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We are three quarters through the school year and warm weather is just around the corner. We need to finish strongly. A number of activities need to be covered for our interactive yearbook page - prom, senior awards breakfast and dinner, the yearbook dedication ceremony and graduation for the class of 2011. Senior project presentations are scheduled for May 13th and the deadline for Junior Job Shadow Day is approaching (April 22nd.) Please pay close attention to the calendar as all project dates are posted to this page. You need to start attacking deadlines with vigor as they are what drive this industry.
This Week's Photography Challenge: Color focus - photographs that are mainly made up of one color. Try doing a series of all one color or maybe a series that creates a rainbow. The series should contain six photos and should be posted as a slideshow to your portfolio page by Friday afternoon (April 8th.)
Design Challenge: Rotating the word project. We'll be working with seeing similarities and differences between the three CS4 applications. In last week's product ad assignment, many of you chose to use Photoshop for creating your whole ad. Many of the ads looked amateurish because of that choice.
Here is a rule of thumb for selecting the best tool for a given job: if you're creating anything with more than three lines of text - you'll end up with better results using Illustrator or InDesign to handle the type. That doesn't mean you can't work with your photo in PhotoShop - fix color, mask areas or apply affects - it just means that you should treat text (especially if it's paragraph text) as an equally important part of your design work.
Mr. Tucker is in his 23rd 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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