Understanding display technology and creating wallpapers tutorial Level 2

Understanding display technology and creating wallpapers tutorial Level 2

This lesson is part of a 12 weeks tutorial teaching students about different Digital Design techniques, this lesson is targeted at level 2 groups (NOCN, BTEC, CITY & GUILDS). This tutorial sample is a good base for students to start demonstrating understanding on screen technology. Teachers have to implement their own techniques with this material.  This tutorial last for 12 weeks, because students have to build their own portfolio. 

Lesson Objectives:

  • Introduction to display technology
  • Creative use of Software to produce different types of wallpapers

Resources:

Mobile phones, Internet, Library, 

Starter Session Show us/describe your wallpaper on your phone and tell us why you have chosen this one. A wallpaper is your device home screen.

 Activity 1-

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Search for “wallpaper” using a search engine and see what’s coming up. Choose a nice wallpaper and tell us why you have chosen this one. 

Activity 2 –

Use the library or the Internet to fill in the following table

Display

Main Uses

Define the technology (Exercise)

LED

 

Find information on the Internet and the library about LED technology.

LCD

 

Find information on the Internet and the library about LCD technology.

Plasma

 

Find information on the Internet and the library about Plasma technology.

CRT

 

 

Find information on the Internet and the library about Plasma technology.

Activity 3

In small groups find the defnition of

  • Display Size
  • Aspect Ratio

You need to wright a small group report. (Continue this exercise as homework, working with your team using different communication channels; blog, social networks, e-mail, mobile networks etc….)

Activity 4- Creative Exercise

Produce and install a wallpaper on your phone. You can make your image using Photoshop or Illustrator; just make sure you save your work at the appropriate size for you phone. Meaning you have to make sure that you research your phone type screen size, and also you need to save your image at the right resolution. 

Instructions/Guidelines:

  • Research your phone screen size and resolution
  • Research different designs (proof must be on sketch book or mood board)
  • Sketch, Sketch, Sketch ideas…………………….
  • Design using software
  • Upload and Test the wallpaper on your phone (using USB, WIFI, Bluetooh, facebook, or e-mail)
  • Show me you design on your phone and print and mount your final design 
Extension Activity
Microsoft is running a competition for the best wallpaper using their logo. Remember the magic work here is corporate branding for screen. Design a Corporate wallpaper that can fit both a Microsoft product (tablet/mobile), and computer screens.
Closure
Q&A on screen technology
Blog/Log book entry 
Making a 3d mag with Illustrator

Making a 3d mag with Illustrator

This tutorial is used in the classroom, this is to demonstrate how to make a 3d version ofUntitled-6-187x300 Making a 3d mag with Illustrator the magazines students create in the class.

Workshop Level 1 Media & C & M Magazine cover Design

Workshop Level 1 Media & C & M Magazine cover Design

This longer video is encouraging students to guess what tools were used to produce this mag cover. Usually used as a starter session or a test session.

Students can work in group and make note of all the different, tools and functions used to produce this magazine cover. They are then encouraged to plan and design their own cover. Depending on the type of magazine they will be producing, they are given a template to help them with the design.

 

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Introduction to Surrealism with Photoshop Level 2 Creative Media/Multimedia

Introduction to Surrealism with Photoshop Level 2 Creative Media/Multimedia

This is the third part of a 6 weeks tutorial teaching students about different art movements and artists, this lesson is targeted at level 2 groups (NOCN, BTEC, CITY & GUILDS). This tutorial sample is a good base for students to start demonstrating creativity. Teachers have to implement their own techniques with this material.  This tutorial last for 6 weeks, because students have to produce different digital art prints by themselves to build their own portfolio. A sample student material will be available to download at a later date.

Lesson Objectives;

  • Demonstrating confidence in building an image from scratch  according to brief using artwork imaging software
  • Demonstrating creative flair and understand of art
  • Efficiently explain and defend design ideas through challenging  Q&A. Document activities  (report, log book, sketch book)

Duration: 4 hours
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GIMP an Option to Photoshop for Media teachers

GIMP an Option to Photoshop for Media teachers

For Teachers, and students

Subject:  Finding and Installing Gimp Free Image Editing software on Vista

Material required : Internet/Windows operating system – Mac and Linux users can find information on the GIMP website. But I am working from a pc, so I am only doing the PC review.

Students will learn basic photo editing techniques.   Students will analyze and evaluate the results.

Lesson Objectives;

  • Teachers will know how to find gimp
  • Know how to find resources on how to use the software and produce good work
  • See other alternative to more expensive software on the market

Get your students to design like pros with GIMP

Some teachers are called to  plan a print media tutorial to realize that the organisation they are working with, can’t afford the cost of software, or just don’t have any good photo-editing/digital design software package…..

The good alternative to expensive software packages would be GIMP. You don’t have to worry about the complexity of this program, online  resources are easy to find. I came accross this free alternative to Photoshop, in 2008 when trying to help my students get their media business up and going; they were complaining about cost. So as a good teacher I searched, found, and tested a lot of alternatives, and GIMP was a good and stress free alternative.

What is so good about it:

  • Fast download
  • Quick to install don’t have to wait ages (see video)
  • Free to download, use for private and education purposes
  • License issues – I am not aware of any
  • Easy to use, and has a lot of feature you find with other competitors
  • Languages; quite a lot not too sure which ones (I only know of French and English, because I am French)
  • Support, although it’s free you can find info online
  • Has templates, and pre-formatted document (so it’s ok if you don’t have the knowledge)
  • I have to tested it to the full but I will start video tuts soon

You can carry out both simple and more complex tasks:

  • Digital Imagery
  • Photo-editing
  • Print media docs preparation

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