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Welcome to Photoshop
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FOR EVERY UNIT, YOU MUST TAKE THE QUIZ, SHOW ME YOUR SCORE, AND TURN-IN THE PROJECT THAT YOU DID WHILE WATCHING THE VIDEOS.
CALENDAR
Week 18: May 28-31 FINAL - worth 200 points. Due Wed., June 12 Go here for instructions
Week 17: May 20-24
Another project to help you boost your grade! This one is easy. Due June 7.
Week 16: May 13-17 WEIGHTLESS
Get caught up with your work! Time is running out!
There is a new assignment: Weightless due June 7.
Week 15: May 6-9
Final ALL Classes Project. REQUIRED. Worth 50 points. You may use the Adobe product of your choice: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate, or Character Builder. Your final project is due Friday, May 31 NO EXCEPTIONS.

The theme is "When We All Fall Asleep". Where do we go when we fall asleep? Is it possible for two people to share the same dream?

To see some examples of what people have done, go HERE.

Requirements for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign projects:
Canvas/Image size = 11x14 inches, 150dpi.
Download the required image on the Software Classes Page
Week 14: April 29- May 3
The Magazine cover is due Tuesday. No late work will be accepted without a grade mark-down. Deadlines are everything in this industry!

Need some extra credit? Or make-up for an assignment? CLICK HERE, follow the directions, watch the video and produce a great portrait.
Week 13: April 22-26
Finish the Magazine Cover this week. You should have Units 3 and 4 completed. Show me your screen with the quiz score and also show me the project you created when you watched the videos.
Want to earn some extra credit? Make the illusion pictured above. Go Here, follow the directions, and turn-in your cool Photoshop creation.
Week 12: April 8-12
READ the assignment on the Software Classes page. Revisit the Photoshop Unit 3 videos and begin work on your magazine cover
Week 11: April 8-12 4th Quarter Starts
You are going to design a magazine cover. Carefully read the instructions on the Software Classes page
Week 10: April 1-5
Unit 4: Hogwartz Pet Shop must be completed by Friday, April 12th. Show me your bunny with horns and THEN it is time for you to make your own creation (that is the grade for the Unit 4 project). READ the RUBRIC! Turn-in your creature creation as a .jpg with YOUR NAME as the name of the file. Take the quiz and show me your screen with the score.
New Adobe Creative Challenge Contest. Win an Intuos Tablet. Check it out HERE.
Deadline is Tuesday, April 9th. Need Extra Credit? This is the way to get it.
Let your imagination fly!
Week 9: March 25 - March 29
S-P-R-I-N-G   B-R-E-A-K
How to change the color of anything in Photoshop without making a selection. COOL.
Week 8: March 18 - March 22
You should be working on ACA Test Prep Photoshop 2015 Unit 4: Hogwart's Pet Store videos and project. Take a look at what a student from another school turned-in for their Unit 4 creation. Use your imagination. Don't rush through it. Pay attention to details - they really make a difference!
ALL CLASSES: Wednesday and Thursday demos: how to do photo touch-up. BEFORE the demonstration, Right-click on the photo of the woman and open up the file in Photoshop. Change the name of the file to: YourFullName.jpg.
Week 7: March 11 - March 15
Finish your Zebra.
You should be done with ACA Test Prep Unit 3 and get started on Unit 4. Remember to turn-in Hogwarts Pet Store project (or show your screen to Durkin.
Week 6: March 6 - March 12
Click on the Zebra to get a higher-resolution image to work with.
Your assignment for the remainder of the week is: Using the skills you learned in Photoshop to date, do something interesting with this image of a zebra. You may color, crop, rotate and change the zebra in any way you choose, but I must be able to somehow see evidence of the zebra somewhere in your final design.

Try several approaches. Do some quick sketches BEFORE you get started in Photoshop. Do not enlarge or else you will have a pixelated image, which is NOT acceptable!

Using the bear turn-in button above, name your file: YourFullName.jpg and turn it in. DUE Tuesday, March 12.
PROJECT RUBRIC
(will be available in print version in class)
Week 5: February 25- March 1
Adobe Spark Video Project: delayed until Spark is up and running. Continue watching the ACA Test Prep Videos and doing the projects. Don't lose momentum!
Week 4: February 19-22
Unit 2: Ena the Ballerina should be finished this week. Remember to show Ena and your Unit 2 quiz results screen to get credit.

There will be a QUIZ on Thursday/Friday on Units 1 & 2. No exceptions.
GO TO QUIZ HERE.
Week 3: February 11-15
Want to succeed in this class? There are 124 videos to watch, and you have 37 class sessions left, which means that you should watch at least 3 videos per class session and do the accompanying projects.
Week 2: February 4-7
  • Watch the introduction and complete the Quiz 1 test before you
    do the 1st Unit of lessons.

    Proceed through the videos:101-108 and take Quiz 1 again. This might take a week.
    Show me your screen with your quiz score. Do not worry, your score will not have a huge impact on your grade. I encourage you to take the quiz several times because it is a good strategy to pound the software control specifics into you head.
  • ALL Photoshop students (regardless of your experience)
    ASSIGNMENT #1: Comic Book Effect    DUE FRI., FEB. 15 - no late work accepted
    (deadlines are absolute in the real-world, and this is a career-readiness class) Class projects are 30% of your grade.
    1. Using your cell phone, have someone take a photo of you against the neutral gray background in the classroom. If you wish, you can have more than one person in the photo. Email that photo to yourself.
    2. Watch the video above. Then, go to Photoshop Cafe and follow the written step-by-step directions.
    3. Name the completed file: YourFullName.jpg and use the Bear button at the top of this webpage to turn-in the assignment.
Week 1: January 28 - February 1, 2019
This semester you will be learning how to efficiently and effectively use the Adobe software, Photoshop. You can earn college credit by passing the Adobe Certified Associate exam (optional) at the end of the course.

You are responsible for your learning. You will be watching training videos made by the best in the business: ACA Test Prep by Brainbuffet Elite (or click on the red, circle, logo at the top of the page). From the videos you will create Photoshop projects that will further cement your understanding of this complex software.

There will also be other projects on this website that y do. There will be a final exam culminating project at the end of the semester.
ALL STUDENTS
You are going to save EVERYTHING that you create this semester in a portfolio. Sign up for an free account on Adobe Portfolio

Tutorial on how to build a site on Adobe Portfolio.
NEW STUDENTS
Watch the introduction and complete the Quiz 1 test before you
do the 1st Unit of lessons.

Proceed through the videos:101-108 and take Quiz 1 again. This might take a week.
Show me your screen with your quiz score. Do not worry, your score will not have a huge impact on your grade. I encourage you to take the quiz several times because it is a good strategy to pound the software control specifics into you head.
ALWAYS take the practice test BEFORE AND AFTER watching the videos- This strategy is PROVEN to help you remember the information!

When taking the test AFTER the exam, see
how you do without using any Hints!
Students Continuing from Semester 1
  1. Watch the Video at right: 5 Common Mistakes in Photoshop
  2. Continue to watch the ACA Test Prep videos
  3. By the end of the week, you should have watched Unit 5 videos.
    Show me your quiz results for Unit 5.
  4. ASSIGNMENT using Pantone Color of the Year.
    Due on Friday, Feb. 8 - no late work will be accepted.