One of this week’s mashup assignments tasked me to take a dramatic closeup of anyone’s face and superimpose an unrelated landscape or scene over the face.
I’m going to be honest with you all…when I first read this assignment description, I immediately decided I wasn’t going to do it. Photoshop and photo editing is probably one of the things that I feel most uncomfortable about. And since this assignment was photoshop heavy, I decided against trying it.
However, I couldn’t help but look at past class examples which were so entertaining and funny, I really wanted to make my own. So, instead of giving into my lack of confidence, I decided to go for it and try this assignment!
The first part of this assignment was to come up with the two images to use. I have been super stressed out lately, and to cheer me up my mom has been sending me the Kim Kardashian crying meltdown memes. I decided that because I have seen so much of her meme face that I wanted to use it for part of this assignment. But I still needed to come up with a second image…
As I was driving back to m y house from class, I saw the inspiration for my ‘landscape’ photo in the shape of two golden arches.
And now, a quick story:
We have all been there…
You are doing homeowrk or watching a movie late at night and suddenly a craving hits you. You want ice cream. But not just any ice cream… you want the creamiest soft serve ice cream with swirls of oreo or m&ms mixed in. And you want it for a price that wont bust your budget.
So what do you do? You head to McDonalds to get a McFlurry!
Only one small issue….THE MCFLURRY MACHINES ARE ALWAYS BROKEN!!!
A broken McFlurry machine is an appropriate landscape for a Kim K meltdown in my opinion, so I decided that these two images would be perfect for this assignment!
And here it is…
While I was very nervous to complete this assignment, it was actually a lot easier than I expected. I think the main concern I had for this task was that I didn’t have access to a photo editing software I felt comfortable using. When I have to edit photos, I usually use Adobe Photoshop. However, my laptop for some reason has decided it no longer likes Photoshop and wont open it (unrelated but if anyone is a photoshop/HP wizard hit me up I could use some help…).
Luckily, some former classmates who had completed this assignment previously had some great ideas of places where I can edit photos!
That’s how I discovered Pixlr.com!
If anyone has trouble editing photos, I HIGHLY recommend Pixlr. Pixlr is a free website where you can easily upload and edit multiple images at a time. Using Pixlr, I uploaded the three images I needed (Kim K crying, a McFlurry machine, and an out of order sign) and begun editing them. Using the layers function, I overlapped the Kim K crying and out of order images and cut them using a lasso tool. Once they were cut out, I was able to move them on the original photo so that it looked like one photo!
I am really happy I decided to do this assignment. It was a lot of fun and honestly opened my eyes to a new photo editing site that is really easy to use, which I can see being helpful to have in the future.