Portfolio Exhibit 2
Abbigail: Nice job color correcting. You can use the content aware tools to remove some of the distractions in the background. I would suggest adding a levels adjustment layer and bringing up the lights just a touch (bring the white slider to the edge of the histogram).
Ashley: Nice set of digital screen! My only suggestion would be to use fonts that are easily read from a distance - many of the digital displays are above their heads a few feet, and the displays only lasts a few seconds before moving on to the next one.
Ben: Good work bringing "McCulloch" back into the image. I think the image needs something to make it pop more. I struggled on what to do on this. One solution was to add a lighting effects filter in Photoshop. There's probably a hundred other ways to make it pop.
Brandon: This is pretty cool! A miniature baseball game going on right under the feet of the bench behind them. Well done. My only suggestion would be to work with the shadows of the players (I did the pitcher and 1st baseman) to make it look more real.
Brock: Where you were struggling with color was a simple fix - you just need to change those color layers from normal blend mode to color blend mode. I also added a levels adjustment layer and brought up the lights a bit.
Claire: Your final image has a green cast to it. I suggest taking the original into camera raw. Use the white balance tool on your sweater. Then play with the histogram to bring out the best in the photo.
Cody: Adjust your curves 1 opacity so the sky doesn't become so pixelated. Then take it into camera raw and reduce the noise further. Crop out the building on the right so that strong line doesn't attract your eyes first. Crop some of the sky out to raise the deer up to almost the rule of thirds line. Play with the histogram until it looks just right.
David: Looks awesome. Great job on replacing faces with those of your team. It works well.
Elise: Well done Elise. It looks good. With a little cropping (16:9) it will work as a digital display, too.
Emily: Good work bringing out the color, bringing out more detail in the shadows, straightening the horizon, and cleaning up the deck. A couple of suggestions. Take it into camera raw and reduce some of the color noise and luminance noise. You can use luminosity masking to bring up the mid-tones more, reduce the blown out highlights a little, and pull some of the darks back in.
Greta: This is certainly an attention-getting image! Are those stars I see? Almost reminds me of 2001-A Space Odyssey. With an image like this, it would be fun to play around with a gradient map adjustment layer.
Jacqueline: Well done. Nice use of frequency separation adjustments.
Jeff: Looks professional. Good alignments. The text on the right looks stretched compared to the text on the left. I would suggest that it be the same font size.
Jenny: Beautiful evening shot! I think the oil paint filter distracts from the beauty of the image. Instead, I would take the image into camera raw and try to bring out the rainbow and sunlit hill more.
Joseph: Well done.
Kaitlin: Nice job! I think you want that to say "RESOURCE" instead of "RECOURSE". Edit that and you'll have an excellent digital display!
Ka Kin Chiu (Kevin): Very professional looking Kevin. The repeated use of diagonals and rounded rectangles, colors, etc. really make this poster pull together.
Kolby: Good work. I would suggest playing with the adjustment layers - you can really change the mood of a photo that way. After taking your image into camera raw and removing color and luminance noise, I went back into Photoshop and used three adjustment layers - Gradient Map, Vibrance, and Selective Color. Quite a difference from the original.
Krista: The photo behind YETC computer lab doesn't really match the message. I'd use a photo of one of the YETC computer labs instead as a background. To make the YETC pop out more, I added a drop shadow effect to that layer.
Lindsay: Nice job replacing the background. Looks great!
Mattie: I think a whole new world just opened up for you - using that Wacom tablet. Good job on your first try! Keep up the great work! If you go to YouTube and search for "speedpaint Photoshop" you'll find tons of demonstrations like the one above where they are using a Wacom tablet.
Rod: Very professional! I'd suggest increasing the opacity of the blue boxes a touch (60%), and having them go clear to the edge. I used a mask to fade them on one end, but that wouldn't really be necessary. Just suggestions. You've done a good job.
Rosanna: You have a bit of a red cast to your "after" image. You can adjust your curves layer to eliminate that.
Sage: Pulling him out on a new layer and blurring the background works well to focus on the player. Can you send me your Photoshop file for this?
Spencer: Nice work! My only suggestion is that stroke looks pretty hard-edged. You could soften it just a touch by adding an outer glow as well.
TaKelle: It looks beautiful - but it needs contact info (location, phone, website).
Tressa: Nice! Just a couple suggestions. I'd do something to bring out the text from the background more. Perhaps crop in a little closer to focus on the message.