Project 4 – Montage – I Teach Piano


  • Description: The project in question is a montage, in which the assignment was to learn to use Photoshop masks, color levels, and some more advanced tools within the program. My final draft is an advertisement for piano lessons.
  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I Google searched for some specific images, looking for some inspiration before planning out the project. I had a vague idea that I wanted to make a musically-based project that reflected how musicians have to use the whole brain in creating their art.
    After finding the background image (the girl on the piano staircase), I started to free-draw and sketch out an idea of what I wanted for the layout. The final draft is very close to what I sketched.
    All the images used had filters and colorization applied to them to achieve the desired color scheme. The text also had a stroke effect applied to aid in legibility.
    The masking tool was used to achieve the blending of the 3 images, making the staircase come down to the front, rather than hiding behind the images to the sides.
  • Message: The intended message is that learning to create music is a rich, gratifying ascent, in which we develop and apply both creativity and logic.
  • Audience: The intended audience is not experienced pianists. They might find the design a little idealistic. The intended audience is one of the many, many young college students I meet who say they wish they could start to learn piano, having never learned before. They don’t have any idea of what they’re getting into, really, and the poster hopefully could encourage them to start, getting a basic idea of what is entailed. The color scheme is meant to excite and encourage, hopefully motivating some students to give piano a try.
  • Top Thing Learned: The importance of making sure the resolution on any original image is sufficient for the size of the final project; stretching photos very rarely can work, if ever.
  • Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: I used the Photoshop Oil Painting smart filter on the image of the girl on the piano staircase and the green, plant-overrun piano fountain, which helped them blend together. I altered the color balance on the sheet music texture to make it orange instead of brown, on the girl on the staircase to make it purple instead of boring, and on the piano image to make it a deeper green. The text color is taken from the sheet music with the stroke taken from the sidewalk below, using the eyedropper.
  • Color scheme and color names: The color scheme is big-split complimentary, using green, red, orange, and purple. (The red is in the girl’s dress, and the bars on the top and bottom of the image.
  • Title Font Name & Category: “Piano Lessons” is written in Lush font, a script font found in Adobe Typekit.
  • Copy Font Name & Category: The copy is written in Nyala font, an Oldstyle Serif font found in Adobe Typekit.
  • Thumbnails of Images used:
    Right-Brain Piano 3 Left Brain Sheet Music 2 Right-Brain Piano
  • Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):
    Piano Staircase
    Piano Fountain

6 thoughts on “Project 4 – Montage – I Teach Piano

  1. The Use of the piano in all the picture really shows the message you want to send. The color scheme is great, because it really pops out the purple. I love the filters you used, because they weren’t over bearing and they give the project a feel of music. I love how you used musical theory in your text. Here is another great design

  2. I love variance you have in color it really makes it look like your advertising an adventure or something of that nature. I also like you blended the images together if I didn’t know we were supposed to blend these images I wouldn’t know that that is what you have done.Your spacing is also very good where you have the piano/stairs as showing us a good use of the rule of thirds. I think that the base clef in the bottom right hand corner is kinda of cool it’s like a stamp symbolizing music to pull your design together.

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