Project 4: Montage

Description: This is a montage project I made with Photoshop in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season with one of my favorite Dr Seuss quotes.


  1. I googled images of Christmas trees and DIY wrapped Christmas presents and selected the pictures that I liked.
  2. Then I cropped the background image to 8.5×11.
  3. Then I placed the second image of the presents in Photoshop and created a mask.
  4. Then using the brush tool I blended the image into the background image by decreasing the opacity.
  5. I choose a decorative font for my title which I typed in and enlarged on the background.
  6. Then I choose a contrasting San Serif font to use for my quote.
  7. I aligned the title, quote, and authors name to the right hand side of the image.

Top 3 things learned:

  1. How to use different layers in a project.
  2. How to blend multiple images into one.
  3. How to use Photoshop to make a montage about various topics.

Programs/Tools Used: Adobe Photoshop

Font #1 Name & Category: A Song For Jennifer – Decorative

Font #2 Name & Category: Myriad Pro – Sans Serif

Thumbnails of Images used:


Sources (Links to images on orginal websites):




Project 3: Imaging

8.5 x 11 Project:



This is a photograph I personally took in an apple orchard and then edited and formatted it using Adobe Photoshop.


I took this photograph using my Canon PowerShot camera in the apple orchard on Brigham Young University-Idaho campus. I used the macro setting to bring the apple in the foreground into focus and blur the background of the image. I then opened my image in Photoshop and cropped it to a 6×6 inch square. After that I adjusted the vibrancy of the entire image to boost the colors a bit and also made the colors warmer. I then used the quick selection tool to select the apple in the foreground of my image and then choose to inverse my selection so that I could change the background. I then de-saturated the background of the image to really help the red color of the apple in the foreground pop.

Top 3 things learned:

1) I learned how to use the selection tool in Photoshop to manipulate parts of the image while leaving other sections untouched.

2) I learned how to use the macro tool on my camera more effectively to blur the background of a photograph.

3) I also learned that the editing possibilities in Photoshop are seemingly endless.

Programs/Tools Used:

Cannon PowerShot Camera and Adobe Photoshop

6×6 cropped/edited image:


Original unedited/uncropped image:


Project 2: Event Ad

P2JohnnaMcClellan-page-001Description: This is a full bleed ad for a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The flier is made using Microsoft Word, iPhoto, and a scanner.

Process: I went through several magazines to find the proper picture for the event that I was trying to make. I was then able to scan the picture and adjust it using iPhoto to change the exposure because I felt it was too washed out the way it was before I edited it. I learned a lot about using Word and learned that it had several features that could be beneficial if I was not able to use Adobe products and just had access to Word to make a flier.

Top 3 things learned:

1) I learned that designing in Microsoft Word can be really frustrating compared to using the more advanced InDesign program.

2) I learned that in Microsoft Word you are able to do several features that you can do in Adobe, so if I ever needed to throw a flier together with limited program access then I could use Word.

3) I learned that a lot of times when you think you have the best idea for a draft that sometimes your mind will open up and you will have several different ideas that are better than your original.

Program(s) / Tools used:

  1. Scanner
  2. iPhoto
  3. Microsoft Word

Font #1 Name & Category: Hang Board 123, Decorative

Font #2 Name & Category: Arial, Sans Serif

Scanned images used,  sources, original sizes: This image was from the Annual 2013 Secondhand Treasures magazine. The original size was 4” x 6”. I scanned the picture on high resolution so that I could adjust the size of the picture and not lose quality. Now the final size is 1690 x 1130 pixels.

Project 1: Flier


Description: Black and white flier promoting a graduate leadership conference.

Process: I began my design process by creating four sketches of what the layout of my flier might look like. I then went into Adobe InDesign and tried out the different ideas until I chose the one that was most visually appealing. I used a black box and white text to create contrast as well as bolded text and strokes to create repetition and flow. The logo, picture and content of this flier were provided for me. I did a spell check on the text and formatted the flier on my own.

Top 3 things learned:
It is more difficult than it seems to place all of the information you are given on a flier without making it look crowded.
Contrast is critical in order to create an eye-catching flier. 
I learned the importance of white space and to embrace it rather than being afraid of it. 

Program(s) / Tools used: I used Adobe InDesign to create this flier.

Title Font Name & Category:

Rockwell- Slab Serif

Copy Font Name & Category:

Arial- Sans Serif

Links to all images I used in this project: