Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Type Nameplate File Prep and Print

To Prepare Your Files:
1. Make sure each of your letter panels is FLATTENED (Layer>Flatten Image) and saved as a JPEG or TIFF.
2. Create NEW Document: Width 11 inches, height 8.5 inches.
3. Set to 150dpi/CMYK Color
4. Place X Coordinate Guides at: 0.25, 5.25, 5.75 and 10.75 inches.
5. Place Y Coordinate Guides at: 1.75 and 6.75 inches
6. Insert two of your designs in the squares created by the guides. (File>Place>file.jpg)
7. Merge your placed designs into one layer.
8. Poke layer in eye and repeat steps 1-6 for remaining designs.

To Print Your Files:
1. When ready to print, turn on the layers one at a time. Change the following settings:
A. Activate the layer you wish to print. The layer you don't want to print gets poked in the eye.
B. File>Page Setup>Legal Size, Landscape Orientation.
C. When printing, make sure to put Legal size paper in the printer. Take it from the ream on the windowsill by the printer.

Friday, February 20, 2009

INDEPENDENT STUDY: Project Proposals
Your digital art projects will involve some collaboration with your colleagues.
Basically, your goal is to make something, and it must encompass some independent research and learning in order to be able to complete your project. If nothing else, the collaboration is in the research of techniques. You will eventually teach the class the techniques you research. Develop the following project proposal with your partners. Yes, the partnership is required.

1. What do you want to make?
2. What do you need to learn in order to do it?
3. How long do you think the learning will take?
4. How will you show the class what you learned?

5. What materials will you need?
6. How will you get the materials?

7. How long do you think the project will take?
8. Who will you be working with?
Type Designs: Nameplate

1. Create a design using the letters of your name
(first, last, nick, initials, family or friend)
2. At least three panels measuring 5x5 inches @ 150 dpi.
Each panel will be a different letter of your name.
3. Each panel should feature a pattern created by the combination of at least two categories of typefaces (Serif, Sans Serif, Decorative, Script) Use the letters to create different shapes that form positive and negative spaces.

4. Incorporate at least two of the following type adjustments into your design: Leading, Kerning, Tracking, Vertical Scale, Horizontal Scale.

5. Incorporate at least two Layer Styles into your final work.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


1. Work in groups on your radio and coffee projects.
2. Develop a set of comps--which must include at least 1 contribution from each group member--to present to your client.
3. Show comps to Mrs. Arnold if you finish. Print and mount, etc.
4. Learn something: www.good-tutorials.com
5. Everyone should be doing something; no one should be doing nothing.

Friday, February 13, 2009


1. Layout, Print, Mount Lenticular Image
A. Reduce your images to 6.5 X 6.5 inches.
B. Set up a Photoshop document that is 14 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall @ 150 dpi.
C. See http://photojojo.com/content/diy/how-to-make-lenticular-images/ for the splicing method.
D. Print the spliced document.
E. Fold and Mount!

2. Do Lenticular Image writing assignment:

Write a paragraph that answers the following questions:
A. How does your project represent the Life/Death concept?
B. Discuss how you used at least three of the Design Components listed below in your compositions. (Color, Contrast, Unity, Emphasis, Appropriation, Space, Time)
C. Discuss your use of at least three of the Painting and Selection tools in Photoshop in your compositions.
(See the Word document (Selecting and Painting Tools.doc) in the Shared folder for a full list.)
D. What makes your design different from others?
E. What would you do differently next time?

3. Do the Chapter 5 Photoshop vocabulary and lesson.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

INDEPENDENT STUDY: List of everything we have done so far.

Review this list and make sure you have completed each item.
I am currently working up a reflection/critique thing so we can discuss all this and make me able to grade it. See me if you have any questions regarding these assignments.

Projects done by all:
1. Portfolio Pages
2. Advocacy Day Posters
3. CTE Week Flier

Group Projects:

1. Cookie/Candy: A.J., Jake, Kayla, Noah
2. Trivia Contest: Cody, Ashley,Will
3. Bakery Menu: Brittany, Melissa, Dylan, Jerry

Current Tasks:
1. STEP Radio logo/identity: Noah, Jake, Dylan, Melissa, Jerry, Will
2. Coffee/Fashion: A.J., Cody, Ashley, Brit, Kayla

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Student Radio
89.7 FM
Music Media Technology
Maybe artwork of: a microphone, a sound wave, a guitar, piano keys, headphones, etc. etc. etc.
A male and a female
Green color scheme

Monday, February 9, 2009


1. Finish Binder Pages assignment.
2. Review pages against assignment rubric; fix if they do not meet the criteria.
3. Do the writing portions of the assignment. Be sure to type and spell check your paragraphs. They do not pay me enough to read sloppy cursive!
4. Print extra copies of your Binder Pages, attach to your written portions and rubric and turn in to the basket.
5. You can do a variety of things when you finish, including:
A. Helping others with their assignment.
B. Studying for the Chapters 2-7 quiz (Quiz is on Wednesday, Feb 11!)
C. Client Projects--See me for assignment and details.
D. Learn something on www.good-tutorials.com
*Note on options C and D: Save all extra items you create in a folder on your server. Once completed, print and attach a brief summary of what was learned and how it was done and submit for extra credit. You must have all assignments turned in to qualify for extra credit.

6. This list of tasks is enough to keep every person in this room busy. In other words, everyone should be doing something, no one should be doing nothing!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

INDEPENDENT STUDY: Candy and Cookies n stuff OH MY!

OK--Here is the Lowdown on our tasks for today:

1. Team Bakery: Work as a team to put together at least two simple classy designs for the Prostart competition menu.

2. Team Trivia: During CTE week, there will be daily trivia questions that are attached to FABULOUS PRIZES. They of course relate to Career and Technical Education.
Come up with at least two designs to promote the trivia contest. This can be really obnoxious and over the top. Play with color and character. w00t!

3. Team Candy + Cookie Dough: Skills USA is selling Candy Grams Monday through Wednesday--Noah should have the deets. Various CTSO's will sell cookie dough throughout the week. Here is the breakdown:

COOKIE DOUGH FOR SALE!!!: Various student organizations will be selling cookie dough next week during CTE week. The cookie dough will be sold Monday through Friday in the first floor commons area. A box of cookie dough is $16.00; please have your cash or a check made out to STEP ready when purchasing the cookie dough. All the proceeds will go to help pay for students who go to nationals. The various organizations that will be selling the cookie dough are:
Monday: All CTSO's (FCCLA/HERO, HOSA, FFA, Skills USA)
Wednesday: HOSA
Thursday: FFA
Friday: Skills USA
This is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the student organizations that are offered here at STEP.
Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

Check this out! Teachable moments yo!

Wikipedia's take on Copyright:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


The main point of CTE Week is to create awareness of technical careers and our Career and Technical Student Organizations (eg FCCLA/HERO, Skills USA, FFA and HOSA.)

Part of this shameless promotion is selling sweet, delicious candy. So we need to make signs that promote the sweet, delicious candy. Each day the sales will benefit a different Career and Technical Student Organization.

On Friday, all STEP students will attend a Career Exploration Session at Anoka Technical College. Here you will learn about possible majors at ATC and possibly receive more sweet, delicious candy and pencils.

Here is the list:
Monday 2/9: Overview of Career and Technical Student Organizations (FCCLA/HERO, HOSA, FFA, SKILLS USA)
Tuesday, 2/10: FCCLA/HERO Day
Wednesday, 2/11: HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)Day
Thursday, 2/12: FFA(Future Farmers of America) Day
Friday, 2/13: Career Exploration Session at Anoka Technical College and Skills USA day.

Everybody must make a flier. These will be hung in the stairwells and whatnot. Ms. Moore will pick one to be made into a banner that will hang in the first floor commons. This assignment is due by 1:00 PM Thursday February 5.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Next week (February 9-13) is CTE (Career and Technical Education) Week here at STEP. The Student Ambassadors have picked various theme days that they would like to have next week. You get the fabulous cultural experience of creating fliers and posters to promote it!

The theme days they picked are:
-Monday 2/9: Pajama Day
-Tuesday 2/10: Clash Day
-Wednesday 2/11: Dress-up Day
-Thursday 2/12: Retro Day
-Friday 2/13: Career Day

Everybody must make a flier. These will be hung in the stairwells and whatnot. Ms. Moore will pick one to be made into a banner that will hang in the first floor commons. This assignment is due by 1:00 PM Wednesday Feb 4.

Monday, February 2, 2009


The tutorials in Chapter 4 don't tell me a lot if you just show me the final one.
I have split your tasks into eight computer files. (Four files for Lesson 4-1 and four files for Lesson 4-2) You will save paper by printing each group of lessons on one sheet via the File>Automate>Contact Sheet II command. To do this, you must save each group of lessons in a separate file folder.

Here is the page number list of the lessons:
Lesson 4-1
Part A: 4-7 through 4-15
Part B: 4-16 through 4-19
Part C: 4-29
Part D: 4-30 through 4-31

Lesson 4-2
Part A: 4-22 through 4-23
Part B: 4-24 through 4-28
Part C: Use the Image>Adjustments>Match Color command to change the background green, just like on the rooster eye in Lesson 4-1, Part D.
Part D: Use the Image>Adjustments>Match Color command in a different way here. Create a layer that is half red, half green in your finished 4-2, Part C document. Go to the Match Color command. Your SOURCE is your Part C document. Make sure you have the red & green layer listed in your LAYER menu underneath the SOURCE menu. Crank the sliders til you have adjusted the color levels to your liking. Feel free to experiment with other color combos besides red/green here. Be sure to save this as PART D when you are finished.

Create posters they can use for Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

What is Advocacy Day?:
The Student Senate is going to the Capitol to represent those who pay tuition at a MNSCU school and/or the University of Minnesota The current legislative session has big plans for cutting k-16 funding. The ATC Student Senate is particularly interested in maintaining funds for the 13-16 portion. If the legislature cuts 13-16 funding, it results in tuition hikes, which is resulting in a disproportionate debt to earnings ratio for graduates.

What You're Gonna Do:

Create a slogan and illustration for a poster design.

When's it Due?:

You should have a mock-up printed by the end of the day on Friday, February 6. ATC Student Senators are coming back on Monday February 9.

Student Senate Website: www.mscsa.org