Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

1. Students will create webpages for their photoshop sites and import them into Frontpage
2. Students will create hyperlinks for their navigation bar.

1. Slice up your Image Using the SLICE tool. (At least 3 Slices!)
2. Save your image 4 times (1 for each page!) - Use the Save for Web and Devices Function.

  • #1. Start with your INDEX folder ON then Save for Web and Devices as "website" - Click on 4-Up and choose the one in the right corner. Choose "HTML and IMAGES" (Make sure you create a new folder in My Documents to save your work)
  • #2. Next turn on your BIO folder and hide the INDEX folder. Save for Web and Devices as "bio" and choose "IMAGES ONLY"
  • #3. Repeat Step #2 for all the page folders you have

  • #1. Start MS Frontpage
  • #2. Go to File > Close Site (or File > Close, if Close site isn't available) to make sure you're not editing someone else's website.
  • #3. Go to File > New. On the Wizard box on your right choose "One Page Website"
  • #4. In the space that says "SPECIFY THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE NEW WEBSITE" click BROWSE. Navigate to the folder My Documents > My Websites and type your name P5-First-Last and click Open.
  • #5. Navigate to the folder with your WEBSITE.HTML file and open it up.
  • #6. Make sure that the folders panel is on the left (Do ALT-F1 to bring it up)

4. CREATE Webpages for each page

  • #1. Click File > Save As > index.htm
  • #2. Click File > Save As > bio.htm
  • #2. Click File > Save As > folio.htm
  • #3. Click File > Save As > contact.htm

5. Open each of your files

6. In your Folders Panel on the Left, Create a new folder called "SLIDESHOW"

  • Copy all your favorite design files into that folder (Copy - Paste).
  • Copy at least 7

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009

Below are the winners (one of these winners will be our GOBO).

Choose 1 and create a 6"x4" poster (or 4x6) with 300 DPI.

Include the following information:

A tagline like "Think you got talent?" or "Where's the Justice Talent?"
Justice Got Talent
Presented by Animo Justice Leadership
Friday, June 12, 2009 1:45 to 3:20pm in the Animo Justice Theater
In small letters on the bottom of the poster, give yourself credit, "Poster by: Your Name"

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

QUICK COMP (25 Minutes)
Post on BLOG when completed. Include TEXT and Some form of Photo Editing

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

QUICK COMP: (25 Minutes)

Include Text and some form of editing

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

KETCHUP DAY (mostly)

1. Students will finish illustrating Zooey Deschanel.
2. Students will finish and post their logo designs and reflect on the designs.

1. Digital Zen (Reflections)
2. Finish Zooey and Logos
3. Introduce Graphic Design for the Web.

Digital Zen:
1. Post your FINAL Logo Design (if you have not done so already) and answer the following questions about your logo.

  • Explain: (In 2-4 sentences!)
  • A. Your choice of the picture and/or photograph for the logo. Why did you use this picture? How does it represent the company?
  • B. Your choice for the font. Is it Serif/Sans Serif? What font is it? How does it represent the client's company?
  • C. What photoshop techniques have you used in the design of this product? List them.
  • D. How many hours, would you say, you put into this design?
  • E. What have been your client's responses to your work?

2. Post your FINAL Illustration of Zooey (if you have not done so already) and answer the following questions about this design.

  • Explain:
  • A. What was the most difficult part of this activity?
  • B. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being COMPLETE MASTERY and 1 being completely lost, how would you rate your ability to illustrate a picture?
  • C. Explain your rating?
  • D. What parts of your image gave you the most trouble?
  • E. What parts of the image were easy?
  • F. How can having a knowledge of Vectors help you design better graphics?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1. Complete final edits to company logos.
2. Complete Zooey

Digital Zen:
1. Get into your team groups and complete final edits for company logos.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day!
1. Illustrate by drawing vector paths and filling with color tones.
2. Complete Logo Touch ups

Language Objective(s):
1. Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between vector and bitmap based images.

1. Digital Zen (Finish your die)
2. More Vector Practice
3. Work on logo

Digital Zen
1. Finish illustrating your dice. If you didn't get the file last time, download it here:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

1. Students will continue to work on their LOGO projects.
2. Students will learn about vector-based images and compare and contrast them to bitmap images by creating and scaling the two types of images.

Language Objective(s):
1. Students can identify a vector image from a bitmap image.

1. Team Logo creation time
2. Vectors vs. Bitmaps Compare and Contrast
3. Illustration using Vector Images.

Open the following images on PHOTOSHOP.
(Download, save, and drag to PHOTOSHOP)
Image 1:
Image 2:

Download the following powerpoint

Illustration Guidelines:
1. Define Paths around any lines or color changes you may see.
2. ADD to your PATHS, by clicking on your Main Path
3. As a rule of thumb, start with the MAJOR paths first. (i.e. if you are illustrating someone's face, start with his or her base skin)
4. For each CLOSED path, fill with a sampled color from the region.

Illustrate Photo #1: (easy)

Illustrate Photo #2: (medium)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday, May 27, 2009

Students are to make appropriate edits to their logos.

IN groups:
1. Get into your groups and edit your logo.
2. Each student must post a copy of the logo on his/her blog.
3. Email the psd to Mr. Aguda

Finish the Blog Portfolio Check today.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Click above to see the list.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Students will receive a presentation from a professional graphic designer.
Students will learn what it entails to become a professional Graphic designer
Students will practice photoshop

Warm Up:
1. What is the name of the company you are creating your logo for?
2. What services or products does this company offer?
3. What ideas do you have for a logo for this company?
4. What do you know about Graphic Designers?
a. How do they enter the field of professional graphic design?
b. How much do you think they make or get paid?
c. Would you be interested in a graphic design career of any kind (full time ~40 hours a week or part time less than 40 hours a week)?
d. List the skills you have as a graphic designer. (What can you create with Photoshop after the last few months in Mr. Aguda's class)

Be ready to share out your answers :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

1. Complete the YearBook Page
2. Use knowledge of Copyrights to complete the Project Confirmation agreement
3. Create team logo and business card

1. Complete your portion of the yearbook page.
2. Fill out contracts
3. Team Names and Business Cards

NEXT WEEK: Mid-term Portfolio Review and Quiz

Packet for Final Project
masterclass-logoproject-part1and2 Narciso Aguda

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1. Students will check in as Creative Teams
2. Students will create the yearbook class page

1. Digital Zen (Creative Team Profiles)
2. Important Announcements
3. Yearbook Page (due Friday)

Startup Activity: (30 mins)
1. Get with your group. On photoshop, Create a Postcard or "Flyer Party Card" (5.5" x 4.25" 300 dpi) for your creative team.

2. In your design, include the following:

- come up with a Creative Team name (must be appropriate)

- Profiles of each member of your creative team. (Include name and pic if you can)

(This means: describe each member of your creative team, what are their strengths? What are they good at? What's their favorite color? What's their favorite band? etc.)

- A list of services that your team offers (i.e. Webdesign, graphic design, layout, etc.)

How to do this:

Split up your team and each person work on a portion of the design.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

1. Students will reflect on their vacations
2. Students will create CREATIVE TEAMS for their final projects
3. Students will learn about how to complete the Client Profile.

1. Digital Zen
2. Important Announcements
3. Creative Teams (You choose) - 5 minutes
4. Client Profiles

Digital Zen: (10 minutes)
1. Think of 1 Memorable event that you experienced during the break and reflect on it. What was so memorable about it? Who was there? What was it like? What were the smells? What were the flavors (food)? What made you want to stay in that moment?
-- You can't think of a moment that was memorable? Just describe in 1 paragraph what you did this past week on your vacation and try to make it sound interesting.

2. Insert 1 or 2 pictures that relate to your experience during this spring break.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Students will begin work on a press kit

1. Digital Zen
2. Finish Business Cards
3. Groups Final Project Information

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

1. Students will begin a mock-press kit for Wide Awake.

1. Digital Zen
2. Copyright Discussion/Fair Use Clause
3. Public Relations Kit

Digital Zen:
1. You were handed a SCENARIO that's related to what we've learned the past couple of days about copyrights and intellectual property. Read the Scenario and answer the questions on your blog.

A. Describe the scenario.
B. Is this copyright infringement?
C. Why do you think so?
D. What could the client OR the designer do to prevent it from being against the law?

Be prepared to share out!

Public Relations Kit:
In addition to "selling" a LOGO to our client, we will also be providing them with a Public Relations Kit to get them started using their new LOOK. A public relations kit includes:

1. Business Card Layout
2. Letterhead Layout
3. Label Layout
4. Flyer/Poster Advertising Template

Today, you will create a Business Card.

See this tutorial to get started.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Students will
1. Apply their understanding of copyright law by analysis and presentation of case studies
2. Explore a PR pack

1. Digital Zen
2. Finish Copyright Lecture
3. Contracts // Fill-out an example
4. Copyright Law Case Studies analysis and presentations.
5. Master Project (intro)

Digital Zen:
1. Create a quick composition (5 inch x 5 inch, 150 dpi)
  • Describe your present state of emotion! How are you feeling today?
  • Include: 1-2 pictures, text, appropriate colors (warm, cool, analagous, etc. based on how you feel), and use any techniques/effects you've learned so far.
  • Post onto your blog

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Due to the CAHSEEs, we will suspend our continuation of the logo project for today and complete a tutorial.
-- Students will learn some photomanipulation skills

Go to this website:

Choose 2-3 tutorials to complete. Save the PSD files onto your FLASH DRIVE and Post the finished JPGs on your blog.

Friday, March 13, 2009

FRIDAY the 13th of MARCH 2009

Students will present their logos to the class and to the "Corporation," providing reasons for their design while defending their rationale.

1. Complete your powerpoint presentation (30 mins)
2. Who's going first? drawing
3. Presentations

Make sure you have these prepared for your Presentation:
1. A copy of your logo for each group (1 printed out)
2. A powerpoint presentation

Presentation Protocol:
1. 3-5 minute presentation
2. 2-3 minute Q&A from Aguda and the Class

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Get into your groups, and with FRESH EYES. Finish working on your NEW LOGO.

Logo Presentation - Pitch Example

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

1. Students will revise their logos using the group process and present team revisions to the corporation as a whole.

1. Digital Zen (See below)
2. Group Work (Round 2 Critique)
3. Group Logo Consensus
4. Create Presentations
5. Tuesday - Final Presentations and classroom vote

Digital Zen:
1. Post a Copy of your LOGO on this BLOG.
2. Copy your answers to COLUMN #1 onto your blog
- #1: Explanation of FONT CHOICE:
- #2: Explanation of SYMBOL CHOICE:
- #3: Explanation of LAYOUT CHOICE:
3. Write down the feedback NOTES you got from your group from the first round of critique.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

1. Students will revise their logos using the group process and present team revisions to the corporation as a whole.

1. Digital Zen (Re-revise your logo)
2. Group Work
3. Presentations
4. Group Rerevisions
5. Friday: Final Presentations and classroom vote

Digital Zen:
1. Take a look at your logo again with fresh eyes.
2. Make changes as needed to your liking.
3. Email the PSD and the JPG to yourself.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hey Students:

I'll be out today on a trip! We're going to take a break from the logo design today to do a quick tutorial. Complete the tutorial and post the image on your blog.


1. Photoshop Tutorial

Click here to get to the tutorial

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

1. How to design a LOGO using company background information
2. Design a LOGO based on company background information.

1. Finish your logo
2. Logo Critique in Groups
3. Logo Edit
4. Logo PowerPoint and Presentation

Digital Zen:
FINISH editing and creating your LOGO. (25-30 minutes)

Group Work:
Mr. Aguda will break you up into groups of 3-4.

Group Presentation

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1. How to design a LOGO using company background information
2. Complete Logo Research Project

1. Digital Zen (Warm up)
2. Demographics
3. Complete Logo Research Project

Digital Zen:
Make sure your name is on it

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

1. Understand Demographic.
2. Complete Logo Research Project

1. Digital Zen (Warm up)
2. Demographics
3. Complete Logo Research Project

Digital Zen:
1. Watch the commercial #1: Describe the person or people that this marketing segment is targetted to. (1 Paragraph--make a vivid description!)
2. Watch commercial #2: Describe the person or people that this marketing segment is targetted to. (1 Paragraph--make a vivid description!)
3. Watch commercial #3: Describe the person or people that this marketing segment is targetted to. (1 Paragraph--make a vivid description!)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009


1. Students will QUICK COMP
2. Students will research logo designs and analyze demographic and company influences on that design.

1. Quick Comp (25 minutes - Photoshop)
2. Logo Research Project
3. Group Presentation of Findings

Digital Zen (Quick Comp)
Download the picture below into PHOTOSHOP. Make this photo a focus on your editing. It can be in any size or proportion and you can use any text or other photographs and elements to design a comp.

Edit Me: Eiffel

Logo Research Project

The Branding Process

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

1. Complete a quick comp warm-up
2. Learn about company symbolism (LOGOS) by creating a research poster.
3. Analyze how this graphic art represents a company's product and/or services.

Language objective(s):
1. What is a LOGO?
2. How does a LOGO represent a product?

1. Quick Comp (Warm up - 20 minutes)
2. Announcements
3. Logo Lecture (part 1)
4. Logo Research Project

Warm up: (20 minutes - Photoshop QuickComp) Save as QuickComp - date and post to your blog.
Quick Comp: Using an asymetrical color scheme, create a 500x500 pixel (150 dpi) composition that would best communicate your feelings and emotions behind this phrase:

A. You need to have a DATA STICK for the 2nd semester (at least 1 GB capacity)
B. New notebooks? Only if you've run out of pages.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009



1. Students will take a FINAL EXAM

Part 1: Tutorial (pacing: 30 minutes)

Complete the following tutorial. (Hold SHIFT while clicking to open it in a new window)

Install the cool brushes first. When painting the brushes, don't click and drag. Just click!

Part 2: David Beckham Fan Poster

Create a composition 1024 x 768 pixel with (72 dpi)



Create a fan poster mixing the two pictures somehow. Use any techniques you know to blend this well.


- TEXT (no more than 2 fonts)

- Use BOTH pictures

- 1 or 2 Other Elements besides the pictures (lines, brushes, etc.)

- Use a good color scheme

- Harmony and Balance (not too busy, be very deliberate about the placement of everything)


Grading is based on Guidelines, Creativity, and Technique!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1. Review for the FINAL PRACTICAL EXAM by completing one more COOL tutorial.

Dear Students:
I'm out on a trip today. Remember that the final will be in this order:

(1) Tutorial (complete a tutorial without my help)
(2) Copy This (Copy a composition, without a tutorial, and without my help)
(3) Create your own composition (Create your own composition with my guidelines, with NO tutorial, and without my help)

So to practice the TUTORIAL piece, try this tutorial. Grading on the tutorial is based on how well you COPY THE ASSIGNMENT EXACTLY. (Not on how creative you are!) So make sure that what you post today is a very close copy!

Post the composition onto your blog when you are done!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

Final Practical Review

Today you will review techniques...

Please create a THANK YOU POST CARD (6 inches x 4 inches 300 DPI) Landscape OR Portrait for the DONORS who purchased Photoshop for us. In this composition you must include: (1) A note telling them thanks for their donation and how this program is going to help you become a better artist, (2) Your first name (not your last!), (3) 2 -3 Photos (HI RES) from

In your composition use 2-3 of the following techniques/elements:
1. Assymetrical Balance
2. Warm Colors or Cool Colors (Don't choose both!)
3. Max of 2 Fonts
4. Layer Masks (HINT: to blend pics!)
5. Blending Modes (HINT: Normal vs. Screen, etc.)
6. Paths
7. Brushes, lines, etc.
8. Layer Blends (like dropshadows, etc.)

Save your file as THANKYOUNOTE.psd and as a jpeg.

Email to me at the end of the period!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


1. Students will understand the term branding by creating a report about a company's marketing strategy.

Warm up:
If you haven't finished your online portfolio, please complete this first before the warm-up.

Read the following

The name is the most important element of a successful brand. Packaging changes, advertising changes, products even change but brand names never change. Where do great brand names come from? All different sources, they may come from family names or perhaps the inventor’s favorite color or animal or sometimes the names are just completely made up. For example, McDonald’s is a family name, Adidas was created from the inventors name Adi Dassler, Volvo
means “to roll” in Latin and KODAK was completely made up by the inventor George Eastman because he thought it was unusual and different.

Now answer the questions on your blog. Be prepared to share out:

1. Why are brand names important?
2. Name three different sources of brand names.
3. Do you think brands are important? Why?
4. Do you have a favorite brand? What is it and why do you like it?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

1. Students will set up their blogs as portfolios for critical review.
2. Students will complete their updated ipod ads.

Warm up:
Set up your PORTFOLIO for REVIEW.

1. Create a NEW POST on your blog called "YOUR NAME'S SEMESTER 1 PORTFOLIO REVIEW"
2. Write a 1 paragraph introduction of yourself for your critic: (Your name, grade, school, etc. Why are you interested in graphic design? Why did you take this class.)
2. From your list of 5 that your reflected on for homework, choose 3 of your best compositions. (Hint: Make sure these compositions are your best, and use the most incorporated techniques! You may include today's composition if you would like to).
3. In the following format, set up your reflection for each comp:
  • The Title of the Comp and a link to the blog post
  • Techniques: List all techniques used
  • Justify Your Grade: According to the rubric provided, justify your grade for guidelines, effort/technique, and creativity.
  • Reflection: Why did you give yourself that grade and why should your critic do the same? What made you choose this as an example of your best work? (The more you write, the more the critic will understand your creativity! Try to write a paragraph or so.)

The post below is an example of what I'm looking for:


Example #1 IPOD AD - REMIX

Prominent Techniques used:

  • Pen Tool (Cutting out the silhouette)
  • Creating Paths, Stroking Paths
  • Brushes
  • Blending Modes

Personal Grade: A-

Justify Your Grade:

  • Guidelines: This is definitely an A for guidelines since I followed the tutorial very carefully. I used the pics I was supposed to use.
  • Techniques: A. Because I've used these techniques before on previous compositions, I mastered them earlier. It was really easy to do a clean job in cutting out my silhouette and creating paths to stroke later.
  • Creativity: A-. I used different colors from the tutorial and added a colored curve that went around my silhouette. I really like it.


  • This is one of my best work because of the time it took me to create it. It looks great and I am proud of what I was able to really does look like the actual iPod ad.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1. Students will complete an updated version of their IPOD commercials using the new techniques learned.

Go here

Finished Product

My Layers Setup for this comp

If you want to try to put it on a billboard, use this picture:

Here's what it can look like: (Use the FREE TRANSFORM tools!)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

1. Students will sign up for a stock photo site
2. Students will create a composition incorporating layer masks and transfer modes.

Warm up:
Go to:
Sign up for a FREE account. Use your animojustice username as your username for this site.

1. Today is Chinese New Year. Create a desktop background about Chinese new year.
Use these guidelines:
  • 3 Pictures
  • Blended with Layer Masks
  • Apply 1 transfer blend.
  • Text

You may use any other technique that you've learned so far to make it look cool.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

1. Students will explore the world of TRANSFER BLENDING by creating a picture of each transfer mode by blending a gradient with a picture.

2. Students will use a CLIPPING mask and transfer blending to change the texture of a dress.

1. WARM UP (Digital Zen)
2. Next Week: Ketchup and Prep for Portfolio Review
3. More about transfer layers
4. Transfer Blending Activity

Warm up (Digital Zen)
1. Please complete and UPLOAD all your Blending Mode Pictures. You should have a total of 25 pictures.
Tutorial Activity:
Follow the tutorial at the link below, read it. Click and drag the example picture onto photoshop and complete the editing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dear Students:
I'm out sick this morning. Thanks ahead of time for your well-wishes. I hope to be back to work tomorrow, depending on how I feel.

Please remember the simple rules that when I am gone, all you need to do is
  1. Respect: Your peers, The Sub, and Our Classroom
  2. Complete the work quietly and with quality
  3. Turn in your work (via email)
  4. Surf the internet (QUIETLY) when you are done.
I really want to hear from the sub that period 5 was obviously my advanced, and best class!. Please make me proud to be your teacher! :)

Below is your assignment! READ IT CAREFULLY SO THAT YOU GET FULL CREDIT (notice that you will be sending it to a different EMAIL address!). GET TO IT!

Objective(s):1. Students will explore the world of TRANSFER BLENDING by creating a picture of each transfer mode by blending a gradient with a picture.

1. WARM UP (Digital Zen)
2. Transfer Blending Activity

Warm up (Digital Zen)
1. Write your feelings about our nation's first African American President.  What does this mean to you and to people of color? What do you hope he will accomplish in the next 4 years?  

Transfer blending is a simple way to blend layers together and how they react with one another.

READ THIS before starting

(By the way, I have shown this activity to Ammy and to Jennifer and perhaps to one other person.  Please ask them how to create these comps if you get stuck!)

1. Create a 10 inch x 5 inch (72 dpi) composition
2. Drag this picture onto photoshop

3. Copy the picture 2x so that you have one on the left and one on the right in your composition 
4. Create a new layer
5. Draw a marquee around the right photograph
6. Apply a Spectrum Linear Gradient (The rainbow one!) to your selection.
7. Apply transfer mode to blend
8. Choose an opacity you like.
9. Save as the name of the transfer. (For example: normal.jpg as your first picture, then dissolve.jpg as your second picture, then darken.jpg as your third picture.  You may Create a folder to save it to)
10. Upload all the flattened jpg images for your blog.

The DARKEN.jpg should like this:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Students will use previously learned techniques to complete a lengthy tutorial.

Mini Project:
Today you will create this:
Second Splash
In order to create this composition, you will need to know how to do the following techniques:
  • Cropping a picture using the PEN tool
  • Changing the color of a selection using the HUE / SATURATION tool
  • Stroking paths with different brushes (adjusting the brush properties)
You will also learn a few new techniques today. Consider this a REVIEW for your FINAL exam!

Step #1: Download the following pictures below
Step #2: Create a new composition and background
  • 500 x 647 pixels
  • 300 DPI
  • Use the GRADIENT tool with the following colors (Foreground: #ceed12, Background: #186600)
  • Use the tool to create a background that looks like what you see below
Gradient Done

Step 3: Put the Bottle in the composition AS A NEW LAYER and adjust the size, use Free Transform to turn it.
Bottle In

Step 4: Cut out the Bottle using the PEN tool or MARQUEE TOOL.
Bottle No White

Step 5: Use the HUE/SATURATION tool to change the color of the bottle to match the background!
Green Bottle

Step 6: Bring the LEAVES into the composition using the same way that you brought in the bottle and cut them out, placing them around the bottle as shown below:
Bottle Leaves

Step 6: Adding Elipses (circles) that glow
  • Use the ELLIPSE tool (from Shape Paths) to create the ELIPSE in the example.
  • Remember, if you are using a SHAPE paths tool, make sure you select the PATH setting!
Ellipse Tool Options

Oval Path

Step 7: Stroke the path ON A NEW LAYER!!!!

Step 8: Right click on the layer and adjust the blending options
Outer Glow
Color Overlay

Step 9: Copy the layers and transform layer so that it looks like this:


Step 10: Make other strokes like below (USE OTHER BRUSHES!) and adjust the blending properties
Bottle Strokes

Step 11: Add a NEW layer called "BUBBLES"

Add the "Bubbles" using the following brush settings:
Brush Tip Settings
Brush Tip Shape
Shape Dynamics
Shape Dynamics
Color Dynamics
Color Dynamics

Second Splash

WANT THE SPLASH? Check out this tutorial:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

1. Students will learn about layer masking techniques.

1. When people paint their homes, they use painter's tape or masking tape. Why do you think that they use this? If you've never painted before, look on the internet for these materials and tell me why you think painters use tape.

Masking Tutorial:
Masking allows us to cover up portions of a picture with a LAYER MASK. We can then paint on top of the LAYER mask with either BLACK or WHITE or GRAY to reveal what is underneath the mask.

Now try this tutorial and post it onto your blog:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Recreate this:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Students will learn brush tools and adjust their properties by creating a curly composition.

1. Warm Up (Digital Zen)
2. Tutorial Brushes
3. Mini Project

Warm Up:
1. Open Photoshop create a 3inch x 3inch 72 dpi Composition.

2. Draw 3 SEPARATE paths using the pen tool as shown below. Use the NEW button to create 3 separate paths.

3. Fill the background with a DARK COLOR

4. Create 3 Separate Layers on top of the background, name them "Path 1" Path 2" "Path 3"

Brushes Composition

- Use as many brush stylings as possible
- Download new brushes and add them to your collection (

- Have a background that you create yourself (NOT from the Internet)

- Text "Brush Fun"

- Text - Your Name

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009



1. Students will reflect on their vacation and make a quick visual composition of what they did during their Break.


1. Warm up & Assignment

Digital Zen:

1. What did you do these past 2 weeks for vacation? List 8 Things that you did during the break no matter how mundane or boring they may sound. With each thing, write the day you engaged in that activity.

For example:

1. Washed my Mom's Car (monday, week 1)

2. Organized the Garage (tuesday, week 1)

3. Went to Disneyland (thursday, week 1)

4. Went out to see Improv Comedy (Saturday, week 2)

5. Went to Universal Studios to chime in the new year (Wednesday, Week 2)

6. Drove to Delano to be with Family (Monday, week 2)

7. Had Christmas Dinner with Family at home (Tuesday, Week 1)

8. Went to Midnight Mass (Wednesday, Week 1)

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