Apr 13, 2006

Students excelling in graphics design course

Source: Culpeper Star-Exponent
Written by Rhonda Simmons

Imagine Pablo Picasso using a computer program to design his masterpieces by transforming an old photo into a work of art.

At Culpeper County High School, graphic design students are already doing it – and doing it well enough to earn a free trip to Florida.

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals awarded Matt Godfrey and Chris Oliver, both 18-year-old seniors, full scholarships to attend the Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Miami Beach, Fla., March 22-24.

Thirty students were picked out of more than 50 college and high school applicants for the chance to learn state-of-the-art techniques from talented and creative instructors.

“We usually choose 25 students,” said Mary Laurinaitis, marketing manager at NAPP. “But since the last five were from Florida, we wanted to give our local students the opportunity to participate in this high-tech event.”

The three-day event allowed photographers, designers, artists, students, educators and Photoshop users to learn new methods and ways to manipulate objects by using the image-editing software.

Among the seminar’s numerous classes, the students attended “The Art of Photoshop,” in which Bert Monroy displayed a project that took him more than 2,000 hours to complete.

“Monroy started with a reference photo of a train station about 10 feet long,” said Godfrey, who has applied to study architecture at the University of Virginia. “Then he created an illustration in Photoshop just by painting it and using effects to give it depth so that it looks realistic, which was really cool.”

Editor’s Note: See the PSN Article Bert Monroy’s “Monster Painting”.

Godfrey and Oliver also attended a presentation by Scott Kelby, editor of Photoshop User Magazine, called “More Photoshop CS2 Down & Dirty Tricks.”

“He taught us quick ways to achieve cool effects for photographs and advertisements,” said Oliver, who has applied to George Mason to study graphic design.

Kelby instructed the students on how to change pictures by adding depth, backgrounds and reflections to create illusions.

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