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An Introduction to Mood Boards

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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5 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Researching Mood

    • 3. How To Pick Your Colors

    • 4. Creating a Board Layout

    • 5. Working with Text 4

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About This Class

Hi Everyone!

This class is for people who are looking to start a design collection or a even a new brand or company. Mood Boards are the first phase in creating your vision. I will be showing you the steps to take when creating a mood board. If you want to create a design collection or just a design piece, you need inspiration and you will need a mood board. In this class, we will create mood board based on a fashion trend forecasting board. 

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Here are the Keyboard Shortcuts to know :

To resize an image - Shift  +  Left Click of Mouse  +   Drag to Transform

To group layers -  Ctrl +  E

We will be using the Adobe Design Software, Photoshop. You can download a trial version from Adobe. You do not need to be experienced in Photoshop. Beginners are welcome. If you are going to be starting a design collection or brand based on design, Photoshop is a worthy software to get. 

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: Hello, Welcome to an introduction to move importance. This class is for anyone who's about to start a design collection, or who wants to create a design piece, or even starts a brand because of the very first blog that you need before you start a project is a moodboard. I am going to show you how you can create an easy moodboard using Photoshop. You don't need to be an experienced user of the software. This class is perfect for absolute beginners. I'm going to show you how you can research your media, your images for your moodboard, how to research your color palettes. And then we're going to bring it altogether into a mood boards and create a title using texts and special effects. So all you need for this class is Photoshop. And you can get a child version or you can get a free version for mobile devices. So guys, let's get started. 2. Researching Mood : See you on a first open Google and type in trend senses or transcend This is a free website that gives you a trend forecasting for all the seasons now present and future. So you will see a collection of trend boards and some even say 2020 to summer of 2021. So it's just their predictions for what will be in style or in the trends for the coming seasons. So you can just go through the boards and you can select one that you feel would work with your brand or would work with your collection. Pick a board that you feel connection to like a trend that you can get behind, sort of a trend that you feel will inspire you to create your collection or your pieces. So I'm just going through and I think I'm going to pick prairie garden because every single season, no matter what's here, florals are always in, there, always in. So I'm going to pick this trend board. And I'm going to use this as my foundation to build on my Moodboard. So the first thing you wanna do is you want to like, you want to look at Chichen boards. And as you look at the images, certain words will pop into your mind. So let those words and phrases freely flow into your mind. That is how you start to construct a mood and an idea. So when I look at this, I think wild garden. I also think floral embroidery. And I also think the obvious, which is prairie fashion. So these are my key words or key phrases so to speak. Remembered them or write them down and keep them in mind. And then go to Pinterest or Tumblr, whichever works for you. And I'm gonna go to Pinterest and I'm going to type in some of these key phrases. So the first one was wild garden. And then you get this beautiful collection of Wild Gardens. I'm going to go through it and I'm going to pick the images that I like. So when you're working with your trend boards, you're not trying to create another version of that trend boards, not at all. You using that trend board as a source of inspiration so that you make sure that you create pieces that are in line with what the markets will be, what the markets will be. So you want to design them that's not updated. You want to design something that is in fashion or will be in fashion so to speak. So you're just using it as you're launching board and inspiration. And then you interpreted how you see it. So. You're not going to do the exact same thing. You're gonna do your own reference, your own version. You know how, how do you picture a prairie garden? And for me, I'm going to lean more towards the wild garden aspect of it rather than the prayer regards and offered. So I'm gonna go with what I feel would work. What I feel with inspired me, I guess, is a better way of saying, because this is about creating a mood. So I'm collecting my images. And the next one that we had was flower important Sri. Now pay attention to this when you are searching on Pinterest. So here I've typed in flow embroidery, but look at what I get Jane Austen versions of important DRI, This is not what I want, This is not what I've envisioned. So you have to pay attention to how you phrase your searches. So I'm going to add mature to the end. I get exactly what I envisioned it. Exactly. So just pay attention to that. So I'm envisioning something that has florals that embroidered or abdicate something. Lights are delicate with shape and form. I think of her dirty, That's a key word that pops into my mind as a brand. And also Sally Benson is another design of the pops into my head. Some on Russia's, I'm also going to look into those brands. So just let your mind, just let inspiration just take over whatever words come to mind. Just go with it, go with that idea and just run with it and you'll get so inspired. And that's the great thing about Pinterest is that it gives you so many versions of just one image. Like this is also very beautiful image. It has the garden as the florals because I'm going for, so take your time and most importantly, have fun. So now we're going to search for Prairie fashion and let's see what we get. And then I'm just going to scroll down and I'm going to pick the images that I feel connects with me. So when you're selecting your images, you want to keep in mind the colored tones off the images because that will affect the overall board. Slim me, try systole Bunsen. This is another designer that does have sort of inspired shapes. So when you click on the images and pen stress and times will take you to a blog. And on this blog, I found some really beautiful images. And I've come across his blog before. Cool chic style, So if you're looking for some inspiration, you should definitely check this blackouts. And now let's move over to Tumblr. So the difference between Tumblr and Pinterest is that Pinterests will give you different versions and images that are connected to the image that you're searching for a. Whereas with Tumblr, it's more fun array like a diversity. When you type in a specific topic, I should say, because he gets gifts, he get videos, you get selfies, he gets so many versions. Even get some period pictures from history bugs. So it's a really great creative source. 3. How To Pick Your Colors : Now let's move on to colors and the best reference to use these colors as pan tone because they literally show you which are the top colors of the season from different cities, from different fashion weeks. So it's the best reference for designers. So over here we have the top colors for spring, summer 2021. So this was based on all the fashion weeks. And then for awesome, they've only done so far, London and New York. So I'm just going to select New York. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to check for the spring summer colors and the autumn summer colors. I'm going to see if the same color pops up and both. Because if it does, then that means that it was a strong color and it's ran through the year, so it's Mitch, just go over to the next season. So when I create a color palette that works for me and my collection and or for my products. So this fuchsia for door is in the opsin and this is similar, deep pink also for spring, summer. And then for the eliminating yellow one. I think I saw a yellow, yes, there's a yellow two only in one group. And then a could not see the dark brown or the deep blue that does not pop up in both. Some just checking and seeing which colors are in both groups. And I have an idea of what I want to do, which colors I want to work with. So I think I'm going to go with iced mango, blush beauty and something like a pink tone, maybe little piglets. It's a very interesting name. So this is how I create my swatches for my mood board. I type in the Pantone color. I don't get the swatches from Panopto and a type them in. And then if you look at Google's search and the images, it's this version, this version of swatch is what I use on my mood. What I really loved the layout with the white box outlined, it looks really nice. So that is what I'm going to select and that is what I am going to place. And my mood boards. And then it'll piglets. And for little piglet, if you go to Pinterest, because these swatches are easily found on Pinterest. If you go just below, you get so many more pinks. They're in the same group as little piglets. So I'm going to pick rose water. Yes. Instead of little pig vote's going to use that term. So now let us look. Let's go back to Prairie fashion so I can explain further what I was talking about. Color tones. So when you're picking your picture, you can see that the different colored tones, some are more called SEM image warmer. For example, this image, this image has a soft glow to it. So when you create, if you choose this image, that means that your moodboard now has to have the same color to it. It has to have the same softness and the same glow through out or else this image will stand out. And it will seem like the source for the whole collection if that is what she wanted them, that is what you can do. So just keep in mind to make sure that you mood board has the same color tones. 4. Creating a Board Layout : I've brought in my images and I have placed them in four different folders. Garden colors for the Pantone swatches, fashion and mood, just to help me be able to sort them out and nowhere each image is. I'm using an A4 paper size. And now I'm just going to try and figure out a general layout for my mood boards. So in Photoshop, this is the place where you can just sort of explore your creativity, play around with the layout and pick a layout that's clearly represents all the features of the wound. So in Photoshop, even if you are a new user, you really don't need to know how to use all of the tools. We're now going to be using all of the tools for a mood board. When you are creating a mood board, you really need to know just a few of them. So all of these tools don't worry yourself too much about it. Which you need to know is how to use this move to. That's the first one. Right here. You select your layer and then you can easily move it. Another way is if you select this little box over here. And then whatever you click on moves instead of having to select the layer. So there's two ways of moving the images. I prefer moving, selecting through selecting the layers. And then you have the second, the marquee tool that is first selecting certain areas. You have a rectangle and a circular one. Because the two most important ones that you need to know how to use, C if you select that, I mean, you just click and drag across the area that you want to remove, make sure you select the right layer and then deletes. Really simple. I feel like the pink is not blending and not is it not blending with the background image is just not blending with everything. I need everything to come together and just go well together. My gut is telling me to change the color. So I'm going to change the Pantone swatch so that it goes well with the other two goes well with the ice to mango and the blush beauty. And when I look at the trend boards, and I'm really liking that blue. So I'm going to look up my Pantone colors and try and find a balloon that's similar to the one of the trend board to use as a reference. So this one will have to work. So I'm going to type in Pantone carnival glass. And then I get more blues that are in the same group. And I like the Sp1 Beach Glass. Yes, definitely. So I'm gonna go with this blue. Let's close it to the one that the trend board, and I believe it's gone to go well with the rest of the board. Some going to bring that into Photoshop. Move it to the color folder, removed the pink. And then I'm going to change the background image back to what I had earlier. Now for this image over here on the right corner, the top right corner, it does stick out for me in regards to the lighting, so I want to fix that and I'm going to show you how you can do that. I want to fix first using the brightness and always turn it into a clipping mask so that it only affects that layer if you don't. In effect skull all all the layers that are below that one. So I just want to affect, I just want to change that specific layer. And I've changed my brightness a middle, a bit brighter, and also increase the contrast. And the one to add a little bit of shadow right back. So it doesn't look flat. And then for these bright areas that can be fixed by exposure, exposure is to be used when you try to fix the lighting, when you have those really bright areas caused by the lights, by the natural lights. So I've just decrease the exposure over here for these really bright areas. And then you can see the difference. Yeah, You see the difference. Much better. 5. Working with Text 4: I'm going to flatten the layers. So you click Control and E or Control E and then it flattens all the layers together. I'm going to duplicate because I want to make changes to the shadows. So go into Camera Raw Filter, which is similar to light True. And I'm going to lighten the shadows in the picture. And when increase where it says shadows to make it brighter. And there it looks so much better now it blends with the mood board. And then I want to change the brightness in the Valentino image. I'm going to make a darker, just a little bit darker. So I just wanted to all of the images to look like they belong together to have similar lighting, similar brightness. So that not one image just stands out more than the other. And then I just want to make those shadows brighter again. So I just click Camera Raw Filter. Instead of going back in, I just click up the top and it'll still be there, the setting will still be there. Okay, looks much better. I like how everything is looking. Now I am going to just fix the Valentino image. I'm going to make it slightly larger so that I can close that gap at the bottom. And then I went to clip the side. Okay, now we're gonna do our title using the shape tool. You select Rectangle tool. You just click and drag. And then you have a shape. And I'm going to change the opacity to 50 percent. And then I'm going to click on the teeth of the text tool. And I'm going to type in my title and I'm thinking garden fairies is a pretty good title for this mood board. So I'm just resizing my text. And then I'll change the color to a dark gray. So the texts that I have, the font that currently have is Playfair display. I want to make the box just a little bit darker by changing the paced city to 60 percent. And I'm going to make the text dark color. And I'm just going to see if the other alternatives to that text that I can use. I definitely want to use a serif for the title. So I'm just going to go through a few and see if there's anything better than Playfair. I'm gonna go with the Vulcan actually. So my font is Vulcan and I have centered the text so that it is in the center of the background, white rectangle box. And now I'm just going to use this time to fix the images to make sure that their outline, to make sure everything is on the same level, just fixing it all up. And then I save the image as a JPEG. And then this is the mood boards. So this is our fashion moodboard, a very simple mood board that you can create based on a trend boards. You can use this to help inspire you with your collection or what your pieces being q for taking part in this class. And for the next class we are going to be doing a branding mood boards. I'll see you in the next class and thank you again guys.