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Make My Day: Tutorial

Step One:

Gather all the pictures to be used in the collage. Pictures can be found on Google images if you don’t have any of your own to use. kllkmlk

Step Two:

Make a collage of the photos you want to use. There are many different websites that make collages. You can simply Google ‘collage maker’ and chose from one of the search results.


Step Three:

Place the images in the collage in the order that they relate to your story.


Save the collage to your desktop once it’s done.

Step Four:

In a new blog post, write the narrative that goes along with the collage and insert the collage into the post.



Google Images



Pop Star Out Of Place: Tutorial

Step One:

Find the picture of the pop star that you want to use. This can be done using Google images.

Step Two:

Once you find the picture you need to save it to your desktop so it can be opened in Pixlr, which is the website that will be used to complete this assignment.

Step Three:

After opening the image in Pixlr you will then choose the wand tool from the toolbar on the left. Using the want tool, select all the space you want to be transparent. For this assignment I used the tool to select the entire background so once I finished the process I was left with an empty background. After selecting all of the space that needs to be transparent you want to go to the edit menu at the top of the page a select ‘Invert Selection’. The next step is to copy the image to your computer’s clipboard and that can be done by either going to the edit menu and choosing ‘Copy’ or pressing the keys CTRL and C on your keyboard.

Step Four:

From there you have to go to the File menu and select ‘New Image’. Give the new photo a different name and check both of the option boxes on the new image box. Once that’s done the new image will open in a new window and all the areas with grey and white checkers are the transparent areas. To save it to use in a different image you save it as a PNG file to keep the transparency of the background.

Step Five:

Next, find the picture you’re going to use for the background. Save it to your desktop and open it in Pixlr. After you have done that open the ‘Layers’ menu and select’New Image As Layer. Then you select the photo of the pop star that you’re using as the subject of your post and once it’s added you can re size it and place it where you’d like it. The final step is to marge the two layers together and save the finished photo to your desktop.




Love At First Shot

loveMarch 19, 2012

We were celebrating 4 years of being together. He planned an extravagant cruise ship  getaway for  just the two of us. After lunch we walked out onto the bow of the ship where there was no one else around so we could be alone. He held my hand and little did I know he’d gotten someone to take pictures of the entire moment. We got to the edge of the ship, he got down on one knee and that was the moment I knew this is who I would spend forever with.


How I Did It

For this assignment we had to use photo editing software to change something significant about a photo. I used pixlr.com to add one photo to another. I first had to make the background of the photo of the silhouettes transparent so I could add it to the photo of the ship. From that point I just had to layer the two and flatten them into one image.

Just a Little Imagination

For the assignment Apophenia(3.5 stars) we were instructed to imagine different versions of everyday item. Being that I did this assignment at my desk, the first thing I found was a pen. ds

This is the original photo I used before letting my imagination transform something so boring into something fun.

Using pixlr.com I made different objects out of this simple pen.


This website had many different tools to choose from on the left panel so that’s what I used to complete the assignment.

The first thing I imagined was a flag ds flag

and the second thing was a watermelonds watermelon

I used the brush, paint fill and erasing tools to create these and it was all very simple.

Like A Cat

This assignment was such a fun trip down memory lane. The prompt, called 9 Lives(2 stars) instructed, “Find nine photos of yourself in different stages of your life. Turn them into a little collage, showing how many changes you’ve gone through over the years. Change is good, so have fun with it!”

9 lives

The photos show me at various stages in my life, starting from age 1 and ending at this past summer. This is the website I used to make the collage.

What do you want to do before you die?

The first visual assignment I did was the bucket list(3.5 stars).  The directions were very simple and I already knew four things I want to do so it was very easy to complete. I used the suggested website to make the collage. BeFunky Collage

The top thing on my bucket list is to go bungee jumping. I love anything adventurous that gives a good adrenaline rush. I have already been skydiving so I think that bungee jumping is the next outrageous thing I want to do.  The second thing I want to do is to visit Disney World. I feel like every child has or has wanted to visit Disney and I have not been yet so it’s definitely on my bucket list. The last two things I want are to travel the world and get married; in that order. I want to visit countries near and far and once I’ve seen all the world has to offer I’ll be ready to settle down and get married.

What we have here is a failure to communicate

While trying to think of movie scenes  that would work for the visual assignment Say It Like The Peanut Butter, I knew I wanted something that had action but was also meaningful. I decided to explore movies that were made over thirty years ago because it would allow me to use a scene that not many of my peers are familiar with. The movie I chose to use was Cool Hand Luke (1967) which I saw for the first time three years ago when I was really interested in older movies.

Luke(Paul Newman) is a very stubborn prisoner who is always saying and doing things to get himself in trouble. In this scene, Luke is being chained at the ankles after getting in trouble and the warden tells Luke that putting him in the chains is for his own good. Luke replies with a sarcastic comment which results in him getting hit by the warden who then says to the other prisoners, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”.


The Process

After deciding what movie scene I wanted to use I had to learn how to make a GIF. I read a couple different tutorials on how to make one. I started with the post in the ds106 Handbook and from that I learned I had to download the video onto my desktop. Still following the procedure in the post in the ds106 Handbook, I tried to use MPEG Streamclip but this is where I ran into trouble. I couldn’t figure out how to use it once I downloaded it onto my computer.ds106

To make the actual GIF I used MakeAGIF.com which required me to upload the video clip I downloaded from Youtube and choose how long I wanted the GIF to be. Capture After the GIF was made I saved it and transferred it over to ezgif.com to crop out the empty black space around the GIF.

It wasn’t too hard of a process once I figured out a way to do it that made sense to me.