What are the elements of design and why are they important?
The elements of design are space, balance, color, texture, pattern, scale/proportion, line, and form. Space is the width, length, and height that defines boundaries. Balance creates a states of equilibrium. Furniture, color, and accessories can help achieve balance. The saturation of color impacts emotion and the value of color impacts size. Texture impacts style and mood through smooth or rough surfaces. Pattern sets the style of the space. Scale is the relationship to space and proportion is the relationship to object. Lines connect elements and creates direction. Form impacts style and mood by creating dimension.
What kind of standard paperwork would a Production Designer need to use during pre-production or production and why?
A key factor during pre-production and even during production is budget and it is very important to pay attention to. Sometimes a Production Designer is provided with a petty cash form by the Producer. Filling out a petty cash form is a great way to track budget. Receipts can be kept safe by attaching them to this form or keeping them in a designated folder. You do not necessarily have to use a petty cash form, but the Production Designer needs to create the best way to track money with his or her team. Budget can be tracked on a Google Docs spread sheet instead, for example, in which information is organized in a way that is easy to access and update by the team. At the end of production, the Producer may ask to collect this paperwork.
How do I hide or conceal parts of my image without permanently erasing the areas?
You can hide parts of your image without erasing the areas by adding a layer mask. Do this by clicking the "Layer" tab on the top menu bar, then scroll over "Layer Mask" and click "Reveal All." Switch to the paintbrush tool and choose your brush size. Then you can simply paint out the areas you want concealed. To bring them back, switch the paintbrush color to white and paint back the areas you had previously concealed.