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Export Settings for Animation

Here are the settings that you need to export your animation to in Adobe Media Encoder:

This week’s sketchbook assignment is to draw a house in 1-pt perspective.  This drawing is to be of a real house, and is also to be a value study (shaded) just like a normal sketchbook assignment.

Below are some examples of previous sketchbooks, and then below this a short video on drawing objects in 1-point perspective.  Then below that is the notes from today’s class. Unfortunately, I did them much neater period 5, but I wasn’t recording it, of course.

Remember – you must draw your house with one of the sides facing you, and then one side going off into the distance.  The second example is the best one, so pay extra attention to that one.





Sketchbook Assignment – Old Shoes

This week’ sketchbook assignment is old shoes: Find an old pair of shoes, and place them near a window or some other strong light source. Do a value study of those shoes. A couple of things to remember:

  1. Chose shoes that are old – new shoes are harder!  Do not try and draw shiny shoes, either, as you will be dealing with reflections and that makes it very hard.
  2. Do not draw pure black shoes.  This will also make things much harder.
  3. Make sure you have good shadows and highlights.
  4. TWO shoes (Even though one of the examples only has one)
  5. Fill the page!


Starting Your Digital Portrait

Once you are ready to start your digital portrait, follow the following procedure:

  1. Find your photos in your project hand-in folder
  2. Copy them into your MediaStudents folder
  3. Open Photoshop and select “File > New”
  4. Change the settings to a letter-sized image at 300 pixels/inch (see the image below)
  5. Chosse “Transparent” under Background Contents
  6. Under the Advanced section, click on the Color Profile, and change it to “Adobe RGB (1998)
  7. Click OK, and your new file will be created.  It will look like a really, really small checker board.
  8. In Photoshop, select “File > Open”
  9. Open your background image, and go to “Select > All”
  10. Now, go to “Edit > Copy”
  11. Close the background image, go into the new file you just created, and go “Edit > Paste”
  12. If the background image does not fill the new file (in other words, if it’s too small), you will need to find a new background image.  Do NOT try to scale it up.
  13. If the background is bigger than your new file, you can shrink it down by going to “Edit > Transform > Scale”  Make sure that you hold the SHIFT key down as you scale it so that you don’t squish your image.  To accept the transformation, click the check mark at the top, or double click in the middle of the image.
  14.  Go to “File > Save As” and save the file in your MediaStudents folder.  Name it “Portrait Project” and then your last name.
  15. Now, in Photoshop, go “File > Open”  Find and open your best portrait image.  You will probably need to open a few of them before you find the right one.
  16. This will open up a plug-in called Camera Raw.  On the right side of this plug-in, you can adjust the basic exposure to make the image a little better, if needed.  I’ll post a video on how to do basic image edits in Camera Raw.
  17. Once you have the image looking good, click “Open Image” in the bottom right-hand corner.
  18. When the image is finally in Photoshop, go “Select > All” again, and the “Edit > Copy”
  19. Close the portrait without saving it.
  20. Go to the new file (that should now have your background image in it), and go “Edit > Paste”
  21. Resize your portrait as necessary.
  22. Start using the Quick Selection tool, and then use the layer mask to get rid of the green screen.  Now you’re on your way to finishing your digital portrait!


The Settings for Your New Image

The Settings for Your New Image

Period 5 Photography Schedule

Okay, here is the photography schedule for this newest assignment. And remember, this list is the list of PHOTOGRAPHERS, not models.

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • Kyle B.
    • Gianna F.
    • Amanda F.
  • Wednesday, October 26
    • Addie H.
    • Brandon H.
    • Daniel J.
  • Thursday, October 27
    • Heather K.
    • Duncan K.
    • Crayton M.
  • Friday, October 28
    • Brendan M.
    • Trevor R.
    • Samantha R.
  • Monday, October 31
    • Mario R.
    • Kevin T.

Vector vs Pixel Graphics

Handouts from First Week

Attached to this post are the handouts from the first week of classes:


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