Final Blog Post

My favorite project during this semester was the photo collage in Photoshop. This was my favorite project because besides from baking, one of my hobbies that I am very invested in is photography. I liked the idea of manipulating the photos to create a larger image. I normally just used the Adobe Lightroom to edit photos, and I had never used Photoshop before this class. While my skills are still very new, I hope to continue to search for tutorials to help me learn Photoshop piece by piece.

The skills that I learned in this course that will be used in the future include how to set up a blog, using Illustrator and Photoshop. I always thought blogging would be fun and I have always enjoyed drawing and creating images. I don’t think there are any skills that I wished I had learned in this course, because I feel as though we covered all the basics.

The only outside resource I found useful was the royalty free website I used for my background music is my video project. Otherwise I did not use any other outside resources. But one of the resources I felt the most helpful were all of the examples made by other students. Even though it limited my independent thinking for my projects, it gave me a good idea of what was required. I also appreciated the variety of the example projects because it still allowed me to keep an open mind for my project.

I have a couple other comments to add, about the tutorials provided. I felt as though the majority of them were way too long and they included a lot of distractions. I think Professor Beam should consider making the tutorials shorter so that we can watch the tutorials and finish the project in one or two labs. I also think the tutorials should be edited to make them more fluid and coherent

Final Video

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For my video I immediately knew I wanted to make a video on how to make banana bread. My blog is about baking but in many of my posts I have focused on this certain kind of bread. I started recording every shot myself with my smart phone, but I had my roommates help me to get different angles. I simply started making banana bread and just documented each step. It was easy to film each shot because I had a certain idea of how the result should look. I gave each shot plenty of time for a voice-over.

When I started editing the clips together, I noticed that some clips that are significant to the baking process-like putting the pan in the oven-did not need to be added to the video. I had no voice-over for those clips so I deleted them and I think it made my video smoother and quicker. I also added an introduction title like the ones we made in the tutorial videos. I made the background a slice of bread and used white font to make it pop. I also sped up a couple clips included the one I intended, but others also because the clip lasted much longer than my voice-over. I added the voice-overs after I filmed so the quality of the recording was better. I added multiple transitions and ended with the same photograph that I began with.

In my final video I added the song Wallpaper from a royalty free website. Instead of increasing and decreasing the sound whenever a voice-over accompanied a clip, I lowered the overall volume of the music so my voice was still audible. The song acts as background music to fill the empty spaces. I also took the advice from the feedback I received on my draft video, and shortened a couple clips that lasted too long.

Draft Video



For my draft video I immediately knew I wanted to make a video on how to make banana bread. My blog is about baking but in many of my posts I have focused on this certain kind of bread. I started recording every shot myself with my smart phone, but I had my roommates help me to get different angles. I simply started making banana bread and just documented each step. It was easy to film each shot because I had a certain idea of how the result should look. I gave each shot plenty of time for a voice-over.

When I started editing the clips together, I noticed that some clips that are significant to the baking process-like putting the pan in the oven-did not need to be added to the video. I had no voice-over for those clips so I deleted them and I think it made my video smoother and quicker. I also added an introduction title like the ones we made in the tutorial videos. I made the background a slice of bread and used white font to make it pop. After exporting I realized that font is not as sharp, so that is one thing I will be changing in my final video. I also sped up a couple clips included the one I intended, but others also because the clip lasted much longer than my voice-over. I added the voice-overs after I filmed so the quality of the recording was better. I added multiple transitions and ended with the same photograph that I began with.

In my final video I might add some music in the background to keep the viewer’s attention and so there is not so much silence. I also might re-record a couple of clips since my hand was not too steady.

Final Audio Story

For my Audio Story my first thought was how on earth am I going to make a story about baking? With Thanksgiving coming up and Halloween right around the corner, the fall season got me craving pie! So I interviewed my friends and roommates to get ideas on what their favorite dessert was during the holidays. I interviewed two people and asked them simple questions. Starting with what their favorite dessert was, if they ate it with ice cream or whip cream, and what made it so yummy.

While editing, I cut out the majority of my voice, asking questions. I feel it is unprofessional to have those clips in my audio story, because I feel the listener will lose interest. Compared to my draft audio story, I re-recorded every clip. I interviewed my friends again, but broadening my topic to desserts in general. Most people still chose pie! For the actual editing, I used the razor clip to edit out segments that were not needed. I arranged the audio in a way that is smooth and the listener will be able to easily follow.

Draft Audio Story

For my Audio Story I thought about how I could relate it to baking. With Thanksgiving coming up and Halloween right around the corner, the fall season got me craving pie! So I interviewed my friends and roommates to get ideas on what their favorite pie was during the holidays. I interviewed three people and asked them simple questions. Starting with what their favorite pie was, if they ate it with ice cream or whip cream, and if they like the crust or the filling better.

While editing, I realized a major mistake I made during the interviewing process. I hadn’t asked the people I interviewed to answer in complete sentences, so the majority of my footage was useless. I recorded myself, and used most of that footage. I realized that my voice is very soft, and a little shaky at some points. I also have little blips that I tried to edit out, but didn’t succeed at. But while editing the recordings I have, I used the razor tool to cut out the ums ers and empty spaces.

I am not fond of my Draft Audio Story. I already started on my final by re-recording and asking the people I’m interviewing to answer in complete sentences. I plan on having much for variety rather than just a recording of myself. I plan on redoing every piece of footage so that it sounds smooth and professional.

Final Logo


When I started brainstorming ideas for my logo, I was clueless. I started by looking at other baking logos, as well as logos for blogs, and a lot of them had too much text and I wanted to stray away from that. I got bits and pieces of ideas until I finally had a design I liked. I got ideas from these logos to include utensils in my logo. I also really liked the idea of a border with this cupcake logo. However, after researching baking logos, I noticed almost every single one included a cupcake. Since the title of my blog is kate’s cozy delights, I wanted something a bit cozier than a cupcake, so I opted for a cinnamon roll.

Even though I did complete the tutorials, my skills in illustrator are still very amateur. I used shapes when creating my cinnamon roll with the rectangle tool and rounded and pulled on the corners to get the shape I wanted. I then filled the shapes with a brown swatch I created and used the calligraphy tool to paint on the frosting. Then I used the ellipse tool to create the head of the spoon and the many ovals for the whisk. I used the rectangle tool for the handles and added gradients to each to make them more realistic. I then created the border by painting it with the calligraphy tool and copy and rotated each piece. I added an outter glow to make the logo look more 3D. I also added text to my logo “cozy delights”.

I then came back and made more changes. I had thought about adding a background, but when I was in Illustrator and proceeded with this plan, I decided a background made the logo look too busy, and distracted the viewer from the main focus of my logo. Looking at the outter glow of my utensils for a second time, I decided to minimize the opacity, so the objects didn’t blend into one shape.