Chrome Sign In

For students having trouble signing into Chrome with their DSBN account, enter this address directly into the Chrome address bar and you should be able to sign in properly:

chrome://chrome-signin

Why sign into Chrome?

It will sync your bookmarks and Chrome extensions so wherever you are logged into Chrome (other classes, at home, on your laptop) everything will be sync’d.

Tree in Niagara Falls

Download this photo into your working folder.

Rename the file “Full Name Tree Assignment.jpg”.

Using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo, or GIMP, edit out the tree so the falls are unobstructed. You may wish to refer to this tutorial on how to use the Clone tool.

Hand in to the relevant handin folder.

Already done this assignment?

Note: for students who have done this assignment previously, use this street scene (jpg) instead. Be sure to remove all parking meters, flags, light poles, satellite dishes and antennas, and any garbage in the street. Name your file “Full Name Street Scene Assignment.jpg” and hand it into the same handin folder as the tree assignment.  [backup copy of jpg]

Note: extra images are available here: http://goo.gl/Svlyn (courtesy Vikki Watterworth)

Affinity Designer Tutorials

This is a work in progress…

  1. Affinity Designer 1.5 Overview (marketing video) (difficulty: n/a)
  2. The A to Z of Affinity Designer (“This A to Z list breaks down all the tools and panels, including some useful functions and features. It includes links to Affinity’s official short video tips and descriptions of what each tool can do to help you become acquainted with this program.”)
  3. Affinity Designer Tutorial: The Basics (overview video) (difficulty: 0)
  4. Basic Eyes (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  5. 3D Cube (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  6. Ketchup for Blood Book Cover (blog w/ video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  7. Fish in a Bubble  (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  8. Shopping Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  9. Gear Head Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  10. Artistic Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  11. Metal Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  12. Glossy Sphere (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  13. Flat Clock Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  14. Fire Text Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  15. Wood Text with Reflection and Shadow (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  16. Pumpkin Carriage (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  17. Water Drops (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  18. Water Dispersion Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  19. Flat Design Birthday Cake (text tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  20. Captain America Shield (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  21. Festive Christmas Fireplace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  22. Bunny Cupcake (speed art) (difficulty: 4)
  23. Cute Rooster (text tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  24. Python Trace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  25. Let’s make BB8 (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  26. Making Galaxy (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  27. Dog Sketch Tracing | Part 2 (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  28. Lighthouse (text tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)

For the 2016-2017 BTT1O students, you must do a minimum of 8 tutorials, with no more than one “very basic” tutorial. The two that are mandatory are:

  1. Python Trace
  2. Cute Rooster

There are many additional AD tutorials at tutsplus.com and frankentoon.com.

Email Assignment

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What is a “Professional Use” Email Account?

A professional use email account is one that you would not be embarrassed to use with your employer or with the public. It must also be an accurate representation of your full name, not a nickname. Also, it must be an email address that is not related to your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Good, permanent email hosts are Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. My own preference is Gmail because it integrates with tools like Picasa, Google Drive and Docs, the Google Group we may be using in this class, Google Keep, and other products.

Class Email Protocol

Be sure to include the course code in the subject line as well as some indication of what the subject is. Do not leave the subject line blank. An appropriate subject for this assignment would be:

TGJ2O Email Assignment

When replying, please include any previous dialog we have already had.

Assignment Overview

Send me (pbeens@gmail.com) an email from your “permanent and professional use” email account. In it, please tell me:

  • why you took this course,
  • what you are hoping to do in this course,
  • whether or not you are pursuing a career related to this course,
  • what background you have in this subject (hobbies, previous courses), and
  • what mark you hope to get.

(It might help to copy-and-paste the questions into your email.)

Note: be sure to read the Class Email Protocol above so you know what is expected in the subject line.

After I receive your email, I will send a quick reply so you are added to my address book.

How to Save URLs in a Project Folder

This video will show you how to save URLs into your project folder. This is necessary when creating and submitting projects that use assets from the Internet.

Always give credit where it is due!

Tutorial: “Affinity Designer – For Beginners”

This is a great video for beginners to Affinity Designer as well as vector graphics in general. It provides an overview of starting Designer and walks you through an activity that teaches about:

  • creating drawings,
  • drawing rectangles,
  • layers (locking and positioning),
  • CMYK and HSL foreground and stroke colour selection,
  • manipulation of object nodes,
  • the use of the move tool,
  • the pen tool and the various pen tool modes,
  • how to zoom-to-fit,
  • the place image tool,
  • adding text,
  • use of Pixel Persona,
  • adding texture using a paint brush, and
  • saving and exporting the file.

Here’s the graphic created with this tutorial:

Affinity Designer - For Beginners

Photoshop Compositing Assignment

Use Photoshop to recreate any image from this Flickr account. Note: in most cases the owner of the account will have provided links to the resources she used.

Submit the following to the handin folder:

  • your final PSD file
  • a 1024 pixel jpg export of your file
  • a shortcut to your inspirational image
  • the assets you used in a folder named “assets”
  • shortcuts to all your assets

When handing in the PSD file, do NOT flatten or merge the layers.