Wed, Dec 08

Review, workflow, integration and other topics


  • Physical Computing
  • Vector+Bitmap
  • Web planning
  • Animation
  • Illustrator+Photoshop: Workspaces and Toolsets
  • PDF
  • macOS Skills: tags, stacks and System Preferences

Backup task

This plan may be what you are using - if it is adequate - or what you plan to do.

Use phrases like “I am currently…” and “I plan to…” to describe your plan. Be brief - a few sentences is fine. Refer to the class web page on backup for details on how to back up data.


Post your personal backup plan to the my-backup-plan Slack channel by Tue, Dec 14.

You'll need to use the add/browse channel button in Slack to add yourself

Generating Assets for Web Projects.

Automating with Actions

Understanding Colour Management

Lightroom vs. Photoshop

HTML Frameworks

The Bootstrap framework is a good starting point for building more complex web sites.

Domain Registration is a reasonably priced, easy-to-use registry.

Web hosting

There are tens of thousands of options.

are some reasonable starting points.

Want to skip the whole "do-it-yourself thing" but still want a web site you can change the appearance of? Try:

Animation with AfterEffects

AfterEffects is a bit like Photoshop for video. It's a huge and powerful program, and will take some time to understand. A few basic concepts:


Isometric Drawing in Illustrator

An isometric drawing tutorial. But watch out for an error - you need to scale by 86.602%, not 86.062%

Copy and Rotate

Using copy and rotate to create a snowflake in Illustrator. A really useful technique - even if you're never going to create a snowflake.

Photoshop Vector Mask (clipping path)

This image, with sharp edges and smooth curves, is a good practice image for creating a vector mask in Photoshop. Right-click it (control-click on some Macs) to download it and open in Photoshop. In the "paths" panel, create a new path, draw a closed path around the airplane with the pen tool, and then turn it into a vector mask, under Layer->Vector Mask-> Current path.


Practical Assignment (in class), Wed, Dec 15

Be prepared to accomplish basic tasks in the programs we have used in class. Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will be the most important programs. Basic computer skills will also be important. You will be given some files to work with as source materials, and series of specific tasks to perform. This will be done in class, and submitted at the end of the permitted time.