Instructions for the smaller, daily assignments. These should be posted to the class website — categorized appropriately — before you come to class the day it’s due.
1. Meet the Class
(Please see the “How to post to our class website” in the INSTRUCTIONAL section of this site.)
Write a brief introduction of yourself (250-ish words).
Then add two visuals that tell us something about you — what do you do? what are your values? what’s important to you? what do you really, really like?
Finally, add a mug shot — a small head shot photo that shows your face.
For an example, see the “meet your instructor” link. You may arrange your photos however you like for this post.
Category: Meet the class
2. Phone Photos
Practice taking photos with your phone using the techniques we talked about in class.
Take some with people in them and some without.
Play with light.
Make sure the photo has a focal point/subject.
Practice shooting using the rule of thirds.
Please try to not take photos of posed subjects if you can avoid it.
Post your best three — at least one of them must have a human subject. Don’t use any filters. (Post all in the same post; no commentary necessary.)
Category: Phone Pics
3. Photoshop Tutorials
Complete these step-by-step Photoshop tutorials.
Size them (Image/Image Size in Photoshop) to around 400 pixels wide each.
Save each of your finished photos as a JPEG using your last name in the file name and then post them all in one post.
NOTE: On the duo-tone tutorial, you’ll have to switch the mode BACK TO RGB after you make it a duo-tone. Then it will let you save it as a JPEG. (Our website won’t accept .eps files.)
The download folder here a PDF with step-by-step instructions and all the photo files you’ll use in the tutorials. If you’re on a Mac, the folder will probably unzip it when it downloads — likely sending the folder to the DOWNLOADS folder. Grab it from there and copy it to your hard drive or flash drive.
Open a new InDesign file and recreate this ad. We’ll walk through this together in class before it’s due. If you missed class, you might need to find a buddy to show you some of the basics, or rely on online video tutorials for InDesign.
11. Layout Sins (10 points — due Tuesday, Oct. 30)
Read the Layout Sins chapter handed out in class. Find (in your environment, not online) examples of five of the layout sins outlined in the reading (and in the introduction in class). Take a picture of each and post the pictures along with one sentence each that names/describes the sin.
One example each.
One sentence with each each.
One post on the website
Category: Layout sins
12. Social Media Design (10 points — due Thursday, Nov. 1)
Design a SQUARE social media post (visual post) recruiting students for the 2019 Flint Hills Media Project.
Here is the copy/text (you can edit a little, but the main content needs to be included in some way):
Experience. Community. Tradition.
Apply to be part of the 10th annual Flint Hills Media Project and join the ranks of nearly 200 project alumni.
June 3-28, 2019
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Color (10 points — due Tuesday, Nov. 6)
Choose a brand that has at least 2 colors in its logo (excluding black and white). Think outside the box! A restaurant, sports team, clothing brand, store, food brand, etc.
Using InDesign, create an info sheet about the color theory behind that brand’s logo. Your info sheet should include: • the brand’s logo
• color swatches & what the color scheme is
• CMYK & RGB codes
• at least2 examples of where your brand uses those colors in its marketing — this can be social media, advertisements, etc.
** Your design doesn’t have to be overly complicated but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by putting your other skills to the test.
Here are two examples that I have created.
14. Recreate a magazine layout
1. Choose ONE of the three layouts below: 3-column layout, 5-column layout or 10-grid layout.
2. Open an InDesign document (use the page specifications shown for each layout).
3. Create a “dummy” in InDesign (gray boxes and filler text) that replicates the layout you chose. Just follow the dummy layout shown on the page.
4. Start filling in your dummy. You should follow the general layout created with your dummy. Get close on the typefaces (get the correct categories, but it doesn’t have to be exact).