Description: An inspirational montage produced by using two or more photo’s, typography and Adobe Photoshop.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing): I used Adobe Photoshop to combine two separate photographs in a non-destructive way. I first started off the project by sitting down and thinking of inspirational Christian messages I had seen before, what I liked and what I didn’t. From there I created four sketches. I originally designed something very different from what you see today. When I was not satisfied I trashed the other design and came up with this. I combined the two photographs by layering them and adding masks. I then used the brush tool, and other additives like sharpness, saturation, hue, brightness etc. to enhance the design.

Message: Gordon B. Hinckley said one of my favorite quotes. Since this quote has uplifted me many times in my life I wanted to share it in the hopes that it may brighten someone’s day.

Audience: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or other Christians looking for an uplifting message.

Top Thing Learned: The most important thing I learned was how to cope when you dislike the design, as I mentioned earlier I cut my losses and started anew to achieve this design. It was important for me to learn how to move on from the previous idea and sketch. I am thankful to have learned how to start again and reform and design. I also really liked how I learned to use more tools on Adobe Photoshop. I enjoyed learning how to use the vibrance and saturation tools.

Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: I sharpened certain areas on the background field, I reduced the noise on Gordon B. Hinckley, and I brought down the saturation of both photos and added a paper texture to the background. I also used the vibrance, contrast and brightness tools.

Color scheme and color names: Tetradic- Brick, Gold, Teal, Indigo.

Title Font Name & Category: Bell MT Italic-

Copy Font Name & Category: Century Gothic Regular-

Thumbnails of Images used:




President Gordon B. Hinckley




Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):








 MelissaDeason- P3
















In this project I wanted to show photography knowledge, image editing skills, and how to incorporate color in a poster.


Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):

First I started off by choosing a color scheme; I then sat and sketched where I had seen the color I chose. I then photographed my Lego Batman in a mock home studio. From there I only used Adobe Photoshop. I tried to keep the design simple, clean and masculine. I used alignment to simplify and create flow in my poster. I decided on a decorative comic style font to enhance the design.



An advertisement for Batman and Lego fans.



Batman and Lego enthusiasts of all ages and genders.


Top Thing Learned:

The most important thing I learned from this project was how to create a fluid design for your audience. In previous designs I’ve always teetered on the feminine side. This design I really had to focus on what an actual Batman advertisement might look like. I realized that I needed repetition, sharp lines, alignment, bold lines and bold color.


Color scheme and color names:

Monochromatic: White, Black, Grey and Yellow.


Title Font Name & Category:

Batman- Decorative

Copy Font Name & Category:

Myriad Regular- Serif


Thumbnail of original, unedited image inserted



Date and location you took the photo(s)

-Photo taken on May 18th, 2015

-In-home mock studio.

P3 Activity-



MelissaDeason- 01- Light Outside


Light 1: Outside

MelissaDeason-02 Light Inside

Light 2: Inside

MelissaDeason-01 Focus foreground

Focus 1: Foreground

MelissaDeason-02 Focus Background

Focus 2: Background

MelissaDeason-01 Composition Thirds

Composition 1: Thirds

MelissaDeason-02 Composition Lead room

Composition 2: Lead Room

This was such a great activity to start understanding photography design principles! I really liked how many of the images turned out. For the first image, I choose to meter the sky and with that exposure photograph the spire of the Rexburg LDS Temple. I really liked how this seemed to make the image more avonguard. The second image, I snapped while I was inside. The play table was lit by a large open window and an overheadlight. For the Focus images I decided to try using a 50mm Lens. In order to get the foreground or the back ground in focus, I manually changed the focus creating sharp areas and out of focus areas. I will admit I tried several times, but eventually I got a shot I’m pleased with.

The composition photos were much harder than expected. For the rule of thirds, I took the photo above of my daughter. I wasnt able to actually place her, so I had to move myself in order to get this shot. In my viewfinder I her body right, with her bow and hand on the one thrid line, with her body in the vertical right one third line. For the last photo I placed Sammy, my trusty dog on the one third line with his eyes in the top third and his bandanna on the bottom third.

Event Ad



Description: A full bleed color Event Ad to promote awareness for the 2014 Avalanche on Mt. Everest by using only a scanner and Microsoft Word.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): First I scanned the image. Then I uploaded the image into Microsoft Word, changed the sizing and fit the image to the draft. I then sized and resized so that I could place the man in the image off to the right hand side. I added text boxes, found fonts that I liked for the message if the Ad. I used alignment and contrasting fonts to refine my design.

Message: I wanted to raise awareness about the devastating avalanche in Nepal and the Sherpa’s. This Ad is designed to fit in anywhere; on a bulletin board, telephone pole, newspaper, classroom, email or as a handout or “pass-a-long”.

Audience:  Anyone in the Boise community who wants to broaden their cultural experience, NGO’s, Non-Profits or anyone looking to support a great cause.

Color scheme and color names: Monochromatic, red, yellow and green.

Top Thing Learned: The most important thing I learned through the course of the project is how useable Microsoft Word is. It’s amazing all the hidden design features. It was very useful to learn how to scan properly.

Title Font Name & Category: Didot Bold- Modern

Copy Font Name & Category: Helvetica Light Bold- Sans Serif

Scanned images used, sources, original sizes, location of scanner used: I found this image from the November 2014 National Geographic issue. The actual image is located on page 82 and is a 4.5″ x 6.5″. I scanned the image at the China Horizon’s office located on College Avenue, Rexburg Idaho.

















Black and White promotional flier geared to promote a graduate leadership conference.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):

I started off with some quiet sketching time. After I came up with four sketches I started in Adobe InDesign and created what you see above. I used high contrast colors and simplification to complete this design. I used a legible but not over powering body copy font and size to divert attention to the title. I was given the content, image and logo for this flier.


I am trying to reach recent graduates or those right on the cusp of graduating who want an edge wit leadership skills prior to entering the professional world.


Recent graduates 22-30.

Top Thing Learned:

The most valuable thing I learned was to simplify the design. It’s easy to get over passionate and add too many things that complicate or dilute the desired message of the design. I learned that less is more, but that I can still create an eye-catching design without gimmicks.

Title Font Name & Category:

Goudy- (Classic) Serif

Copy Font Name & Category:

MS Reference- Sans Serif

Links to images used in this project:


Image: https://130.commbyui.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JuliePeterson-Leadership-conference-business-rexburg-Idaho_7530-as-Smart-Object-1.jpg