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E-Portfolio: A Fashion Approach

BY: Dipti Ahuja | Category: Education | Submitted: 2013-09-26 04:44:21
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Article Summary: "This article talks about the utility of an E-Portfolio and give a direction to develop a Fashion Electronic Portfolio in the correct manner..."

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We are into the Multimedia world of Facebook and Twitter, where electronic portfolio is a more formal setting, where one can apply knowledge of how the web works to convey the desired message. Using electronic portfolios in the correct fashion is an important task which should be understood well by the user. Many universities and schools are currently working to make sure that students are gaining experience with electronic portfolios so that students are able to use web to the best of their ability. Universities such as Loyola University offer e-portfolio courses as a way to share learning and resources with fellow students and community partners in a public format.

An efficient role of e-portfolios is to assess National Vocational Qualifications [NVQ]. A number of providers enable candidates to build portfolios which can be accessed by nominated assessors and verifiers from any internet access point. Digital portfolios enhance your chances of being qualified for employment. Your work will be reviewed by many people and that in itself increases your chance for employment since it is a free advertisement of your work thereby increasing the likelihood of you being hired. Also, you will not be segregated being a fresher or being located in a different geography.

More recently the use of virtual learning environments in schools and universities has led to an increased activity in the creation of e-portfolios for a variety of reasons. Technology skills are vital to success in almost every profession. When you use the latest web-based tools to showcase your professional skills, abilities, and samples of your work, you will get noticed. There are numerous online sites like Portfolio Pen that help you create a professional looking portfolio in minutes without any HTML or programming. They do not limit your creativity, enable you to personalize the overall look of your online portfolio, translate into your language and use your own domain.

Scanning of sketches may not capture the beauty of the drawing as you may need to edit the scan to adjust the colors or erase dust spots. This requires you to master skills in an image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. For this primarily the scanned images should be saved with the appropriate Resolution and correct file type. Scan your sketch with setting at 300 DPI in the right format by checking the software settings before saving. JPEG is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices. It supports a maximum image size of 65535x65535. On the other hand, JPEG in some cases may not be as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels can cause noticeable artifacts. Such images may be better saved in a lossless graphics format such as TIFF and GIF.

As your skills increase, keep updating your portfolio. A fashion student can keep a closer view to the current trend in the market. A fashion portfolio should reflect the variety of skills such as construction philosophy, creativeness, aesthetic appeal, technical soundness, and technological awareness. The content of your professional portfolio should reflect the skills you have mastered in until now i.e. recognize your key areas to be highlighted and correlate with your area of study or the kind of the employer.

Most importantly one should be highly selective and only include your very best examples in your professional portfolio. Do not add any supplemental information to your e-portfolio and stay away from animation or sounds because they can come across as unprofessional. Regardless of your strengths in Illustrating, rendering, designing, 2D or 3D skills, what makes a difference is your Ultimate Portfolio. It is your Designer message presented in a strong illustrated package and your work speaks for you.

About Author / Additional Info:
I am an Assistant Professor in Amity University and my specialization is in Computer Application in Fashion Industry, i.e. master skills in design softwares like Coreldraw, Adobe Photoshop,Adobe Illustrator and Fashion Studio.

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Excellent article on E-Portfolio: A Fashion Approach by an insightful professor. Anuja 2013-09-30 05:51:00 1947
Very informative article.. Keep posting.. Devi Chenthil 2013-09-30 11:43:42 1948

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