Collage Tutorial

This tutorial isn’t really about the subject matter, just a way to make a collage for the assignment. I will be using Picasa.


This is what the program looks like when you boot it up. You can go to create and then collage and it will bring you to this screen


You can see here what it pretty much looks like, these are just random images the program chose from my files. If you can see where I’ve clicked on the picture, that tool allows you to re-size and rotate your image.


Here I’ve just cleared out what pictures I don’t want to clear up some space


To rearrange your images, you can right click them and select “bring to top”


This is what you will see once you have hit “Create Collage”. When it is done processing, the program will let you know.

“Focus on One Color” Tutorial

Link to the assignment

This assignment can easily be completed in Photoshop.

After you choose your images, load them into the program.

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First you need to change the original color image to black and white. Go to Image, Adjustments, Hue and Saturation

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Move your saturation down to zero

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On the tool bar you will second paintbrush. Right click on this and use the “History Brush Tool”. This will restore the original color you want to highlight to the photo. In Photoshop, it is helpful to zoom in using ctrl+ and using smaller sized brushes.

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Your finished product will look something like this!

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Graphic Gift, featuring our lady friend from the Invaders.

Instead of staring at a horrifying extra terrestrial in total fear and anguish, our friend is now gazing upon at the new technology of refrigeration with amazement. graphicgift

“This is just the Bee’s Knee’s, Mrs. Jones! Why, is that an icebox in there?”

“And how, Susie! Also, PENICILLIN.”

This was really easy to make after I erased the background footage and added a layer mask in gimp.

Link to Original Assignment

Invaders Pixel Art

I wanted to attempt some pixel art and replicate my angry robot alien friend. It took a while to make in Photoshop. I had to zoom in as far as I could, then I colored the pixels one by one. I took a screenshot after all my work was done and was able to crop the photo so it could be huge!

Here is the picture I used as inspiration



And here is my pixel art




He has silly looking arms, but over all I’m pleased with the results.

Link to Original Assignment

I’m a terrible Game Master….

For this assignment, I decided to multiply myself. After a few different set ups, I was only able to accomplish two of me. I’d like to try another one later because I think this is a really fun idea and has a lot of cool potential.

I tried to mimic the board game environment, but it’s usually a lot more people and a lot more confusion.




Link to Original Assignment Page

These are a few of my favorite things….

For this assignment, I took a picture of my desk to highlight a few of my “favorite things”. By using Photoshop I was able to highlight the colors of these items in a Black and White photo by using a tool called ‘history brush’.desk

In case no one noticed, I have a slight fascination with owls. My last name, Saffos, translates to “wise man” in Greek, so once I got a tattoo of an owl to symbolize this, it became the go-to gift of all relatives and friends. Two of about twenty owls are pictured, and I love them all equally. Another¬† nod to the family culture can be found in the lower right hand corner… the Greeks are very fond of espresso and I keep and use this cup in remembrance of my grandparents who owned the set before me.

The highlighted books are pretty self-explanatory; both Poe and Tolkien are two of my favorite authors (Douglas Adams was featured until I carelessly lost my set of the Hitchhiker’s Guide). Other than that, my favorite things are pretty mundane. A Minnie Mouse figurine is placed next to a picture of a relative who referred to me as “Minnie”, my favorite and longest lived candle, a Buddha figurine my father gifted to me, and an invite to my cousin’s wedding (weddings are a pretty big deal in my family).

Hope you guys enjoy!

The Original DS106 Project Page


Assignment #1: From Ashe to Zyra

For my first visual assignment, I decided on the A-Z collage. My topic was League of Legends.

In case anyone has never heard of it, League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) and these days it is hugely popular, not only because it is FREE, but also because of its wide and ever expanding roster of characters, otherwise known as “champions”.

Each of the Champions have their own detailed art and lore, and there are currently over 100. Of course, I could only list 26 here, from A-Z, but you can get a pretty good idea of the extensive amount of work that goes into creating each character.


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The original DS106 Project page

League of Legends Homepage

*All works of art are property of Riot Games*