Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Quizzes on Friday morning. 15% of your grade are the quizzes, typically 9 new, 1 review, and 1 extra credit question from our articles.
This year’s Sat / Act prep work comes from “100 Most Common SAT Words” by Quizlet. As we are using their list to pull from you are able to use their free study tools. Make a free account so you add the new words to your Study Bank. As the weeks go by and you are studying from this ever-growing word bank, you will find that your vocabulary (speaking and retention) has improved.
Let’s make you smarter, and get another 500 points on some of this standardized testing which right or wrong impacts your educational path.
Sat / Act prep
- Demagogue – rabble-rousing leader. “Many consider President Trump to be a demagogue.”
- Digression – straying from the main point. “The teacher digressed when discussing World History, and ended up explaining his most recent experience with Lyft.”
- Diligent – hard-working. “The diligent student stayed and worked during Homework Club, even when they were not required to.”
- A cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets.
- Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralized digital currency – the system works without a central bank or single administrator.
- Ethereum is an open-source cryptocurrency. It is a public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality.
- Advertising is a form of marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea. We are working on an advertising unit in Cawd which includes our Pin Design, and Salsa Marketing with Pre-tech 2.
- Rose and Thorn Critiques are forms of constructive criticism where you say both something you LIKE about a project, and the something that should be changed or improved. It is a way to give both positive, and “negative” feedback on a design in balance.
- Constructive Criticism is helpful and specific suggestions for positive change. When giving Constructive Criticism it is important to separate the project from the designer. Regardless of how you feel about the artist/programmer / speaker/presenter, you as a professional designer should be able to give specific, honest recommendations on how to improve a project. This is sometimes hard to do as we are humans, but something we will continue to work toward!
- The Revolve Surface tool takes a curve and spins it 360 degrees to create shapes such as salsa jars, wine glasses, bowls, etc.
- NURBS stands for Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines. It is a way for programs such as Maya to display/describe curved surfaces with a high degree of precision. They are great to render in Maya, but are not supported in most game engines which prefer polygon based models. NURBS objects can be converted to Polygons through Maya.
- Grid Snap allows users to build along the Maya grid – allowing for accurate spacing and placement of vertex points, edges, etc. Sometimes it is too limiting (turn it off), and sometimes the constraints allow for a more efficient modeling experience (turn it on).
- The Mesh – > Reduce tool reduces the number of faces on a polygonal object. Reduce first attempts to reduce faces on straightaways, where extra faces are not being utilized for detail. This type of model optimization is useful when trying to find that balance between photorealistic, and a polygon count your Creative Director has given you for the asset you are building.
- In the Heads Up Display menu of Maya, there is a “Poly Count” tool which allows the user to see how many polygons are used in your scene/object. Designers get a real-time update on how they are doing with their polygon budget.
- Free Image Planes are 2D planes with images applied to them when tracing reference images, such as the profile of a salsa jar.
- Layers in Maya allow designers to put different design elements on different “layers”, or levels. These different layers can then be locked, turned off (invisible), or turned to reference layers where we can see the content, but can’t interact with it. Reference layers are very useful when tracing a reference image, such as the profile of a salsa jar, as you can’t accidentally select the image plane when drawing your curve.
- Integers are a variable type which includes whole numbers, such as 1, 2, and 4.
- Trigger boxes are invisible shapes in games which can be set up to behave in any number of different ways, including use as checkpoints. Unreal Engine “knows” when the user has “left” a trigger box (maybe driving through a racing game checkpoint), and can act accordingly, such as increasing the number of laps the user has completed.
- Animated gifs can be created in Photoshop using the “Timeline” portion of the interface. We can create individual frames and then adjust:
- which layers appear on the frame
- how long that frame lasts in the animation
- if the animated gif will play once, a number of times, or repeat forever
- Lens Flares are Photoshop renderings that mimic the look of the sun, or a bright light, through a lens. They are often overused and can appear amateurish, use with caution.