P4 Montage


  1. Description: This is a montage design using two or more images and type.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing): I found my two images. I added in the background and formatted it to be the size of the 8.5X11 inches background. I added the book next. I masked a few of the pages to make room for the star burst, which I added next. I masked a lot of the image to fit it into the pages of the book. Last, I added the text. All this was done in Adobe Photoshop.
  3. Message: I love books and I love this quote. The message I am trying to convey is that reading and writing is a powerful outlet for our thoughts and feelings.
  4. Audience: I was going for school aged kids as my audience, 6-18 ish.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I loved working with masks. I learned it is a much more effective to use a mask than to destroy pixels.
  6. Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: No filter was used.
  7. Color scheme and color names: Monochromatic brick
  8. Title Font Name & Category: Bodoni 72 Book, Oldstyle
  9. Copy Font Name & Category: Helvetica Neue Regular, Sans Serif
  10. Thumbnails of Images used:
  11. very_old_paper_texture___free_for_personal_use_by_moonlight4ngel-d2ytt1r Book-7 images
  12. Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):
  13. http://esocsonline.org/esocs/images/
  14. http://pngimg.com/download/2115
  15. http://painted-leaf.deviantart.com/art/Very-Old-Paper-Texture-Free-for-personal-use-179429967

P3 Photoshop


  1. Description:
    1. This is a full bleed, original photo design, created in Photoshop.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):
    1. I started by going for a photoshoot for inspiration. My model is Justin Ricks, a BYU-Idaho student. I chose to take these photos in the evening light with good composition and a high quality DSLR camera. I plopped them into photoshop and edited with four adjustments: levels, sharpness, saturation, and selective color. I changed the reds to look more purple and edited out some of the background noise. The color scheme I chose to work with is tetradic: violet, indigo, lime and gold. As I was designing, I focused on keeping negative space while also breeding repetition with the squares. The squares unify the design, but also contrasts because they aren’t aligned with each other.
  3. Message:
    1. Since this is for a company I want to work for, I am showing my grasp of color and style, as well as competence with photoshop.
  4. Audience:
    1. First, the company I want to work for, but second, the young, beautiful people who want to be a model.
  5. Top Thing Learned:
    1. Working in photoshop can be difficult, but I learned the value of the layers.
  6. Color scheme and color names:
    1. Tetradic: violet, indigo, lime and gold
  7. Title Font Name & Category:
    1. Champagne and Limousines/ Sans Serif
  8. Copy Font Name & Category:
    1. Champagne and Limousines/ Sans Serif
  9. Thumbnail of original, unedited image inserted
    1. IMG_4932
  10. Date and location you took the photo(s)
    1. 13 Oct, Aspen Village

P3 Photography Activity


Light: Outside

I took this picture at about 7 pm, when the light was low in the sky. It made the sky nice and blue. I liked the temple being a little bit in a shadow for contrast

Once I had it in Photoshop, I lightened the image a bit with the levels tool. I added a little vibrance and lightened the blue a bit. Lastly, I sharpened the windows and Moroni.


Light: Indoor

My model is my lovely roommate, Lindsay. I set up the photo so that the window was behind me, shining best on Lindsay. She would like me to point out that she is NOT right handed, but became such for the integrity of the shot.

In Photoshop, I messed with the levels a lot, opting to leave them mostly untouched because the lighting was so good. I did add more yellow with the color selection tool, to highlight her hair and the wall behind. Lastly, I sharpened her eyes and the pen and her hand.


Focus: Foreground

I was lucky enough to find my friend, Justin, wandering around in the perfect light. I composed this so he was in the foreground in focus. I stood farther away and zoomed in so the background would be more out of focus.

In Photoshop, I made the image a little darker with the levels, but upped the vibrance. I tried to make the green of his eyes stand out with the color selection tool, but it really just changed the grass behind him. So I sharpened his eyes and lips and hair to make his face stand out.


With this image, I had Justin hold perfectly still. I moved my camera to focus on the rocks and then put it right back onto Justin, making him out of focus. I was happy with how similar these two images were!

In Photoshop, I didn’t change a whole lot. I did up the vibrance to make it match the precious image. I didn’t sharpen anything, because that would defeat the purpose of blurring of Justin.


Composition: Rule of Thirds

This shot was lucky. Justin was just playing with the puppy, Blue, and I was able to shoot this stellar shot. I took a few, but I chose this one because I liked the movement of Blue walking. I cropped it a bit so that Justin was a little more on the line of “thirds.”

In Photoshop, I cropped it. I tried in a bunch of ways, but I liked this one best. I lightened the shot a bit and upped the vibrance. I also made the reds redder, so show off Justin’s shirt and the red in Blue’s coat.


Can I just say Blue is the cutest puppy to photograph? He does so many cute things. I love this shot (among so many others) because he looks so curious. He was sitting with another friend of mine, Tiffany, who is camera shy. So instead of photographing her, I got him instead.

In Photoshop, the biggest thing I did was use the red color selection tool. It made Blue’s coat more red than yellow, especially in his ear. I also sharpened his nose and eyes, as well as darkening the shot a bit.

General Conference in Malaysia

In the last seven days, the LDS community has sustained three new apostles and heard of the changed presiding bishopric and presidency of the 70. While the buzz of excitement has died down in our local communities, some countries are just hearing about it.

It is no secret that many countries have to wait a week to watch General Conference. Sometimes its because they need to wait for a translation, but a lot of times its just because the time zones are so drastically different. For example, saints in New Zealand are 19 hours ahead of Utah time. When we gather at 10 am mountain standard time on Sunday, they are having Family Home Evening.

For the Saints in Malaysia, it can take an hour or more for some people to get to the church building. While Americans might take a nap or run home for an hour or more between sessions, many Malaysians will just stay at the church for six or more hours, just to hear the words of the prophets. And since American-english and Malaysian-english are so vastly different, many saints don’t understand the entire message of the sermons.

And yet they stay.

They understand the commandment to listen to a prophet’s voice and the sacrifice that may bring. It doesn’t matter how poor they are, the saints band together and have a delicious meal on General Conference weekend. They seldom fall asleep in a discourse from a general authority, afraid they will miss something. For the Malaysian saints, General Conference is sacred, and they treat it as such.

Design Project 2 Event Ad


  1. Description: This is an ad for a local Relief Society’s family history night.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): I used a word document to create this. I used a lot of layering to create the different colors and  shapes. I tried to create repetition with the lines, and the text boxes, as well as with the circles of the pictures.
  3. Message: My message is that family history is a worthwhile use of time and it is fun to do with other people.
  4. Audience: My audience is all the Relief Society sisters of 69th Ward.
  5. Color scheme and color names: I used a monochromatic color scheme: Green, Lime, and Yellow. I muted the colors to make them a bit more “homey” feeling.
  6. Top Thing Learned: I learned so much tying to use a Word document. There were a lot of little tricks I missed from InDesign that I had to live without, like my grid lines and some text box formatting. I had to learn  how to create the same effect with a much simpler set of tools.
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Didot: Modern/Transitional
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: InaiMathi: Sans Serif
  9. Scanned images used, sources, original sizes, location of scanner used: My scanned images were of the three people. I got these from a booklet about Idaho Falls Power. They were originally 2 by 2.5, 7 by 5.5, and 4.5 by 7, respectively.  They were all scanned in the Spori Lab.

Design Project 1: Flier


  1. Description:
    1. This is a simple black and white flier advertising a Leadership Conference for recent college graduates.
  2. Process:
    1. I created this in Adobe InDesign. I tried to focus on alignment as well as gestalt to create a triangular look. I used triangles to make it different and fun to look at. The points of the triangles lead you into the next section, and create good flow.
  3. Message:
    1. The message is that if you come to this leadership conference, you will learn the skills needed to succeed.
  4. Audience:
    1. 22-30-year-old recent college graduates
  5. Top Thing Learned:
    1. i learned the importance of shape.
  6. Title Font Name & Category:
    1. Helvetica Neue, Sans Serif
  7. Copy Font Name & Category:
    1. Minion Pro, Oldstyle
  8. Links to images used in this project:
    1. VouantLogo2.png
    2. JuliePeterson-Leadership-conference-business-rexburg-Idaho_7515-as-Smart-Object-1.jpg

Not Another One…


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Elder Perry V2-2

Richard G. Scott, Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died last Tuesday at 1:45 pm in his Salt Lake City home, encircled with the love of his Family.

I was at a BYUI devotional when we heard the news. It shocked the audience into a stupor, killing the normal buzz of conversation that accompanies a large body of 20-somethings. My first thought was, “Not another one.”

Since May of this year, three of the Apostles in the Quorum of the Twelve have finished their missions in the flesh; namely L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer, and Richard G. Scott. No new apostles have been announced, making the upcoming General Conference even more anticipated. The process of calling a new apostle is much like the process of calling a missionary, or calling a Relief Society President, or calling anyone in the church: a matter of prayer and personal revelation.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson offered insight into the unique process of revelation of apostles when he said, “[President Monson’s] practice has been to ask each of his counselors and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve to give him names they would recommend for his consideration, not to discuss with each other but just individually, to give him whatever name or names they feel impressed he ought to look at…What process he goes through exactly, I’m not sure. That’s, again, something private he pursues. He then brings back, when he’s reached his decision and had the inspiration he needs, the name or names to the council that we have of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to sustain it. That goes forward to general conference.”

When an Apostle dies, the whole LDS community grieves at the loss of such a beloved and inspired man of God. Quotes on Social Media fill news feeds, announcements are made in sacrament meetings, and funeral services are broadcast so any adoring member may pay their last respects. The passing of Richard G. Scott was no different.

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While change is difficult and we love lose lost, the LDS community stands ready to sustain the apostles yet to be called in one week.