Mon, Oct 04

Vector and Bitmap imaging

A demonstration of UNISURF, developed by Pierre Bézier, who implemented what we now know as Bézier curves, the basic way of drawing in Illustrator (and many other programs.)

Today's objectives

  • Review previous assignment
  • Adjustment layers
  • Digital colour models
  • Review of bitmap and vector
  • Colour in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Basic Illustrator concepts

Preparation

  • Review all handouts.
  • Make sure Adobe Illustrator is functioning.
  • Have the class sample files for Photoshop from last class and this class (below) available.

Class resources

The Bézier Game is an online tutorial/practice tool for learning basic Bézier drawing skills.

Sample files

The cow's ear in this example is a good test of your layer masking abilities.

Layer mask sample file
Illustrator

Illustrator samples

Presentations

Formats and compression

Bitmap and vector

Handouts

Download the colour theory PDF handout in PDF format.

Download "File formats" handout in Acrobat PDF format PDF

One of many good illustrator pen tool tutorials

Resources

Adjustment layers tutorial
Making a template layer
File formats

More than you probably want to know about file formats

Colour books, and more

Pantone, the leading provider of colour standards.

Quiz 1

Quiz: 6PM, Oct 18
Quiz preparation

The quiz covers all topics dealt with in the first 4 classes.

  • Basic Mac usage
  • Basic computers and storage unit handouts
  • Bitmap and vector
  • Operating systems concepts
  • Resolution and bit depth
  • Basic Photoshop tools
  • Layers and curves

The quiz quiz will be on paper.

Short written answers are the format.

Here is NSCAD’s policy on Academic Integrity PDF - please make sure you have reviewed it. The quiz will be written under the normal conditions for any quiz - no assistance from any other student or use of outside materials is permitted. While the circumstances of this term are unusual, all standard principals of academic integrity apply. Violations may be penalized by measures including failure of a course, or expulsion from the university. If you have any questions about this, it is vital you contact me to resolve them immediately.

Quiz coverage for DSGN 1000 Quiz 1

Make sure to review all posted handouts, presentations, videos and linked resources, on the class web site and in Slack. Key topics are listed below, but other material covered in class may be included.

Handouts include:

  • Basic computers
  • Storage units
  • File formats
  • Resolution
  • Digital colour
  • Key topics:

    Basic computing concepts and tasks

    1. The Finder
    2. Start and shut down programs
    3. Window elements
    4. File management - moving and renaming files
    5. Cut, copy, paste
    6. How to use keyboard shortcuts

    Computer fundamentals

    1. Storage units and basic computer components
    2. Operating system concepts and definition
    3. Analog and digital concepts

    Imaging

    1. Resolution and bit depth - concepts and application (in Photoshop)
    2. Fundamental Photoshop tools (see Class 3)
    3. Using layers
    4. The curves control (in Photoshop)
    5. Digital colour theory and application