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Four Way Stop!

While looking through the Design Assignment choices I clicked on the “Pause Four a Moment” assignment.


After looking it over, I decided that it didn’t seem too hard and that it would even be fun. Well, I tried to follow the tutorial but nope, that was not for me because I don’t have photo shop! So I then had to figure out another way to do it. (See details below to figure out how I did it)

I chose this assignment because I thought it would be fun. Take a picture of yourself that you love and then change it; how much easier could that be? The fun part comes in taking or picking the right picture that you think will show who you are. Will it be funny or silly? Or a pretty simple pose? Or will it be the new modern “selfie” pose?

I chose a simple pose but it was a selfie. In this picture I am surrounded by green plants and I love it. This day or afternoon was my first real time to relax and just rest since I have been Paris, I finally went to the University Cafe and ate outside. I just thought about everything that had happened since we arrived, I had a reflective day. I loved it, it was soothing and calming. Then I just walked around the campus and looked at all the beautiful plants.

I don’t know if this picture really shows who I am, but I think it does show what I aspire to be. Someone happy, calm, and surrounded by all types of goodness and beauty.

Let me know what you guys think!


Luckily, doing the assignment replacing an animal’s head with a person’s, came in handy here. I followed the same steps for this assignments as I did for that one, and it worked!

The only differences were that I now had four photos instead of 2, there was no cropping the photos, and for the background I just added color. Now that is what I did to put the pictures on there and fit them to scale.

To actually edit the pictures on my dell, I opened the folder they were in. four pics 1

Click on the picture you’ve decided on.

four pics 2

Once your picture is open, on the upper left side of the page should say “Edit…”

Click that

four pics 4

This should bring you to the edit a picture page. From here all you need to do is edit the picture by changing the effects, now you can save it by hitting “Save As” which is what I recommend because I hit “Make a Copy” and it was too complicated, but you can do that as well.

four pics 5

And Voila! You have your first picture! (Really the second because you are going to use the original but whatever)

four pics 6

Sexy Matt Smith with a Book!

Okay so when I choose this Assignment : http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/create-a-read-poster/

I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So I thought about it and decided that I didn’t want it to be boring and then I remembered!

A few months ago, when the new doctor for doctor who was chosen, I saw a picture posted on facebook or something similar and saw a half-naked Matt Smith with a book!

SO I decided that would be so much fun to make into an assignment and give people a hoot. I mean for those who are scared, you don’t see anything, just his naked arms but still, you can imagine what would be there!

I then decided on a made up quote that alluded not only to Matt Smith being half-naked but to his old role as “the Doctor” from Doctor Who.

Let me know what you guys think!

Also, I’m not that big of a Doctor Who fan but I have seen a few episodes, so please don’t try to fan out with me about the show, cause I can’t sorry!


Here’s Matt!

Matt Smith Reading


So to make this, I just searched for the picture, copied and pasted it onto Paint. Then I just used Text to add the words, and there we go! A pretty simple assignment!

How to add tex

Fail at Photoshop

Okay so I decided to do this Design Assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/paste-someones-head-on-an-animal-or-vice-versa/

For this one you have to put the picture of someone, famous or not, onto the body of an animal. I wanted to do this because I thought it would be really funny. But now that I did it, I think I might just do another one for a grade, not necessarily put on this one for a grade.

It was pretty easy to do, there was even a tutorial.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lje80YBu1hk

But I got stuck on how to delete the background, again just like that stupid Hippie photo, and just have the face on the body. The tutorial only fully worked at this point if you have a MAC, which I do not. I have a Dell. SO while I did do this assignment, I don’t really like the results and am only sharing them because I already finished it.

So tell me what you guys think?



I followed the tutorial pretty well and it worked good until I reached the point for the background. So for those of you with a MAC, I would just continue with the tutorial but for those of you with a Dell and you figure it out, please let me know!

Step 1:

Open Powerpoint or Presentation

I have Powerpoint
I have Powerpoint

Step 2:

FInd your picture for the animal on Google or whatever search engine you use. I used Google.

My Search Engine
My Search Engine

Step 4:

Delete the Current Slide Info

Select and then just hit delete or cut
Select and then just hit delete or cut

Step 5:

Insert you picture of person

Go to Insert, click Picture, and then go to where you saved your pics and choose the one you want
Go to Insert, click Picture, and then go to where you saved your pics and choose the one you want

And Voila!

powerpoint insert bc
You have a pic!


Step 6:

Format Background

On my computer I right click on the background and the “format Background”option is the last option. For your computers it might be different but try to find it. The select the bubble for picture fill and chose your pic.

Powerpoint insert background


And Voila again!

Pic with Background
Pic with Background

Step 7:

Crop your picture of a face so you only have a head.

To do this select the picture of your person and find your crop section. Mine only shows up in format when I select the picture, but again it could be different.

Pic face cropped
Pic face cropped

Just crop it to the right size until your happy with it.

Step 8:

This is where your supposed to be able to remove the background on your face picture but I can’t figure out how so I just saved it at this point.

Step 9:

The saving IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP! Go to “Save As” like you would with any other document, but DO NOT save it as a Powerpoint! A powerpoint is not a picture and if you save this as a Powerpoint and then try to upload it anywhere as a Picture, it will not work.

But this is an easy fix.

When you hit “Save As”, go down to “Save as File Type” and select JEPG File Interchange format, this will change your file from a powerpoint to an actual picture. That way you can upload it and get credit for it.

My Work:

So I know I did all this work and I might not even use this project for a Design Assignment, but I just wanted to let others know what I did and How I did it in case anyone else decided to do this assignment.

If  anyone knows how to get rid of the background on a face picture on a Dell, please let me know!

I actually did two of these type of pictures because I tried to see if I could have a better result but I don’t know about either of them.

The people I chose for the faces were Benedict Cumberbatch, because he is an amazing actor and I am a fan (but not a crazy one, though I did just put his face on an Otter…), I also chose James D’arcy because I don’t think a lot of people know about him. I think he is a great actor and highly unappreciated! Madonna even chose him to be the male lead in her movie W.E!

For Benedict Cumberbatch, I chose to put his face on an otter because it’s a running joke that he looks like an Otter in some of his roles and poses. I thought it would be cute and funny to join in on it; I just love people’s reactions to it, I don’t actually think he does look like an Otter.

For James D’racy, I chose the Raven because he reminds me a bit of the personality of a Raven. They both seem to be very regal and calm creatures. They are sort of in the shadows and people don’t usually notice them, but when they do they can’t help but appreciate the majestic of the moment.

BC as an Otter!
BC as an Otter!
JD as a Raven!
JD as a Raven!

Assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/paste-someones-head-on-an-animal-or-vice-versa/