Weeks #4 & 5 – Info & Resources

Poster Designs by Paula Scher

Welcome back! Weeks #4 & 5 – here we are!

Do you need a recap of Week #3? Go here!

Video Tutorial #1 – Pen Tool & Lay-Out – from 9/29

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xta9ghlRtjwKJj8hsH3abXE55-AVf1abvINpDuoC7mh9Zj83wgEc87VcyKZar2M.TujPcqJCc-WVV7Q_

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**Tutorials with Assignment #2 will continue tonight on 10/6 – class video will be placed here after our zoom meeting time.

Video Tutorial #2- Format, Pen Tool & Lay-Out – from 10/6

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1SFpH68oE4GCkT5f23Ft7CDuqINcBC7Bo6Dz26cjMXayoHsCu-WXKWO-anw6Lbkm.X4hWDfXGA__bY1aq

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The Elements of Design – A Video Description: Enjoy! See the Elements in action in this great video.

This post will reflect a 2-week time frame for weeks #4 (9/29) & #5 (10/6) as we delve into assignment #2 – The Post-Card Adventure Series! First things first though, lets see how everyone is doing.

Lets jump in and take a look at some student work in progress during our Zoom session on 9/29 & 10/6 – I will always encourage students to share their progress on screen so that we can engage in dialog about the works and how we can make improvements and iterations. Learning how to discuss your work in progress takes practice. Learning how to discuss the works of others also takes practice and develops a “troubleshooting / solution focused mindset”. If you choose to opt out of sharing your work in class, please save your work in progress files to your Google drive folder and let me know when things have been placed there (rseslow@bmcc.cuny.edu)

*Remember, you can always find a Zoom class recording for each Assignment tutorial under the Assignment page for that individual assignment, the process for Assignment #1 – parts 1 & 2 are on the Assignment #1 page

I will be introducing Assignment #2 – AKA – “the Postcard Project” on 9/29 & 10/6. A Zoom class video recording for Assignment 2’s tutorial will be placed under the Assignment #2 page for that individual assignment along with the assignment specifications.

We will get well versed working with the photoshop pen tool, electronic imaging, cutting out images and creating graphic assets. We will also be creating and working with various file types and bringing our ideas into photoshop to produce the finished designs.

Im a big fan of iterations and revisions! We will discuss using multiple art boards and the iteration process while our work flow is in process.

*This Week’s Exercise – Cutting out Images in Photoshop / Making Graphic Assets: Cutting out images in various fragments is a task that all graphic designers will face on a regular basis. Learning various methods for cutting out images is a necessity. We will explore, experiment and share a few methods on how. 

Practice practice! As practice this week while working on the postcard project – you may wish to find 3-5 images that you would like to cut out / extract from existing images, look for various curves and edges that are both attractive and challenging.

**Video recording of tonight’s class – 9/29 will be placed here for the tutorial on Assignment #2

Video Tutorial #1 – Pen Tool & Lay-Out – from 9/29

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xta9ghlRtjwKJj8hsH3abXE55-AVf1abvINpDuoC7mh9Zj83wgEc87VcyKZar2M.TujPcqJCc-WVV7Q_

Passcode: 58^?aCPb

Video Tutorial #2- Format, Pen Tool & Lay-Out – from 10/6

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1SFpH68oE4GCkT5f23Ft7CDuqINcBC7Bo6Dz26cjMXayoHsCu-WXKWO-anw6Lbkm.X4hWDfXGA__bY1aq

Passcode: 54^+fpIZ

Students will select and practice from images taken from a public domain, OER or creative commons sources on the Internet or they may use images that they have on their devices. Again, We have a huge selection of OER Resources on our class resources page here too

(This exercise/technique will be applied to the post card project – assignment #2 ).

A vintage postcard example from New York!

Video Screening Tutorials: Cutting out images in Photoshop (Pen Tool examples)

These tutorials above will help get you started with our class exercise, but ultimately, you will need to master the pen tool in both photoshop and illustrator for the cleanest vector cut-outs. 

**Are you looking for a photoshop psd. file template example to create along with, format and submit your postcard? (Photoshop newbies can edit and change the layers as you need to) Those with experience should make the template themselves –   Click HERE

(Is there a specific tutorial that you learned from recently or over time? Share the URL link with a description of your experience in the comments section below)

Graphic Designer and inspiration of the week!

Paula Scher! (please get to know her work!)

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