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Kimberly Garcia Tarleton State University

About Me

I am Kimberly Garcia, I have recently graduated from Tarleton State University. I have received my bachelors in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Event Management, and minors in Technical Writing and Biology.

Introduction

In my Adobe Spark page I will be demonstrating my Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign skills by putting my works on display on this page.

A colorized dog created on Photoshop.
My business card as a Tarleton student. (created on Photoshop)
The back of my business card. (created on Photoshop)
After everything goes wrong I just keep telling myself "Life is a process". (Typographic created on Photoshop)
I chose to pick my hometown in Mexico to send my postcard from. (created on Photoshop)
The back of my postcard. (created on Photoshop)
A shape cluster of cereal marshmallows created on Photoshop.

ADOBE Photoshop Reflection

When working with Adobe Photoshop I created a colorized photo, a business card, a typographic, a post card, and a shape cluster.

Design Choices

Some design choices that I decided to use included effective use of white space. As I created the back and front of my business card I kept in mind to not overwhelm the viewer with tons of design. I then made a design that only included hexagons, and kept my text in clear areas so the reader could clearly identify the text. I also used effective white space when creating my shape cluster. Each spacing between the different images has the perfect amount of white space to separate the photo, but also lets the viewer see it is cohesive picture.

Another design choice that I decided was to arrange the text and visuals the way I did on my postcard. I put the text "MEXICO" at the top of of my postcard, so the reader could clearly see what part of the world I was in. I then decided to add Spanish text to the bottom of my postcard that means "we miss you" to give an authentic feel of the country I was in. I also added the famous church and infrastructure of San Miguel de Allende to add the personality of the city to my postcard.

Then when creating my colorize photo I thought about the value of the image. Because of this I made the white background a light pink tint and the part of the dogs body a dark pink color.This way The viewer would then look at dog rather than the background. Lastly, the biggest factor when creating my typographic was position. When I created this image the words "Life is a process" always meant change to me. This is why I made it look like the airplane was going to fly though the saying. In a sense the words where part of the planes path to change.

What I Learned

When working with Adobe Photoshop I learned that practice makes perfect and one can also use different methods to complete the same task. For Example, when colorizing an image you can go in manually and colorize it or you can use different tools that Photoshop provides. I have also learned my weaknesses and strengths on this program. My biggest weakness is using the mouse to maneuver features such as the lasso tool, this is especially hard when I'm removing back ground from an image. On the other hand my biggest strength in Photoshop is navigating the tool bar and the layers in the work space to make the design more intricate.

An angry ogre emoji that I created on Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator Reflection

While working with Adobe Illustrator I created an angry ogre emoji to represent the anger that boils inside a person, and they want to let it all out. When completing my ogre emoji a design choice that I was very conscience of were the shapes that I was using to create the ogre. I had to make sure features such as the eyes, teeth, ears, and eyebrows were identical to each other to give the emoji a clean look. As I was working with the Adobe Illustrator program something that I learned that helped me created my artifact was how to use the curve pen tool. This tool helped me create the mouth and inner eyes of the ogre. When looking at my ogre I can see that the greatest weakness of this artifact is that the tongue is not fully attached to the mouth. This is because I could not get rid of the small curve below the tongue without distorting it entirely. But the greatest strength of this artifact is that the shapes came together to make one cohesive image because it is what brand the emoji together.

Front side of my brochure created in Indesign.
Backside of my brochure created in Indesign.
Magazine cover page created in InDesign.
Article page 1 and 2 of magazine created in InDesign.
Article page 3 and 4 of magazine created in InDesign.
Back cover of magazine created in InDesign.

ADOBE INDESIGN REFLECTION

As I learned to navigate Adobe In design I created a brochure and a magazine.

Design Choices

When I created my brochure I wanted to showcase all the elements of design by incorporating different letter sizes on the title, using different shapes, and using candy stock images to showcase each different element. I later learned with the original copy of my brochure artifact that sometimes less is more. I then went back into InDesign to simplify my brochure and made it easier to navigate by using my white space effectively.

Then when I created my Magazine, "Tarleton Vouge", with my partner I took in account "less is more". We tried to make a simple design for a magazine that still encompassed the Tarleton feel. This is why we chose to use the Tarleton brick that you can find across campus for the front and back pages of the magazine. Also when we created the cover of the magazine we wanted to show the audience a sneak peek of our magazines inner contents. This push us to add smaller pictures under our article titles on the cover of the magazine. As we finished gathering, and creating images on Photoshop and Illustrator we had to decide how we wanted our text to be showcased in our magazine and what design choices we should make to make easy for our audience to read. We then decided to keep the background of each magazine page white and have 3 columns on each page. This layout made it easy for the audience to navigate each page and gave enough white space to separate the sections of our articles. As we collaborated on this project something that we learned was that our InDesign's were not 100% compatible. Because of this when we tried to bring our work together some aspects of our design was lost. For example, I could not load some of the fonts that my partner had added in the magazine, so I had to go in and manually change them. I the end some of the fonts could no change at all.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Looking at my projects some of the weaknesses presented in them are the inconsistent fonts in my magazine because of collaboration and software compatibility issues. The weakness presented in my brochure was just knowing how much design was just enough, even as I redesigned my brochure I thought I could still add more. Overall I thought my artifacts strengths were stronger For example, both artifacts used editing from photoshop and Illustrator to make a artifact that conveys a strong message of document design.

OVERALL COurse Reflection

My time in Graphics and Document Design has been very helpful to me in professional and technical writing because it showed me how to create a document that someone can look through without getting reader's fatigue. These skills will help me make enjoyable documents for the work place, so they will get read and information will not get miscommunicated due to my audience just scanning the document and missing prudent information. What I enjoyed most about this course was learning how to use Adobe software and finding ways to incorporate this knowledge in my professional and personal life. I grew in this course by starting to use Adobe applications such as using Photoshop on my social media and other course projects, when I never even opened any Adobe application before this course.