TGJ3M Outline

    • ePortfolio (becomes the summative evaluation)
      • (previous Portfolio evaluation no longer being used)
    • Post your best work here (private Google Site)

Old Material (for reference only)

Tools

Throughout the course we will be using various tools to help our learning:
  • Portable Apps
    • Chrome
    • Notepad++
  • Lastpass
  • Diigo (social bookmarking)
  • Google Drive
  • Google Takeout
  • Google Sites (the NEW Google Sites)
  • Google Keep
  • Gmail
  • Twitter
  • Dropbox

Affinity Designer Tutorials

Start Here…

  1. Affinity Designer 1.5 Overview
  2. Affinity Designer Tutorial – Top 10 Things Beginners Want to Know (a great overview video)
  3. 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.”)

Tutorials

This is a work in progress…

  1. Affinity Designer Tutorial: The Basics (overview video) (difficulty: 0)
  2. Basic Eyes (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  3. Modern Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  4. 3D Cube (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  5. Beautiful Floral Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  6. How To Make Reflections (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  7. Ketchup for Blood Book Cover (blog w/ video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  8. Cute Ice Cream (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  9. Shopping Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  10. Gear Head Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  11. Easy Flat Design Character with Shading (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  12. Artistic Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  13. Metal Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  14. Dog Sketch Tracing | Part 2 (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  15. Glossy Sphere (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  16. Flat Clock Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  17. iPhone Setting Icon Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  18. Fire Text Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  19. Cute Cactus (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  20. Wood Text with Reflection and Shadow (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  21. Pumpkin Carriage (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  22. Flat Birthday Cake (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  23. Making Galaxy (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  24. Lighthouse (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  25. Water Drops (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  26. Water Dispersion Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  27. Metal Triangle (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
    Note: for this assignment make sure all corners are snapped together nicely. See me if you’re unsure how to do this.
  28. Let’s make BB8 (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  29. Creamsicle Vector Illustration (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  30. Retro Tutorial (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3-4)
  31. Festive Christmas Fireplace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3-4)
  32. Frankentoon PDF (text tutorial – see me) (difficulty: 4)
  33. Captain America Shield (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  34. Drawing a Van (video tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  35. Cute Rooster (text tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  36. Python Trace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 5) (image can be downloaded from here)

When submitting your files, please prepend the level number to the beginning of the filename. As an example, “Basic eyes.afdesign” would become “1_Basic eyes.afdesign”.

New Tutorials (need to determine levels)

  1. None at this time…

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

BTT1O

For the BTT1O students, you must do a minimum of 8 tutorials, with no more than one “level 1” tutorial. The two that are mandatory are:

  1. Python Trace
  2. Cute Rooster

TGJ2O/TGJ3M

For the TGJ2O and TGJ3M students, you must do all the level 1 tutorials, a minimum of 3 level 2’s, and a minimum of 2 level 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s.

For the TGJ2O and TGJ3M students, you must also find, complete, and recommend one addition tutorial for inclusion on this list. Please submit the name of the tutorial and the URL via the class comments in Classroom. Be sure no one has already submitted the tutorial you are recommending.

Just for Fun

Here are some extra Designer resources you might like. They are not tutorials but are still quite inspirational.

Archiving Your Google Data

I always encourage students to use the personal Google account for school work so they still “own” the data after they leave high school.

But what if they haven’t, and they’re above to move on to a postsecondary school or the workplace?

There are basically two options:

  1. Move your data to your personal account
  2. Download your data

To move your data to a new account, just visit https://takeout.google.com/transfer and enter the relevant information. Just be sure you have enough disk quota in your personal account or you may run into trouble.

To download your data, visit https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout and select the data you want to download. Note that this can take a long time, depending on how much data you have in your Google account.

 

Cool Tech

Assignment

Over the semester, you will be required to do two informal presentations related to “Cool Tech”. Most students will choose to present on something technological (computer hardware, software, game platforms, entertainment hardware, etc.) that is relatively new, but you may also choose something else with the permission of your instructor.

For grade 9’s and 10’s, your presentation will be very informal. All you have to do before the presentation is submit your topic on the form below, and of course research the topic well enough that you can talk about it to the class. Continue reading “Cool Tech”

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)

Email Assignment

Awkward!
Picture source unknown.

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 email assignment would be:

TGJ2O Email Assignment

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

Assignment Overview

Send me an email from your “permanent and professional use” email account (see below). 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.

The email address for you to send to will shared with you in  class.

What is a “Professional and Permanent” 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 Google Drive and Docs, Google Photos, Google Keep, and other products.