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
- Collaborate – to work together. “The students worked together and collaborated on “The Button” animation”.
- Compassion – sympathy, mercy. “The King showed compassion to the enemy by letting him live.”
- Compromise – to settle differences. “The teams compromised by agreeing to play the big game at a neutral site, where neither team had the advantage.”
- When sharing work on a server (such as the Cawd3 Public Drive) make sure you only share copies of your work. Never release full control of the only copy of your designs. You never know when a hardware malfunction, software malfunction, or other accident could damage or destroy your work.
- Adjustments are tools we can use to “adjust” how an image (or specific layer) looks. Some go-to adjustments we have used include:
- Color Balance
- It is always wise to consider doing Auto Color / Auto Tone / Auto Contrast at the start of a restoration. It will often do much of the “easy” fixing for you, saving some time.
- The Crop Tool will retain the selected area of an image, and delete / cut away the darkened, outside areas.
- Cmd + E (ctrl + E on Windows) will merge selected layers together.
- Masks in Photoshop allow the designer to hide / show different design elements of their choosing. They can be sharp, gradual, gradients, and of different opacities.
- The Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop will select “like pixels” and is used to select regions of an image. We can use this tool to select regions of an image to cut out and put back together when doing a multi-piece restoration. We can also use Quick Selection to select a region of our project for any need, such as changing the brightness or color balance of a specific design element.
- Nested Symbol Animation allows animators to have multiple timelines with which to animate their creation. On the main timeline you may animate Spaceship Graphic Symbol flying through space, and inside the Spaceship Graphic Symbol, you may animate blinking lights. Together you have an animation of a Spaceship flying through space with blinking lights.
- Turntable Animations are where we show off an asset through a 360-degree rotation animation. The scene isn’t important, the focus is looking at the detail on the element.
- Infinite White Lighting is lighting effect where we have:
- Soft Shadows created by Final Gather of an object on a plane.
- The white plane blending into the white background created by a camera. You don’t see where the plane ends and the background begins.
- A final presentational look where the asset is shown off attractively without the need for an environment, which will often be out of the scope of your specific task.
- Comes straight from the film and advertising industries, where it requires a good deal of equipment.
- Topology is how the geometry of your model is created. By following industry standard modeling practices, your model’s topology will allow it to deform and animate in the best possible way. Modeling with the topology in mind will also limit superfluous faces, making your game / renders run faster. Colleges / Employers often wish to see this topology, and it is often hard to discern from a simple render. This is why we learned how to use Maya and Photoshop (and Premiere) together to show off both the rendered look, as well as the underlying topology.