Need motivation?

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I originally saw this assignment about making a motivational poster and instantly thought of the “demotivational posters” I grew up with. That was my inspiration for the most part, but obviously I wanted to make it motivational, not the other way around. Then, a brilliant idea nailed it’s way into my head. (Get it- just like the demotivational poster on the side? I’m hilarious)

I thought to myself, “Lets get a wonderful photo of the 80’s as the main piece in this photo. There’s so many good photos from then.” I’m a genius, I know. It also goes with the theme of the semester.


My first task was to find the perfect picture. Well, that step was quick and easy. Meet Jared, or at least that’s what I call him. That wonderful shirt, stance, background, and hairdo just says it all. He is stylish. He is sassy. He is perfect, and just what I needed!

But how would I make this picture motivational? Well… that hairstyle might’ve been cool back in the 80’s, but that’s not the case anymore. So as much as Jared rocks that hairdo, I’m going to have to drag him through the dirt for just a second.

I completed this assignment through GIMP 2.10.12. I didn’t have any Photoshop-related software before I found GIMP. Since I was mostly manipulating photos and not changing them, I thought this would be the best option. It was also free, which was perfect. I added the black background, the white box for Jared’s picture to be on, and the text underneath his picture. Then, voilĂ ! I completed my motivational poster, inspired by the demotivational posters online.

I apologize to Jared and his hairstyle, but it had to be done. The motivation must be given.

Description: “Find an image and design a Motivational Poster for that situation. It should include advice or a favorite quote. Feel free to get creative or make it sarcastic.” 

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