How To Guide: Best Sports Play (Final)

This post will be dedicated to going over how I created the Best Sports Play type gif for my final assignment. I wanted to make a gif from the play where Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th goal. A major achievement in the hockey world that allowed him to move up to number 8 on the all time scoring list. I wanted to turn this play into a gif to show people how much this meant to the team, you can clearly tell this goal celebration was like no other. The guide will be below the gif. If I happen to miss anything, please feel free to let me know down in the comments. Here is the final version of the gif:

How To Guide:

  1. First, I needed to download the YouTube video that I wanted to use. I did that by going to this website. All you do is plug your video link in and then it will download it for you!
  2. Once I had the video, I trimmed it by right clicking the video and hitting “edit”. I knew I only wanted from 11 to 27 seconds, so that is what I trimmed it down too.
  3. Next, all that was left was to take all the screen shots. I let the video play as I took several screenshots a second.
  4. Then, I opened GIMP and put all the screenshots on top of each other by just dragging in one after another.
  5. Finally, all that was left to do was click “Export As..” and then choose “Gif”.

This is a YouTube video that I followed along with for my first gifs. I was able to take what I learned from this video and apply it to this assignment.

How-to guide: Places of Peace

This assignment was very easy to create by utilizing a free collage maker that I found online. First, I found the 4 photos that I wanted to use for the collage and simply uploaded them on to the website. The website will automatically fill in a collage template that you can then change to your liking. To delete cells, simply right click them and choose “delete cell”. You can also click and drag any photos that you would like to swap their positions. Here is how mine turned out:

My Places Of Peace

The final Visual Assignment that I chose for this week is called Places of Peace. This assignment was really fun to-do for me because I could go through my photos and find some pictures that really made me happy. I chose two photos that were taken on a recent trip to Maui with my sister. One is Waimoku Falls, which lies in a hidden location near the eastern tip of the island. The second picture is from the Pali Trail hike in Maalaea. The other two pictures were taken at my house in Spotslvania, Virginia. The first was laying on the couch with a sleeping pup and the second was my patio that is a great place to relax after a long day.

How-to guide: Averaged Portrait

This assignment required even less Photoshop knowledge than the previous assignment I have done on averaging Flickr pictures. This was on a much smaller scale, only using 7 pictures rather than 50. To start you will first need to take 7-10 self-portrait pictures changing one aspect of the picture with each next picture. When you’re finished simply create a separate layer for each picture, select all the layers, and “Convert to a Smart Object”. Then, you can go into the Layer menu and select, “Smart Objects”, then “Mean”. This will essentially average all of the layers in the smart object. Here is what my completed picture looked like from 7 self-portraits.

Averaged Portrait

This visual assignment was very similar to the averaging Flickr pictures assignment that I have done previously. I took 7 self-portrait type pictures and then averaged them together in Photoshop. I would definitely say that the result was a very very unconventional portrait. Here is the result.

How-to guide: Averaging Concepts Using Flickr

When I initially started this assignment I was very worried if I was going to have the Photoshop skill to be able to average these photos together. To my surprise, that was actually easier then downloading 50 pictures. This is a super easy way to create some very unique abstract art. First, you need to pick the phrase you will search on Flickr. Once that is done, you need to download the first 50 pictures that pop up. Next, you will need to open a new Photoshop project. You will open every picture on its own layer, so you should have 50 layers at the end. Then, select all the layers, right click and press, “Convert to Smart Object”. This will combine all the layers into one. Next you want to go to “Layer”, then “Smart Objects”, “Stack Mode”, and finally, “Mean”. This will essentially average all of the layers in the smart object. Here is what my completed picture looked like for 50 images of creeks.

Here is a helpful Youtube video that I followed to create my final product.

Averaging Concepts Using Flickr

This visual assignment seemed really interesting to me. Photo averaging is something that I don’t have any experience with. The overall goal is to stack 50 pictures from Flickr on top of each other and average all of them together essentially creating an abstract piece out of all of them combined. The word I chose to search on Flickr is “creek”. Below is the result of 50 creek pictures averaged in Photoshop.

One thing that could’ve been improved from this assignment was to make sure the pictures you get have a common size.

How-to guide: Creating a Spubble

Creating your own Spubble was actually so much easier than I thought. The only resource that I used to create it was my IPhone. First, I selected the perfect picture that I needed to convey my story. Next, I opened up the picture in Snapchat. Once it was in Snapchat you can very easily add a chat bubble by searching for one in the top search bar. Simply drag and drop it into the correct position on the photo and all that is left to-do is add text. Finally, tap the middle of the screen and type whatever caption you want. When you are finished, just as you did with the bubble, drag and drop the text into position. You can then either save this new photo directly on Snapchat or screenshot it to bring it into your camera roll.

Here is an example of mine.

As an additional resource of information: This is a helpful guide on Youtube I found for creating a Spubble on Pixelr.

My Very Own Spubble…

After a long day of work, I really love to come home and take a nap. Plenty of room to spread out on my bed alone…

Oh wait, I have two dogs that insist on laying on top of you every time you go to lay down. This makes getting up from a nap extremely hard. I still love them though.