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Working on graphic projects in groups

I recently had a little discussion about an image retouching job and exchange of a PSD (photoshop source file), that’s why I decided to post this. So when working on projects and in groups, you should set common rules or guidelines for source files. I’ll give you an example for the case of photography, because that’s what I mainly am working on.

Example rules for a team:

  • import raw files without editing it
  • edit non-destructive
  • make copies of layers if you can’t apply an adjustment non destructively
  • name layers so your group understands them without any doubt what happened in this step of workflow
  • create layer groups for already correctly aligned elements or elements of same type
  • export on compatibility mode for the least recent version of Photoshop used by anyone used on the project
  • don’t crop the image, used guides and slices

Define these rules when you start the project and make clear to everybody, that it’s their responsibility to follow these and if they don’t, they might put either deadline or quality at risk.

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Day 3, not at NoMA

Photo on 2010 09 01 at 15 Day 3, not at NoMA

(This is me, still wearing the make-up from the shooting today, had to put a little goth element in it ;))

Today I slept over a little and we were doing HTML basics, so I skipped my class and went straight to my photoshoot for my first assignment in my design class. I’m very thankful that Xenia gave me a hand and took the photos for me. Afterwards of course the post-work, melting the photographies together using layer masks and adding the elements for the rest of the cover. I’m getting along with Photoshop pretty well, but it’s a little hard to get along with the keybindings, that differ a lot from the GIMP.

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me visual curve 500 Day 3, not at NoMA

DVD visual me 500 Day 3, not at NoMA

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Day 2, Adobe Adventure Land Suite

PS CS5 Day 2, Adobe Adventure Land Suite

Today we started using Photoshop and doing some simple tasks with it. It wasn’t that hard, but a little disturbing that my books have not arrived yet. Most people around had their troubles making the Mac do what they wanted it too icon smile Day 2, Adobe Adventure Land Suite pretty humorous. Wel also got our first assignment today, and I’m totally excited about realising it icon smile Day 2, Adobe Adventure Land Suite Really have to jump into the Adobe stuff to at least be able to do what I so far learned in Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, Blender and various more. I’ll install Gimp, just in case something is bugging me too much. So far “how to do $keyword in Photoshop CS5″ is my favourite google query. The woman (actually it’s not to bring the gender up for discussion, just to give further details) teaching us in Design is really kind, she’s just very busy and I guess I came up with some very deep or tricky questions today, but she’s helping anyways. It’s her first year, so I hope I soon can assist helping the people not really into this right now.

I also got my tablet working with some drivers that actually shouldn’t be used with it. I use a Trust TB-6300 and got these drivers for a “Slimline Design Tablet for Mac”. Well, who am I to care, it works icon wink Day 2, Adobe Adventure Land Suite

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