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Rayven Wolfe
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Portfolio Ideas?

Mar 17, 2013 5:39 PM

Tags: #photoshop #portfolio #cs6

I need to come up with a project to add to my portfolio for my capstone class in college. I've decided it needs to be a Photoshop project since that is my weakest area. I am looking for some ideas for project ideas that would offer a nice "wow" factor in my portfolio. Here are a few of my guidelines:


  • The project needs to be able to be printed in the final output. This is a physical portfolio, not a digital one.
  • The project can take several weeks to complete, but this is not my only class, so something that is about 40-60 hours of work would be ideal.
  • I struggled with projects that limited us to only using imported textures for the entire composition.
  • I struggled with layer masks. I know what they are. I did use them with some success in a few projects. But I can't wrap my head around fitting them properly into a workflow (when to use them and when something else is a better solution).
  • I am absolutely done with photo restoration. I spent half a semester putting pictures back together and fixing colors, I'm outright sick of it.
  • The project can include other Adobe products, but it needs to be done primarily in Photoshop.


I list the struggles, not to limit what I should do, but to offer a better idea of my skill level and where I need to improve. I would prefer projects that allow me to improve my weak areas, but I'm no expert in the areas I listed above so I can't do something so completely novel and zany in those particular areas.


I have the CS6 version of the software.


Thank you in advance for any ideas you can offer.

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    Mar 17, 2013 5:44 PM   in reply to Rayven Wolfe

    If looking for something new you might check out painting.  There are a number of tutorials on YouTube and other places.

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    Mar 17, 2013 8:54 PM   in reply to Rayven Wolfe

    Ok, why not take advantage of your limits and try to expand on them, as they are important.



    Pick a person, place or thing and do a composition of them/it.


    Create a texture for the background, use masks to place images.


    a project like this can show your creativity for use of a camera, photoshop and texturing skills.


    Because a single person composition could be knocked out in a few days depending on skill level, you may want to do a group of people, a town, a shelter, a church, hospital, local 4H group, your class, etc. This would allow you to have mulitple images showing a story that you are trying to tell. Keep that in mind, when someone can visually see a story the whole composion starts to pop.

    Good luck and have fun.

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