Mini Lessons: Digital Collage in Photoshop

Today’s essential question: How can I create a digital collage in Adobe Photoshop?

If you feel like you understand Photoshop well, consider becoming a student leader and help teach your classmates how to do the mini lessons. (Notice that I said teach, not do their projects for them!)

Today we will complete a series of Photoshop mini lessons. These tutorials will teach us how to combine multiple images into one Photoshop file, how to use the transform tool to scale and rotate an object, and how to use layers to make an object look like it is in front of parts of the scene but behind other parts of the scene. We will complete both the kitten dress up and kitten in a box tutorials, save a Photoshop version of our file and a png of each tutorial to our username, and post the PNG to our blogs. You must create a new blog post that contains the work you did today in order to receive participation points.

Links to the resources we will use today:

Kitten in a Box (teaches us how to make an object look like it is inside a container)

cat_in_box_starter

Kitten in box tutorial starter file

Completed cat in box tutorial

Completed kitten in box tutorial

  • Click here to view the step-by-step instructions for the kitten in a box tutorial. (If you do not have this file open and cannot tell me what step you need help with, I will not help you.)
  • Click here to download the kitten in a box tutorial starter file.
  • If you have time, personalize it by adding other accessories, and perhaps a background that you have downloaded from the internet. You can even switch up the animal in the box if you’re not a cat person. Here are some examples created by Media students:

Kitten Dress Up Tutorial (teaches us how to combine multiple images into one Photoshop file, and how to use the transform tool to scale and rotate objects)

Completed kitten dress up tutorial

Completed kitten dress up tutorial

  • Click here to view the step-by-step-instructions for the kitten dress up Photoshop tutorial. (If you do not have this file open and cannot tell me what step you need help with, I will not help you.)
  • Click here to download the kitten dress up Photoshop file.
  • If you have time, personalize it by adding other accessories, and perhaps a background that you have downloaded from the internet. Here are some examples created by 9th grade students:

Today we will:

  • Complete the kitten in a box tutorial. Save your file to your username as both a photoshop (.psd) file and a .png file.
  • Complete the kitten dress up tutorial. Try to personalize it by adding other accessories, and perhaps a background that you have downloaded from the internet. Save your file to your username as both a photoshop (.psd) file and a .png file.
  • Create and publish a new blog post with the following:
    • a png of your completed kitten in a box image (if you got that far)
    • a png of your completed kitten dress up image
    • a paragraph describing how you create each image. Include any challenges you faced, and how you worked through those challenges.

Student Teacher Introduction: Mr. McIntyre

As today is my first day as a Student Teacher, it is appropriate that I introduce myself and that you reciprocate and introduce yourself to me afterwards. As I consider myself an “Old Fart”, I’ll try to give you my story in a nutshell.

Student Teacher Bio.pages

  • I was born Gerard Thomas McHugh, Jr, on 23 Oct 1956 in Auburn, NY
  • My father was a NY State Trooper that was killed in the line of duty before I was ever born. As such, I have a lot of respect for police officers and I appreciate if any negative comments you have about police officers are kept respectful
  • You may call me either Mr McIntyre of Mr Mac. Which ever you are most comfortable remembering
  • Mom remarried a Rocket Scientist and Richard adopted my eldest sister and myself then proceeded to have seven more children.
  • I am the eldest male of a family of nine. I have one older sister, four younger brothers and three younger sisters.
  • I jokingly refer to myself as the dummy of the family because all of my brothers and sisters are very well educated. I have two sisters that are nurses, one brother that is aNuclear Engineer and works for the Secret Service as a 1 Star General equivalent, one brother that is a biomedical engineer, another brother that is a National Hero and was awarded the highest American Medal for helping 87 people out of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 while it was burning after the airliner crashed into it. He is now down to a quarter of one lung.
  • My father took me into his darkroom when I was in fourth grade and I have been interested in photography ever since. I have carried more than one camera for the last forty years
  • My family has a strong history of service to country. All five boys and one sister served in one branch of service or the other. We have served in Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and I currently have a niece in the Coast Guard. My daughter, Jenniffer, that was made in Japan, is currently a General Officer’s Aide at the Pentagon and was recently promoted to Master Sergeant.
  • I joined the Air Force in Jan 1975 and I retired in Aug of 1999. I have no idea where all the time went so quickly. I was a triathlete and love to swim, bike and run. My bad back has slowed me down but not stopped me. I have lived in Asia, (Japan, Korea, and the Philippines) the Middle East, and all over the United States. My last assignment was in Alaska. It is the most beautiful place I have ever lived in my life.
  • I met my wife, Maria, in Altus Oklahoma, in May of 1975, and we were married in May of 1976. We were together 21 years and we have four children and fourteen grandchildren. Maria passed away while we were stationed in Minot , North Dakota in June of 1996. I still love and miss her very much.
  • I have been very active in the communities I have lived in and I am a Past President of the Eagle River Elks and the Eagle River Lions Clubs in Eagle River Alaska.
  • I installed high end security systems for banks and credit unions all over Alaska. There are only seven roads in Alaska and I have more miles in the air than I can even begin to recount.
  • I have been an Alaskan Mountain Man and lived on the side of Bear Mountain in Chugiak, Alaska. I lived next to the Chugach Rain Forest which is the second largest rain forest in the continental United States. The largest is Tongas National Rain Forest in Southwest Alaska.
  • My second marriage didn’t work out so, I came back to New York and got two degrees from Buffalo State College. A BFA with a major of Photography and a BA with a major of Art. I am a Jack of All Trades but Master of None. Both were with Cum Laude Honors. I am currently attending RIT to get a Masters of Science for Teachers with a major in Visual Arts. I currently have a 3.78 GPA.
  • Now, I will now show you my photography and share a few more stories of some of my travels. Please feel free to raise your hand if you have any questions.
  • After I do my slideshow, I would like each of you stand up and to tell me a little bit about yourselves. Then, please fill out and post the personal questionnaire on the blog.
  • Thank you for being polite while I am telling you about the “Travels of Mr. McIntyre.”
  • Some of my photos are available here

Today we will:

  • Learn about Mr. McIntyre, both as an artist and an individual
  • Introduce ourselves to Mr. McIntyre by creating a new blog post with the answers to the following questions:
    • Name:
    • Size and Position in family:
    • Favorite sports you participate in:
    • Paste a copy of your favorite art piece here and explain what you like about it:
    • Favorite image (copy and paste here) from Mr. McIntyre’s portfolio and why you like it:
    • Current plans after high school:

 

 

RIT Women in Computing’s WiCHacks Annual Hackathon

wic-hacks-logo.pngAre you a female student (16-26 yo) who is (or might be) interested in computer science, web design, robotics, video game development, engineering, etc.? If so, join us at RIT’s Women in Computing’s annual hackathon, WiCHacks, on February 24, 25 and 26, 2017 at Rochester Institute of Technology!

This event is open to women of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, women who have done some programming, and the best women programmers out there. It will be a great day to learn, invent, and create the future.

February 24th (Newbie Track Only 9-5pm).
Over a 24-hour period from February 25th to 26th, you will have the opportunity to:
– build innovative software and hardware projects
– meet other women with the same interests as you
– network with industry representatives
– learn new skills and technologies, and overall,
– have an awesome time.

Please note: Any Newbies or Hackers under the age of 18 must leave the campus from 12AM – 6AM.

Students will be provided with valuable mentors from companies who can lend expertise to your projects. Finally, there will be free food all weekend from local caterers, fun events/games throughout the hackathon, exciting prizes, swag, and much more!

Register at: http://wichacks.rit.edu/

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