- 1. Digital Techniques Introductions in Adobe Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD By Michaella Smith
2. AdobePhotoshop Costume and Set Exercise
- In order to understand the basics of Adobe Photoshop, we were given the task of creating a costume design, based ona template of a character and an array of suggested texture/fabric.
- In doing this Ilearnt the absolute basic likecoping an image into Photoshop, beforemanipulating this image into the shapes found within the costume, using the layer toolbar and demands such as the selection via theMagneticLasso Tool and the inverse selection command, as well as the handling of several layers.
3. Using Photoshop The tool I found most successful/ useful and effective was the Lighting Effects tool found under the filters and in the drop down of Render. This is because Lighting Plays such a major role in theatre, and designers often dont get a say in the lighting aspect, therefore, to be able to professionally indicate suggested lighting effects within a storyboard, would help not only the designer, but also producers to get a feelfor the possible atmosphere within a set design. 4. 3D Studio Max Victorian Table Exercise 3D Studio Max is a useful software to help visually portrayyour set designs in a virtual way.A fascinating characteristic that I particularly favoured in this programme was a commanded that in effect allowed you to walkyour design, therefore allowing them to befully appreciated and explored. Also the lighting tool in 3D Studio Max is also very good at capturing and exploring atmosphere within your designs, and is made even more realistic by the incorporation of natural shadows 5. 3D Studio Max Victorian Table Exercise continued At firstI found it a struggle tomaster the commands in 3D Studio Maxas well asincorporating the suggested direction of Light. However in order to understand this programme, I incorporated everything I wanted to create within my design intosimple shapes that would either need to be stretched copied,mirrored or combined with other shapes and distorted by commands to form foundations that could then be textured to portraysay a kitchen table with bottles and a fruit bowl.Capturing Texture key in m, select diffuse colour click none, select appropriate image from your research, click ok, alter the scale to what you feel appropriate, select the area you want to be surfaced on your drawing, click on the spheredrag and release, your texture is complete. this to me is the most important and significant piece of information i absorbed fromdoing the brief 3d studio max sessions. unfortunately i still need to perfect on the actually creating the set, however with practiceand in time will develop and expand whatmy own skill in this software. 6. AutoCAD
- Displayed here areexercises created in AutoCAD, aimed at getting us used to the very basic commands available.
These commands include, use of theline toolto create the shape, and those found on theModify tool Bar. Modify Tool Bar Chamfer Aim of each exercise was to start off with the line tool before branching off into the following commands Fillet Offset Rotate and trim, to get rid of un wanted lines formed whilst configuring the other commands . Mirror Copy When using the line tool, the command box can be used to type in the length of the line, making sure that an accurate shape is performed each time. 7. The Floppy Final When using AutoCADyou usually work in layersThese layers include; DimensionsText CentrelineDrawing Out Line Each of these layers are dedicated to a colour, this is because each colour is then associated with a line thickness, so that when printed out (opposite), the lines are of different thicknesses, in this case the outline of the floppy disk 7mm thick compared to the drawing line which is .25mm thick. The purpose of this exercise was to introduce us into to using software that would allow us to do technical drawings of our set designs, within a plan of a theatre, resulting in a much quicker more accurate and professional finished drawing.I personally found AutoCAD to be very tedious at times with the continual pressing of the enter key or escape key, to be released from commands, as well as just generally being confused, due to not being familiar with the software at all.I can see, after lots of practice and playing around, howvital AutoCAD would be for theatre designers now, due to its accuracy and swiftness, and the ever advancing technical age, where more and more directors are expecting the use of computer aided plans, to make jobs easier and general transporting involved within the realm of theatre. 8. Costume Design forA Midsummer's Nights Dream
- I decided to use what I learnt in Photoshop to come up with a quick costume and set design for A Midsummer's Nights Dream by Shakespeare.
Basically for the set deign I used additional research of images I felt would berelevant for the environment I wanted tocreate and simply collaged them into a illusion space (the stage). I Then used various filters such as under painting, to portray textured planned, before altering the opacity tool to indicate layers within the designs, and those that would move/ fly in and out. I personally feel, aswith all of the programs that I have been introduced to, that with a lot more practice and playing around, Adobe Photoshop will be a very useful software programme to use during the designing stage and also in particular the storyboarding of ideas For the costume design I used exactly the same process used to create the drawing in the exercise. Using my own template I then found appropriate images of textures before copying,pastingand moulding theseinto the shapes found within the costume. The was doable due to the fantastic layering system and History tool bar( which allows you to keep referring back to certain stages, and of course the inverse tool which crops the research image down the size and shape ofthe area previously selected by the magnetic tool.The Filter I found most appropriate and useful was the Lighting Filter, as an array of fascinating and theatrical affects can be portrayed.I can see myself from now on incorporating this filter into my story boards to help visually portray thoughts and suggestions on lighting of set as well as indicating a sense of the atmosphere I see being portrayed within the set I have created. 9. SummaryThe Final A midsummers Night dream set design, with costume design incorporated. In the pastseveral weeks or so,I have been over loaded with so much information on 3 amazing software's Adobe Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD all of which, once mastered, will be very useful throughout my intended careeras a Theatre Designer.Although at times I struggled and got very confused,I hope and plan to have/create future opportunities to advance onthesesoftware's.I am fully aware that I have only just touched and to a certain extent mastered the basics of each, or not in some cases (AutoCAD), but will continue toplay and try things out, which I feel is the best way to go about learning all of these. Personally I have found Adobe Photoshop the easiest to understand, this is because the tools, andcommands are clear in what they do, and also because the layering makes it so much easier for objects on the page to be moved and controlled, therefore a great way to portray/create andaddtoan environment, like that of a theatre set.Adobe is also a very good software to add suggested lighting to storyboards. I found 3D Studio Max to be a fantastic programme, when donewith accuracy, to create a set deign within, this is because due to its Virtual practice is the closest a designer can get within their designs before a model box stage or in some cases instead ofstage box. Whereas AutoCAD, is the ideal programme to create accurate perfected technical drawings.