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Photo and Graphic Arts Assignments

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Binary numbers Understand the difference between binary and decimal numbers. Be able to convert alpha letters to binary code and vice-versa. binary lesson Remember to enter thoughts and process instructions regarding this lesson into your classnotes document.
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Irfan Assignment

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Learn how to use the tools in Irfan Viewer click here for assignment Save this file in your folder to be used in your portfolio. Add comments to your portfolio log to explain the project.
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Bitmaps

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read for understanding click here for assignment  
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Personal Ad

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How to import a digital photo and manipulate it using basic tools click here for instructions Save this file in your folder to be used in your portfolio. Add comments to your portfolio log to explain the project.
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Principals of Design

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Identify and illustrate 7 principals of design click here for instructions and example  
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PhotoShop Exercise 1
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save as a psd and also as a jpg. Turn in the jpg

How to create a new project, use selection tools and fill verbal instructions during class; answer questions on handout

sample

Must be a house/yard/black and white only. Use selection tools only.

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PhotoShop Exercise 2
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save as a psd file

Create, name and move layers; control objects on layers; change views of layers verbal instructions during class; answer questions on handout sample
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PhotoShop Exercise 3
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save as a psd file

Add effects to layers verbal instructions during class; answer questions on handout sample

Finished? Use PhotoShop to do the Tools and Brushes lessons

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PhotoShop Exercise 4
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save as a psd file

create a scene with layers verbal instructions during class; answer questions on handout sample
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PhotoShop Exercise 5
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Use layer styles, smudge, burn and dodge tools

 

verbal instructions during class; answer questions on handout

sample

Note: This exercise has been amended to include both realistic and stylistic versions

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PhotoShop Nature Painting

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Use the skills from exercises 1-5 to create a 6" x 6" painting from a photo of a favorite natural setting.

Part A is plain.

Part B adds painted styles and effects

sampleA

sampleB

turn in as psd file

Add to portfolio

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Book Cover

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Re-sizing, working with text, textures

Create a book cover using your natureB assignment.

Save as a jpg

sample

Add to portfolio

 

3D Book Cover

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Selection, distort, simulate page textures

Use your book cover to create a 3d book

save as a jpg

sample

Add to portfolio

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Buttons

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How to design for a specific event using a template size The first button assignment is to design this year's "Battle for the Saddle" button

Samples

1, 2, 3 , 4

Add to portfolio

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Desktop designs

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Sizing and file type

1024 x 768

jpeg <900k

Re-design the desktop image that appears on the school's student computers Add to portfolio
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Healing Brushes

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Using the healing and cloning tools In-class instructions and resource files sample
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Racoon Composite

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Masking In-class instructions and resource files

send as jpg

sample

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RGB Composite

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Composites Instructions

send as psd

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Special Day composite

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Masking and compositing, text tools, levels

Combine a minimum of eight photos to create a thematic composite of the "special day" of your choice (holiday, event, etc.) Named layers.

This assignment should measure 8x10 inches, at 300dpi

Submit as a psd file

 

sample

add to portfolio

 

Illustrator Fonts

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Intro to Illustrator text follow Illustrator Cool Stuff tutorials found in folder of same name on public drive

Submit as .ai files

add to portfolio

 

InDesign poster

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Intro to InDesign create a poster that could be used as a tourist industry advertisement to visit Tulare County  
 

InDesign quick layout

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layout with columns, gutter, text styles, graphics frame, text wrap directions  
 
InDesign Newsletter newsletter creation using a template or an original design create a newsletter from an approved topic using InDesign. Must be at least 4 pages, contain columns, textwrap, graphics. Students may share content sources, but must create separate newsletters.  
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CD Cover

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Cumulative skills

Use composites, masking, layer effects, filters, etc., to create an original cd cover. Your graphic should have a front, a back with a spine. Measure carefully!

send as a 10" by 10" jpg with your cover, your back, and the original all in one doc (15 pts)

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Then, turn in a color copy in a cd case (10 pts)

add to portfolio

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Logo Assignment   research, evaluate and create logos

Follow directions on web assignment

Add to portfolio

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Business Card

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size, alignment, info for business cards

Create a standard sized business card with your logo and company information

save as a jpeg

Do not use real phone numbers..

look through samples and online suggestions

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Business Letterhead

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proximity, alignment, repetiton, contrast features

Apply learned design skills to create your company letterhead

save as a jpeg

look through samples and online suggestions
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Business mailer

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marketing tips

create a mailer to advertise your company or product

save as a jpeg

homework- bring in ad mailer samples
 
Product container measuring, folding, alignment

Create a box for a product associated with your company.

Use the provided template to get measurements- put the product info in the correct places to form the front, back and sides

UPC codes are cool...
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Business logo presentation

100 points

  combine your logo, mailer, product container, letterhead, business card and "special prop" in a table-top presention similar to a Science Fair project Dress up to do the presentation to "sell" your company/product
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Black History Project

Web slide show of previous work

 

create an informational collage/tribute to an historic figure

Poster measures 11" x 14" 300 dpi with a minimum of 5 source files save as a psd

signup to chose your historic figure- names will not be duplicated- contemporary music or sports figures may be vetoed .

We are looking for historic figures.

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Replicate   Examine print ads from magazines in the classroom. Replicate the design of a chosen ad. lastname_replicate.jpg
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Photoshop Cool Stuff lessons and slideshow photoshop tricks and tips Do the first 5 Photoshop Cool Stuff lessons (public drive/graphic arts) and create a photoshop slideshow of your work  
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Event Poster apply skills from the "cool stuff" lessons Create an event poster 8"x10" that uses at least 3 of the skills from the cool stuff lessons (and previous skills, of course)

Don't forget the place, date, time, cost, etc.!

Spelling!

CTE Logo Contest http://www.acteonline.org/ctemonth/    
       
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Wall art

combine your "skills of an artist"

Strongbad. 2002.

Create 3 pieces of self-made art to enter into the contest to provide framed student work for the Miner Foundation Fundraiser winners will receive 25% of the auction sales price
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Photoshop tutorials/lessons self learning and application create a checklist/journal that tracks photoshop tutorials you have found and learned on your own

Minimum 10

Make sure your evidence is accessible (slideshow, webalbum, webpage portfolio, etc.)

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Cloning Gone Wrong

masking, cropping, healing, etc.

combine parts from 2 animals to create a new animal (2)

Create a unique animal from the parts of 5 different animals

This is a 3-piece assignment!
 
PhotoChops multiple skills, re-design

Re-design your own car or truck

samples

Please see me if you wish to re-design something else instead
 

Travel Brochure

combine photoshop and inDesign

 

Create a bi-fold or tri-fold travel brochure
Must contain:
Cover with destination photo and text
photoshopped graphics that have combined images
text-wrapping
advertisement
your name as designer in a footer on the last page

 

possible content ideas
lodging
things to do
places to go
restaurants
historical information

 

clean design 10
graphics 20
text wrapping 5
clarity and quality of information 15
total 50
 
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