This week is an important week. We need to complete last minute details, package all finished pages, and upload the finished packages to Tuckers Resources>2015 Shield Files>DONE PAGES folder. We will be checking on Thursday and Friday to make sure all files are present. During spring break I will be compiling the finished book and ALL FILES have to be there for that work to proceed so we make deadline.
Last week we took a picture for senior standouts that was slightly out of perspective - the image included a frame around a portrait of Matt and Luna. We will be working with this image to understand how later versions of Photoshop allow us to fix the perspective so we get the image that we need. Download this image to complete this lesson.
Project Choices for the Coming Weeks:
Once your yearbook responsibilities are complete, you have a number of options for project work. We will be working on these three projects over the next three weeks. All students will be required to complete at least two of these projects by April 17th. All three should be really fun to work on and they will be a welcomed break from yearbook pressures and NOCTI testing.
Defying Gravity with Photoshop tutorial step-by-step
Shape Cluster Photo Display with Photoshop tutorial step-by-step
This project should prove to be a real challenge, but you will love the finished product. I'm sure you've never created anything quite like this before. You will be creating a style of visual art that was conceived by the Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam. To learn about his life's work, watch this video below:
It's difficult to show Agam's work statically in a still photograph - the work requires movement on the part of the viewer. The term for this is kinetic sculpture. Below is a video that simulates that movement:
Below is a how-to video on creating an agamograph like the one show above:
Some tips for approaching this project:
Below is a sample image that I created in Photoshop:
NOCTI Hands-on Make up Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2014
We started to make major progress on the book this past week. There is a new template posted to Tucker's Resources>2015 Shield Files>templates/shared resources. This template is being used for all CTE 2 page spreads. Copy the entire folder to your hard drive and work from there. The template can be edited to suit your purposes. Using templates will add some continuity to the designs we are making.
Make sure that you're using preflight options for getting pages ready for print. You can download and use this file for preflighting: 2015 Yearbook Preflight Settings
If you are finished your yearbook pages:
Photoshop Tutorial: Color Replacement Tool - Complete the tutorial trying the sample files. Then apply the skills to 2 images of your choice. (cars can work really well for this tool.)
InDesign Tutorial: How to make a flyer - Download the associated files and use your own fonts to make this simple beginner flyer.
NOCTI Hands-0n Testing - will take place in our lab all day Monday. Two graduates, Abby Cook and Ryan Kier will be evaluating the work of our senior and adult students. Please keep noise levels down during this test - it might be a good idea to get out and take any last minute yearbook pictures you might need for this year's book.
Yearbook - As we finish up layouts in InDesign we need to turn our focus towards making sure that we have created files that will work when they are given to the printer. This means we need to preflight our InDesign files. The video below explains InDesign's preflight panel.
It helps to have some understanding of the CMYK printing process when working on any design that is going to be printed in mass. The video below is a good explanation of CMYK printing:
The video below is a good reference for how to package your layouts so that all design components are in one place. This makes it easy to pass the finished designs on to another designer or printing company.
Mr. Tucker is in his 20th year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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