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Corey Van Zandt

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Family History Album

I was asked to do some photo editing and layout design for a family album recently.  All the information was provided in a simple word document, so I wanted to spice it up a little by adding some historic photos, and making the layout more similar to how a published book would look.  I found a number of old photos, fixed any problem areas, and laid out the design.  I did the entire project using Illustrator and Photoshop.  Here it is.Family History (Proper Layout)

Beatles Christmas Card

beatles xmas card

I can’t take full credit for the idea of a Beatles’ Christmas card, because I have seen some in the past, but I did wanted to make this design all my own.  My Mom is a huge Beatles fan and is going to see a pretty recognized cover band in January.  I thought I would create a card to celebrate both Christmas and the upcoming concert.  I used Photoshop to design it.  First, I found a great photo of the band setting around in heavy coats so I thought that would be perfect for Christmas.  I had to cut around each member to delete the original background.  Next, if found some vector Santa hats, re-sized, shaped, and angled them to fit properly.  I found a fireplace background and attempted to make them look like they were setting around listening to a Christmas story.   With some shadowing and dark strokes, I managed to put them into the scene.  On the inside of the card, I used an old cursive font that closely resembled Lennon’s style.  With it I wrote “Look forward to seeing you at the Rock Box soon! Merry Christmas!”  Next, I found each of the member’s signatures online and added them to the card.  I printed both sides and the project was complete.

Personalized Christmas Photo

My niece helps my Mom with the desert making at Christmas every year and a good opportunity came up to make her a nice photo for her hard work.  My mom took this photo with her phone camera so it  was not the best quality, but I figured I could toy with it and make it in to something memorable.  I used Photoshop 5 to do so.  I knew I wanted a white background to symbolize winter and I also wanted to erase the cabinets in the background.  I decided to use a star shaped brush to mask the unwanted area and trimmed out a candy cane frame I found on the internet.  I also cut out some pictures of random Christmas cookies I found as well.  I thought the font I chose added to the time of the season.Christmas Cookies 2012 001chloe 2

African Tree Background

One night, I just had the urge to do something with nature as the subject.  I found this desert like color scheme online and really like the feeling.  To me, the shape resembled a tree, and the colors somewhat seemed sepia tone.  I immediately thought of Africa.  I decided to use some filtering in Photoshop to change up the style and mesh together the colors a little more.  I than used some tribal tattoo designs (roots, lion, zebra, elephant, giraffe)  and masked them within the design.  I then added a layer beneath the design and used some brown and yellows to make the animals look like they were parts of the tree.  Later, I added some leaves with the handy paintbrush tool in Photoshop; plus, some other plant life on the ground and within the design.   I filtered the picture a couple different ways (wind, cutout, water paint) and added some blurring to mix it all together.

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