Wednesday, September 30, 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 for the splicing method.
D. Go to Select>All, then Edit>Copy Merged. Start a new layer and paste your copy there.
E. Save your Photoshop Document.
F. Go to File>Save As. Name the file LASTNAME_LENTICULAR. Select JPEG from the file type menu. Crank the JPEG quality slider over to 12.
G. Use the Crop tool to chop the extra inch off the top and bottom of your layout.
H. Save the JPEG again.
I. Place your JPEG in the Lenticular dropbox folder.
J. Attend a mounting demo.

2. Do Lenticular Image writing assignment:
Write a paragraph that answers the following questions:
A. How does your project CONCEPT represent the principle of CONTRAST?
B. Discuss how you used EMPHASIS, BALANCE and CONTRAST in your COMPOSITIONS.
C. Discuss your use of at least three of the Painting and Selection tools in Photoshop in your compositions.
(See the back side of your Movie Poster assignment sheet for the list.)
D. What makes your design different from others?
E. What would you do differently next time?
F. Attach bibliography to writing assignment and turn in to the basket.

Monday, September 28, 2009


A lenticular composition consists of two separate images spliced together. The viewer will see a different image when looking at it from one angle than they will from the other. Check out how lenticulars are made at:

So...The key to having a really cool lenticular image is having it feature two related, yet CONTRASTING images. An easy example of this is having it be about a life/death theme. In other words, showing an item in one state, then its destruction or transformation. Like cocoon to butterfly, or summer to winter, etc.

Your lenticular image can involve any school appropriate subject matter, so long as the conditions of CONTRAST are clear.

1. BRAINSTORM: Select five themes your lenticular could feature.
2. SKETCH: Pick at least two of your themes to develop sketches of.
3. PRESENT: Show your sketches to me and explain your ideas. You must receive my approval before you begin working on the final project.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Work on the following, in order:

1. Chapters 4, 6 and 7 Photoshop vocabulary and skill textbook activities
2. Movie Poster Assignment.

Staple the vocabulary and skill tutorials from each chapter together, then turn into the basket on my desk. Get the movie poster assignment sheet from the sub after you have submitted all of the chapter work.

Read below for a summary of the movie poster assignment and relevant Internet links.
Your task is to create a movie poster. The poster must be made in the style of a real movie theater poster. The movie represented in your poster must be of your own creation. Do not make a poster for an existing movie.


GOAL: To inform people about and convince them to see the movie.

AUDIENCE: PG-13 moviegoers.

EXISTING SAMPLES: Look at a bunch of action movie posters. Try to identify the point of emphasis, and the secondary/tertiary accents in the VISUAL HIERARCHY of the design. Think about how you will achieve this in your design.

1. 11 x 17 inches @ 150 Dpi.

2. Clear VISUAL HIERARCHY. (There should be a point of emphasis, and secondary/tertiary accents.

3. Use at least TWO tools from each category of the Photoshop painting and selection tools listed on the assignment sheet.

4. Your poster must incorporate a minimum of 5 separate images that have been worked into a cohesive image in Photoshop. You must include a movie title and other relevant movie text information.

5. Images must be public domain, creative commons licensed, or under your copyright, or copyright that someone has authorized for your use. Here are some good links for acceptable images:

6. You MUST include a bibliography of your image sources with your final design. Keep track of the websites you are getting images from by pasting links into a Word document.

7. Each person in class must produce their own poster. People may work in groups to come up with an action movie concept and title, and work together to find a nice collection of source images, but each person in the group must produce their own poster.

Monday, September 14, 2009

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. 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 ProActivMan.jpg, available in the Shared Art Technology folder on the STEP server.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Groups of 3 or 4

Compare and contrast technology of 1988 with technology of today.

1. Given the tools designers had to work with, give your opinion of the animations in the video.
ie 3 second Pixar spot vs Pixar movies of today.
2. Something like a paragraph where you compare and contrast 3 or 4 technologies you find have advanced the most. Support your findings with images, etc.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


1. Examine a variety of magazine advertisements.
2. Identify their GOAL and AUDIENCE.
3. Select two ads with really different goals and audiences (ads that target two separate DEMOGRAPHICS).
4. Place them on a sheet of drawing paper.
5. Identify the points of EMPHASIS in each ad. Clearly mark them on your layout.
6. Explain in 1-2 sentences why you think the ads use (or do not use) emphasis well. Bonus points if you can identify how other elements and principles of design are used in the ad.
7. State which demographic you think the ad is targeting. Do you think the ads are effectively reaching the demographic they hope to target? Explain why or why not in 1-2 sentences.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Get in groups of 3 or 4. Sign up with Ms. Wakely to get assigned principle -- First come, First Served.

GOAL: To inform about the Principles of Design.
Audience: STEP students and staff.
Format: Minimum 12 x 18
Time: By end of class 9/9.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Art Technology is the tools people use to develop print and interactive media.
A variety of careers exist that utilize art technology in a variety of ways. Students completing this course will develop skills which will familiarize them with computer software and studio equipment used in the Arts, Communications and Information Systems career field. More information on art technology based careers can be found at:

What is a Graphic Designer?
One of the most commonly known art technology careers is graphic designer. A Graphic designer works for a bunch of different businesses, organizations and people we call clients. Each client needs to communicate a certain message to certain people we call the target audience.

Graphic designers fulfill this need by creating print media like posters, logos, book covers and package design. But because technology is ever-changing so are the "things" the graphic designers are creating. Take, for example, the explosion of interactive media content being developed, such as video, games, and websites.

To learn more about graphic design, visit