Monday, September 29, 2008

Layout Templates -- 5x5 Projects

LAYOUT can increase the efficiency of your printing job in a number of ways.
1. You save paper by putting more items onto one piece.
2. You are guaranteed accurate positioning of your items through the use of guides. This is especially important for 2 sided printing.
3. Once you make a template, you can use it over and over again. Saving YOU time, Saving ME time...

The template for our 5x5's is as follows:
1. Start a new Legal sized document (8.5 x 14). Reduce the resolution to 150 dpi.
2. When open, go to Image>Rotate Canvas. Choose one of the 90 degree options.
3. Make sure you have the Snap function turned on. (View>Snap. Snap should have a checkmark by it. Underneath Snap, there is also a Snap To menu. Make sure Guides is checked under the Snap to menu.)
4. Make sure your Rulers are on (ctrl + R) and that they are set to inches.
5. Position guides at the following coordinates:
X = 1.75, 6.75
Y = 1.5, 6.5, 7.5, 12.5
6. Save as: YourName_5x5LayoutTemplate.psd
7. Make sure your projects are saved as either flattened JPEGs or TIFFs.
8. Go to File>Place. Select your flattened design and click Place in the menu.
9. Move your project to the desired location in the picture plane. Repeat for second project.
10. Save as>YourName_5x5_LifeDeath_layout

Friday, September 26, 2008

Inspiration File/Independent 5x5 #1

Inspiration File:
Now that we have a bunch of items for a communal scan/photo pile--we need to see what we have. Here comes Show + Tell! Present your favorite item to the class. Tell us the following:
  • What is the item?
  • Why do you think it is good for photographing/scanning?
  • Does the object have personal meaning to you?
Independent 5x5 #1:
Artmaking focus: EXPERIMENTATION
Examine the objects in our communal photo/scan pile. Select at least one item to photograph and at least one item to scan. Create a themed composition based around the two (or more) items.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Homework--9/25/08--Inspiration File
Chances are you have been mesmerized by the bizarre array of things I have hanging in my classroom. I have everything from a rubber chicken to what appears to be a drawing of David Hasselhoff standing on a planet with a spaceship growing out of his back! WHY? You probably have asked. It is part of what most every creative professional has some form of: An INSPIRATION FILE! What Inspiration Files do is HELP YOU FUEL YOUR CREATIVITY.

We are going to build a collective Inspiration File for the class to use.
To make it happen, you need to bring in
AT LEAST FIVE items that you think are cool and would be good to photograph or scan. You will pick and choose items from this collection as the basis for one of your independent 5x5 projects.

Items must be school appropriate and brought to class Friday, September 26.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Photoshop CS3 REVEALED: Chapter 3

1. Sewing Box Tutorial (Pages 3-7 to 3-23)
Use the following tools to select each item:
Tape Measure: Marquee
Pincushion: Magic Wand
Thimble: Magic Wand
Thread: Color Range Selection
Scissors: Color Range Selection

2. Skills Review (Never Enough Cats): Page 3-25
3. Project Builder 1: Page 3-26. You can choose to work with the elderly lady on the tutorial page OR follow the same steps and work with this ACNE VICTIM

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sound Project and Related Davinci Homework
The art production focus of the next 5x5 is to illustrate a SOUND. It is preferred that you use a sound from your DaVinci homework assignment listed below.

Page 61 of How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci lists an "Theme Observation" activity. You must record at least twenty interesting sounds you hear in your DaVinci notebook. I will collect this at the beginning of class WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


1. Don't settle for YES or NO as an answer...Curiosita focuses on knowing WHY!
2. The more you know, the freer you are.
3. Great Minds Ask Great Questions!

WHAT ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT? (Homework Assignment)
On page 59 of How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci, there is an activity called "A Hundred Questions". We are going to shorten that to "Fifty Questions". Make a list of fifty questions that are important to you. It can be anything from Where do I want to go to college? to Would I rather be stranded on a desert island with Chad Michael Murray or Zac Efron?

Just rattle off a list of the first fifty questions that come to mind in your notebook.
The first ten or fifteen will be pretty random, but after that, themes will begin to emerge.
When you are done, read through the list and highlight any questions that appear to be a theme.
What are the majority of your questions about?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The way our Adobe lessons are set up accommodates the fact everyone is at a different level within what they know about the programs, and learns best in different ways.
For every chapter we look at, I assign some required activities. Look at them first and see what you know. If you think you can do the activity, go ahead! If there are things you don't know how to do, go back and look at the readings. Do the tutorials at the end of each topic to learn the skill.

Put the CD-ROM located in the back of the book into the CD Drive of your computer, and retrieve the files

CHAPTER 2: Adobe Photoshop CS3 REVEALED.
Required Activities: 2-23: Skills Review
2-24: Project Builder 1
2-25: Project Builder 2
2-26: Design Project

Reading/Tutorials: 2-2/2-7: Working with, examining, and converting layers.
2-8/2-11: Add, Delete, Merge layers.
2-12/2-15: Add Selection From Another Image
2-16/2-21: Organizing Layers by Group and Color

Flatten and save your documents as JPEGs in your server folder.
When finished, work on your Life & Death problem.
Tuesday, 9/16

1. Work on your Life & Death sketches. When you have three ideas, present them to the teacher and decide which one you will do. Work with the teacher until they approve one of your ideas.

2. Ask yourself: "How can I use at least one OUTSIDE SOURCE (Digital Photography, Scanner and/or Wacom tablet) in my design?" Remember: Over the course of this 5 x5 unit, you will have to use outside sources on at least three of the five designs (Life/Death, Type, Sound, Choice 1 and Choice 2)

3. When ready to start: File>New>5 inches x 5 inches @ 150 dpi. There is no need to create guides on your designs this time. We will be placing both of them into one document for printing.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What do I do when I finish my Name Design and Personality Collage?

1. Make sure you've done your writing assignment.
2. Set up another letter sized Photoshop document and design 3 spine pieces for your binder.
Place horizontal guides at 0.25 and 10.75 inches.
Place vertical guides at 0.5, 3, 3.25, 5.5, 5.75 and 8 inches.
3. Flood the background with a flat color other than white.
4. Create white rectangles that fit within your wide guides.
5. Make your spine designs on the white spaces.
6. When finished, get a piece of heavy paper from me and print them.
7. Place your fave in the spine.
8. If you still have time, find and complete a Photoshop tutorial on
Turn it in for extra credit.