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.

TGJ3M/4M ePortfolio Requirements

KarliB's ePortfolio Banner

To my Communications Technology students, this is where you will find the outline of your ePortfolio requirements:

At the time of this writing the outline is not complete. I will be adding one or two items every few days, so as not to overwhelm you.

Organizational tip #1: Create your pages in a folder named “Incomplete”, then move them to the proper location once they are complete.

Organizational tip #2: Bookmark the requirements page so you can refer to it often and easily.

(Featured image courtesy of Karli B, a former student)

TEJ2O, TGJ2O, TGJ3M, TGJ4M Daybook: Update ePortfolio on New Google Sites

We used to use the old Google Sites for our ePortfolios, but, even with the current limitations, will now use the new Google Sites for our ePortfolios.

Each student shares their ePortfolio with me as an editor, so I can edit their site if necessary, or when the feature gets added, to add comments to their site.

For students that have taken classes with me before, they create a menu for each class with their assignments as sub-menus below them. For students in one of my classes only, their main menu is their list of assignments for that class.