Intuos Alien: Aerek

I’ve been playing around with my Intuos Tablet and I’m loving it. I think I’m slowing getting the hang of things. The only issues I’ve been having is working with the photoshop interface…I’m not used to interacting with it with a pen. Proficiency will come in time, I suppose.

I did the quick alien doodle (below) in Photoshop over my lunch break. That’s a creature that I came up with a few years back that I tend to sketch a lot. I figured I should christen my tablet with him. Fear the weapon wielding naked thing.

Fun cartooning. w00t w00t.

Aerek

First Intuos3 Sketch

I just bought an Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet for all my art and doodling needs. Here’s a brief description on what the product is:

Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more. Wacom’s Penabled technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom’s patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You’ll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It’s an easy and natural way to work.

It just arrived and I installed the drivers, plugged the sucker in, and fired up Adobe Photoshop to give the thing a whirl. Here’s what I did in my first 2 minutes:

First Intuos3 Sketch

The thing is extremely easy to use but will take a little getting used to. I’ll be posting more on the tablet when I get a better chance to sit down and play. So far, I like the way it allows me to be have sketchiness that is common in rough drawings on paper…makes it seem real. The pen is pretty comfortable and the thickness of the lines is influenced by the pressure you apply to the tablet. To erase stuff…simply flip the pen upside down and erase like you would a normal pencil. That is just cool. Once again, the eraser is influenced by pressure.

Anyhow…more to come.

Finally. A Cool Looking Human Clone.

After the success of cloning Dolly The Sheep, I am pleased to announce that scientists have finally perfected the Human clone. Check out the perfection as my clones check my tomato-mushroom-and-basil quiche, fetch me a cup of water, put bread in the breadbox, and place utensils in the dishwasher…all while I snapped their photo. All I can say is that my wife is one happy woman. Here are my clones:

Cloning

Multimedia – Image Lab

In this lab we will be using Adobe Photoshop Elements to create and edit images. Images are often a large part of multimedia production, thus having a decent understanding of them is important. This lab will consist of 3 parts:

  1. Watching videos on some basic tools and menus & creation of images
  2. Creation of two additional images
  3. Do 3 write-ups. One on JPEG, one on GIF, and one on PNG; explaining quality, where they are best used, and any features the file types may have (i.e. transparency, motion, etc).

To Open Photoshop Elements: Click the Start Menu > All Programs > Classes > Multimedia > Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

Videos on some basic tools and menus
These videos are from Photoshop Elements User and are hugely more useful than reading step by step instructions on the various tools. They take some time to watch so you may have to watch them throughout lab as well as on your own time (in order to complete the second and third parts). I would urge you to watch a video, then try doing what it is discussing before moving to the next video.

Here are the ones I want you to watch for this lab (you can watch more if you want to learn more cool stuff):

  1. Interface
  2. Layers, Part I
  3. Change Colors
  4. Cookie Cutter
  5. Photo Filter

Image Creation from Tutorials
For videos 2 through 5, make one image using the techniques explained. Document what you used to create the image (layering, any filters used, etc) Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.

Additional Image Creation – Image 1
The first image I want you to create from scratch is either a sweet banner image for a website or a fake advertisement. Document what you used to create the image (layering, any filters used, etc) Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.

Additional Image Creation – Image 2
Create a humorous image using certain features available in Photoshop. Be creative :) Document what you used to create the image (E.g. various filters, smudge tool, clone tool etc. (use at least 5 tools)). Save the image as an appropriate file type (jpg/gif/png) and explain your choice in file type.

Documenting your steps
To document each image and do any write-ups I’ve asked, simply use a single Word document and separate the separate parts using appropriate headings.

Turning it all in
Zip up your life’s work and (the images and document) and upload them to WebCT. Lab is due Next Friday @ midnight (so Saturday morning, 12am)

Web Expressions – Lab 5

In this lab we will be using Adobe Photoshop Elements to create and edit images. This lab will consist of 2 parts:

  1. Videos on some basic tools and menus
  2. Assignment for creating two additional images

To Open Photoshop Elements: Click the Start Menu > All Programs > Classes > Web Expressions > Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

Videos on some basic tools and menus
These videos are from Photoshop Elements User and are hugely more useful than reading step by step instructions on the various tools. They take some time to watch so you may have to watch them throughout lab as well as on your own time (in order to complete the second and third parts). I would urge you to watch a video, then try doing what it is discussing before moving to the next video.

Here are the ones I want you to watch for this lab (you can watch more if you want to learn more cool stuff):

  1. Interface
  2. Layers, Part I
  3. Change Colors
  4. Cookie Cutter
  5. Photo Filter

For videos 2 through 5, make your own image using the techniques explained and save it as a jpg (File > Save As, then select *.jpg from the filetype drop-down list) then post it on your blog.

Additional Images – Image 1
The first image I want you to create from scratch is a banner image for your webpage to go at the top of your website. (an example would be the banner at the top of my blog that has my blog title and my feed).

  1. Click File > New
  2. Set the width to 800pixels (for starters) and the height to 90 pixels.
  3. Fill the background with the color of your choosing (it should match the color scheme of your website)
  4. Add some text…the title of your site, maybe a slogan, etc.
  5. Find an image to accompany the text and put that in your banner image.
  6. Save the image as a *.gif and put it on your website

Additional Images – Image 2
Create a humorous image using certain features available in Photoshop then post it on your blog. On your blog post, list the techniques that you used to create this image: E.g. various filters, smudge tool, clone tool etc. (use at least 5 tools). Be creative :)