One thing I have noticed about my “process” is that when I have a clean desk I seem to plan my pages more carefully. When my desk is a mess I just sort of grab whatever is visible. I haven’t decided yet what method works best for me lol- it just kind of depends on how I feel.
Here’s how the “24” layout came together . . .
After selecting 3 photos that were taken in a progression, I took one of the photos into Photoshop so I could adjust the Levels, Curves, Color Balance, etc. I recorded all of my steps using Actions so I could easily apply the effects to the other two photos. After I was satisfied with the result, I brought my other two photos into Photoshop and applied the same steps using the Action I had just created. I wanted the saturation to be different on all three photos, so for one I left the saturation the same, for another I decreased the saturation by 50% and on the third I completely desaturated it. Next, I cropped each photo to about 2.5 x 2.5″.
Next, I used Illustrator to create my circles for the list items. I used the Shape Tool to create 1″ circles and the Area Type Tool to type inside the circles. I originally selected 1″ for the circles because I knew I would be able to easily cut them out using my only circle punch. I am happy that it was a good size for the layout too :)
After cutting down my photos to 2.5 x 2.5″ I moved them around the page until everything looked right. I try not to tape/glue anything down until it’s necessary. I like to move all of my main elements around until I’m happy with how they are laid out. Even then I sometimes peal things up and glue them down in other areas.