Five Weeks Of Five

Introduction

To celebrate the release of the Creative Suite 5, Adobe collaborated with Behance to host a national competition to see who could better display mastery of their software. I was the youngest person selected to win the awards, and the only person to win in two different categories.




Week 1 - Mother Nature

Prompt: Give your work a huge platform with the Adobe Creative Suite 5. Show everybody what you can create in the '5 Weeks of 5' competition, and highlight the latest features!

Response: My submissions for the Adobe CS5 Five Weeks of Five, spent around 23 hours for this. Originally my starting texture for my background layer filled up only about 1/6th of the original canvas. I utilized Content Aware to fill the rest of it up. I again ran into a similar situation whilst working with the hat portion of this particular female; the mountain stock photograph which I was using apparently was cut off towards the end. I then took my lasso tool and highlighted the selected area, and than used Content Aware to fill up the gap. The new bristle tips were a great addition to the overall painting atmosphere expressed in CS5. The organic feeling they displayed really helped me out with my painting techniques. The characteristic for one brush to splay so many different styles, and mix several different colors at once, really contributed to the overall water-color effect I was aiming for. I used the paint bristles extensively throughout this piece, from painting to blending, to overall texturing. Puppet Warp, is one of the greatest additions to CS5. It allows users to better control 3D perspectives, and gives heightened flexibility whilst working with images as opposed to the previous version of CS. I used Puppet Warp to change perspectives on various aspects of my piece. From giving a pain tube a 3D perspective, to wrapping a squirrel’s tail around a tree, to even adjusting painted regions for a more organic feeling, one can hardly deny Puppet Warps value.

[Overview.]

Originally my starting texture for my background layer filled up only about 1/6th of the original canvas. I utilized Content Aware to fill the rest of it up. I again ran into a similar situation whilst working with the hat portion of this particular female; the mountain stock photograph which I was using apparently was cut off towards the end. I then took my lasso tool and highlighted the selected area, and than used Content Aware to fill up the gap.

[Content Aware Filling.]

The new bristle tips were a great addition to the overall painting atmosphere expressed in CS5. The organic feeling they displayed really helped me out with my painting techniques. The characteristic for one brush to splay so many different styles, and mix several different colors at once, really contributed to the overall water-color effect I was aiming for. I used the paint bristles extensively throughout this piece, from painting to blending, to overall texturing.

[CS5 Brush Sets.]

Puppet Warp, is one of the greatest additions to CS5. It allows users to better control 3D perspectives, and gives heightened flexibility whilst working with images as opposed to the previous version of CS. I used Puppet Warp to change perspectives on various aspects of my piece. From giving a pain tube a 3D perspective, to wrapping a squirrel’s tail around a tree, to even adjusting painted regions for a more organic feeling, one can hardly deny Puppet Warps value.

[Pupper Warp Manipulation.]

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64x
Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD (integrated)
Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Memory: 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
Hard drive: 320GB, 5,400rpm
Chipset: Intel GM45

[Load Comparison CS5 vs. CS4.]

[Final Rendition.]



Week 3 - Serpent of the Sea

Prompt: Give your work a huge platform with the Adobe Creative Suite 5. Show everybody what you can create in the '5 Weeks of 5' competition, and highlight the latest features!

Response: My submission for the 3rd week of the Adobe CS5 Five Weeks of Five, spent about 28hours on this. I have to say;the Puppet Warp feature was used tremendously throughout this piece, this couldnot have been made without it. Enjoy! Puppet Warp was used extensivelythroughout this piece. To get the leviathan shaped water, I had to work with alot of manipulating and bending of elements. Which means a whole lot of maskinglayers compiled upon each other, about 460 to be exact. Each layer wascarefully Puppet Warped using specific anchor points to try and mimic water’sorganic properties. For instance, it was used to carve pathways out of thewater surrounding the woman, in order to give off an emerging effect. It wasused most prominently however, in the shaping of the leviathan itself.

[Overview.]

Puppet Warp was used extensively throughout this piece. To get the leviathan shaped water, I had to work with a lot of manipulating and bending of elements. Which means a whole lot of masking layers compiled upon each other, about 460 to be exact. Each layer was carefully Puppet Warped using specific anchor points to try and mimic water’s organic properties.

[Puppet Warp Manipulation.]

[Final Rendition.]