Robot Aviation is a company headquartered in Norway and the U.S. that manufactures Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for industrial purposes. I was hired to do some small graphic design tasks for Robot Aviation.
The client requested me to digitally manipulate a photograph of one of Robot Aviation’s drones, which I achieved through Adobe Photoshop. Specifically I was to:
- Remove the “eSmart Systems” decal.
- Replace the “SkyRobot RX80” decal with “SkyRobot RX55.”
- Move the Robot Aviation logo decal slightly rightward to the middle of that panel on the drone.
In each instance of erasing, replacing, and repositioning the decals, I used Photoshop’s content-aware fill function over the original decal, which automatically fills in a selected area with the surrounding colors and textures—in this case, the drone’s reflective metal chassis. Content-aware fill doesn’t always have a perfect result, however, so sometimes I also needed to manually use Photoshop’s Patch tool to achieve a realistic look.
For replacing the decal of the SkyRobot RX80 logo, we didn’t have the font that the original logo used, but the client provided me an image of a logo for another SkyRobot model, the RX50, which used a different typeface. The model of the drone in this photograph, though, is actually supposed to be RX55 (not RX50), so I had to edit the zero in the RX50 logo image to a five before placing it in the photo.
The decal of the Robot Aviation logo was meant to be moved to another position, but technically I erased the logo entirely from the photo and then superimposed a separate copy of the logo in the new position. For both the RX55 and Robot Aviation logo decals, I used Photoshop’s opacity blending settings to create the realistic effect of appearing to being part of the drone’s shiny metallic surface.
The client also requested me to make double-sided business cards for a few Robot Aviation staff people, with the contact info on the front side and the company’s logo alone on the back.