Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Missing Assignments

You can make up any assignments after Nov. 22nd.  The assignments before Nov. 22 cannot be made up.  The 22nd was the due date for the grading period.  

Missing Assignment Reports

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Business Card

  1. Read and follow the tutorial below.  You can add your text to outline name if you like or not.  Give the card some shape and or designs.  

How to Design a Business Card 

  • Make sure your three finance tests are done.   Due today by midnight.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Money unit

We are  going to do a unit on finance.  It is part of the "all aspects of the industry" that we cover in this class.

1. read lesson 1.  (there are 4 pages)
2. Take the test and the end of the lesson
3. Take a screen shot of your score (command. shift . 4)   drag across the score at the top and safe that pic to your google drive. 
4. Move on to lesson 2 and then 3 and do the same.
5. At the end of the 3 lessons we will take another test that will cover all 3 subjects. 
All three lesson scores should be but in one google doc and shared with me.   Due date Wednesday  Midnight.  share with

Setting priorities
Here's help for the first -- and often the hardest -- step in achieving your financial goals: deciding which goals to pursue.

Setting priorities
Here's help for the first -- and often the hardest -- step in achieving your financial goals: deciding which goals to pursue.

Making a budget
How to bring your spending under control, so that you get the most out of every dollar.

Basics of banking and saving
Here's how to get the best banking services at the best price, either online or off.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Poster contest

Click on the link below.  You are going to enter this contest.  Start with step one.

Link to contest

And...  All work due this friday (Excluding the poster contest)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Working with 3D in illustrator

Watch the following video to make a flower pot using the 3D tool.
                               Video.  Making a flower pot 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Take a Line for a Walk

Take a Line for a Walk 

   Make a line that curves, zigs and zags, has corners, etc. all around the paper (Screen). Turn the paper around until you see something that you can develop. Begin adding pattern, example - turn something into an elaborate eye, add more facial detail, add more pattern, keep going until the page is filled with pattern, thickened lines (from your original lines) to add emphasis, etc.

Start with lines, shapes, etc. 

Now flip it

Draw and turn it into ???   Join the lines and make to live paint.  use paint bucket to color it in.  
Graded on time spent on project, quality and creativity. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Drawing a face

Draw a face in illustrator from the link below using any on the following ...the pen tool or brush and pencil.  I would recommend showing a grid on your templet.   Good luck!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


List of current missing assigments

Today we have Mr. Z subbing.  Today will be an open  day to work on your assignments.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Changing hair color in photoshop

Get a high quality image of the internet of a model or reg. person.  Make sure it is a closeup of their face and make sure they have hair, unlike me.  Save the original image.   Watch the video below and change the hair color of the person.  Post both images on your blog for comparison.  Please title your work as "changing hair color".

Video...Changing hair color in photoshop

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Devine Proportion / Golden Section

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Devine Proportion / Golden Section: Read this page and then click on the link at the end.  Watch and follow along with the video to create you own Golden Section.   Th...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Finish up Friday

Finish up the Castle mag cover.   No new assignments today

Extra Credit.  Create your own mag cover.  use high res photo's.  Line up text.  Make it pop! Look for creating good contrast.  Is is easy to see and read when you stand back away from the computer?  


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mag cover

                                     25 POINT ASSIGNMENT              

************GRADING RUBRIC**********

Here's the logo to add in the mag cover.  
Your job is to duplicate this ad. Make it look like this original. You should be able to find a picture very close to this on the net. Pay attention to the smallest details. Your grade will be based on accuracy.This is not a rush assignment. Take your time!

Start in Photoshop for fixing the pics.  The rest of the project is easier to do in AI.  Good luck.  

Use your skill in removing backgrounds for the castle.  Use similar fonts, colors and layout.  


  1. Magazine cover is 8.5 wide by 11 inches tall.  
  2. Use high resolution photo or photo's.
  3. Pay attention to the fonts and where they are on the page.
  4. Pay attention to the color used in the fonts.
  5. Can you get the lettering behind the castle top?
************GRADING RUBRIC**********

Continue on your layer mask assignment

Remember, I am looking for high res photo's and good work.    I will grade accordingly so if you don't think it's good, then go back and fix it.   

Monday, October 21, 2013

2nd layer mask assignment

*Another layer mask assignment.  Choose one background picture and 3 other pictures in insert into the background picture.  Your choice. 

*When searching for images type in the words high resolution  and then the search word.   For instance

high resolution dog

 *Make it fun and funny.    

Reading...Choosing High-Quality Images For Your Projects– A Must Read Guide

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finish yesterday's layer mask assignment

And.   All projects from progress report 1 one will be accepted up to this Friday.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Layer Mask lesson

READ The link to the lesson is below the picture.  Download and open the two pics in the lesson so you have the ocean scene and the martini glass.  When you finish their instruction I want you to choose two more objects to use in the project using the layer mask tool.  So save two more pics That you add to the ocean/martini project.   Open them from PHOTOSHOP.  Do not drag them in or copy and paste.  Here is my example.  I added a dog in the glass and the gymnast. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Standing next to a president

Standing next to a president

Get a photo of yourself.  Get a pic of a current or past president and put yourself next to him.  Use one of these or better yet, find your own.  This could be funny!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Restore a second photo

I am in jury duty today.  Do the same assignment as yesterday.  Pick a second photo that needs restoration, restore it and put both up on your blog.  Before and after.  It's all about practice.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Restoring old photo's in photoshop

Grab an old photo that's black and white for restoration. Restore it!

Here is tutorial on restoring old photo's

Do not use the one in the tutorial.  Search for old photo's or civil war photo's etc...    Put the before and after on your blog.

Link to lesson

Link to photo's

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Self Portrait

That's right.   
Take a pic with your phone or the computer of your face.   Copy and paste it into illustrator.  
Start tracing using the pen tool and brush/pencil if desired.   

Okay.     1.  Close your lines
              2.  Command +    to  Make the pic giant.    Trace slowly and carefully. 

Color it in.   

Weeeeeeeeeeeee.   Fun!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Choose one cartoon to duplicate with the pen tool.

This is a big project.  15 points instead of 10 points.  You can earn up to 5 extra credit points if you also do the background.  When you start your new project make sure it is in inches and that the orientation is correct.  i.e.  horizontal or vertical.  Click on one image and copy and paste it onto your templet.  Create a new layer and lock layer one.  USE THE PEN TOOL.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Exercise: Pen Tool Shapes

                  Exercise: Pen Tool Shapes


Use the pen tool Pen tool (and convert tool Convert tool) to recreate the shapes found on the provided templates. Note that there are two sets of shapes ("Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes").

                                                                                                                                                  Pen tool with shapes video



  1. Download and expand this zipped file; it contains two Illustrator files called "Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes."
  2. Open Sea Shapes first. You should see seven simple line objects. The gray lines are the lines you want to reproduce. The purple boxes are where your anchor points should go, and the magenta and yellow lines are where the "handles" should be positioned to get the proper curves.
  3. Set your fill color to none, and your stroke to black, 1pt.
  4. Trace over the objects with the pen tool Pen tool by drawing right on top of the template. Place anchor points on the purple rectangles and drag “handles” out along the guides. The magenta handles are guides that you click and drag along. The yellow handles are trickier—you drag away from them; as you do, a handle will grow out of the anchor point and move in the opposite direction of your drag. Align these "backside" handles with the yellow guides.
  5. Do not add any anchor points or reposition handles—follow the template exactly.
  6. Almost all of these shapes should be drawn as closed paths (end where you begin; no gaps). There are only two open paths/line: the cat's mouth and the contour of one of the cat's legs.
  7. Things to remember:
    • To make a corner point, just click with the pen tool Pen tool without dragging (or click on a curve point with the convert tool Convert tool).
    • To draw a smooth-curve, click and drag to create direction lines (handles).
    • To create a corner-curve point, click and drag on a handle with the convert tool.
    • To create a "hybrid" point (with one handle), click and drag to create the curve. Next. position the pointer over the last point drawn, and simply click without dragging to start a straight line.
    • Use the Direct Selection tool Direct Selection tool to edit curves and points.
    • To convert a point from curved to corner (or vice versa), use the Convert Direction tool Convert tool.
    • To join path segments, select the endpoint of each path with the direct selection tool, then choose “Average” then “Join” from the “Object” menu.
    • When you are using the pen tool Pen tool, hold down the option key to get the convert tool Convert tool; hold down the command key to get the last selection tool Direct Selection tool you used.
    • The umbrella top and handle are two separate shapes that don’t connect.
    • The palm tree is also two separate shapes.
    • Hold down the shift key to draw perfectly horizontal and vertical lines in the truck.
    • The sailboat has 6 distinct parts: mast, boom, hull, pennant, and two sails.
    • Make sure the features of the cat and its inner leg are brought to the front. The inner leg is a separate (open path) stroke.
    • The dog’s nose is a separate shape.
    • The toucan’s beak should be in front.
    • Don’t add any anchor points to any of the animals.
  8. Paint your shapes. Add fills (flat colors, gradients, or patterns).
  9. When you have completed Sea Shapes, let me check them, then move on to Animal Shapes. Note that guides for the handles are not provided for Animal Shapes; you'll have to determine where to place them.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Video on using the pen tool

Link to video tutorial on using the pen tool 

Watch the tutorial and follow along in illustrator.  There is no assignment to turn in.  You are simply  learning how to use the pen tool.  After the tutorial is over,  Practice using the pen tool to create shapes and designs.  If you like what you have created you can post it on your blog.   

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Using Brushes

  Assignment.   Using the tutorial below create some different brush strokes and post them to your blog.   Be creative.   Draw all five examples but you can draw different shape and objects. 

Using Brushes  Link

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Extra Credit

Choose your own semi difficult cartoon then trace and color it.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Continue on your trace, color and layer project.

Go ahead and finish up your project.  If you are done, you may do another and add it to your blog or you can use this time to read the article put up the other day or use this time to study for another class.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2013 - 2014 School Year

Welcome To Computerized Graphic Design

1 what is it?

2 why is it?

3 How this class works.

4 Setting up your account and blogpage

5 Questions?

The Most Important Rules Are...
No Eating or Drinking in class
No Running 
No Swearing
No Bullying
Stay on task, be respectful and do your work. 

Today's Assignment