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3D Design and Animation
This year we're going to put the animation back into the forefront!
Student Websites | CS3 Tutorials | Older Tutorials | Digital Arts Page |
Syllabi and Forms
I'll provide the printed version to students on day one but Here's the PDFs if you need additional copies. Please Watch This Movie (if you haven't already) to better understand the forms.
Working in a Local Account
Use this as a Reminder When You Get Your Network Account | The Mac is not a PC | Hiding the Dock | Customizing the Dock (Removing Items) | Yes, We Have Different Applications | Customizing the Dock (Adding Items) | The Right-Click | The Desktop | Saving Work | Setting Up Safari | Don't Change the Account Icon | Using the Network | Saving Your Work on the Network
3 Then Me
What is 3 Then Me? | The Reason for 3 Then Me | Don't Touch the Mouse (or the screen)
The Spaceship Project
A Mac Lab tradition. New and improved version! What I Forgot to Mention | Where You Find the Program | Switching Between the Videos and Cinema 4D | Two Rights and a Wrong | Saving Your Work | Introduction | The Model | Stockwell's Winning Creation | Don't Change the Interface | The Cube and the Power of Undo | Parametric Handles | Make Editable and The Polygon Tool | Moving Around the 3D Environment | Modifying the Geometry | Sculpting the Geometry | Modifying and Adding Details to the Wings | The Front of the Ship (check the next movie before moving on) | Tweaking the 2 x 4s | Adding the | Sketch and Toon Texture | Adding Lines to the Editor Window | Adding Color to the Render | Colored Backgrounds | Tweaking Settings | Where'd the Lines Go? (A 30 minute mystery) |
3D Introductory Tutorials
Intro | Primitives | When it's Okay to Use the Figure | Primitive Animation | Text 01 | 02 | 03 | Text Animation 01 | 02 | 03 | Loft Nurbs 01 | 02 | Loft Nurbs Animation 01 | 02 | Array | Array Animation 01 | 02 | 03 | Bend Deformer | Bend Deformer Animation |
Intro to Animating the Camera
Preview | Explanation and Setting Up the 5 Second Animation | Building My Example | The Problem Some Encounter with F-Curves | Your Example Will Be Different, Right? (plus saving strategies) | Clearing Up Confusion | Your Responsibilities | Another Animation Example | Changing Things on the Fly | Saving and Working on The Camera Copy | Adding the Camera | Toggling Between Cameras | Positioning the Camera | The All Important Render Settings | Animating the Camera and Generating a Movie | The Importance of Naming Conventions | Setting Up the Second Camera | Hiding the First Camera | Setting Up the Second Animation | How to Use and Animate a Target Camera | What's New Here? | The Rhodes Tip!
The Amazing Shrinking Movie
Assignment | Placing Icons on the Dock | Intro | Presto Chango... It's Done! | Shrinking the Second Movie is Even Easier | The Stream of Shortcuts to Make a Single Movie | Why Not Use Flash? | Comparison
Intro to Student Websites
Username and Password | Introduction | Why Start Simple? | About the Mac Lab Site | About eBackpack | Link to eBackpack | Username and Password | Dreamweaver | Defining Your Site | Creating the Index Page | Setting Up the Workspace | Watch this or Pay the Price (Saturday School) | Building the Page | Customizing Fonts and Color | File Extensions | Capturing Imagery | Pen Tool Tracings | Resizing and Saving JPGs (900 x 800 max size) | Ship Renders (3D only) | What's in the Sites Folder | Linking to JPGs | What if there's a Problem? | Changing Color | The Movie File | Uploading the Site | Why Not Use Dreamweaver? | It's on the Internet | Adding Folders to eBackpack | When You're Finished with these Steps
Fun with Favicons
Favicon Intro | Choosing a Favicon Strategy | Marquee Tool Trick | Creating the Favicon | Saving Strategies | Moving the Password RTF | Adding the Code | <link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico"> (code for you to copy) | What to Upload | Remove the Maze and Update Your Site | Replacing the Favicon
Favicon Links The Fine Folks Who Provided the ICO Plugin | BlogSolid | 300 Favicons | MpP Gallery | Smashing 50 | Fav Gallery |
2nd Progress Report
Requirements | You will lose at least one letter grade if you choose to ignore the instructions. Please pay attention to detail!
Final Exam — Semester 1
Requirements | Photoshop/Camera RAW for Advanced Students | Dreamweaver Upload Fix | Someone's on My Computer!
Building Your Morgue File
Tutorials Cineversity | C4D Cafe | 3D Attack | Bending Pixels | Renderosity Tips | C4D Portal | Base 80 | Bonkers | Ko's Tips | Tool Farm | Carles Piles | Tutorialized | Pixel2Life | Planet Pixel | CG Tutorials | Creative Cow | Melting Light | Buzhug | C4D User | PPE | CG Society | TV Grafx
Specific Tutorials Sketch n Toon/Illustrator | Toon Shading |
Organizations CG Society |
Resources Deepshade |
Inspiration Frame | Tetsoo | Ink Apache |
Educational Options Academy of Art | Pratt | Art Institute | FIDM | ex'pression | Animation Mentor | Full Sail |