Lightroom Tutorials and Preset Development

For this activity, you will need to visit this site, and choose 6 tutorials to complete. Additionally, you will need to provide your own photos for each. As such, you should be looking through the list, picking the effects you want to attempt, and then choosing what type of photo would be best for this type […]

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Shutter Speed Control Introduction

As progress further with projects requiring photo work, it’s necessary that you not only have a key understanding of composition and what makes a great photo, you should also know how to control the camera to manipulate lighting and motion to create a desired effect. Auto mode on most cameras is fairly limiting on the creative front. […]

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Jersey Shore In Black & White

Black and white photography at one time, was photography. Up until the middle part of the 20th century, color photos simply didn’t exist. Fast forward to today, and while it isn’t our only choice, black and white is still very popular. Black and white photography focuses on light and shadows to tell the story. Playing with light […]

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ACA Review #2

This is second review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 11-9 (second section on Opacity Masks). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Turn Rulers on/off Turn on the document Grid Show were guides preferences are located Create ruler guides Demonstrate bleed setting location Identify the parts of […]

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File formats…what do they mean?

One of the skill sets you should be developing as a designer is knowing what the various file formats that exist are and in what circumstances are they best suited. I have put a link to a great resources on my website that explains the various common file formats in the design world. Read over […]

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ACA Review #1

This is your first review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 1-10). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Creating a custom workspace Create a new document (with 1/2″ Bleed and two artboards at 5″x7″) Demonstrate using the navigation panel Use the zoom tool Demonstrate use of […]

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Sketching and roughing. All about preparation.

We will be exploring parts of the design process further in the coming projects. We’ve spent a lot of time applying various design principles, color theory, and technical skill to our projects. It’s time to take a step back and focus on the process a designer will go through before we ever turn to our […]

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Beginning Your Portfolio

Part of every designer’s journey is documenting where they’ve been and what they’ve accomplished. A portfolio serves as a visual showcase of what you’re capable of doing, your strengths, and even your weaknesses. The portfolio is the lifeblood of every designer, and is often the deciding factor for jobs and admittance to schools. Many designers […]

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Where are you going next?

Most of you reading this are either Juniors or Seniors, many of whom already know what they want to do after you walk out these doors for the last time. There’s a vast amount of responsibility and self promotion involved in entering into the design and communications field. Most schools require a portfolio of your […]

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Photoshop Brushes Intro Activity

As of now, you’ve been exposed to the basics of brushes in both Adobe Illustrator as well as Photoshop. Both programs offer distinct advantages and disadvantages with regard to the brush applications. One of the greatest advantages of brush creation in Photoshop is the ability to develop brushes from endless imagery. Fire, smoke, dirt, rock, […]

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