May 8, 2017 | End of the Year Video

So after getting all my required videos and screenshots together, I finally got it all edited and exported using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Once I got my sound bites marked out from my “interview video”, setting up the sequence wasn’t that difficult. I laid out that at first, but didn’t like that it was just over two minutes long. The video is still a little too long for my tastes, but it’s manageable.

I have used Premiere Pro in the past, but have never used still images before. It was interesting using the Effects Controller to control how the image animated during the video by using the Scale and Position tools. Premiere Pro isn’t the most user friendly video editing software out there, but once you know some basics it can make it simple to use.

What I don’t like about the Premiere Pro is the lack of Title/Graphic animation templates. A much simpler video editing software to use would have been iMovie, but it’s not very intuitive. Despite that, iMovie has much more to offer with beginning titles, lower third animations and end credits. Premier Pro offers some, but not many.

The best thing to do, if you want some great title animations is to use Adobe After Effects. That said, I’ve only just begun to really use After Effects and I didn’t have to time to really get into utilizing that resource.

One video editing software program I’ve used in the past that is only slightly less intuitive than Premiere Pro, but has all the easy to use title animations of iMovie is Final Cut Pro. I’ve used it a lot in the past, but I wanted to familiarize myself with Premiere so I stuck with it to finish up my “End of the Year Video.”

 

 

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May 4, 2017 | End of the Year Wall Project

Today, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted my project to be, so I scoured the Internet to try and find ideas.

I used bing images to try and find some inspiration and even searched through some YouTube videos and channels for Adobe tutorials to see if that would spark anything.

I thought about trying to turn a portrait photo into a vector image using the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve dabbled with that a little in the past with varying degrees of success.

There are actually really good ones on a YouTuber, Ikhsan Hidayat‘s channel. Don’t be fooled, it’s actually a lot harder than it looks.

I was able to get a handle on some aspects of creating vector cartoons, but was getting extremely frustrated with how to apply shadows. I don’t really know why that was such an issued with me, but I really wasn’t liking how my shadows and highlights were.

It’s also getting close to crunch time since this project is due tomorrow, and I’m not even halfway with being through, nor anywhere near happy with how the vector image is turning out.

May 2, 2017 | End of the Year Wall Project

I had originally considered using an old project for this, but I though better of it and decided to do something original. The problem I struggled with was deciding what I really wanted to do.

I though about doing an digital painting, but I’m a beginner artist at best, and I’m not familiar with digital painting techniques even though I want to get more into that. I’ve always been a more traditional artist, but event then, I have only used pencil and paper for sketches and drawings. Never paints or any sort of color.

I have a drawing tablet because I wanted to get into digital painting, figuring in the long run this would be less expensive than investing in paints, brushes and paper/canvases which would constantly need to be resupplied.

Eventually, I realized that this was very unrealistic of me to expect to learn how to use all the digital painting techniques for my artwork in one sitting, so I decided to try and look for different projects I could work on.

May 1, 2017 | Leave Request/Work

Today I went to Regional Track meet in Chisholm, because the track meet had been rescheduled from last week because of heavy rain.

Like always, I took plenty of pictures of our high school athletes in their events and used Adobe Lightroom for my mass editing and Adobe Photoshop to edit and caption the photos that we would use for the newspaper.

April 28, 2017 | End of the Year Letter

Today I worked on my End of the Year Letter that our Digital Design class needed to turn in for next Wednesday. Since this project wouldn’t take very long, and I was still working on ideas for my End of the Year Wall Project, I decided I would finish this one up.

I used Adobe InDesign, and designed a very simple letter-head for my letter. I used the Rectangle Tool with a no stroke and a fill with a burgundy color.

I then used the Line tool with a 5 pt white stroke across the top to place my header just above.

For the font types for my information I went to Google Fonts and found a handwriting type font called Merienda One and typed in my name at 30 pt font size. For the rest, I used a simple Open Sans font at 10 pt font-size.

I used the same Open Sans font at 11 pt fro the body of my letter before setting the Space Before to 2p5 for the date and instructor’s information. For my paragraphs, I set the Space Before to 1p5.

After I had finished typing up the letter, I went to my printer settings to set a Bleed section for my letter-head, that way when I printed the letter, there would be no border. I set the Bleed to 0p10.

Before printing, I made sure the printer would pick up the settings I had for the Marks and Bleed section, then printed the letter to turn in.

April 27, 2017 | Leave Request/Work

Because of the impending storms coming for my hometown, times for a few baseball games moved up and since it’s Districts I wasn’t able to miss.

I get into my same routine for taking photographs when covering sporting events. Since it’s Thursday, and we got to print this evening for the Friday issue, I usually try to get stories and pictures formatted and ready for print.

After taking the pictures, I went back to the office to edit the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. What I apply doesn’t really change. I make sure the white balance and exposure is right, except I do make sure the exposure is a little higher since the color in the printing is a lot darker than it appears on my desktop.

Once I’ve finished with Lightroom, I export the photos and open them in Photoshop to change the color mode from RGB to CMYK and then caption the photos. I then save the jpegs and send them to our Dropbox folder.

April 25, 2017 | Career Center and Website design ideas

Since I come in earlier than the high school students, and Career Center doesn’t start till much later, I decided to get started on working on mockups for my e-portfolio. Right now I’m just working on a very simple design for my logo and how I want my page layouts.

There are no photos, because I’ve been working on sketches, but I do have some photos of the some websites that have inspired me.

I’ll start by discussion some elements that liked from each website.

With Daniel Sato’s website (in the top right corner), my favorite part of his site is the home page. I really like the simplicity of it and the location of his navigation bar (the right side). That immediately makes it unique from the other websites that I’ve visited, and is something I think I might incorporate.

I also like the CSS elements he utilized. When you hover over each nav point, a quote would slide in a left-to-right motion.

However, when I leave the homepage, things I loved about the site go away. The site keeps its simplicity, but is very inconsistent from the rest of the site. After leaving the homepage, You notice that the location of the nav bar changes each time. The “About” page’s nav bar stays relatively the same as far as design, but it’s location goes from the right side of the page to the top right. Even the hover design element changes.

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Things really begin to change when I go to the Portfolio or Blog pages, and both the design and location of the nav bar changes yet again.

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In the top image, the Portfolio, the nav bar becomes very traditional, but other site locations are introduced that weren’t there before such as: Photography, Videography/Graphics and Web Design.

In the Blog section of his site, the nav bar design and location changes once more to the left side, as well as incorporating an underline underneath each nav point.

Don’t get me wrong, Sato is a very talented videographer, photographer and journalist, but the overall design of his site seemed very piecemeal.

I have no real criticisms of Poh Si Teng or John D. Sutter’s sites, however. Not because I think they’re perfect, but because their design flaws are mainly due to personal preferences. They are both simple, sleek and professional looking. But in contrast with Sato’s, their nav bar’s are in the same location no matter where you are at on the site.

I wanted to design something that both reflected me in some way, but also had a very professional feel to it. I sometimes get too frustrated with sites that are way too cluttered. With that in mind, I think with an digital portfolio it’s important to keep it simple and professional, but yet design in way that will showcase my capabilities in the web design field.

April 24, 2017 | last Brainbench tests

Today I took the last of my Brainbench tests so that they would be counted for our awards assembly on Wednesday. I only had at least three to take for Adobe Illustrator and HTML5.

Since I had only taken one lynda.com course for Adobe Illustrator before moving to courses that were more focused on web design, I was a little concerned with how well that test might turn out. Fortunately, I was able to pass.

As for HTML5, I needed to pass one Brainbench test that was for HTML, CSS or Dreamweaver. HTML was the most recent, and the only one I got to go in-depth so I took that one. While it was the lowest score I had ever gotten for one of my Brainbench tests, I got well above what I needed for a pass.

Since the school year is starting to come to a close, I’ll be starting on building my portfolio soon. Mainly to show some proficiency in web design, as well as coding.