TAG: In my opinion, TAG is a great concept. The only thing keeping students from being engaged in TAG is the fact that they feel it is time consuming to keep track of their XP. They also feel that keeping track of XP is pointless because it has almost no use and the feeling of competing with other students isn’t present. However, a solution to this is in the works and will be available next year. The new blog will make keeping track of XP much less of a hassle and all students should appreciate that.
AMP: I feel like I used AMP to the fullest extent. I spent a lot of time following tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator which, in turn, taught me several new skills that I ended up using when not following a tutorial. The main skill set I learned was editing pictures. I learned to sharpen and brighten pictures which is a skill set I can take advantage of at home with just about any other picture. Of course, I didn’t master the skill set, but I took a huge step in the right direction. Although I feel like I used AMP to the fullest extent, I could have learned more about Illustrator. I did all I could considering there is only fifty-four minutes a day spent in this class and only five days a week.
ZIM!: I do agree that the most important lessons that take place in the Mac Lab are the lessons pertaining to values that will lead me to success in life. Of the values you listed, I don’t look at them individually, but as a whole. The skills as a whole represent intelligence to me. When I say intelligence, I mean going about life the proper way in order to succeed. Being responsible, reliable, moral, ethical, honest, dedicated, and hard-working all represent intelligence to me. Every time you stood in front of the class and spoke about how we need to behave in the future in order to compete with the rest of the world, I listened to every single word and I truly valued what you said. You may not think so, but I truly did. I thank you and now it’s my job to act on it.
The Code of Honor is something I’ve always worked to follow, but I must confess I’ve modified a few copyrighted photos to use as a wallpaper at home on my laptop. This is a practice I must not continue, but I’m confident I will break this bad habit as I’ve grown more use to the Creative Commons search. I will use this post as a reminder to myself that I need to adhere to the Code of Honor and I promise to do so to the best of my ability.
I’ve finally made progress on my skills in Photoshop. I’ve dived in to photo editing and with the image on the left, I learned how to sharpen and make the picture look much brighter than it was.
Within the next month, I’m hoping to focus much more on photo editing. The reason why I want to focus on this skill is because I think I’ll end up using these photo editing skills almost all my life. AMP is working extremely well for me because I’m constantly reading and looking for new Photoshop tutorials and alongside Photoshop, I’m just now slightly learning Cinema 4D. While I’ll focus more on Photoshop, I’ll still try and learn skills in other programs.
Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose is something that I feel has worked for me so far. When Mr. Skocko told us he would be providing us with resources and then letting us work, the first thing I did was jump on Photoshop tutorials. I found a Photoshop tutorial that is teaching me text effects and tutorials that are teaching me how to design interface which is something I’ve been wanting to do from the beginning just see my first post.
The way I interpret AMP:
Autonomy: The desire to live the life the way we want to live it. The ultimate goal here is to do something that we enjoy doing.
Mastery: Find which skills you do best and improve them. Hope that at one point you “master” them.
Purpose: Make a change with those skills that you do best. Use them to truly make an accomplishment you’re proud of.
As far as autonomy goes, school is where I need to be. I’m learning what I want to learn not only here in the Mac Lab, but my other subjects I enjoy for the most part. As for mastery, I’m already learning a lot in Photoshop due to the tutorials which is a start. There are specific things that I do well in Photoshop, I’m taking those skills and applying them to different tutorials which is essentially “forcing” me to learn new skills while still improving on those that I’ve discovered I can do relatively well. For purpose, that is something that I’m going to have to continue working at and I’m hoping will come in the near future.
This is my latest work in progress that I’m still considering an experiment. For the longest time I have trouble making the paint actually appear that it’s dripping from the text because I can’t make the paint line the same as the text letters. I tried to cover up this flaw by making more drips, but it appears sloppy. How will I fix this? I have no idea, but I hope I do in the near future.
To make this, I followed a Photoshop tutorial that taught me a lot about glows, drop shadow, and blending some colors. It turned out nearly identical to the sample imagine in the tutorial, so I’m proud of this.
Next semester I’m hoping I’ll be able to take all the skills I’ve learned so far in Photoshop and be able to open a new Photoshop document and be able to make something decent from scratch. I understand the concept of “baby steps,” so I’m very patient.
Mr. Skocko has decided to provide us with numerous resources for our work and said he is going to, “Get out of our way” to see if we can produce proficient work. If this works, he will continue this idea for the rest of the year. This will most likely give students the feeling that they’re “free” and will be able to produce work that is better. I have no idea if it work, but I’m curious to see how it plays out. I myself intend to learn something new with Photoshop.
New header image to kick off 2012!
The year is going by fast. Too fast. Within these next couple weeks I’m hoping to make another new logo and hope it comes out better and it’ll be entered into the gallery. I have a few ideas, but I think I want to sketch it out on paper first.
This logo on the left needs help and I need to get rid of the shadow and probably work on some more text kerning. The ruler also needs some attention. You know what, I’m just going to scrap this logo and work on another one. Next week, I’ll post a rough idea and I really hope it’ll turn out better.
This is my second year in the Mac Lab and there are countless things I’m hoping to accomplish. One thing is to impress Skocko for once with a logo which so far seems impossible. Deja vu…
Other than that I’ll be cheering on the Oakland Raiders every single weekend and hope they win the AFC West in which they will go to the Super Bowl.
Back to the Mac Lab subject, I’m looking forward to creative freedom because ideas are piling up.
11-10-11: The San Diego Chargers host the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders should win.
To sum it all up, I’m hoping to illustrate posters, logos, wallpapers, concept art, and understand more about photo editing.
My ideas for TAG is to create artwork that is completely different from what I did Freshman year. Nearly all of Freshman year, I worked with Illustrator. This year, I would like to get into Photoshop. Photo editing is something I would like to do in the future, outside of the Mac Lab. Not only do I want to do photo editing, I’m hoping to also to gain experience with things such as icon design and I have an interest in user interface designing. Overall, Photoshop is definitely a priority in terms of what I want to learn and understand more about. I’m looking forward to this year and I have confidence that what I’ll be designing will be many times better than what I accomplished Freshman year.