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Photoshop (Alma)

 

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In class, we were given the task to make a movie poster with a simple, retro style and combine several images together.

By using the Magnetic Lasso tool, I cut out Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, taking special care to not accidentally cut out any of the background with them. For Darth Vader in particular, I flipped him horizontally so that it fit the idea I had.

Then, by cutting out the black border of another poster and inserting it over the edge of my piece, the result was a neatly photoshopped movie poster with a retro theme.

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To further familiarize ourselves with Photoshop, we created a Porchlight poster using the poem extract from Greg’s class (See Week 7). This was simple, as I found an image of a ghostly homeless figure at night.

The text was difficult, but the left-right-left-right-left-right style fit the poem well, so I went with that. This was done by making 6 different text boxes and positioning them, which ended up creating several layers.

Colours were more difficult, as all white text would blend into the background image and be hard to see. I tried purple for the right-aligned text, but it wasn’t helpful. Eventually, red worked out, as I found out I could change the text’s properties by right clicking on the text’s specific layer and going into the options. This gave the text a thin black border, which helped the text stand out.

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Week 4 Skills – Character & Setting (Greg)

In this week, we learned about both character and setting in writing. While it does definitely apply to creative writing, it also applies to journalistic writing, as it is still telling a story. We examined the most important parts of a story and, among the points that people brought up, character was directly mentioned multiple times while setting was implied. Descriptive text and imagination alluded to setting, as it was needed so that the reader knows where they are.

A professional example that primarily shows character can be seen in the visual novel Fate/Stay Night.

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Week 3 Skills – Copywriting (Greg)

This week, I learnt the importance of copywriting and how good web design can help attract more readers. Copywriting is a form of writing on online media that is associated with advertising/marketing. It is specifically designed to persuade readers to take a particular action and to raise brand awareness.

Web design helps this. On the Internet, a recognizable and simple website will be visited more compared to another that produces the exact same content, but does it in a clunky, messy way. This is vital, as only 20% of readers will read beyond the headlines. Having a poorly built website reduces that already small percentage.

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Week 2 Skills – Journalism (Greg)

This week, I learnt the basic and fundamental skills of a journalist. The ability to discern between passive and active text, the importance of an article’s opening 25 words and what not to write. An article needs to have very little ‘fluff text’, meaning no adverbs, puns or extended metaphors, among others.

There is also the difference between tabloids and broadsheets. This is most noticeable in the language that they use. Tabloids are far more informal and visual, with an emphasis on sensationalising topics and gossiping about celebrities. On the other hand, broadsheets address serious subjects and use more intellectual language.

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Week 1 Skills: Why I Write (Greg)

Why I Write.

The definition of ‘why people write’ is the motivation and underlying reasons for what drives writers. Below is a quote from a professional writer, Anais Nin, which goes into her thoughts on why people write.

“Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me. The world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own.”

(The New Woman / Anais Nin, 1974)

This prompted an exploration into why I personally write. We studied and examined this as a class after looking into other professional examples of why authors write. Below is my own explanation for this topic.

‘A woman who wants to loathes everything that the world has become. A hero who strives to protect everyone in the name of justice. A man who tries to live a normal life despite the oddities occurring all around him.

They’re all characters. A person who is not real, but has the motivations, desires and fears in the same way as a person who is real. And it all comes back to why I write. Why do I write? What compels me to continue despite the low opinion I have of my own work?

I write because of these fictional people. I write because I love giving them life. Once I know who they are – even if they are just a mess of ideas – I can’t let them go. They are people in my head. I’ll know exactly how they’ll act, what they’ll say, where they’ll go. It allows me to dream for hours, cooking up scenarios that relate to them. A woman who refuses to face the denial she’s lived with. A hero who has to see how grey the concept of ‘morality’ really is. A man who could leave for a simple life at any point, but doesn’t.

In a way, this character-driven work allows me to briefly escape from reality. Escapism to get away from the dull, harsh life that many people have to lead.’

Comparing my own reason to that of Anais Nin, my motivations are far more character-driven. Apart from that, they are similar. I get myself into the minds of my characters, while Anais absorbs herself in world-building as a whole.

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