood’ of a picture. However, since this class/assignment is about trying something new, I downloaded GIMP. Honestly, I cannot say exactly the steps I went through in order to edit this picture. This experience was a bunch of clicking around, messing up, starting over, getting frustrated, and finally producing my final product. I can’t say that I had a specific goal in mind on how I wanted the picture to look but I definitely was aiming to make it look different and maybe cooler. Through this experience I KIND OF familiarized myself with GIMP and successfully came out with a finished product.