Behind the scenes of my final assignment

This post is a tutorial for how I created all of the media for my final assignment. First, let’s start with the iPhone 8 billboard. The first step was to choose an image that someone made as a representation of what the iPhone 8 might look like. After that, use the text tool to write something pertaining to the image. In this case, I just chose to do “iPhone 8” and keep it simple because that is what most apple billboards do.

And really that is about it! Just head up to File -> Save As and save it as whatever file type you want. I chose JPEG for this example.

Next I worked on some audio media for this assignment. So open up audacity and import all of the sound files that you want to use for this. Once they are imported, use the move tool to slide all of the sounds to where you want them to happen. I left two of the sounds overlapping because I wanted them to play at the same time. This is how you hear him walking, and hear the city sounds at the same time. It should look something like this:

Next, highlight all of the tracks (CTRL + a)  and go to Tracks -> Mix and Render. This will combine all of your individual tracks into one big track.

And you are done! Just head up to File -> Export Audio. Give it a name and choose what file format you want. I chose .wav for this example.

The next piece of media I made was an animated gif. For this I actually used an online tool called “gifcreator.me”. For this website I found a useful trick which is to not import multiple gif’s at once. If you are combining a couple gif’s into one, import them in the order that you want to see them in your final gif. So head to the website, and click upload images, but follow the trick I just said.

Next you can scroll down and either rearrange the gif’s if you want to change the order that the gif’s are in or if you want to change the duration that they show up for.

Finally, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the Create Animation button. Then you can download your animated gif!

Finally I made a photo based off of a past assignment in which you take an image of an eye and Photoshop something into it as if it was a reflection. The first is to find an image of an eye and an image of something to put in it. Open the image of the eye first, this will make it your background. And then drag and drop the image you want to reflect into Photoshop. It should look something like this:

Next, before resizing your image, it is useful to click the button that maintains your aspect ratio. This means that when you make your image smaller, it will stay the same shape and not flatten out or get really thin.

Next, you can resize the image and rotate is as you wish. Make it look like it is reflecting off of their eye. If you accidentally click away, the keyboard shortcut to transform an image is CTRL + t. When you like the size and location of the image, hit ENTER to place it.

Next, to make it more like a reflection, we need to lower the opacity of the image. This makes it more see-through. To do this, click on opacity and drag the slider to the left until you are happy with it. See the image below:

And you are done! You can follow the same exporting process as the billboard picture. Just go to File -> Save As, pick the filename and file type and you are good to go. And that is it! That is how you create all of the media for my final assignment. This class has been a blast. I can’t wait to use all of the media tools that I have learned in the future.

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