The 2014 NCAA tournament was anyone’s to win. To illustrate the competitive field and reflect the color and excitement of the tournament, I used a carnival ticket raffle metaphor.
This page was a Photoshop challenge: I started with a stock photo of yellow tickets, from which I removed the text and markings using the clone tool. Then I created a template ticket that featured a star player, school name and seed number. I placed each team’s ticket as a smart object that I morphed to fit the shape of the ticket on the stock photo. Background color was then added using a blend layer. It was an evolving puzzle to get the right balance of colors and the right teams in prominent places.