Monday, January 31, 2011


QUIZ FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4--Study the following things:
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 Basics of Design worksheets
Copyright Law & You worksheet
Brushes, color, pattern, effects Photoshop lectures
Masking Tools videos
Desaturate & Recolor

Work on the following, in order. Click on the links for instructions.
1. Finish and submit Movie Poster, bibliography and write up.
2. Do the Desaturate and Recolor Sampler

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finish Production Plans and submit to sub. Any group that wants to begin filming must turn in both production plans in order to film. After turning in the Production Plans, you must fill out an Equipment Checkout Sheet in order film in locations other than Room 32.

STEP Plus Arts:
Finish up Stop Motion Animations. Be sure to save your iMovie file and picture folder on a flash drive or other backup disk so you can continue editing as you do audio.

Work on the following, in order. Click on the links for instructions.
1. Finish and submit Movie Poster, bibliography and write up.
2. Do the Desaturate and Recolor Sampler
3. Move on to the Desaturate and Recolor Composition
De-saturate and Re-color Composition

1. Start a Photoshop document measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches @ 300 dpi.

2. Use only approved, copyright-free image resources, or your own photos and drawings. Use the same process we followed for the Movie Poster.

3. Develop a composition of your choice, that features the following criteria:
• A minimum of 5 separate images composited together, as evidenced via a source links document.
• A minimum of 5 instances of de-saturation and re-coloring.
• The composition must demonstrate symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial balance.
• Your de-saturation and re-coloring must follow one of these color schemes: monochromatic, complementary, analogous, split complement, triad, tetrad. Click this link to see the color notes on our Tumblr page!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Desaturate and Recolor Sampler

1. Use the van pix on the Shared Art Tech folder. stepstushare > Art Technology > Art tech 1 > DESATURATE & RECOLOR.

2. Place the van in a new environment.

3. Use selection tools to isolate areas for re-coloring. Pick at least 5 things to be recolored in the picture--either the van or the background.

4. Save selections in the Paths panel, by clicking on the 'handlebar circle' at the bottom of the panel.

5. Desaturate and recolor the items. REALLY experiment with the opacity and blend mode of brushes and layers.

6. Include at least one pattern or gradient fill layer.

7. On the back of your paper, list which items were recolored, and which tools you used to achieve the effect.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Movie Poster Write-up
Answer the questions below. Use complete sentences in your responses.
1. How does your poster represent the genre you chose?
2. What does your poster tell the audience about the movie?
3. Describe the VISUAL HIERARCHY in your design. What is the point of emphasis? What are the secondary and tertiary accents? Refer to Chapter 2 in Basics of Design if needed.
4. What type of BALANCE is used in your poster? How can the viewer see that?
5. Name at least one CONTRAST technique you used. Refer to page 44 in Basics of Design for a list.
6. Describe how you used at least one tool from each category of tools on the back of your Movie Poster assignment sheet and where it can be seen.
7. Print a hard copy of your write up and turn in.
8. Save your bibliography as a separate word document. Submit electronically with your movie poster PDF.

To save your movie poster to PDF file:
1. Verify your layered Photoshop document is saved in its final state.
2. Go to Layer>Flatten Image.
4. Go to File>Save As
5. Name your file: lastname_movieposter
6. Select Photoshop PDF in the Format menu.
7. Hit Save.

To submit PDF file for printing:
1. Make a file folder with your name on it.
2. Place the PDF of your movie poster and your bibliography into the folder.
3. Access the StepStuDrop server through the shortcut in the dock. (If the shortcut is not in the dock, go to the Finder program. Select Go>Connect to server. Pick afp://stepstushare Login as yourself. Under the ‘select volumes to mount’ options, pick studrop.)
4. Open the STEP folder, then the Art Technology folder.
5. Drag your folder into the folder marked MOVIE POSTER PDFs and BIBLIOGRAPHIES.
6. I will print the files as they are submitted.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Creative Commons Videos:

Copyright Law & You worksheet URL:

Friday, January 14, 2011

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: and Look at a bunch of 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. 6 inches x 9 inches @ 300 DPI

2. *Clear VISUAL HIERARCHY. (There should be a point of emphasis, and secondary/tertiary accents.
*Definitive sense of SYMMETRICAL, ASYMMETRICAL, or RADIAL BALANCE to design.
*Some type of CONTRAST from the list on page 44 of your Basics of Design textbook.

3. Your poster must incorporate a minimum of 6 separate images that have been worked into a cohesive image in Photoshop. You must include a movie title and other relevant movie text information.

4. 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:

5. 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.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Work on the following assignments, in order:

1. Finish and print lenticular image. Make sure to change your printer settings to U.S. Legal sized paper, landscape orientation. You will also have to feed the paper into the top tray of the printer when you are ready. Though done in partners, each person should print their own image for assembling on Wednesday. See January 10 blog post for details.

2. Do the write up for the lenticular image. See January 10 blog post for details.

3. Store printed images and write-ups in mailboxes after completion.

4. Read chapter 4 in Basics of Design textbook and complete the accompanying worksheet.

5. Do the Balance and Contrast Ad Analysis posted below. Drawing paper, markers, etc can be found on the center cupboards in the classroom,

6. Turn in the chapter 4 worksheet and Balance/Contrast Ad Analysis when completed.

1. Find a partner.
2. Work together to find two ads--one that uses ASYMMETRICAL balance, and one that uses SYMMETRICAL balance.
3. Place the ads on a sheet of drawing paper.
4. Identify the GOAL of the ad. (What is the ad trying to do?)
5. Identify the AUDIENCE of the ad. (Who is the ad trying to reach? Describe the demographic as specifically as you can.)
6. Identify the type of BALANCE in each ad. Clearly mark it on your layout.
7. List one way the use of BALANCE in the ad works to create EMPHASIS in each ad. Refer to the techniques for effective emphasis listed on pages 27,28 and 29 in Basics of Design if you need help.
8. List one type of CONTRAST used in each ad. Refer to the techniques listed on page 44 of Basics of Design if you need help.
9. Do you think the ad is effectively reaching the demographic they hope to target? Explain why or why not in 1-2 sentences.
1. Layout, Print, Mat Lenticular Image
A. Set up a Photoshop document that is 14 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall @ 150 dpi.
B. Place vertical guides at 1/2 inch intervals all across the document. Place horizontal guides at 1 inch and 7.5 inches.
C. Take your images and go to Layer > Flatten image. Then File > Save as, pick JPEG. Then place vertical guides at 1/2 inch intervals all across your images.
D. Use the guides to help you make clean selections of your images to splice together inside the 14 x 8.5 document. Make sure View > Snap To > Guides is checked. See for the splicing method.
E. Select all your layers by holding the SHIFT key as you click on them. Go to Layer > Align > Top Edges.
E. Save your Photoshop Document.
F. Flatten your Photoshop document. Save it as a Photoshop PDF.
G. Print and attend a matting 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 and CONTRAST in your COMPOSITIONS.
C. Discuss your use of at least three of the Painting, Selection, Brush, Pattern, Color or Layer effect tools in Photoshop in your compositions.
(Refer to your Photoshop lecture documents for a list.)
D. What makes your design different from others?
E. What would you do differently next time?
F. Attach writing assignment to matted lenticulars and turn in.

1. Download SongAnalysis.docx from StuShare > Art Technology > Applied Stats
2. Use online resources like to locate three songs for analysis.
3. List the link where the song can be found (copy and paste from your browser).
4. Identify as many instruments as you can in the track.
5. Describe the MELODY, HARMONY and RHYTHM components of the track.
6. Once you complete this form, save as LASTNAME_SongAnalysis.
7. Submit assignment to StuDrop > Art Technology > Applied Stats > Song Analysis

Monday, January 3, 2011

Create a Photoshop document that is 8.5 x 11 @ 150dpi. Experiment with the tools discussed in the Brushes, Color, Pattern and Effects Photoshop lecture.
Use at least one tool mentioned in each type layer of the document--At least one thing from each of the following topics:

You can download a ton of cool patterns and brushes at

Print your final sampler, then write down which tools you used and where they can be seen on the back. Make sure your name is on it!