Reimagining Boston with Photoshop to create Olympic city
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Published on January 22, 2015
The images and documents that were used in Boston’s Olympic bid share a fantastic vision for reimagining different parts of Boston. Photoshop plays a key role in helping to share the vision to bring the Olympics to Boston, with images showcasing not-yet-built sports venues integrated with actual images of the city skyline.
Some of the more notable Photoshop composites for Boston’s Olympic bid are of the main Olympic stadium, which has been proposed for just south of the city. The area known as Widett Circle is located adjacent to the main North – South highway that goes through Boston, and is currently a railroad yard, empty space, and a number of industrial buildings. When looking at the Photoshop composite commissioned by the group looking to bring the Olympics to Boston, the area has been completely transformed.
Through skilled use of layers, retouching, and compositing, an artist has merged together a proposed building with an existing aerial perspective of the Boston skyline using Photoshop. The size and scale of the proposed building make this noteworthy although it is one of many images created using Photoshop to help Boston win the Olympic Games in 2024.
Boston has already taken the first step in this process, having won the U.S. Olympic Committee’s backing as the only city that the United States will put forward as a possible host for the Olympics to be hosted in 2024. Despite their great Photoshop work, Boston doesn’t have a lock on winning the opportunity to host the games. Other international cities will also be submitting bids, which may include cities such as Paris and Rome hoping to bring the Olympics to their cities. Their final submissions may include equally impressive Photoshop work, as they seek to impress the international committee that will be deciding the location for the 2024 games. Regardless of which city gets the games, impressive Photoshop skills will likely be the winner in helping the winning location to get the privilege of hosting the 2024 Olympics. If you want to take your Photoshop skills to the gold medal level, consider the wide range of options for learning Photoshop including courses, seminars, and workshops offered at American Graphics Institute, including Photoshop courses in Boston led by authors of many best-selling books who are highly experienced instructors.
A number of additional images using Photoshop to reimagine Boston, along with other renderings created using additional artistic tools are displayed below. All images are courtesy of Boston 2024.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.