NHS Designs
Graphic Design Quizzes and Tests

Instructions for Final Test, Semester 1 [open notes]

Make a Postcard (50 points)

Make a postcard in Photoshop using the skills you have learned so far. The postcard can be from any place, real or imagined. You must combine pieces from at least three photos, and add some descriptive text.

 

Get Set Up.

  1. Create a new folder in your username folder and call it "lastname_final".
  2. Brainstorm for ideas. Decide what location your postcard will feature.
  3. Go find at least three large photographs online that you can combine for your postcard. Save the photos inside the "lastname_final" folder. More than three is okay.
  4. Create a new Photoshop file (File > New...).
    1. Name it "postcard".
    2. Set the Width to 6 inches and the Height to 4 inches.
    3. Resolution: 300 dpi.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Save the new file as "postcard.psd" inside your "lastname_final" folder.
  5. Open all of the photographs for this project in Photoshop (File > Open...)

 

Requirements

  1. The postcard must feature a real or imagined location.
  2. The postcard must combine portions of at least three photographic sources. This does NOT mean simply adding one entire image to another, or selecting a simple rectangular or circular portion of an image.
  3. The selections around image portions should be as clean and natural as you can make them.
  4. The color and lighting for each image portion should be as sharp and beautiful as you can make it.
  5. There must be text which identifies the location pictured (a separate text layer). Try some of the fun text from the review exercises.
  6. Keep in mind what you have learned about the principles of design, typography and layout.
  7. Feel free to add more to make your postcard a true work of art! I will be available to help you figure out how to do stuff in Photoshop that we haven't yet covered in class.

 

Sample Postcards

These are real postcards I picked up last week in Utah. Notice all the different combinations of images and the text treatments:

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

Utah postcard

 

Example for This Project

Here is a postcard I made according to the requirments listed above:

Image 1: Mars
mars

Image 2: Tyrannosaurus Rex
T Rex

Image 3: Palm Trees
palm trees

Final Postcard
final Photoshop postcard

 

Turn in your Final Test folder.

  1. Your "lastname_final" folder should contain the following:
    1. Three or more source photographs
    2. "postcard.psd"
  2. Your Right-click on your "lastname_final" folder and select Copy.
  3. Navigate to RMK201\Period X\Inbox\Final.
  4. Right-click on the "Final" folder and select Paste.

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