The first project forĀ 2D Graphics | Creator: K


This particular project was truly interesting. I found that the utilization of three essential, varied Adobe software applications provided me with a plethora of information/knowledge pertinent to the universe of two-dimensional graphical design. I acquired many industry-standard skills after the completion of this project.


  • The easy aspects:

1. Utilizing the magnetic lasso tool.

2. Creating a layer mask.

3. Color adjustments.


  • TheĀ challenging aspects:Ā 

1. Using the brush/refine edge tool after a mask.

2. Establishing a vector mask.

3. Creating letters from “Smart Objects”/shapes/vectors.


  • What IĀ learned:

1. How to create a realistically designed photograph.

2. The manner in which an animation must be created (in Adobe After Effects).

3. The functions/tools of various Adobe programs.


  • How it could beĀ improved:

1. The shape/logo aspect of the animation could haveĀ faded out in a better manner.

2. The design itself could have been busier.

3. I could have added various adjustment layers to further enhance the design.


  • Application of knowledge for future assignments:

1. I shall be able to enhance projects more creatively.

2. I will be able to create seamlessly integrable designs.

3. My knowledge of in-application/-program tools shall be utilized in a more efficient, qualitative, and quantitative manner.


  • Inspiration:

1. My home country, culture, and personal roots.

2. A nationally acclaimed singer of Bulgaria:Ā VeselinĀ Marinov.

3. My love for music, natural imagery, and the beauty of life itself.


The fourth project forĀ 2D Graphics |Ā Creator: K


The fourth and final project for the semester was remarkably fascinating. I thoroughly took pleasure in its creation.Ā My style of digital illustration and design are notably evident in this particular piece. The marked complexity of each specific element of the map itself enhances the aesthetics in a seemingly infinite manner. Meticulous care integrated into each specific artifact permits my hometown of Pleven, Bulgaria to be represented in a detailed, characteristically pleasing style, and for its defining characteristics to genuinely, visually manifest to the eyes of the beholder. All of the individual aspects coagulated precisely and cohesively, from its landmark buildings to its striking scenery. Illustrator’s intrinsic, extensive variety of tools of virtually infinite capability permitted for theĀ formulation of a definitive piece of artwork and, ultimately,Ā cartograph.


  • The easy aspects:

1. Deciding which images would be utilized within my project.

2. Creating basic shapes and layers to outline the basis of the map.

3. Defining the artboards as a canvas for the symbols.


  • TheĀ challenging aspects:Ā 

1. Marking the precise locations of each area, building, and landmark (all symbols, generally), as well as determining the scale in pertinence to the aforementioned.

2. Properly establishing and labeling all essential and significant roads.

3. Accurately visualizing and subsequently drawing the symbology for each location.


  • What IĀ learned:

1. How to fashion increasingly complex and intricate symbols and drawings with the Pen tool.

2. The ideations involving storing symbols (creating a link to them, per se) and swatches in a digital library for future usage, utilizing textures, fills, and strokes, grouping and expanding objects, and so forth.

3. The methodology or process of production of a unique, perceivably understandable, and creative yet professional cartograph.


  • How it could beĀ improved:

1. Varying colors, fonts, and text sizes could have been implemented.

2. A background of elevated contrast may have been applied.

3. An equidistant spacing between objects, as well as a prevention of the former’s overlap would be capable of improving the quality of the project itself.


  • Application of knowledge for future assignments:

1. I shall possess the newfound ability to develop distinctly multiplex icons pertaining to actually existing aspects of life.

2. I will henceforth discern the schema pertinent to the approach of a cumulative, multifacetedĀ visual project such as this.

3. I will fully understand and subsequently actualize the methods utilized in creating the map in an effective and exacting mode.


  • Inspiration:

1. My affinity for my personal culture, ethnicity, and heritage.

2. The plethora of intriguing, well-designed, and architecturally innovative locales present in my city.

3. And, of course, my very birthplaceĀ as well as theĀ locus of the genesisĀ of my life story: Pleven, Bulgaria.

Package Design


The third project forĀ 2D Graphics |Ā Creator: K


I found the third project for 2D Graphics to be truly enlightening in terms of designing the aesthetics of a purchasable product commonplace in many global market stores. This particular product, to be precise, is a milk carton. At its mere foundation, it may appear simple. However, there is a proper methodology and a variety of prior knowledge one must utilize and properly implement in its cumulative creation. Ideally, it must be a product that is pleasing to the eye and that, theoretically, draws attention to a consumer seeking to, quite possibly, purchase a dairy product (this specific milk carton presented above, in specificity)–that is, if it were to be sold in stores. Truly extensive, well-developed knowledge pertinent to Adobe Illustrator, and even some aspects of Photoshop must be taken into consideration to fabricate a seamless final product.


  • The easy aspects:

1. Drawing basic shapes and pasting images.

2. Utilizing the eyedropper and text tools.

3. Adding new layers and organizing them accordingly.


  • TheĀ challenging aspects:Ā 

1. Creating proper outlines and seamless curves with the Pen tool.

2. Re-tracing/re-creating the Byrne Dairy logo.

3. Ensuring that all (Pen-based) drawings are correctly designed/of proper quality and that all aforementioned drawings, as well as pertinent images, fit onto the actual carton’s digital template for future printing (and digitized) purposes.


  • What IĀ learned:

1. How to fashion elegant and sophisticated designs foundationally with the Pen tool.

2. How to package and construct a milk carton physically utilizing a pre-established template.

3.Ā The complicated processes involved in producing a commodity that may seem truly straightforward at its surface, as well as the amount of effort involved.


  • How it could beĀ improved:

1. The actual drawings themselves could have been perfected (different strokes, colors, et cetera).

2. A variety of different text could have been added to the final product itself.

3. The physical version of the milk carton could have been taped a tad more precisely.


  • Application of knowledge for future assignments:

1. I will understand how to professionally create logos and more complex designs with the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator.

2. I shall know how to print a physical copy of a previously created digital design correctly, proportionally, & effectively.

3. A more advanced, extensive implementation of the various tools and functions in the primary program utilized in the creation of this milk carton will occur.


  • Inspiration:

1. Europe, the United States of America, and one of the primary countries of focus of this particular project–which also happens to the country from which I originate–Bulgaria.

2. Well-designed and curated marketplace products (in this particular instance, milk cartons).

3. The beauty of nature in digital form, as well as my fondness for creations that are cumulative, and require effort from more than one country (such as ones that are “produced” in one location, and distributed in another; in this case, America and Bulgaria, Europe).

Image Retouching & Optimization

Print Catalog

The second project forĀ 2D Graphics |Ā Creator: K


This was a nostalgic and vibrant project, all-around. The images that I utilized in this particular project are ones pertaining to my family, as well as my home country, Bulgaria (in Europe). The scannable pictures will be from past photo books, and the photographed images will be from various locations around the Canisius campus itself, especially particular areas that are reminiscent of my country in any given way, shape, or form (in a nature-, material-, or information-based manner).


  • The easy aspects:

1. Cropping the actual image in Adobe PhotoShop.

2. Placing the image into an Adobe InDesign document (utilizing shortcut keys or the “place” command).

3. Saving each cumulative document/file in conjunction with its proper, coordinating extension/file format (that is, understanding that an .indd/InDesign file must be saved as a .pdf for the final project submission, as well as, in direct regards to the other files, images must be saved as .png files after alterations have been made on said files).


  • TheĀ challenging aspects:Ā 

1. Understanding how to properly modify an image in regards to its adjustments: that is, altering the levels, curves, saturation, hue, and other pertinent elements contributing to the creation of a well-designed final image.

2. Realizing how an image must be edited in order for it to resemble the original image as close as possible (specificity).

3. Utilizing the various tools each program has to offer (PhotoShop, InDesign), and becoming accustomed to said program tools/features.


  • What IĀ learned:

1. How to edit and adjust images accordingly.

2. How to implement the features in each individualized program in a more efficient and productive manner (cropping, balancing, etc.).

3. Various keyboard shortcuts permitting me to establish progress in regards to the project in a faster manner (in the form of image editing, placing, and so forth).


  • How it could beĀ improved:

1. The edited/photo-book images could have been altered even more so that they match the original pictures more closely (id est, a varied plethora of edits could have been made to those scanned photo-book images so that they resemble the originals even more closely, in specific detail).

2. Certain live photos could have been more expansive in detail; that is, the photos could or should have been shot at angles that better reflect the scene/area itself.

3. The thumbnails of certain images for the Web site could have been cropped in a more precise manner, thus, exposing more detail or focusing on more noticeable elements.


  • Application of knowledge for future assignments:

1. I shall know how to better improve/retouch images (edit their balance, levels, saturation, hue, and so forth).

2. I will be familiar with utilizing InDesign and PhotoShop’s various features, such as placing objects, transforming images, changing the render quality of said images, and exporting to a PDF after the document is edited accordingly, to specifications.

3. I will possess the knowledge of how to utilize a scanner and scan images at a proper DPI for inputting into a digital print catalog and for further in-program/digital editing.


  • Inspiration:

1. My home country, Bulgaria.

2. My family.

3. The Canisius College campus.