Project 4: Montage


  1. Description: By using two or more images, create a design to inspire the audience.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing): First, I made a sketch of what I hoped to accomplish and then began working.  My first draft was not my best work.  In fact, I disliked it so much I started over completely with a new concept and design. I found my quote and the rest of the design sort of came to be in my head.  After deciding on a color scheme, I found turtle picture.  I wanted the turtle to look happy so that it sent a positive tone for the rest of the picture.  Next, I needed a background.  By finding this long and winding path, I accomplished my goal of expressing that the turtle did a hard thing and survived.  Using a masking layer to save pixels, I blended the turtle into the background.  After several attempts and redo’s, I got the turtle how I liked it then moved on to the text.  It seemed as though I looked forever trying to find the right text, but when I did I felt grateful that the search was over.  I played around with font sizes and complimenting typography, but it all looked very one dimensional.  Deciding my text needed more, I added a rectangle to hold it and a slight drop shadow.  I felt as though the picture was missing something and I was right.  What was this turtle smiling about?  What was the goal he was trying to get to?  The finish line!  I found a picture of a finish line, changed the color to a darker purple and masked it into the design to finish it off.
  3. Message: Don’t stop trying!  You will never fail as long as you try.
  4. Audience: All college students who need a little boost to keep going.  The semester is almost half way done- we can make it!
  5. Top Thing Learned: Masking is extremely useful and helpful.  I am so glad I learned how to use that tool.
  6. Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: I used a bevel & emboss on the rectangle holding the text.  Then, I applied a drop shadow to the text to help it stand out.  The background was a vibrant green, so by using a color overlay, I was able to give it a softer tone with a orange/brown color.  My finish line was once black and I changed it to be the darker purple in the font.
  7. Color scheme and color names: Triadic – green, orange/brown, and purple
  8. Title Font Name & Category: Sail – script
  9. Copy Font Name & Category: Sukumvit Set Semi Bold – sans serif
  10. Thumbnails of Images used:


The Telegraph –



Scoopers –

Finish Line. Digitally Generated Image; 19406922

Ken Burger – Award winning author and speaker –

1 thought on “Project 4: Montage

  1. kelsibm7

    Your happy turtle gives me life. Also, I really love the quote you used; it is actually something I needed to hear at this point in my life, so kudos to you. Your images are blended seamlessly, and your color scheme of greens and blues is pretty nat. I also like the contrast you had in your typography, both in the two different fonts as well as font sizes. It adds important emphasis to the parts of the quote you really want to stand out above the others, and you did really well in achieving that. Excellent job this week!

    Here’s a link to my blog…it’s so weird to do self-promotion, but oh well.



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