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 years 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
- Abbreviate – shorten, abridge. “The abbreviation for Computer Animation and Web Page is Cawd.”
- Abstinence – act of refraining from. “The athlete abstained from pizza during soccer season to get in the best possible shape.”
- Adulation – high praise. “The student received adulation for their first place prize in the Design Competition.”
General Classroom rules
- No food in class.
- Drinks kept / enjoyed near the drink shelf.
- Be on time (as to the second) for attendance 3 times per day: AM (9:40) / Break (11:00) / PM (12:40). This also means “be gone” by 12:40 if you have an afternoon class.
- At the end of the day have your station back to how it was first day of school, with your chair pushed in.
- Music in production, only if your grade is a C or higher, and at a volume where you can here me and we can’t hear your music.
- Conversations at a volume where we can’t hear you from 10 feet away.
- A Creative Director is often the lead designer on a project. Often in a management role, it is the Creative Director’s job to ensure the look and feel of the project is successful. The final say in creative decisions often lies with the Creative Director.
- Pre Production is preliminary work done before digital production takes place. This may include location scouting, concept art, brainstorms with clients, etc. Pre Production work informs the final product. Think of it as research.
- Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image manipulation. Photoshop is used across many industries including Web Design, Game, Animation, Advertising, Science, etc.
- The Clone Stamp Tool takes pixels from one location and paints them in other areas of your document.
- The Move Tool allows you to move design elements, and has a hotkey of “V”.
- The Text Tool allows you to create and edit text elements, and has a hotkey of “T’.
- Layers in Photoshop allow vertical stacking of design elements.
- The Free Transform Tool has a hotkey of command (or control if Windows) + T. This will put the control handles around your design element, and open up additional editing tools. Some of these additional tools include perspective, warp, and skew.
- Photoshop files are saved with a .psd extension, and retain layers, the ability to do future editing, text, etc. All of this additional data is useful, but makes the files quite large compared to a simple .jpg version.
- .jpg files are basic, compressed versions of images. They have the advantage of fast loading (due to relatively small file sizes) but are just the picture, and can lose quality depending on the level of compression.
- Autodesk Maya is an industry standard for 3D Graphics and Animation.
- Maya files are saved with a .mb extension (Maya Binary). These files contain your models / animation / materials / etc. These Maya files are for working and not for looking at.
- Rendering is the process of taking a Maya file and creating a picture of it. It is this picture, or “render” which can be used on the internet, be brought into video editing software, etc.
- Polygon Primitives (such as the cube / sphere / cone) are often what we start our creations with as a base.
- The Hypershade is where we create / assign materials and colors.
- The Channel Box/Layer Editor is where can we edit specific attributes for a design element.