Disclaimer: I don’t work for any studio or any monetizing organization. I’m currently getting married and happen to get deeply involved with my wedding album editing.

– Why don’t you hire a studio or some professional to do the wedding album for you? Why all the hard work? – Some may asked.

Well, I did.

The studio I hired did an amazing job in make-up, preparation, and photographing our visual fantasy. However, not at the editing part. Mostly because I’m a designer and I have a high taste of putting everything together. Given a clear concept in mind, I requested to support the editing department, which they gladly approved.

In return, I learned their process, put in my pocket some of the handful of tools for editing a wedding album. I would love to note down and share all the tools I learn here:

 

Step 1: Photography 

This is where we were going out with the makeup team and photography team.

Make-up artist did my makeup for every concept, and the photographer would fixing our posing and gestures for each shot. I love this team their professionalism.

It took us 1 full day for 6 concepts, starting from 11 am until 9 pm.

 

Step 2: Choosing the best shots

Tool: Well just pick the best ones for the final outcome.

 

Step 3: Beautify those shots

In this step, the studio’s designer used lightroom to apply their template preset in most pictures, while I used photoshop for higher expectation shots, especially in levitating ones.

Tool: Lightroom + Photoshop

 

Step 4: Putting everything together in album layout

Well, this stage offers new lessons for me. The studio in Vietnam uses a specialized tool for album layout, named Pixellu Smart Album 2. This one is extremely easy to use and fast to edit the layout. They have different available templates layout you just need to pick from.

One gigantic drawback is this tool is for layout only. If you want to add more cool texts or just a brief introduction, this tool is not available for the task. You have to do it on Photoshop in the next stage.

Tool: Pixelly Smart Album 2


Step 5: Add Text at last

After exporting every page for printing. I added more texts into the results by Photoshop.

I find this last step is old-fashioned however that all we have got. I wonder what big studio would do.

Tool: Photoshop

Step 6: Print 

At this stage, another print shop would handle the printing and other works relate to it.

When we receive the package we just extremely happy with our work.

Here are some of my result, please have a look

I freaked out before the heavy workload I am going to take… Well..

It took me 5 days to create and customize this portfolio website and hung it up online. It’s longer than I’m expected. I researched a few on the market, at the same time reaching out to the jewelry shop in Hanoi for future partnership.

How long will it be for the real project and the app development..!!? 🙁

I’ve done several kinds of research in UK market:

A. UK market: (Statista)

B. World Competitors:

  • CaratLane: CaratLaneVirtualTryOn (https://www.caratlane.com/virtual-try-on/)
  • QUYTECH: Virtual Jewelry Try-on Solution (https://www.quytech.com/augmented-reality-solutions/virtual-jewelry-try-on-solution.php)
  • LOLOGEM: Lologem’s Virtual Jewelry Try-on Service (https://medium.com/@hyprsense/lologems-virtual-jewelry-try-on-service-b339c17a3a4b)
  • Diamond hedge: https://www.diamondhedge.com/
  • Tryon Technology: Augmented Reality for Jewelry (https://tryon.jewelry/main?fbclid=IwAR3eWpBsZXfzE1SpIlrnWkVeKANuF_eehh-jMkPecQypIkjGo3bDYT0Uz9Q)

 

 

Unlike other students who started their work at early June, I started at late July because of my personal circumstance: I’m getting married while doing my personal project at the same time.

My pre-wedding day happened on 28 June and because of COVID situation and this new distraction, I completely went off the track for the whole month (June, I mean).

However, thank to this brand new experience, I came up with an amusing idea: RingOn – An AR app allows users to try jewellery on their hand.

The idea is cheerfully approved by my supervisor, he also commented that this brought great potential into the future.

Hello, this is my first blog post on this website.

Finally, I successfully hung this website up whilst busily preparing for my wedding day.  My most heavy goal in August is to complete my final major project for my master’s program at the University of Westminster, London.

I created this blog in order to share my journey on what I have learned through the Master Program in the UK, or what I am learning from personal interests. I am well aware what I am writing here is just a drop in the ocean, and I’m humbled to see how small I am.

But as elders say, just do it and it’s better early than late.

So well, hope you can support me on my crazily 30-day final major project.

Ps: I feel stressed already