We were introduced to vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator as well as a PC alternative program called InkScape. I personally get along with Adobe products far more (even though I own both formats).
I got used to different ways to create perfectly symmetrical lines via various tools. Some were harder to get used to than others, though with practice around the Starbucks logo I was able to create a quick doll with different shaped edges.
We were all given our usernames and passwords for a hosting program called FileZilla. This was a great learning curve going from HTML to PHP coding, with knowledge about both it will help me vastly in the future.
Passing over folders containing PHP information into the FileZilla hosting files was remarkably easy to get used to, as once you replace the previous PHP file it will automatically change it live to the existing website.
We created a simplistic image of a pattern with different colour on Photoshop, then brought it into After Effects with the ability to reproduce the image multiple times slowly rotating around in a clock-wise position. These were the results:
I then got taught to create the illusion that a still image is moving. This was done by creating fake snow falling down across the picture while the camera pans from one side to the other.
This was also the first video I had uploaded onto my blog, which I had to create my own Vimeo account for.
We created our stop-motion animations using Adobe Photoshop, which is a first for me. As I’m used to using Flash to create a frame by frame animation, though I was quite surprised how simple it was to use images in different parts of the walk cycle and placed them in chronological order.
I decided to experiment in class and create another GIF image, to familiarise myself with the creation aspect for my task in the not distant future. These were not that difficult to create and didn’t take up much of my time, therefore I was intrigued into trying out more ideas and making them come to life!
With September flying past us and October beginning, my university experience has changed sharply from Freshers and introductions to essays, assignments and nights staying in. The workload has gradually risen with the first term in swift motion, I’m looking forward to learning new and exciting techniques and methods in various situations that i can take with me into future employment.
In this workshop we experimented around with Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop, using RAW images that’ve been supplied for us and manipulated their filter aspects e.g. brightness without corrupting the original image. We then learned how to mask an image on Photoshop when creating our collage, to create the same sized images without affecting their resolution or quality. As I’m accustom to using this application the last few years of my education I didn’t find it as challenging as others, though I do enjoy learning from experience. Whether i get it wrong I carry on trying until I learn from my mistakes and get it perfect, as that’s how I personally work best and take in new information. While in Bridge, we played around with different filters on the photograph, from changing the exposure, vibrancy and its saturation.
I was taught and introduced to a new application called ‘Processing’ (version 2.2.1), which is a free-to-use creative tool that allows the user to create programs that generate text, shapes, colours, among other digital elements with the use of code. We were shown https://www.processing.org/ to practice in our own time, as this website is great for browsing tutorials and practicing using clear examples they’ve designed specifically for new users. The pictures below show my first attempt and simple coding, making a simple black background for myself to work around. I then learned how to insert circles (ellipse) where ever the mouse would swipe along anywhere between the Y and X axises. Later on we managed to remove the circles with a click of a mouse and change the colour of the background between black to white depending on the side of the stage you clicked on. With very little coding experience, I found it overwhelming to take it all in, so I’m glad I print screened what we code each lesson for personal reference.
We’ve also been given our first serious 1000 word essay, which is due in just less than two months. So I will need to begin thinking about what type of media to write it about and learn how to do such techniques such as Harvard Referencing. This will all become easier to digest in the coming weeks with more explanations and breakdowns to basically ‘spoon feed’ us through this initial essay, so we can handle the harder tasks in the latter.