New Job - well newish…

I have been a bit absent over the past month as I started a new Job in the beginning of August. Working as an ‘Interactive Designer’ for a superstore chain that was founded in my city nearly a century ago :)

It’s a pretty awesome gig that I was fortunate enough to get through a Creative Staffing Agency. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a few things here once they have gone public :)

I highly recommend using a Creative Staffing Agency to get a job. Took less then a month from when I first contacted them until when I was starting my first shift. Make sure you have a solid portfolio beforehand though!

Right now my job entails image editing for Ecomm, graphic design (for print and web), info design, and some web work (email newsletters). So I get to do all the things I love!

Photos by Shawn & Bonnie Ingersoll of Ingersoll Photography

Wish I could add more here, but alas if you click this link, you can see the entire blog post!

Last weekend we could be found at the EcoTrust in Downtown Portland, taking pictures of these two! Such an amazing venue, beautiful floral arrangements, and wonderful folk. So many awesome photographs but these are a few of our faves. Megan and Zack have such a fun personality and you can tell they are absolute best friends. So excited for them both!

Photo and Editing by Shawn Ingersoll

Per my previous post, I am working on showing my Photoshop skills through a series of before and after photos. This shot includes clipping the tshirt from the image and giving it a realistic appearance through the addition of the inside portion of the shirt that you see. I did a screen capture movie of the editing process so I may post it here when I have some time.

The Tshirt is by Wilder & Sons that I purchased from theclymb.com

Photos by Shawn Ingersoll

Before and After

I am in the process currently of pursuing an in-house or agency position in design or image retouching. Currently working with two creative staffing agencies in Portland, I am needing to create before and after imagery that showcases my editing ability.

This is 1 of 8 pieces I plan on putting together over the coming week. It is of myself. Used a Canon 6D, Natural Ambient Light, Lightroom 5, and Photoshop CS6. Processing included general image corrections, enhancements, sharpening, healing tool, shading by hand, and creating a uniform background.

Trickiest part was the background. Blurry edges and variations in background make for difficult editing. If I had some lighting equipment this might have been easier.

Photos by Ingersoll Photography of Portland

Just a little over a week ago we were invited to take some photographs of Betsy and JT in Downtown Portland. Starting at the Hotel deLuxe and ending at the West End Ballroom, where this good looking couple said ‘I Do’. While we are still editing their photos, we wanted to give you a sneak peek. Here are a few of our many favorites!

View more here

Design by Shawn Ingersoll

Spent some time on a concept app entitled ‘PORTLAND Get Outdoors’.

Promoting users to get outside and explore their city. Would provide a local comprehensive search for events, activities, and destinations, with descriptions and ratings. Using the super simple advanced search to quickly narrow down your search.

All graphical elements, icons, text, and images are by myself. Had a lot of fun with this. I have not yet found an event/activity styled app that is both functional and appealing. This is just two concept images. Will probably alter them a bit and maybe create a few more.

Icons by Shawn Ingersoll and released under CC BY-SA 3.0
JUNICONS BETA File Available at shawningersoll.com/studio in both the ‘About’ and ‘Graphic Design’ section (won’t let me add the download link here).
With a lot more icons to design and polish, I wanted to make available the work I have already accomplished. Mind you not all icons have been finalized and may differ from the final Suite Release. In the meantime feel free to use or modify them to your likely. Questions on how to use? Most questions are answered with an attached document but you can also contact me through shawningersoll.com/studio.
While I plan on having an .AI and .PDF version upon the initial release, a .PSD will have to do for now :)

Icons by Shawn Ingersoll and released under CC BY-SA 3.0

JUNICONS BETA File Available at shawningersoll.com/studio in both the ‘About’ and ‘Graphic Design’ section (won’t let me add the download link here).

With a lot more icons to design and polish, I wanted to make available the work I have already accomplished. Mind you not all icons have been finalized and may differ from the final Suite Release. In the meantime feel free to use or modify them to your likely. Questions on how to use? Most questions are answered with an attached document but you can also contact me through shawningersoll.com/studio.

While I plan on having an .AI and .PDF version upon the initial release, a .PSD will have to do for now :)

How-To Video by Shawn Ingersoll

As a designer, I am constantly looking for new tricks. In that search I discovered a super easy way to take existing pixel based graphics and turn them into awesome vector graphics in just a few minutes.

Enter Vector Magic - A sweet Mac App that “Converts images offline to EPS, SVG, PDF, AI, DXF and EMF. Works seamlessly with Illustrator, Corel, and others.”

This a great way to improve the quality of existing images. Have a degraded JPEG logo? Lost the originally vector based file? Open it in Photoshop, remove the background, save as a PNG (keeps background transparent). Open PNG in Vector Magic, go through the steps and save to Illustrator. You now have a vector based graphic with a transparent background!

The image used was pulled from a Google search and is only 275 x 400 pixels. Now as a vector based graphic there is no size restriction.

Some tricks seen in the video (I love shortcuts):

- Make sure that when you copy and paste the shape from Illustrator to Photoshop you choose the Shape selection. From there you can quickly change the color of the pasted shape by using ‘Command+Delete’ on your keyboard. This fills the shape with whatever the background color is.

- Color Range: Great way to select the pixels of a certain color in the file. Quicker than using the wand over and over while holding ‘shift’.

- ‘x’ switches the foreground with the background color. So if you use the eyedropper, ‘i’, tool just hit ‘x’ and it will put that selected color in the background for you to then use to fill the shape with the ‘Command+Delete’ shortcut.

Side Note: As shown in the video, small text is poorly reconstructed so if you can, create a text element. Can’t figure out what the font is? Use ‘WhatTheFont!

Music ‘Let Me In’ by Grouplove. Used Quicktime for Screen Capture and Final Cut to put Video together.

Get yourself a Double Mountain Vaporizer next time your at the store. Better yet, visit their Brewery in Hood River.

Any questions?

- Shawn