I think we can all agree that cutting someone out from a background is almost impossible when they have a lot of fly away hairs. Even those attempts where you spend hours trying to clean it all up, usually end up looking unnatural and "chopped".
If you are up for the challenge This tutorial actually makes the process a whole lot easier.
Today, you should be able to finish up your virtual postcard from yesterday (this is your "roadblock" before you can proceed with the Rick Mercer assignment. Please make sure you show it to me before you move on. You should keep a copy of the postcard in your digital binder as an example of "early Photoshop skills" for your portfolio.
At the start of class, I will show you how to add and manipulate text in Photoshop Elements. We will also learn a little more about layers in general. A few of you were interested in learning how to put a drop shadow on your figure, and this is an excellent source to walk you through that at your own pace.
AWE4MI students: No more draggin' our feet. No more extensions. Today, you present your Chapman's ad campaign.
Then, we need to start learning Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the basic tools that we will use everyday to colour correct our photos, straighten horizons, remove red eye, fix complexions (very important in high school!), and crop.
The files we will need for this hands-on lecture are located here. If we don't get this done today...we will need to move in double time tomorrow.
Today we are going to finish up the PowerPoint from yesterday, and review the exposure triangle. Once that is all finished up, you will spend the rest of the period working on the Photographic Scavenger Hunt.
Exposure is a hard thing to master. Make sure you keep practicing (and this is an excellent source when you get stuck, or need some review).
I want to see your rough ideas on the Chapmans Assignment by the end of the period.
This is one of the best times of the year for outdoor photography. Check out this article, and then plan an outing to practice the skills you have learned in class.
There is an interesting news story that I tripped across involving a yearbook in the United States. It seems that a student is upset that her submitted picture (posted on the left of this entry) was deemed too "racy" by the student editors to be included in the grad section of the book. She has pushed her point that "it's artistic" to the point that it has made national media. What do you think? Does she have a valid concern, or is she just looking for her 15 minutes of fame?
Today, I need all students to download and print out this letter/contract. It needs to be shared with your parents, signed by both of you and returned back to me no later than next Tuesday.
I would also like all students to read my expectations for the course, and take the time to answer the question that is at the bottom of the sheet (about what your expectations are for the course..be open, honest, and detailed). I would like you to email me your answers to email@example.com (you can also use the contact me page on this website). BEFORE you email me, please make sure that you have a professional email address set up for correspondence. I will not reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email address should be some form of your name, and if that is not available, it is quite acceptable to add GHSS to it (ie. email@example.com) . Yearbook class, as we discussed yesterday is run like a business, and as such, I expect you to act and correspond with me and the outside world in a professional manner.
We are also going to start the process of coming up with the Theme/Concept of this year's book, and I am looking forward to all of your creative input.
Next week is photo day, and I need 4 students to volunteer to be helpers for three periods. You are not allowed to volunteer if missing your other classes will severely impact your ability to learn and be successful in those courses.
Welcome back to the comfy confines of Grey Highlands. I hope you enjoyed your summer and found fun and relaxation. My hope is that you will feel 100% comfortable in the classroom, and take the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in one of the most challenging and rewarding courses at GHSS. My job is to keep you motivated and teach you the skills you need to be successful designer (oh yeah, we can't forget about that big responsibility due the first week in May either!l). Your job is to take risks, focus yourself, and produce the best work you are capable of completing. I cannot wait to work with each and every one of you!
This is a dynamic split-level classroom with a tremendous amount of work to accomplish in a very short amount of time. This means that the Grade 11 students (AWE3MI), will be challenged to learn the skills and concepts necessary to be effective in a digital design classroom. To our benefit, the Grade 12s are a wonderful resource for peer review, leadership and those students who need extra help with some of the more challenging concepts we will be covering.
Today will be spent covering the classroom rules, course expectations (AWE3MI, AWE4MI), and signing up for the many accounts that we need to work in a WEB 2.0 environment. We will also be discussing the paperless classroom initiative, and how that will impact the day to day operations during the course. We will be keeping ourselves organized using REMIND, and you will need to download this invitation.
Please make sure you take the time to thoroughly fill out the student database form, particularly paying attention to what your expectations are for the course. This is also your opportunity to indicate to me what leadership opportunities you are interested in this semester.
This is the site for Consumer Design lesson plans, expectations, and course materials.