In this week’s challenge: I’m interviewing for a job that wants someone that’s good with Photoshop. I need to provide a sample of my work with an original photo, text, and some basic design elements.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do. Honestly, I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use this photo in something. Plus, I had a week that was not conducive to another photography shoot. Sometimes, I’m just not allowed to have “recording devices” for 12+ hours in a day. Sorry, NDA.
For those who do not know, I was invited to participate in an exhibit at the DC Temple Visitor’s Center a few years back. We were on a time crunch and I took this photo and prepped it for hanging in under three weeks! The photograph was taking on the grounds of the Washington, D.C. Temple.
I didn’t really have a good plan for what to do with this picture (which hangs larger than life in my house because of that exhibit), I just knew that I wanted to do something with it. Then I read this challenge and thanks to Sister Marriott’s recent Conference address, inspiration hit!
Here’s my project:
I love bleeding hearts. They look broken, yet they are beautiful. It’s their very brokenness that makes them what they are. We can have our lives smashed into a thousand pieces, but we come back better and stronger for it. When we give up trying to be strong beyond our capabilities, we find true healing. The message I wanted to convey was how allowing yourself the weakness of a broken heart can truly bring healing. It feels ugly, but it’s one of the truest forms of beauty.
I used a script font, Snell Roundhand Bold for the text to make the message feel more personal. I also used a Red/Green complimentary colour scheme for the accent pieces.
I tried a lot of different things, but I kept coming back to the simplicity of the photograph as the full background. There was really no need to muddle things up with anything more, and I felt that it distracted from everything else. Instead, I chose to simply make a faux matt with my three outline boxes.
To show my colour scheme and further design, I opted for the heart shape tool, to match the photograph’s bleeding hearts. I situated them in the lower right corner, out of the way of the greater design, again as an effort to not detract. I added my signature very small to the lower left so as to keep this in my portfolio going forward.
I love the Adobe suite of software. It was fun to only use Photoshop for this challenge as it’s been a long time since I’ve used that exclusively. It took me a while to remember how to do certain things in Photoshop.
Feel free to leave comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!