Graphic Design at Morristown High School

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Photoshop Tutorials: Using Layer Masks

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Everything, Resources, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photoshop Tutorials: Using Layer Masks

What are Layer Masks? Photoshop uses Layer masks and Illustrator to some extent uses clipping masks as a way to combine images with overlays, see-throughs, punch-outs and masks. A simple start from KreativeGarden.com Or this sample video from Chris Orwig’s series at Lynda.com, via YouTube Review selection techniques Basic Selections and Quick Select, by Russel Brown on AdobeTV, (best used with solid color backgrounds) Masking Basics and Advanced Masking again with Russel Brown at Adobe.TV And this from Webdesign.org, Getting to Know Clipping Masks and Layer Masks in Photoshop. Girl image through splatter and crystal Background. From PSD.tutsplus.com, What is a Clipping Mask?, Girl on side of window. The narrator does have an accent, but does a good job in slowing down so that he is understood. From Adobe.TV.com, Tinting a Photo, You can use this and try this on one of your photos. Be sure that your images are roughly the same light level. You can learn relighting skills using this tutorial Maybe your Shadows need lightening, use this tutorial. Complete the Mini Project: Those things don’t Belong! Take a scenic photo and add three items to it that don’t belong there. Use layer masks and non-destructive techniques to match the photos. The lighting is key, tones should match, lighting should be from the same angles and shadows should be evident. No blog post is necessary, but you do have to review the rubric and submit a 1000px jpg to...

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Mind Mapping Tools for Creativity

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in 21st century skills, Classroom Tips, Design Loop, Resources | 0 comments

Mind mapping allows us to layout our creative ideas and build links from items to items. These are a list of apps that can be used for mind mapping. The review is from Lifehacker.com. I don’t know whether they looked at bubbl.us but I know that one is simple for classroom use and easy to use. In any case here is the original article....

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Photo1 FAQs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Classroom Tips, Everything, Photo 1: MP3, Photo1: MP1, Photo1:MP2, Photography, Resources | 1 comment

Photo1 FAQs

Each year students seem to question less, this directly effects your ability to understand what is expected of you. The best students will question until they understand the challenge completely. I will always try to clarify the posts. It seems something is always missing, sometimes it seems we are answering the same questions from each class, sometimes the same class, and even the same question multiple times from the same student. While asking your neighbors is the quickest solution (most times). We still need to provide you with a reference. This is a common tool for websites to have an FAQ section like this one. So until I fix the instruction and students take perfect note, this will remain the best solution. Below you will find a list of FAQs that students have been asking. Each semester it is a little different but generally the same questions. We will do our best to make the instruction more thorough, but it is still dependent on how much each student chooses to read or re-read. You might want to check back to this page, since I will be adding as the repetitive questions arise. What do we need to post for the Photo Blog posts (Blogger)? Generally every photography post/presentation is the same and has the same needs/requirements. The design of the blog post should go as follows top to bottom. Introduction to the assignment or project. The final best photos, enhanced and cropped to 8×10, 72dpi. Three photos for film projects and Four photos for digital projects. Photo Captions for digital assignments should include the MetaData. Description of your process. 12 or 24 original images in 1 or two contact sheets Your self critique, well thought out, objective, honest and well written. Use the skills from the Critical Eye Chapter. A self-score from 1-10 out of 10, 10 being the highest. How do we embed slideshows from SlideShare.net into our blogger posts? Check out this post and then head over to the compose window in you new blog post. When there there are two gray buttons in the upper right of the composition window. Click on HTML. Paste the Slideshare Code into that HTML window. Go back to COMPOSE and then you should see your slide show. Add your introduction, review your work and then publish it! How do you download the pictures from the Camera? There are two possible ways to get the images off of your camera, any camera. First would be to connect the camera with a cord. In the case of the Fuji FinePix Camera you will have to grab a cord from the bin and connect the camera, with the USB attachements, to the back of the computer. When it is connected, turn it on and it will say USB on the back LCD panel. This means it is a good connection. There is a program on your  iMac called Image Capture you will need to open it to see the contents of the camera. Create a folder on your...

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Adding Color to your logos and Color Theory

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Everything, Graphics1 Projects, Graphics1: MP2, Resources, Tutorials | 0 comments

Adding Color to your logos and Color Theory

Every logo should have color, if a logo doesn’t it is by design and probably the result of hours thinking about alternatives. The colors you choose send a message, positive or negative, your choice of color has an impact. Hopefully your color choices make a positive impact. Adding color to your logos is not as simple as you may think. Yes, you can add color in less than a minute and have a ‘good’ looking result with a little bit of choice, but how about if we asked you to make a scheme of my favorite color and have the other colors all complimentary? COULD YOU DO THAT? Well, we have to start looking at this and other ways to make informed, smart color decisions. So, for the introduction view the first few videos below before you even begin adding color to your logos. As we move forward, we need to begin making educated decisions about color and what we should present to the customer. “Color is one of the key aspects of any design, the psychology and impressions that each color gives can dramatically alter the message and overall appeal of a design. With logo design being closely related to presenting key values, color choice is of high importance.” – From VectTutsPlus.com Video1: Please take a moment to bookmark and watch these videos until you get the concepts and techniques they present. Using Adobe Kuler Themes Other tutorials to look up on Adobe.TV or YouTube (search these terms or similar ones) “Adding color to a design in Illustrator” “Using Live Paint in Illustrator” After you have viewed the videos, Pick out about 5 or six of your best logos and add some color using the Kuler Panel. Use a combination of designed and new swatch combinations. Label the combinations below the log that is colored with it. Look at this post on usabilitypost.com Each logo development you crete will have to have five color choices. They need to be set-up and presented with the color information below the logo, like this Graphic designer presents. Final Project: You should now have three logo designs each in color that you will present for the final logo project. Those logos are from each of the different logo design types: Initial Logo: Logos using two to three letters that represent you. Name with Ligature: Your name with a ligature Symbol Mark: Your logo that includes a symbol of some sort added. Moving forward you will need to present your color choices in an organized manner. Check out article at Thinking Blog, a Blog by alieghm, this out for one possible idea http://aleighm.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/6-tips-for-pro-logo-design/ For each of the logos please present four different color sets for each logo. Each of the color sets can be presented in one 8.5×11 inch area on your _logo AI file....

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Tutorial Guide

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Classes, Everything, Graphics1 Projects, Resources, Tutorials | 0 comments

These are the tutorials we will and have referred to during Skill building phases: Photoshop Collage and Clipping Mask Tutorial: VECTORDIARY.com This is the page Graphics 1 students will use in 4 weeks (spaced out of the year) to learn Illustrator. Those weeks are as follows: 1) Parts 1-5, 2)   This in conjunction with other tutorials that combine these skills, students will be able to create anything they wish by the end of the course. This is a well written starting point for the kids. Illustrator Spaceship Tutorial: This is the second Illustrator experience in Graphics1 (2010) it will teach you how to create shapes using the basic tools you just encountered, and how you can use a variety of those to make detailed, good looking vector art. the idea is that students will experiment with some basic shapes and drawing tools in the first 5 days of the Illustrator introduction on Vectordiary. Then in this tutorial we can use them and others to apply the skills. The next step in building skills to ultimately create a professional looking logo in Illustrator. WARNING: This Tutorial should become a blog post when completed. VECTORDIARY.com (Part 2) Students will revisit the Illustrator in 30 days tutorial to complete the tutorial through Day 12. This section deals with brushes, compound paths, color and strokes, objects-layers-groups, and transparency with graphic styles. Student expectations can be found on the project posting pages. 60 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Assembled on Instantshift.com Students can use this tutorial to fill in empty spaces of time for extra credit. All they have to do is follow a tutorial and create a blog post after they have finished following the structured posting format found here on this tutorial post...

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