Week 5 | Monday – Illustrator V

INSPIRATION
Alan Watts – What if Money Were No Object?


 

Deadline for Project 1 is WEEK 5 | THURSDAY

 
PROJECT 1 | ILLUSTRATOR | LARGE GROUP CRITIQUE

  • Critique Goals:
  1. Critique Goals:

    1. Obtain specific kinds of feedback.
    2. Compare how several different components of the same product are designed.
    3. Discuss the user flow through a design. (Similar to a cognitive walkthrough).
    • Explore: Color, shape, function, font, style, concept, execution

TUTORIALS

Art Boards


EFFECTS AND MORE

Gradients
Today we’ll look at how to use the gradient tool to create sophisticated visual effects.

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2015.10.5_Last Name_First Name_Gradients (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Using Masks

Complete exercise and save as follows:2015.10.5_Last Name_First Name_Masks (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Vector Effects

Complete exercise and save as follows:2015.10.5_Last Name_First Name_Effects (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Homework | Week 5 | Monday

Homework 1:  Tutorials

Complete the tutorials. Upload them to BOTH Flickr and to your websites. Change the colors, strokes, etc. Personalize them. Be sure to label each one.

  • Art Boards
  • Gradients
  • Using Masks
  • Vector Effects

Homework 2:  DELICIOUS

On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on Illustrator:
  • Art Boards
  • Gradients
  • Using Masks
  • Vector Effects
or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Homework 3: Use ILLUSTRATOR to FINISH Project I.

 Use your sketches as references for your Illustrator files. Files should be created for the logo, front and back cover and spine.  The following items should be included in your Illustrator files.

Product specifications required include:
  • Designed to the exact DVD size using the template provided
  • Company or product name
  • Manufacturer
  • Font choices
  • Logo design
  • Bar code
  • Designed in color
Save your .ai files as well as export your files and save as .jpgs. Upload all your .jpgs to Flickr, copy the image embed code, go to your website blog post, add media, insert embed code, paste Flickr embed code, and save your post.
Homework 4: Critique

RESPOND TO THE critiques your classmates gave you to your blog.You are to take these critiques into consideration when finalizing your Illustrator project. You don’t have to incorporate their critique into your design BUT you need to justify why you did or did not incorporate the changes.

Homework 5: Pinterest
Add FIVE more pins to you Pinterest Project 1 board.
Give me the link to your Pinterest board on your homework post.

Homework 6: ILLUSTRATOR | PROJECT 1 | DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS ON THURSSDAY

ILLUSTRATOR | PROJECT 1 | OVERVIEW

Design Brief

Subject: DVD CASE

  • Create a fictitious product company, logo and package/label design for your company. All DVD designs must contain complete information.
  • Develop a DVD cover/back cover/spin design, according to the following specifications.
  • Size: Determine the DVD size from those in production. (4.75″ X 4.75″)
  • Include: title, logo, song or product list, manufacturer’s name, manufacturer’s contact information, manufacturer’s address, bar code or QR code, etc. Whatever you would normally find on a DVD cover.
  • Product Name: Student choice – do not use an existing DVD name.
  • Manufacturer: Student choice – do not use an existing DVD name.
  • Logo: The product must contain a logo that matches the company name selected by the student.

Miscellaneous:

  • The DVD design must contain all of the information that is normally found on a DVD.
  • Selection of type styles, typefaces and the box package is made by the student.
  • The logo and DVD design must demonstrate unity by using common themes. which demonstrates they are from the same product line.
  • The labels should fit the container neatly and look professional. You need to start with a DVD case first to design your insert to fit, not the other way around.

Project Submission and Printout:

The final DVD cover/back cover/spin must be printed in color, and at full size.

Design should also be uploaded to your Flickr, copy the image URL, add media and insert it onto you project 1 page o your website. All files must be burned onto a dvd and the dvd must be included in the case. Please make sure to label the DVD as well. KEEP ALL ORIGINAL FILES. They will be turned in at the end of the semester.

Word document, research, sketches, design iterations and final design in the following formats: .ai, .jpg and .doc should be burned to the DVD and labeled as follows: Project I labeled: Last Name_First Name_Date_Project I_Illustrator_DVD.

The design will be turned in as a Adobe Illustrator file, a .jpg file as well as attached to DVD they are design to fit. The written description and research for the project in Microsoft Word will be turned in .doc format and the project sketches will be turned in .jpg format.

Items That Must Be Physically Turned In On Week 5 | THURSDAY at the BEGINNING of class:

  • Paper print out of the project written description.
  • All .ai, .jpg and .doc files burned to a DVD which should be inserted into the case.
  • Adobe Illustrator Project I: Written Description

Requirement Summary

  • Photos cannot be used.
  • Your logo must use multiple Illustrator tools and procedures and may NOT be created only from text.
  • Design must be cleanly and neatly attached to a DVD case to illustrate that they were design and fit the shape of the specific container.
  • Each design must contain the usual information that is used for that product..
  • The labels must fit their container well and look professional.
  • A Microsoft Word document with the following information must be included with your final project I submission. It must include a written description explaining the tools, principles, and elements you used in designing your product.
  • The write-up should specifically define the what and why of each element designed and why you designed it that way. The Word document will be graded both for content and grammar.
  • Adobe Illustrator Project I: Written Description Should Include:
  • Write a description of the logo design process/ product design process and the thinking behind its design.

The following items should be included in your project description: Remember to include your full name, date, project I and project title in the document.

The content of the Illustrator Project Written Description must include the following:
The name of the company and product your design was created for.

  • What image is your company attempting to project and why?
  • Why did you select the colors you did for your label designs?
  • What research did you do to make the designs fit the nature of the company or product?
  • What did you do to assure that the designs would work for the DVD containers you used?
  • What elements are your center of interest on your designs and why?
  • Describe the flow throughout the various parts of your designs.
  • What elements did you use to create unity between the logo and the cover design?
  • Describe how you created unity between the logo, cover, and other parts of the packaging.
  • How successful do you think you were in meeting the product need to get customers to understand your DVD?
  • What Illustrator tools did you rely on most and and why did you choose these tools?
  • What problems did you encounter while creating your designs and logo and how did you solve them?
  • What would you do differently, if you could start over?

NOTE: If you need help with Punctuation and Grammar Rules, review the Owl website, sponsored by Purdue University: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/index.html.

Week 4 | Thursday | Illustrator Pt. IV

INSPIRATION
Janis Joplin on Creativity and Rejection: Her Lost Final Interview, Rediscovered and Animated


“You are what you settle for. You are only as much as you settle for.”


**

Deadline for Project 1 is WEEK 5 | THURSDAY

PROJECT 1 | ILLUSTRATOR | CRITIQUE II

  • Critique Goals:
  1. Obtain specific kinds of feedback.
  2. Compare how several different components of the same product are designed.
  3. Discuss the user flow through a design. (Similar to a cognitive walkthrough).
  4. Explore the designs of competing products.
  5. Explore: Color, shape, function, font, style, concept, execution

THE TYPE PALETTE

DOWNLOAD the ai file here.



The Stroke Palette
DOWNLOAD the ai file here.


Symbols Palette
Download Project Files


The Magic Wand

Homework | Week 5 | Thursday

Homework 1:  DELICIOUS

On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on Illustrator:
  • THE TYPE PALETTE
  • THE STROKE PALETTE
  • SYMBOLS PALETTE
  • THE MAGIC WAND
or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Homework 2:  IN-CLASS TUTORIALS
Complete the tutorials.

  • THE TYPE PALETTE
  • THE STROKE PALETTE
  • SYMBOLS PALETTE
  • THE MAGIC WAND

Homework 3: Use ILLUSTRATOR to create the THIRD (ADD COLOR) iteration for Project I.

 Use your sketches as references for your Illustrator files. Files should be created for the logo, front and back cover and spine.  The following items should be included in your Illustrator files.

Product specifications required include:
  • Designed to the exact DVD size using the template provided
  • Company or product name
  • Manufacturer
  • Font choices
  • Logo design
  • Bar code
  • Designed in color
Save your .ai files as well as export your files and save as .jpgs. Upload all your .jpgs to Flickr, copy the image embed code, go to your website blog post, add media, insert embed code, paste Flickr embed code, and save your post.
Homework 4: Critique
Post your critiques of BOTH of your classmates designs to you blog by 7pm on Thursday. You are to take these critiques into consideration when creating your first design iteration using Illustrator. Then RESPOND to the critique. You don’t have to incorporate their critique into your design BUT you need to justify why you did or did not incorporate the changes.

Homework 4: Pinterest
Add FIVE more pins to you Pinterest Project 1 board.
Give me the link to your Pinterest board on your homework post.

Week 4 | Monday | Illustrator Pt. III

**Deadline for Project 1 is WEEK 5 | THURSDAY



The question of what creativity is and how it works will perhaps remain humanity’s most unanswerable — but that hasn’t stopped us from trying.


PROJECT 1 | SKETCH | CRITIQUES

  • Critique Goals:
  1. Obtain specific kinds of feedback.
  2. Compare how several different components of the same product are designed.
  3. Discuss the user flow through a design. (Similar to a cognitive walkthrough).
  4. Explore the designs of competing products.
  5. Explore: Color, shape, function, font, style, concept, execution
  • How to Write a Critique
  • Break into groups of three, share your work, speak to its strengths and weaknesses. Take notes because your are required to post a review of BOTH of your classmates in your group to your website. Critiques should be posted by 7pm on Monday.

LAYERLESS THINKING

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2015.9.28_Last Name_First Name_LAYERLESS (Change the colors of the balls/sand/stroke, etc. Personalize it.)


LOCKING & HIDING

Download project file.

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2015.9.28_Last Name_First Name_LOCKINGHIDING (Change the colors of the balls/sand/stroke, etc. Personalize it.)


THE ALIGN PALETTE

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2015.9.28_Last Name_First Name_AlignPalette


PATHFINDER PALETTE

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2015.9.28_Last Name_First Name_PathFinderPalette


SAVING FILES


Homework | Week 4 | Monday

Homework 1:  DELICIOUS
On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on Illustrator, Locking & Hiding, Pathfinder Palette, The  Type Tool or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Homework 2:  
Complete the tutorials.

LAYERLESS THINKING
LOCKING & HIDING
THE ALIGN PALETTE
PATHFINDER PALETTE

 

Homework 3: Use ILLUSTRATOR to create the SECOND iteration for Project I. Use your sketches as references for your Illustrator files. Files should be created for the logo, front and back cover and spine.  The following items should be included in your Illustrator files.
Product specifications required include:
  • Designed to the exact DVD size using the template provided
  • Company or product name
  • Manufacturer
  • Font choices
  • Logo design
  • Bar code
  • Designed in color
Save your .ai files as well as export your files and save as .jpgs. Upload all your .jpgs to Flickr, copy the image embed code, go to your website blog post, add media, insert embed code, paste Flickr embed code, and save your post.
Homework 4: Critique
Post your critiques of BOTH of your classmates designs to you blog by 7pm on Monday. You are to take these critiques into consideration when creating your first design iteration using Illustrator. Then RESPOND to the critique. You don’t have to incorporate their critique into your design BUT you need to justify why you did or did not incorporate the changes.
Homework 5: Pinterest
Add FIVE more pins to you Pinterest Project 1 board.
Give me the link to your Pinterest board on your project 1 page.

Homework 6:  Pinterest Widget
Add a Pinterest widget to your website.


ILLUSTRATOR | PROJECT 1 | OVERVIEW

Design Brief

Subject: DVD CASE

  • Create a fictitious product company, logo and package/label design for your company. All DVD designs must contain complete information.
  • Develop a DVD cover/back cover/spin design, according to the following specifications.
  • Size: Determine the DVD size from those in production.
  • Include: title, logo, song or product list, manufacturer’s name, manufacturer’s contact information, manufacturer’s address, bar code or QR code, etc. Whatever you would normally find on a DVD cover.
  • Product Name: Student choice – do not use an existing DVD name.
  • Manufacturer: Student choice – do not use an existing DVD name.
  • Logo: The product must contain a logo that matches the company name selected by the student.

Miscellaneous:

  • The DVD design must contain all of the information that is normally found on a DVD.
  • Selection of type styles, typefaces and the box package is made by the student.
  • The logo and DVD design must demonstrate unity by using common themes. which demonstrates they are from the same product line.
  • The labels should fit the container neatly and look professional. You need to start with a DVD case first to design your insert to fit, not the other way around.

Project Submission and Printout:

The final DVD cover/back cover/spin must be printed in color, and at full size.
Design should be inserted into the DVD case.

Design should also be uploaded to your Flickr, copy the image URL, add media and insert it onto you project 1 page o your website. All files must be burned onto a dvd and the dvd must be included in the case. Please make sure to label the DVD as well. KEEP ALL ORIGINAL FILES. They will be turned in at the end of the semester.

Word document, research, sketches, design iterations and final design in the following formats: .ai, .jpg and .doc should be burned to the DVD and labeled as follows: Project I labeled: Last Name_First Name_Date_Project I_Illustrator_DVD.

The design will be turned in as a Adobe Illustrator file, a .jpg file as well as attached to DVD they are design to fit. The written description and research for the project in Microsoft Word will be turned in .doc format and the project sketches will be turned in .jpg format.

Items That Must Be Physically Turned In On Week 5 | Thursday at the BEGINNING of class:

  • DVD with your designs inserted into the case.
  • Paper print out of the project written description.
  • All .ai, .jpg and .doc files burned to a DVD which should be inserted into the case.
  • Adobe Illustrator Project I: Written Description

Requirement Summary

  • Your logo must use multiple Illustrator tools and procedures and may NOT be created only from text.
  • Design must be cleanly and neatly attached to a DVD case to illustrate that they were design and fit the shape of the specific container.
  • Each design must contain the usual information that is used for that product.
  • The labels must fit their container well and look professional.
  • A Microsoft Word document with the following information must be included with your final project I submission. It must include a written description explaining the tools, principles, and elements you used in designing your product.
  • The write-up should specifically define the what and why of each element designed and why you designed it that way. The Word document will be graded both for content and grammar.
  • Adobe Illustrator Project I: Written Description Should Include:
  • Write a description of the logo design process/ product design process and the thinking behind its design.

The following items should be included in your project description: Remember to include your full name, date, project I and project title in the document.

The content of the Illustrator Project Written Description must include the following:
The name of the company and product your design was created for.

  • What image is your company attempting to project and why?
  • Why did you select the colors you did for your label designs?
  • What research did you do to make the designs fit the nature of the company or product?
  • What did you do to assure that the designs would work for the CD/DVD containers you used?
  • What elements are your center of interest on your designs and why?
  • Describe the flow throughout the various parts of your designs.
  • What elements did you use to create unity between the logo and the cover design?
  • Describe how you created unity between the logo, cover, and other parts of the packaging.
  • How successful do you think you were in meeting the product need to get customers to understand your CD/DVD?
  • What Illustrator tools did you rely on most and why did you choose these tools?
  • What problems did you encounter while creating your designs and logo and how did you solve them?
  • What would you do differently, if you could start over?

NOTE: If you need help with Punctuation and Grammar Rules, review the Owl website, sponsored by Purdue University: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/index.html.

 

Week 3 Thursday | Illustrator Pt. 2

**Deadline for Project 1 is WEEK 5 | THURSDAY


Illustrator Settings


Illustrator | The Pen Tool

FOLLOW ALONG with the tutorial and create what he creates. There should be FOUR separate files.

 Save your file as: date_last name_first name_pen tool_version v1

  • pen tool_ v1
  • pen tool_v2
  • pen tool_mastering curves_v1
  • pen tool_anchor points_v1

Upload it to Flickr, copy the embed code and paste it on your homework blog post Week 3 Thursday.


Illustrator  | Selection Tools

FOLLOW ALONG with the tutorial and create what he creates,  Save your file as: date_last name_first name_selection tool_version

Upload it to Flickr, copy the embed code and paste it on your homework blog post Week 3 Thursday.


Object Oriented Design

FOLLOW ALONG with the tutorial and create what he creates,  Save your file as: date_last name_first name_object oriented design_version

Upload it to Flickr, copy the embed code and paste it on your homework blog post Week 3 Thursday.


Illustrator | Grouping

FOLLOW ALONG with the tutorial and create what he creates,  Save your file as: date_last name_first name_grouping_version

Upload it to Flickr, copy the embed code and paste it on your homework blog post Week 3 Thursday.


Homework | Week 3 | Thursday

Homework 1:
Complete all in class assignments if you you have not already done so and upload them to Flickr, copy the embed code and post on your homework post.

  • pen tool_ v1
  • pen tool_v2
  • pen tool_mastering curves_v1
  • pen tool_anchor points_v1
  • selection_v1
  • grouping_v1

Homework 2:

FINAL/REVISED SKETCHES – in color for DVD project due for both the logo and the case.  First iterations drawn in Illustrator due on Week 4 MONDAY.

Your CD/DVD project is due at the BEGINNING OF CLASS on Week 5 Thursday. Also, bring headphones to each class moving forward.

Homework 3:

DELICIOUS: On your del.icio.us account tag three web sites that focus on references for your PROJECT 1 and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for DESIGNING YOUR PROJECT.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01 AS WELL AS PROJECT 1, and add additional tags.

DELICIOUS: On your del.icio.us account tag three web sites that focus on Adobe Illustrator GROUPINGObject Oriented Design,   SELECTION TOOLS or the PEN TOOL, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01 AS WELL AS WEEK 3 MONDAY and add additional tags.

Give me the link to your Delicious on your homework post.

Homework 4:
Add FIVE more pins to you Pinterest Project 1 board.
Give me the link to your Pinterest board on your homework post.

Week 3 Monday | Intro to CS

ALWAYS REMEMBER | PHOTOSHOP/ILLUSTRATOR/INDESIGN HAVE NATIVE FILE FORMATS. ALWAYS SAVE THEM!

ALWAYS SAVE THE PSD file. 

When uploading an image to your blog, Flickr or any other web or mobile device, the image needs to be resized for that specific purpose. Photoshop 6.0 includes a “Save for Web” command allowing you to produce a copy of your image that is optimized for Web use. The image file will be as small as possible, sized correctly and will use only Web-safe colors. Save for Web can produce GIF, JPEG, or PNG format images.

You tell Photoshop how you’d like to optimize your image for the Web. You select the file format to produce (GIF, JPEG or PNG), what size palette you’ want to use, how to cut down the colors to fit the chosen palette size,  and how much to sacrifice image quality to produce a smaller file size.


ILLUSTRATOR

ALWAYS SAVE THE .AI  FILE

Note: Do not attempt to upload a AI file to the web. AI files are native to Illustrator and will not display on the web. Images for the Web should be sized at 72dpi, RGB color mode and the exact pixel size that you want it to appear on the Web.


INDESIGN

ALWAYS SAVE THE .INDD FILE

Note: Do not attempt to upload a INDD file to the web. INDD files are native to InDesign and will not display on the web. 


Best Practices for File Naming

Accurate file-naming – Special characters – Underscore – Date

YYYY_MM_DD _FileName_Version

Read more about file-name convention for digital files.


Best Practices for File Storage

What happens when you move your files to multiple locations?


Project 1

(Illustrator CS): DVD Video, Music or Game Packaging
The assignment is to create a digital still life, in illustrator, using your knowledge of the drawing tools. The still life will be set up and must be sketched BEFORE moving to Illustrator.

Design Brief for Illustrator  

DVD Video, Music or Game Packaging

Develop a design for a DVD case. This design will include both the front and back cover insert for a conventional DVD case, along with the title panels. The design can focus on either an audio DVD or DVD game, or DVD movie title, and can be either real or fictitious.

Design Specifications: Size Conventional DVD case dimensions. Download a print ready template here. Download the .ai file titled:
This gives you the layout for the front, back and spine.

DVD Name: Use a real or fictitious audio DVD name – or real or fictitious DVD game title.

Logo: Design an original logo for the company of manufacture for either the audio/video DVD or game DVD.

Information: The project will include all of the information typically found on either an audio or game compact disc. Included will be the side title bars and the back cover insert. Dimensions can be found on a typical DVD cover.

Project specifications include research, size, name, manufacturer, font choices, initial logo design and  initial box design and final designs.

Written Description: Detailed 250 word document detailing your design process, the tools you used and what you would change if you had to do  it again.

* Each project must be submitted with following items: Research & Conceptual Sketches, Preliminary Comps, Final Designs and written description. You will be graded separately on each phase of your projects. You will also be submitting each final design as a digital file.

Final Package Printout:

Final project must be printed in color, at full size, and inserted into a dvd case. The dvd inside the case should ALL files you created (including hand sketches, multiple .ai iterations and written description doc. All files should also be uploaded to your website on a page titled PROJECT 1 | Illustrator. KEEP ALL ORIGINAL FILES. They will be turned in at the end of the semester via DropBox.


Design Development: Iterative Design Process

  • Explore: What are you trying to solve?
  • Functions: Define the usage, dimensions and output.
  • Iterate: Plan – Do – Study – Act

Agree on the objective

Work on the design

Using virtual prototype (sketches in your sketchbook), study the outcomes

Make a decision and move from the sketchbook to Illustrator.


Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Adobe introduced Illustrator 1.1 was introduced in 1987, using the Bezier curve as the basis for vector graphics. These vector graphics create PostScript files visually.


Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Photoshop

They share much of the same functionality BUT Adobe Illustrator is used for creating vector graphics and vector text, while Photoshop is used to create raster graphics (or bitmaps). Vector graphics are  made of lines and curves that contain mathematical objects called vectors (Illustrator). Raster graphics (or bitmaps) contain tiny dots of color (also called pixels or bits)(Photoshop). In Photoshop he image is the combination of many of these dots/pixels with the final result being the appearance of a solid image. You to edit images by changing the pattern of the pixels by lightening or darkening them, and by rearranging their pattern.

Summary: Photoshop is the primary tool for editing photos and Adobe Illustrator is the preferred tool for creating vector graphics. Note:  Bitmap graphics (photos) are much larger in file size than vector graphics because information for every single bit must be saved to the file. Every time you change the file and resave it you lose quality. Change the size of a raster graphic and your quality will be changed. Vector graphics can be scaled to any size without losing quality.

Adobe Illustrator will allow you to convert a vector image to a raster image. You can also import raster images, but the images themselves cannot be edited in Illustrator.

See the example below of a vector and a bitmap below.


Understanding Vector Graphics (Illustrator)

Vector is another word for a scalable graphic design. They are constructed shapes, colors, and placement that together, form a picture, and are ‘scalable’. Vector graphic formats include PICT, EPS, and WMF as well as PostScript and TrueType fonts.

In their original format, vector graphics are easy to alter; anything about the graphic can be changed. Vector graphics allow you to open a previously saved file, change it, and then save it again. You can open the file an unlimited number of times, change it, and then save it and you never lose the integrity of the document. They offer exceptionally high quality print; the vector file type most typically requested by printing companies is called .EPS – which is short for Encapsulated Post Script.

Adobe Illustrator creates graphics in vector format, and then from these vector images a whole multitude of other file types can be created without changing the scalable attributes of the vector file (the master file). From this master file you can create a GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, XBM, BMP, and PCX file. Note, you can take a vector file and turn it into a bitmap bile but you CANNOT take a bitmap image and turn it into a vector image.

When a shape or an object in Illustrator, it is considered either an open path or a closed path. When the path is enclosed, a square for example, it’s call that a closed path. When the beginning and ending points are not connected, a line for example, that is an open path. A path is made up of multiple segments with each segment having an anchor point at the beginning and one at the end. Anchor points control the shape of the path. When you draw a shape, it is considered to be an object in Illustrator. Anything added is always considered an object.

Adobe explains it in depth, with graphics here.

Lynda.com video on vector graphics.


Touring the Illustrator Interface

Features of the Illustrator Workspace


Setting Up a New Document

  • File – New
  • Choose a profile: print, web, video/film, etc.
  • Advanced: choose your color mode (CMYK for print, RGB for web)

Setting up a New Document in Illustrator Tutorial


BASIC TOOLS


In Class Exercise 1 | CREATING OBJECTS 


In Class Exercise 2 | ORIGINAL GRAPHIC

DESIGN BRIEF:Create an original graphic for a background for a website using Adobe Illustrator, to create an original work. Use design elements including line, shape and space as well as Illustrator effects to create the background.

Download the sample vector file here.

Create a new document with the following parameters, prepped for the web:

  1. Width: 1280 pixels – Height: 800 pixels.This is the most common web resolution.
  2. Make sure that the New Document Profile has Web selected. This will set the resolution will be set for you (72 pixels/inch, color mode RGB 8 Bit).
  3. Give your document a name starting with: 2015.9.21_Last Name_First Name_Background.
  4. Open the sample vector file and drag it and drop it onto your new document. Change the following: color, size,shape and placement and scale using Illustrator’s simple tools and effects (blur, etc.) to create a generic background that could be used for a website. Save the file as an .JPG and upload to your blog.
In Class Exercise 3 |  BACKGROUND
Create a new document with the parameters above EXCEPT this time, DO NOT use the sample vector file. Create your own vector file. Save the file as a JPG and upload to your blog, giving your document a name starting with: 2015.9.21_Last Name_First Name_Background2
The project theme is: WATER.

HOMEWORK | Week 3 | Monday

A NOTE ON SKETCHING

  • When designing anything, (including the DVD project) sketch often!

Sketching helps you think about content, hierarchy and flow among other aspects. Sketches are cheap, easy to do and very fast. You should be able to create one new idea every thirty seconds. Sketching is also one of the best ways to communicate ideas about layout, user experience and user flow for a site.

DON’T use the computer until we review the sketches in class. Young designers tend to skimp on the sketches or omit them altogether. Too many designers transition too early from sketches to a higher fidelity design without first exploring all possible solutions.

Design concepts for developers

Sketches allow you to iterate on ideas quickly and save lots of time experimenting in mockups or code

  1. Create DVD cover with various iterations in your sketch book (black and white pencil drawings.  Scan your drawings OR take a photo and upload to your website on a NEW PAGE called Illustrator Project 1
    1. Make your Adobe Creative suite page the PARENT PAGE.
      1. HEADING SHOULD SAY: Logo Iterations
        1. Upload your logo sketches to Flickr. Copy the embed code and paste it on this page.
      2. HEADING SHOULD SAY: Sketches
  • Upload your sketches to Flickr. Copy the embed code and paste it on this page.
  • HEADING SHOULD SAY: Research -Add you Delicious links

On your project 1 page – create a list with the following information:

  1. Research – link to Delicious
  2. Inspiration – link to your project board
  3. Low fidelity – link to b/w hand drawings from your post
  4. High fidelity –  link to color hand drawings from your post
  5. Illustrator v1 v2 v3
  6. Final project
  7. Written document
  1. Create Logo with various iterations in your sketch book. Scan your drawings OR take a photo and upload to your website on the Illustrator Project 1 page
  2. Create a PINTEREST board and add FIVE pins – inspiration for your project 1.
  3. Create a NEW POST CALLED – Week 3 Monday Homework Finish in-class exercise 1 & 2 & 3 and upload them to that post.
  4. DELICIOUS: On your del.icio.us account tag three web sites that focus on references for your PROJECT 1 and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for DESIGNING YOUR PROJECT.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01 AS WELL AS PROJECT 1 and add additional tags.
  5. DELICIOUS: On your del.icio.us account tag three web sites that focus on Adobe Illustrator  or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01 AS WELL AS WEEK 3 MONDAY and add additional tags.

Week 2 Thursday | WordPress III

Design, Sustainability, Change 

A Little Inspiration.



 

ADDING CONTENT

POSTS VS. PAGES

When adding content, you have to decide if it should be a post or a page. The main difference between these is that a page is non-dated content that is intended to be a permanent, top-level part of your site that does not change often. A post is for dated, time-sensitive content, that you will add on a regular basis to freshen the site. Posts are usually the bulk of the site, with pages providing context and background information. On this site, the weekly lessons are posts and the syllabus is a page.

YOU CAN SET YOUR HOMEPAGE TO BE YOUR POSTS OR A STATIC PAGE.


CREATING PAGES

Pages are relatively simple. They have the following elements:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Publish Status
  • Page Attributes – Template and Parent
  • Featured Image

PAGES are static and not often updated. They go in your main menu.


CREATING POSTS

Posts have most of the same elements as pages with some additions. They do not have parents.

Categories – You can use these to organize your posts. Categories can be added right from the post page or from the Categories item in the left side dashboard menu.

Tags – Tags are a looser way of associating posts with a list of keywords that describe the content of a post. Some themes will show all the tags on a post as hyperlinks, so you can quickly jump to other posts tagged with the same term.

Format – As of WP 4.3, there are a number of options for a post format besides the standard type. The effect of choosing one of these rather than the standard format is going to depend on your theme.

  • aside – Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
  • gallery – A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments.
  • link – A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first <a href=””> tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An alternative approach could be if the post consists only of a URL, then that will be the URL and the title (post_title) will be the name attached to the anchor for it.
  • image – A single image. The first <img /> tag in the post could be considered the image. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the image URL and the title of the post (post_title) will be the title attribute for the image.
  • quote – A quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
  • status – A short status update, similar to a Twitter status update.
  • video – A single video. The first <video /> tag or object/embed in the post content could be considered the video. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the video URL. May also contain the video as an attachment to the post, if video support is enabled on the blog (like via a plugin).
  • audio – An audio file. Could be used for Podcasting.

Adding Media

There are many ways to add images, video, audio, or PDFs to posts or pages in WordPress. Media can either be uploaded directly to your site through the WordPress media manager, or hosted on an external site such as YouTube or Vimeo (for video) or Flickr or Picasa (for images).

Images, however, should generally be uploaded directly to your site but there are some up-sides to using external services like Flickr. For example, these services make it easy to create sophisticated slideshows, and may help you capture additional “drive by” traffic from those sites.


Adding an Image

DO NOT ADD HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES TO YOUR WEBSITE. THEY WILL TAKE FOREVER TO UPLOD.

Upload the follow file extensions only:

  1. .jpg
  2. .png
  3. .jpeg

Before you start uploading, place your cursor in the text of the Body field where you want the image to appear.

Just above the formatting toolbar’s icons, look for row of small icons labeled “Upload/Insert.”

The first of these icons is for uploading images – click it.

Click Select Files and navigate to the image file you want to upload (you can actually upload multiple files at once, but we’ll just work with one for now). Click OK, and you’ll be looking at something like this:

Take a moment to study this panel. There’s a lot you can do here!

Clicking the Edit button will reveal a sub-panel that lets you crop, scale, rotate, and otherwise manipulate the image itself (though we recommend doing this kind of image editing in Photoshop or iPhoto before uploading).

The TitleCaption, and Description fields are used in different ways by different templates and gallery plugins. You should use these as instructed by documentation or your webmaster.

The Alternate Text field is not displayed on the page, but is present in the HTML. This field is critical for handicapped users who have “screen readers” dictate the web page to them. The Alternate field is also used by search engines, so they have some sense of what the image is about. Remember, Google is the web’s largest blind user!

The Link URL field lets you control whether the user can click the image to go elsewhere, and if so, where. Set it to None to make the image not clickable. Setting it to File URL will cause the image to link to a full-size version of the same image in a raw browser window, without your site’s design/theme. Clicking Post URL will cause the link to go to an “Attachment page,” which is a special WordPress page that hosts a piece of media associated with a story. This is a good choice for showing larger versions of images without losing the “context” of the site.

The Alignment options are pretty straightforward – set this to None, Left, Right or Center to control whether or how text wraps around the image.

The Size option lets you control the dimensions of the inserted image. When you upload an image, WordPress makes some decisions about whether to also create additional versions of that same image for use in various contexts. If your uploaded image is larger than your theme’s content area width, or if you just want to show a small version, select the thumbnail or medium version, with the appropriate linking option as described above. To control the image sizes WordPress will generate, see Settings | Media | Image Sizes.

Finally, click Insert Into Post. The image will be inserted wherever the cursor was in the text when you began the upload process. If the image ends up in the wrong place for some reason, you can simply drag it to the right spot.

If you upload multiple images into a post, WordPress will give you the option to “Insert as Gallery.” If you take this option, your images will appear as a small gallery of thumbnails, each of which links to the full-sized image on a separate page. See our WordPress Galleries tutorial for more on this topic.


Re-Using Images

When you first clicked the Upload/Insert icon, you may have noticed three “tabs” across the top – From Computer, From URL, and Media Library. You may also see a “Gallery” tab up there. The Gallery tab, if present, gives you quick access to all images that have been previously added to the current post. The Media Library tab gives you access to everything that’s been uploaded to the entire site, ever! If you want to re-use an image you’ve used in the past, don’t re-upload it – just use these tabs to pull it back into your post.

Medialib
select your photos

WordPress will upload all your photos and automatically generate thumbnail images. When it’s finished, it will let you know everything uploaded successfully, as you can see here.

upload complete


How to Edit Photo Metadata

While it’s best to edit metadata in the actual images, if you don’t it can still be done in WordPress. Notice that one of the files uploaded with the name “Doc title” This is the information that was entered into the title field in Photoshop. If you didn’t edit the Title field in Photoshop, you will have to do it here to have a title that is pleasing to read.

Click to Show (the Doc title detail button) to take a closer look.

image detail

WordPress automatically pulled in the Title and Description fields but the caption is blank. WordPress galleries use the description field so this will do for now. Also, make sure to fill in theAlternate text. This describes the contents of the photo for blind users and will help Google better index your site. When you’re done editing your photos, click Save all changes.


Your Photos in the Media Library

Saving will take you to the Media Library. The Media Library seems fine at first glance. Notice that when you hover your mouse over a thumbnail you have the option to edit or delete a photo. But if you use a lot of photos, this interface could become unmanageable very quickly. We’ll talk about solutions for that later.

media library

For now take a look at the Attached to column. WordPress expects photos to be attached to posts or pages. Since we haven’t done that yet, all the photos are Unattached. Simply click the Attachbutton and select a post or page to change the status.

Why do we care? Native WordPress galleries use this to information to identify which pictures to show on a given post or page. Generally, it’s better to upload directly from a post or page.

You can use this plugin to create any kind of email-able form you like, but let’s start simple.

Select the text in the red/brown horizontal bar and copy it to the clipboard. Now go to the Pages section of the Dashboard and create a new page called “Contact.” Paste the code on your clipboard into the Body field and click Publish.

Now go to your public site and navigate to yourdomain.com/contact. You should see a basic contact form. Fill it out and make sure it actually does send email to your address.


Design, Sustainability, Change 

A Little Inspiration.


Embedding Video

I recommend hosting video on external services, for several reasons:

  1. Videos will probably be much larger than the max upload size allowed by your host.
  2. Video can be tricky to compress correctly (with a good size/quality ratio).
  3. Video can consume a lot of disk space to store and a lot of bandwidth to serve. Many hosts have quotas on these resources, and you can exhaust them quickly.

Copy the YouTube Embed Code
Share – Embed – Select Size – Copy Code – Insert  code into TEXT view of your WP page.

HTML/TEXT vs. Visual Modes

When editing a post or page, you can select either Visual or HTML/TEXT mode at the top right of the editing area.

Visual mode is similar to using Microsoft Word, and lets you work without seeing or touching any HTML code. But note that the Visual mode does not completely reflect how things will appear on your live site, since your final design is controlled by the CSS stylesheets in your theme, while the Dashboard focuses on the structure of your content.

HTML/TEXT mode offers advanced users an added level of control when formatting media and text (i.e. there are many more HTML tags in existence than are represented by the toolbar icons). HTML mode is also used when you need to insert “embed” code in your posts, such as the code provided by YouTube for embedding videos in other sites. We’ll come back to that.

If you prefer to stay in HTML mode permanently, you can disable the Visual mode from your Dashboard Profile page (click your name at the top right of the Dashboard).

You’ll notice that the formatting toolbar icons also change when you switch to HTML/TEXT mode.

NOTE: When copying text from Microsoft Word or other websites, paste it into the TEXT mode – HTML, and the formatting will be deleted.


CUSTOM MENUS

Most up to date themes allow you to add at least one custom menu to your site. You can build a menu of links to categories, pages and custom links.

Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Menus

Paul Kaiser explains the menu system basics and how to start using them on your site. Working with the original WordPress menus WordPress menu management to the rescue.

Drag, drop, and done

Building Menus

Your site’s navigation menu is generally a combination of Categories and Pages, as shown in this example:

Menu1

Categories are shown here in red, while the other three links are to Pages in the system.

WordPress 3 introduced a new “Menus” system which has made menu construction much, much easier. If your currently active theme is designed to support Menus, you’ll see a “Menus” link in the Appearance section of the Dashboard sidebar:

Menus2

WordPress can actually support the use of multiple menus on a site. To get started, you’ll need to name at least one menu in the system – may as well call it “Main”:

Menus3

Once you’ve saved a blank menu, you’ll need to attach it to a location. In the default “2010” theme that comes with WordPress, the main named location is called “Primary Navigation.” Associate your “Main” menu with the “Primary Navigation” location:

Menus4

With that done, you can now begin dragging menu sections from the left side of the page to the “Main” menu drawing area at the right, in much the same way as you built your collection of Widgets.

Start by checking the boxes for some or all of your Categories at the lower left, then click Add to Menu:

Menus5

The selected categories now appear in the menu builder:

Menus6

To change the order of the menu, try dragging the category entries up or down. Click Save Menu, then take a look at your live site. Want to see something even cooler? Try dragging one of your menu items a bit to the right, so that one category is nested under another:

Menus7

Now take another look at your live site – the hierarchy of categories will be translated into nested “fly-out” menus on your site.

Now try adding some of your Pages to the menu, in the same way. You might want to arrange it so your menu shows one page, then three categories, then another page, or whatever you like.

Finally, take a look at the Custom Links section on the left of the Menu builder. Create a Custom Link to your homepage by entering a URL of “/” (or whatever is relevant for your site) and a label of “Home”:

Menus9

Of course, custom links can go to any page or post on your site, or even to other pages on the web! Drag the new custom link to the top of the menu and save.

Menus10

Using this system, categories and pages no longer show up automatically in your menus, but you’ll find that you have much more control, and end users will have far less need to call in developers to build their menus.

If you do decide you want newly added top-level pages to be added to your menu automatically, check the box labeled “Automatically add new top-level pages” near the top of the menu builder.


HOMEWORK | Week 3 | Thursday

    • Complete the CODE ACADEMY lesson on HTML. Complete HTML Basics questions 1-14.Take a photo of the certificate at the end showing that you completed it. Upload it to Flickr and post it to your blog.
    • Add a new post called: Homework Week 3 Thursday and list all your homework and links.
    • On your Adobe Create Suite page, add the following text: Homework Week 3 Thursday and make it a link to the blog posting you created.
    • Create a custom menu.
    • Add an image to at lease ONE page on your website.
    • Embed a video on your website.
    • Add a PDF of your resume.
    • Add a Flickr plugin or widget and link it to your account.
    • Add a Delicious plugin or widget and link it to your account.
    • On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on WordPress,WordPress images, WordPress menus or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Week 2 Monday | WordPress

Week 2 – Monday | September 14th

  • Student Websites
  • Wp-Admin Panel
  • Installing WordPress
  • Selecting Themes
  • Widgets
  • Adding Pages
  • Creating Posts
  • Plugins


What is WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by 48% of Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs Are Managed With WordPress. WordPress powers 79% of website in 2015.

This 5-minute video provides a brief introduction to the WordPress content management system and demonstrates why it is the most popular web publishing platform today.

Why Choose WordPress?

  • Free
  • Open Source: Easy to find, easy to use, easy to share

Findability is the end goal for any website. If a tree falls in the forest and no one saw it fall, did it really fall?

If you want to get indexed on Google,, WordPress is a great way to do it. WordPress is built to be a magnet for search engines and other online indexes to the extent that if you don’t want your WordPress site indexed, you have to take steps to prevent it from happening.

WordPress has great search and share optimization. Plugins like WordPress SEO, AddThis, and Facebook for WordPress give any site the opportunity to be seen.

WordPress is easily findable, accessible, and provides shareable information. When reading or viewing content on a WordPress site, you are able to access and interact with that content through comments and RSS feeds.

  • Mature
  • Customizable: Easy to publish, easy to configure, easy to maintain

WordPress is at the pinacle of open source. It is built, evolved, and maintained by the people that use it and is in a constant state of forward-moving change. .

WordPress has undergone several fundamental changes that have made applications even easier to use and has become more powerful and diverse.

  • Easy to Maintain: Easy to build, easy to augment, easy to evolve

With the advent of themes, building a custom WordPress site from scratch takes less time than with any other platform. WordPress is a simple interface between the site owner, the database, and the end user.

  • Large Community

The Bottom Line

WordPress offers one of the best available solutions for most websites today. It’s a great tool to use and has both the ease of use and the advanced features to suit pretty much any need. And just when you think your need isn’t met, a theme, a plugin, or an extension is there to fill the void.


WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress.org is where you can download the latest version of WordPress for installation on your own domain. It is also where you can find documentation and support, and add-ons to customize your site.

WordPress.com is where you can set up a blog under the wordpress.com domain (yourblog.wordpress.com). The basic service is free and supported by advertising, premium services like your own domain name are available for a fee.


Sample Sites

Some people think they don’t want to use a system like WordPress because they don’t want there site to look like a “template” or a “blog”. Basic WordPress sites do share similar layouts but there are thousands of free and commercial themes that you can use and, if you want to get into more advanced techniques, completely customize.

Here are some examples of sites that were built with WordPress:


YOU NEED TO ASK!

Steve Jobs on Failure (1994)


Setting Up Your Website

  • This tutorial will guide you through the WordPress install on Bluehost.
  • Go to Bluehost.com and click on Control Panel Login
  • In the ACCOUNT LOGIN area, enter your url and password
  • Click login

Installing WordPress with MOJO Marketplace

  1. Navigate to the MOJO Marketplace section inside cPanel.
  2. Click the One-Click Installs icon.
    One-Click Installs
  3. Choose WordPress.
    WordPress Icon
  4. Click the Start button.
    Start a brand new installation
  5. Choose the domain name to install it to.
    Select installation domain

    In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog.

  6. Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
  7. Select the Install Now button.
    Install Now button 

Using WordPress: Log in the Admin Panel

To access your WordPress administration panel, you will (in most cases) add “wp-admin” at the end of your domain name in your web browser.

For example: http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/

When you installed WordPress through the one-click install on Mojo, they gave you  a username and password. Use that to login to your WordPress admin panel.

If you are successful, you will see a screen similar to the one below:

wp_login

 

ACCESSING YOUR WORDPRESS SITE


The Dashboard

This video provides an overview of the WordPress Administration Panel which provides access to the functions and features of your WordPress-powered website.

Covered in this video:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the WordPress Dashboard.
  • How to customize the WordPress interface just for you.
  • Hide Dashboard modules you rarely use.
  • The collapsible navigation menu and functions.
  • The default modules that are available to users.
  • How to use the QuickPress module to quickly create a new Post.


INTRO TO WORDPRESS THEMES

What is a Theme?
A theme is simply collection of files that allow you to “skin” your WordPress site. A theme is comprised of template files, that determine the components that will go on each type of page, and a styles sheet or sheets that control fonts, colors and layout. Themes are stored in wp-content > themes.


A WordPress “theme” generally consisting of:

  • One or more CSS style sheets
  • Any necessary images that comprise the theme graphics
  • A collection of PHP/HTML “template” files
  • A thumbnail image representing the theme in the Dashboard

A typical WordPress theme contains a dozen or more files, but only a few are technically required.

These files work together as a package to define the entire look and feel – and sometimes behavior – of a WordPress site. Themes are completely decoupled from site content, so a site owner can apply a new theme with the click of a button and have all content on their site take on a whole new appearance.

This collection of files is contained in a folder that lives in the wp-content/themes directory on your web server. When an administrator visits the Appearance | Themes section of the WordPress Dashboard, all valid theme folders in that location will appear. Any valid theme can be applied to the site content by clicking the Activate link below its name.

Your WordPress install comes with two themes installed, but there are thousands of third-party themes that you can install yourself. You can browse them on the WordPress.org site or Google “free WordPress themes”.


CHOOSING THEMES

When choosing a theme, make sure that it is compatible up to your version of WordPress ( the current version is 3.5). Many new features were introduced in WordPress 3.0, and you want to make sure to take advantage of them.

RESPONSIVE THEMES

A responsive WordPress theme is a theme built to adapt it’s design to tablets and smartphones, creating a great user experience. Previously, dedicated WordPress mobile themes was the best option, but in 2013, responsive WordPress themes are the hot new trend. With the rapid growth of smartphones, tablet computers and Internet enabled gadgets, we have to take mobile web design seriously and ensure that your theme is can be viewed easily on any mobile device.

Responsive web design allows your website content to be displayed correctly by adjusting the layout to accommodate screens of different orientation and sizes. From a branding perspective, responsive themes allow you to maintain one theme and provide one consistent look and feel no matter how visitors access your website. This is a huge money saver for clients as there is not longer the need for mobile versions of websites. To test responsive layouts, check out some responsive web design tools.


CHECKING YOUR THEMES

A quick note on downloading and installing themes. There are thousands of FREE and PREMIUM themes out there and not everyone is as honest and straightforward as we hope they’d be. It’s good practice to check your themes prior to installing them.

Take a look at: TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker)

Scan all of your theme files for potentially malicious or unwanted code. Be aware of advertisements or dangerous JavaScript inserted into legitimate themes by third party theme download sites.

Future versions will allow to check for other theme vulnerabilities. CHECK YOUR THEMES BEFORE INSTALLING THEM!


INSTALLING THEMES

There are two ways to install a new theme, through the WP admin tools, or by downloading and uploading it into the themes directory. Which you use will depend on how you FTP into your hosting account.
INSTALLING VIA ADMIN
From the admin, go to Appearance > Themes

To install a NEW theme that is not currently available through your WordPress panel, do the following.

  1. Go into your ADMIN panel
  2. Go to APPEARANCE
  3. Go to THEMES
  4. Click on INSTALL THEMES
  5. Click on UPLOAD and upload the theme that you’ve already downloaded from the web and saved to your hard drive
  6. Click on BROWSE and UPLOAD the theme
  7. Click on INSTALL and then PREVIEW

 

THEME OPTIONS

Some themes have an options panel that allow you to further customize appearance and layout. What the options are will vary from theme to theme. “Paid” themes usually offer you more options and more documentation.


WordPress: WHAT IS A PLUGIN?

(WordPress Plugin) Plugins are pieces of code created with the purpose of expanding the functionalities of a software, in this case of WordPress. There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins already created, solving a wide range of problems and needs.
They are third party pieces of software you are able to install and use on your WordPress website. Plugins are typically developed to add additional functionality to your website that is not included in the standard installation of WordPress. Some examples of plugins are image galleries, contact forms, and banner rotators.

SEARCHING FOR & INSTALLING PLUGINS

One of the best features of WordPress is the ability to customize your website with Plugins. Plugins are easily downloaded and installed and within minutes. You can easily add customized functionality to your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard. Once logged in, click “Add New” under “Plugins”
  • Search for a plugin using the search feature.
  • If you wish to use the plugin after reading about it, click on “Install Now”
  • After the plugin has been successfully installed, you will need to click “activate plugin” to begin using it. To change the settings of your plugin, click on the “Settings” menu option on the left  hand side to access the settings for your new plugin.

These steps will help you install and select a WordPress plugin for your blog.

    • Inside the WordPress Dashboard, select the Add New link from the Plugins menu.

 

    • You can search for a plugin based on name, category, or function.
    • Click the Download link to the right of the plugin you’d like to download.
    • Click the Install button for your desired plugin.
    • Your plugin is now available. Click on the ‘Activate’ link to activate it.

 

  • Your WordPress blog has now incorporated the plugin you activated.

UPDATING A  WORDPRESS PLUGIN

Plugins like any other piece of software need to be updated from time to time. When a new version of the plugin is released you may need to update the plugin. Most plugins are updated to patch a security risk, or to add more features to the plugin. It is important to keep your plugins up to date for security purposes.


HOW DO I KNOW IF A PLUGIN NEEDS TO BE UPDATED?

Log into your WordPress Dashboard and select the plugins menu option. If you have a Plugin that needs to be updated, the plugins menu will have a number next to it.

On the Plugins page, you will see a message letting you know there is a new version available.

Click on the “update automatically” link, and it will lead you to a page to automatically install the update for that plugin.


RECOMMENDED PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS

Here is a list of some basic WordPress plugins to help you get started. There’s hundred more available but here are three you may want to use:

WP Super Cache – This is a caching plugin for WordPress.  One of the main issues we see with WordPress sites is that if caching is not enabled, it causes some sites to load slower and use more resources.  It is highly recommended to install Super Cache to help prevent these issues.

W3 Total Cache – This is an even more advanced caching plugin for WordPress. It’s recommended to use this caching plugin if you’re having issues with a large amount of 404 errors on your WordPress site.

Limit Login Attempts – This is a plugin that will limit the number of failed login attempts allowed, and will temporarily ban the IP address from trying anymore login attempts.

Captcha – This is a CAPTCHA plugin that operates by asking simple math questions to prove a human is filling out a form instead of a spam bot.

Google XML Sitemaps  – To help your Search Engine Optimization and increase your visibility to customers, it is recommended you use the official Google XML Sitemaps widget.  This will create a sitemap for your website which search engines look for when they crawl your site.

Akismet – This is a plugin that will help block spam from being posted in your Comments section.


TOP WORDPRESS TRENDS

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WORDPRESS | WORKING WITH WIDGETS


ADDING CONTENT

POSTS VS. PAGES

When adding content, you have to decide if it should be a post or a page. The main difference between these is that a page is non-dated content that is intended to be a permanent, top-level part of your site that does not change often. A post is for dated, time-sensitive content, that you will add on a regular basis to freshen the site. Posts are usually the bulk of the site, with pages providing context and background information. On this site, the weekly lessons are posts and the syllabus is a page.

USING THE PAGE/POST EDITOR

  • Visual vs. HTML
  • Standard Toolbar
  • Kitchen Sink Toolbar
  • Uploading and Inserting Images

CREATING PAGES

Pages are relatively simple. They have the following elements:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Publish Status
  • Page Attributes – Template and Parent
  • Featured Image

CREATING POSTS
Posts have most of the same elements as pages with some additions. They do not have parents.

Categories – You can use these to organize your posts. Categories can be added right from the post page or from the Categories item in the left side dashboard menu.

Tags – Tags are a looser way of associating posts with a list of keywords that describe the content of a post. Some themes will show all the tags on a post as hyperlinks, so you can quickly jump to other posts tagged with the same term.

Format – As of WP 3.1, there are a number of options for a post format besides the standard type. The effect of choosing one of these rather than the standard format is going to depend on your theme.

  • aside – Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
  • gallery – A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments.
  • link – A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first <a href=””> tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An alternative approach could be if the post consists only of a URL, then that will be the URL and the title (post_title) will be the name attached to the anchor for it.
  • image – A single image. The first <img /> tag in the post could be considered the image. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the image URL and the title of the post (post_title) will be the title attribute for the image.
  • quote – A quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
  • status – A short status update, similar to a Twitter status update.
  • video – A single video. The first <video /> tag or object/embed in the post content could be considered the video. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the video URL. May also contain the video as an attachment to the post, if video support is enabled on the blog (like via a plugin).
  • audio – An audio file. Could be used for Podcasting.

Homework | Week 2 Monday – DUE THURSDAY

  1. Install WordPress on your web hosting space. Each week you will post a link to your homework on your own WordPress site in the comments section of this blog.
  2. Install a theme. Google free WordPress themes.
  3. Go to your wp-admin panel and install a theme (you may not use the default theme) under appearances, select themes and choose a new theme. Add at least SIX plugins.  Add at least THREE widgets, fill out the personal info on the site.
  4. Add the following PAGES to your website:
  • About
  • Contact
  • Classes
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  1. On the ABOUT page, add a photo of yourself (upload the photo to your Flickr account and link it from there), write a short artist statement and a add your bio or resume.
  2. On the CONTACT page, add a contact form 7 plugin form. Searching for Contact Form 7 in PLUGINS under POPULAR.
  3. ON the CLASSES page create a list of all your MSU fall 2015 classes.
  4. On the ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE page, create a list with the following information:
  • Week 1 Homework Thursday (make this bold)
  • Week 2 Homework Monday (make this bold)
  • Week 2 Homework Thursday (make this bold)
  1. Create a POST titled Week 1 Thursday Homework, ADD the categories: Adobe Creative Suite and Week 1 Thursday Homework. Make the Adobe Creative Suite category the parent category. In this post, list links to week 1 homework including:
  • Delicious
  • Flickr
  • Website URL

Copy the post URL and and make Week 2 Homework Monday a LINK back to the post.

Same procedure for Week 2 homework.

  1. Create a POST titled Week 2 homework
    1. Create a POST titled Week 2 Monday Homework.  ADD the categories: Adobe Creative Suite and Week 2 Thursday Homework. Make the Adobe Creative Suite category the parent category. In this post, list links to week 2 homework including:
  • List the names of the PLUGINS you added to your site
  • List the WordPress theme you chose
  • List the names of the widgets you added
  • Website URL
  • List your Delicious url
  • List your Flickr url
  1. On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on WordPress, WordPress themes or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class. ALSO, add WEEK 2 MONDAY in your comments section so that I can keep track of your comments. *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01  AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Week 1: Thursday | Adobe Creative Suite

Week 1 – September 10th

  • Class Introductions
  • Review Syllabus
  • Introduction to Studio
  • Studio Rules
  • Delicious
  • Flickr
  • DropBox
  • Photo Booth
  • Web Hosting
  • Create Blog
  • Student Websites
  • Installing WordPress
  • Wp-Admin Panel

Studio Rules

  • Students are required to use the desktop computers during class.
  • No food and/or drinks are allowed in or on the computer area.
  • Using your cell phone or traversing social media during class is prohibited.
  • Attendance IS required.
  • Homework is NOT optional.


The Class Blog

This is the class blog. All lessons, homework, readings, and resources for the class will be posted through this blog. All of you will be required to register on the blog, and I will use the email address that you sign up with to communicate with you outside of the class. Please be sure to use your MSU email when registering. I will also place comments regarding your work on this blog. Please take note of the address now!

You will be required to log into the class blog each class. Once you’ve created your WordPress blog, and gotten you blog URL, leave a comment on the CLASS BLOG.


Photo Booth

Go to PhotoBooth on your Mac and take a photos of yourself. Lean in close to the camera so that the photo shows a close up of your face. Once this is completed, please create a gravatar so that your image will be posted with each of your comments on the class blog.


Your Personal Blog

You will post all homework on your personal WEBSITE, but for now, you’ll be creating a WordPress blog until your personal WEBSITE is up. Go to WordPress and create your blog. For your blog address as well as your username, use your full name. Example, johnbrown.wordpress.com. It’s as easy as that! Use your first and last  name when registering your blog. If  your name is taken, add your middle initial or full middle name. Please take note of the address now!

You will be required to post all your homework on your personal WEBSITE before the start of each class. We’ll get your website live on Monday AFTER you purchase web hosting space. When you log into the CLASS BLOG for each class, write the FULL url of your homework that you created on your PERSONAL WEBSITE, DELICIOUS AND FLICKR ACCOUNTS. Each week I will click on the url’s and review your homework.


Student Questionnaire

Fill out the student questionnaire so that I have your contact information and can get to know you a little better.


Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking service that everyone is required to sign up for an account for an maintain tags on it. Through del.icio.us you are going to “tag” pages related to our work in the class so that you can reference them later and share them with the class. It is a way to keep all your tagged pages in an orderly manner making it very easy for you to find your tagged pages. We will be using Del.icio.us to tag sites related to this class including tutorials, design inspirations, lectures and other articles.

Sign up for an account here: http://del.icio.us/


Flickr

Flickr is a photo sharing service that everyone is required to sign up for an account for and upload your weekly work too. Through Flickr you are going to “upload” images related to our work in the class so that you can reference them later and share them with the class. It is a way to keep all your work in an orderly manner making it very easy for you to find your tagged images.

  • #Upload the photo you took of yourself using Photo Booth.
  • #Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01
  • Sign up for an account here: Flickr


Register for a DropBox Account
If you DO NOT already have a DropBox account, please use the link here to create on. It will help me in tracking your installs. https://db.tt/pQHZn7uR – DropBox is a place where you can save your files to the cloud and access them from any computer, anywhere. Sign up for a free DropBox account and install DropBox on your personal Computer.


Web Hosting Space
Everyone is required to have a domain name and web hosting space. You can use any hosting provider you’d like, or use the one you may already have. If you do not have a web hosting space, you can sign up at BlueHost, the company I use to host my websites. Again, you may use any web hosting space that you choose, but if you decide to use BlueHost, use this link to sign up and I can track your install in case you have any issues.  It’s $3.99 a month and they give you a free domain name. Your domain name should be your first and last name.com. Example www.johngreen.org Your desired domain name may already be taken. If that’s the case, try your first name, middle name, and last name.org ie: johnalbertgreen.org. They will ask you if you want to purchase any other services. Please decline everything.


DON’T LOSE YOUR WORK | Best Practices for File Storage

What happens when you move your files to multiple locations?

 


STAY ORGANIZED | Best Practices for File Naming

Accurate file-naming – Special characters – Underscore – Date

YYYY_MM_DD _FileName_Version

Read more about file-name convention for digital files.


A Vision of Students Today


Homework | Week 1 Thursday – DUE ON MONDAY

  1. Register as a user of this blog. Post a comment to this blog post to let me know that you are registered and include the address (url) for your  ”wordpress blog”. Each week following this you will post a link to your homework on your own WordPress blog in the comments section of this blog .
  2. Fill out the student questionnaire.
  3. Create a del.icio.us account for yourself. Tag three Web Sites that focus on design (make sure they include information on Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign, and write a COMMENT about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class. *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01
  4. Create a Gravatar account. Take a photo of yourself, upload it to Gravatar and link it to your WordPress blog using the email you used to create the blog.
  5. Create a Flickr account for yourself. Upload the photo you took of yourself using Photo Booth. *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2015-01
  6. Sign up for an account here: DropBox
  7. You are required to purchase a domain name and web hosting space for this class. This is where you will post and maintain all of your work for the semester. My recommended hosting company is Bluehost but you may purchasing hosting space anywhere you choose. Your domain name should be your first and last name .org. Bring your login information to class on Monday.
  8. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite for homework assignments. You can come in to use the school computers or you can purchase Adobe Creative Cloud for $19.99/month (student discount).

Week 7 | Thursday | Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

  • Getting Started – 1. Workspace Layout

2. Options Bar

Located just below the main menu on Mac computers, the options bar is contextual in nature. Depending on which tool you’re on, the options displayed will change.

3. Tools Palette
Many of the icons used for the tools in Photoshop are now industry standards across all types of software including Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.

You can align your tool palette to show two rows of tools as opposed to one. It’s your choice. Notice, if  you see a small triangle in the lower right hand corner on any of the icons on a tool in the tool bar, it signifies that there is more than one tool to choose from in that button.

Just click and hold down the button and a small window will pop up offering additional tools.

4. Common Tools
Crop Tool: Used to cut off a portion of your photo or resize the photo.

Lasso Tool:

Used to select a specific part of a photo. If you want to draw a shape on your photo, use this tool. It forms a selection marquee and any adjustments you make will only affect this portion of the photograph.

Text Tool:

Allows you to add text to your image. Any text placed on your image will become part of your image once the document is saved.

Dodge and Burn Tools:Allows you to dodge light from the image, causing it to lighten. Or, force light into a particular area to darken (burn) the image. The opacity setting allows you to gradually implement these tools.

Rubber Stamp:Also known as the clone tool, the rubber stamp allows the user to manipulate the photo in some way by sampling a particular area of a photo, and stamping it in another area. To sample, press and hold the ALT key.

3. UNDO and History Palette
Command-Z (Mac) or CTRL-Z (PC) is the “undo” command that will undo the last action you took. Photoshop only allows you to undo the last step when using this shortcut. To undo more than one action, pull up the History palette.  Window –> History menu. The history palette stores every action you take in the program as a list. To undo, simply click on a previous item on the list and it will undo every action listed after it.

4. Opening an Image
To open an image, click on the File menu and select Open. You can also use the Browse option. By using Browse, Photoshop will automatically launch another Adobe Bridge, which allows you to preview thumbnails from folders.


Rotating images

If your image is crooked or not aligned to the horizon,  you may want to rotate it. Go to the image menu and select Image Rotation and select either 90 degrees Counter Clockwise (90 CCW), or 90 Clockwise (90 CW) depending on which way the photo is situated. Click 180 degrees if the photo is completely upside down.

Straightening a Crooked Image Video


The Crop Tool

Once you have the image open, click on the crop tool in your tool palette. Then click and drag open a box on your image, highlighting the area you want to crop.

Notice the anchor points, the small boxes in the corner of the image, You can click and drag on the small boxes to reshape your crop. When hovering over the boxes, your mouse cursor will change into different arrows indicating how that anchor point will shape the crop if you click on it. When you hover your mouse arrow just outside one of the corner boxes, it changes your cursor into a curve. This curve indicates that it will rotate your crop.

Resizing while Cropping

You can save a lot of time by resizing the image while you are cropping. You’re telling Photoshop which dimensions the image should result in after your crop.  Place a numerical value for inches or points in the width and height fields, you can also put in a resolution value, in the option bar while the crop tool is selected.  If you write 600px, that stands for 600 pixels. If you write 600in, that stand for 600 inches. Photoshop normally defaults to “in”, which stands for “inches”.

You don’t necessarily have to crop an image to resize it. That’s just an added plus if you were planning on cropping the image anyway. If you wish to resize your image without cropping, Photoshop offers a number of methods. Click on the image menu. The image resize option will be found under here.

Resizing Images

You can resize an image by cropping it or without cropping it, Photoshop offers a number of options. Click on the image menu, then image size. The image size dialogue box will display and present list of options. There are two sections to this dialogue, the Pixel Dimensions section at the top and the Document Size at the bottom.  In the pixel dimensions section, you type in the values of the height and width. If the Constrain Proportions checkbox is checked, then when you change either the height and width the other value will change respectively based on the ratio of their dimensions. If you don’t have this box checked, you will distort the photograph when resizing.

Using the new Crop tool in Adobe 6.0 Video


Tones, Contrast and Color

There are many ways to adjust an image in Photoshop, it’s really your preference.

Adjusting Levels

To adjust levels go to the menus Image –> Adjustments –> Levels

You’ll see a graph showing the values across the spectrum of the image called a histogram. To simplify it:, the left side of the graph is the shadows and blacks and the right side displays the highlights and whites. You note in the graph that there are few black or white tones, as the graph is rather flat on the edges. To adjust the image, move the three slider arrows at the bottom to their appropriate settings. The black slider arrow defines the black point, that is the darkest part of the photo. The white slider defines the white point, the brightest part of the photo that is white. The middle slider adjusts what are called the mid-tones. Drag the outside sliders inward until the are lined up with the edge of the histogram.

Right away the contrast picks because the image didn’t have a very solid white or black point. Next, adjust the middle slider to set the mid-tones of the image. Mid-tones adjusts the overall brightness of the image.

Adjusting Colors Using Levels

You can also adjust the colors of an image using levels. Simply select the Channel option at the top to choose one of the three primary colors. Your choice allows you to either increase or decrease that particular color from the image (sliding either the white point, black point, or mid-tones). If you subtract a particular color, it’s relative secondary color will start to emerge in the image. If ou want to add some yellow to your image, you would subtract blue. Set the channel to blue, and slide the black slider inward.

Variations

Variations is another way to adjust the levels of a photo. It’s much less precise, but sometimes its all you need. Variations presents you with a window dialogue that shows several copies of your image.

Auto Corrections Video

Correction and Adjustments in Photoshop Video

Using Adjustment Layers Video


Dodging and Burning

Dodging and burning refers to “lightening” and “darkening” portions of the photograph.  The dodge tools looks like a black lollipop while the burning tool looks like a hand forming a circle. When you select the dodge or burn tools, the option bar at the top will give you a new set of parameters to adjust the tool’s usage.

Option bar for dodge and burn tool in photoshop

Adjust these settings so that you only change the photo in small increments so that nothing stands out too quickly. Use the exposure setting to adjust the amount of dodging or burning that occurs with each pass. The range will specify the range of tones that will be affected. You want to lighten highlights and darken shadows. If your goal is to brighten shadows or darken highlights, then use the mid-tones setting. The brush size will specify the size of the tool you will be using.

Brush size in photoshopThe master diameter is the size of what Photoshop calls the “brush” size.  The hardness refers to how soft the brush’s edges are. When using dodging or burning, you want a low hardness setting to offer the softest brush. If you are trying to be more exact, you can increase the brush hardness, but increase the chance that the touch-up will be noticeable.


Sharpen

Sharpening increases the contrast of edges found in the photograph, giving the appearance of a sharper or clearer photograph.Note that using the sharpening filter cannot make an out-of-focus photo, into a sharp, or in-focus photo.


Adjustment Layers

When you open an image  background layer is your primary layer. Adding additional layers allows you add elements (contained within those layers) to your image. This allows you to add additional information to your document without affecting the other layers. Each layer is superimposed over the other and can be modified without affecting the other layers.

To add a new layer, click on the layer icon located at the bottom of the layers palette. Rename your layers by double clicking on it and typing the new layer name. Once you added a new layer, now it’s time to add information to that layer.

Here’s a quick step by step on how to add text to an image.

  1. Create a new layer
  2. Rename your new layer “Text”,  indicating that the layer will contain text.
  3. Select the text tool.
  4. Click on the image and the text box will appear.
  5. Type in your text and click OK.
  6. To position the text, select the move tool and drag your text.
  7. Your text is now on a separate layer you can manipulate it without affecting the original image.

Flattening/Saving Images 

Once you’ve finished manipulating your image, you’ll need to save them. There are two ways I recommend saving images. First, save a copy of the image that retains the individual layers. To do that, you’ll need to save it as a PSD file. Saving a copy of the image as a PSD fil, you’ll retain the individual layers which allows you to reopen the image in Photoshop and manipulate those layers at a later time. To save your image as a PSD file, go to File, Save As and make sure you save click PSD.

Note that once you flatten the image, the individual layers will no longer be available. All of the layers will be flattened into one layer. This will prevent you from manipulating any of the data. For example you will no longer be able to move the text around.

If you want to use your image on the Web, you need to flatten the image so that it consists of only one layer which consists of all the data from each of the layers. You to flatten the image first, and save a copy of your image as a .jpg, .gif or .png file. Note that once you flatten the image, you won’t be able to manipulate the individual layers. All of the layers will be flattened into one layer.

Step 1: Go to the Layer menu and select Flatten Image.

Step 2: Go to File, Save As and save the image as a JPG or whatever format you choose.

Using the Panels

To reset panels: Window > Wordspace > Reset Essentials

Choosing Other Panels

History Panel: The History panel allows you to undo and redo steps up to 20 steps.

Click on the History panel. If you can’t find it choose Window > History

Click back on the various history states to see how your steps are undone.

Expanding and Collapsing Your Panels

To bring back your worspace to its original configuartion: Window > Workspace > Reset Essential.

Collapse groups of panels by double-clicking the dark gray bar (title bar) at the top of the panels. Double-click it to reopen.

If the History panel is no longer open, click the icon for the History panel.

Click the double-arrow in the upper-right to collapse the panel back to an icon.


Hidden Tools

Some of the tools in the Tools panel display a small triangle at the bottom-right corner; this indicates there are additional tools hidden under the tool.


PSD vs JPG vs GIF vs PNG

PSD preserves all the layers in your file. You should ALWAYS save a copy of your image as a PSD. Once you’ve done that, then consider which file format below best fits your needs.

Image File Formats: There are three primary image file formats used for graphics viewed on the web. Each of these file types were designed for the purpose of compressing memory usage. Each file type does this a different way.

Jpeg 
Jpegs work well on photographs, naturalistic artwork, and similar material; not so well on lettering, simple cartoons, or line drawings. JPEG is “lossy,” meaning that the decompressed image isn’t quite the same as the one you started with. (There are lossless image compression algorithms, but JPEG achieves much greater compression than is possible with lossless methods.) JPEG is designed to exploit known limitations of the human eye, notably the fact that small color changes are perceived less accurately than small changes in brightness.

Gif
Graphics Interchange Format. A format used for displaying bitmap images on World Wide Web pages, usually called a “gif” because .gif is the filename extension. These files use “lossless” compression and can have up to 256 colors.

Png-8 and Png-24
PNG is a compression scheme that has two main benefits: it is a lossless compression image format and it holds alpha channel information. Originally, the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format was designed as a royalty-free format, which would replace GIF and JPEG. Png-24 allows for smooth blending between alpha and opaque.

Image Size
When speaking about image size on the web, there are three possible interpretations of this that you must take into account.

File Size refers to the amount of disk space an image occupies (in KB or MB)
Image Dimensions refers to the physical size of the image, expressed in height and width.

Resolution refers the pixel density of an image. This is expressed in pixels per inch (ppi). Images are displayed on the web at 72 dpi. Printed images are generally of higher resolution.

Compression

Compression shrinks down the file size of the photo so that it loads on the user’s computer quickly, but maintains a certain level of quality.

Saving

Click the Save button to save your image. ALWAYS ave your original photo for archiving, or if you intend to reopen it later PRIOR to using the save for web.


Save and Export

There are two ways of saving a photo in Photoshop. The first is to use the Save As… dialogue, the other is called Save for Web & Devices… which is used to save your photos in preparation for publication to the Web.

1) Save as: I recommend saving the file type as a Photoshop or .PSD file, which will also save extra Photoshop-specific information about your photo and allows you to go back to the file at a later date and manipulate all layers. You will not lose any quality when you re-save it multiple times. Saving as a .jpg, .png or .gif compresses the photo allowing you to use it on the web.

2) Save for Web: Use this when you are ready to export your photo for publication to the Web.  The Save for Web allows you to see how your photo will appear once it’s published to a Web site. Optimized will show you how your photo will appear once it’s published on a Web site, and 2-up/4-up will show you comparisons so you can see how the different levels of compression will affect your photo when saving. These are automated ways to save your image for the Web.


New Documents


Homework 1: Critique

Post your critiques of BOTH of your classmates designs to your blog by 7pm on Monday. You are to take these critiques into consideration when creating your first design iteration using Illustrator. Then RESPOND to the critique. You don’t have to incorporate their critique into your design BUT you need to justify why you did or did not incorporate the changes.

Homework 2: ACCESSING TOOLS

Download the attached zip file which includes PSD files for this accessing tools assignment here.

  1. Select the Brush tool. By default, your brush tool is loaded with black paint.
  2. Click once on the foreground color to open the pick so you can select a different color in you foreground.Select a blue color to use to brighten up the sky.
  3. Click on the Brush Preset Picker to see your option for size and hardness.
  4. Click and drag the size slider, to the right until you reach 100px. Make sure the Hardness slider is at 0%. You’ve just changed the brush to a large soft brush that will blend well with the edges of the strokes.
  5. Click and drag anywhere on the image one time to create a brush stroke across the image. Click Command Z to undo.
  6. Click and hold the Painting Mode drop-down menu and select Color from the bottom of the list.
  7. Click the arrow to the right of the Opacity option to see the slider Change Opacity to 20%.
  8. Click and drag on the upper right corner of the image. You’ll be brightening the sky.
  9. Note: You can build up color by releasing the paint brush and painting over the same area.
  • Save image 1 with new filename.
  • Example: 2013_Smith_John_AccessingTools_v1

Homework 3: | BRUSH TOOLS

  1. With the car photo still open:
  2. Select the Brush tool.
  3. Click the Swatches tab.
  4. Click the color calle Pure Red Orange.
  5. With the Brush tool selected, start painting in the upper-left part of the image, adding orange to the sky.
  6. Paint the sky until the orange blends in.
  • Save image II with new filename.
  • Example: 2013_Smith_John_BrushTools_v1

Homework 4:  | HIDDEN TOOLS

  1. Click and hold on the Brush tool to see the hidden Pencil, Color Replacement and Mixer brush tools.
  2. Select the Mixer Brush Tool and release. The Color Mixer tool is now the visible tool. The Mixer Brush simulates realistic painting techniques.
  3. Change the foreground color at the bottom of the Tools panel. The Color Picker appears.
  4. Position your cursor on the Color Slider and click and drag until shades of orange appear in the Color Panel.
  5. Click once in the Color Pane to select and orange color or type in the RGB: R:235 G:269 B:24.
  6. Click on the Brush Preset picker button in the Options bar and set the following attributes for the Mixer Brush tool.
  • Size: 175 px
  • Hardness: 20%
  1. Click once on the Useful mixer brush combinations drop-down menu and select the Moist, Light Mix preset.
  2. Press Command+0. (This is the keyboard shortcut for Fit on Screen.
  3. With the Mixer Brush tool still selected, start painting in the upper-left areas of the image to create a shade of orange blending in from the corner.
  4. Repeat this for all four corners in the image.
  • Save image III with new filename.
  • Example: 2013_Smith_John_HiddenTools_v1

Homework 5: | COMPOSITE ASSIGNMENT

Download the attached zip file which includes PSD files for this composite assignment here.

  1. Watch the video below that describes how to create a composite photo and recreate the barn/chicken/cow image.
  2. Using the farm image, try adjusting the stacking order of the layers in the composite image
  3. Scale and move the layers to place the cow and rooster in different positions.
  4. Add your own images to the composition, adjusting their position and scaling.
  5. Save the images as JPEG files using the different compression options and presets to determine the impact these have on quality and file size.
You should end up with a total of FIVE different images. Upload them to your Flickr site and label them:
YYYY_MM_DD _YourName_Farm_01
YYYY_MM_DD _YourName_Farm_02
YYYY_MM_DD _YourName_Farm_03
YYYY_MM_DD _YourName_Farm_04
YYYY_MM_DD _YourName_Farm_05

Tag your images in Flickr with the following tag:

msuadobecreativesuite2013-01  

Homework 6: PHOTOSHOP BASICS

  1. On your blog, answer the following:
  • Describe two ways to combine one image or another.
  • What is created in the destination image when you cut and paste or drag and drop another image file into it?
  • What are the best formats (for prints) in which to save a file that contains text or another vector objects?
  1. Delicious:  Tag three sites that focus on Photoshop and any of the items we learned in class today. Write a comment in Delicious about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class. *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 as well as other tags.
  1. If you did NOT finish the farm assignment in class, please finish it for homework.

Week 2 Thursday – WordPress

Week 2 Monday

 


Design, Sustainability, Change 

A Little Inspiration.


Steve Jobs on How to Live BEFORE You Die
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REVIEW | POSTS VS PAGES

ADDING CONTENT

POSTS VS. PAGES

When adding content, you have to decide if it should be a post or a page. The main difference between these is that a page is non-dated content that is intended to be a permanent, top-level part of your site that does not change often. A post is for dated, time-sensitive content, that you will add on a regular basis to freshen the site. Posts are usually the bulk of the site, with pages providing context and background information. On this site, the weekly lessons are posts and the syllabus is a page.

USING THE PAGE/POST EDITOR

  • Visual vs. HTML
  • Standard Toolbar
  • Kitchen Sink Toolbar
  • Uploading and Inserting Images

CREATING PAGES

Pages are relatively simple. They have the following elements:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Publish Status
  • Page Attributes – Template and Parent
  • Featured Image

CREATING POSTS
Posts have most of the same elements as pages with some additions. They do not have parents.

Categories – You can use these to organize your posts. Categories can be added right from the post page or from the Categories item in the left side dashboard menu.

Tags – Tags are a looser way of associating posts with a list of keywords that describe the content of a post. Some themes will show all the tags on a post as hyperlinks, so you can quickly jump to other posts tagged with the same term.

Format – As of WP 3.1, there are a number of options for a post format besides the standard type. The effect of choosing one of these rather than the standard format is going to depend on your theme.

  • aside – Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
  • gallery – A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments.
  • link – A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first <a href=””> tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An alternative approach could be if the post consists only of a URL, then that will be the URL and the title (post_title) will be the name attached to the anchor for it.
  • image – A single image. The first <img /> tag in the post could be considered the image. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the image URL and the title of the post (post_title) will be the title attribute for the image.
  • quote – A quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
  • status – A short status update, similar to a Twitter status update.
  • video – A single video. The first <video /> tag or object/embed in the post content could be considered the video. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the video URL. May also contain the video as an attachment to the post, if video support is enabled on the blog (like via a plugin).
  • audio – An audio file. Could be used for Podcasting.
  • chat – A chat transcript, like so:
Adam: what's up?
Luis: not much
Adam: that sounds boring

 


 

Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity


HOMEWORK | Week 3

  • Add 2 widgets to your sidebar.
  • Complete the CODE ACADEMY lesson on HTML. Take a photo of the certificate at the end showing that you completed it. Upload it to Flickr and post it to your blog.
  • Add a new post called: Homework Week 2 Wednesday and list all your homework and links.
  • On your Adobe Create Suite page, add the following text: Homework Week 2 Wednesday and make it a link to the blog posting you created.
  • On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on WordPress, WordPress menus or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Najlah Feanny Hicks