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The First Color Project: Primaries, Secondaries, Tertiaries, and a full Spectrum

assigned February 3; due SOC February 17, 2012

Click on the MEDIA FILES page on the right sidebar and DOWNLOAD the file “Project 1 Background Files.” When the FIle has downloaded, you will have a ZIP ARCHIVE (filename.zip) on your desktop. DOUBLE CLICK this file’s icon. It will decompress and put a folder on your desktop called “**background files”. DOUBLE CLICKthe folder to open it. Drag the: “vcom51-prjct1-start.ai” file onto the Illustrator Icon on the DOCK at the bottom of your screen. Illustrator will open and the screen will show the pale gray “art board” and the white with very thin black outline document “page”. Click on the top two eyeballs in the Layers Panel so that only the bottom Layer in visible. Now, continue working as described in today’s class lecture and on the PROJECT 1 VIDEOS on the VIDEOS PAGE on available on the right sidebar.

for November 15, 2011

Continue with the “Recolor Picasso” assignment and, of course, the color poster.
Download the Picasso files from this link: picasso-archive
There is a video for this that can be down loaded here: vcom51-recolor-picasso

Assigned: November 8, 2011
Due: November 22, 2011
If you are well along with your poster project and have no leaves, watch the video and start in on the Picasso project. Otherwise, get your X-acto knife and some glue and sit down at the front table with your leaves and the colored paper that I am supplying.

The main emphasis tonight will be one on one work on your Color Posters.

THE CONTINUING LITTLE PROJECT can continue tonight for those who did not get to do it last week. I will have colored paper and glue.
The AUTUMN LEAVES Project: Keep your eyes open for the changing colors of the leaves dropped by our local deciduous trees; especially the Sweet Gums, Chinese Pistaches, and some of the Willows.
When you you find some beauties, collect them. We are going to make color collage/compositions of leaves on colored paper. Keep the leaf collage compositions moderately small (4″ X 6″, 5″ X 7″, 5″ square, etc.)

for November 8, 2011

Tonight I will introduce the “Recolor Picasso” assignment. Download the files from this link: picasso-archive
There is a video for this that can be down loaded here: Picasso Video (to come)
Assigned: November 8, 2011
Due: November 22, 2011
If you are well along with your poster project and have no leaves, watch the video and start in on the Picasso project. Otherwise, get your X-acto knife and some glue and sit down at the front table with your leaves and the colored paper that I am supplying.

The main emphasis tonight will be one on one work on your Color Posters.

THE CONTINUING LITTLE PROJECT should be a go tonight!
The AUTUMN LEAVES Project: Keep your eyes open for the changing colors of the leaves dropped by our local deciduous trees; especially the Sweet Gums, Chinese Pistaches, and some of the Willows.
When you you find some beauties, collect them. We are going to make color collage/compositions of leaves on colored paper. Keep the leaf collage compositions moderately small (4″ X 6″, 5″ X 7″, 5″ square, etc.)

for November 1, 2011

This week’s lecture will be about the how CMYK Color works in PHOTOSHOP and about the Pantone Matching System and how it can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop.

The main emphasis tonight will be one on one work on your Color Posters.

NEW CONTINUING LITTLE PROJECT!
The AUTUMN LEAVES Project: Keep your eyes open for the changing colors of the leaves dropped by our local deciduous trees; especially the Sweet Gums, Chinese Pistaches, and some of the Willows.
When you you find some beauties, collect them. We are going to make color collage/compositions of leaves on colored paper.
for October 25, 2011

for October 25, 2011

This week’s exercise is the 2Similar Colors exercise. Click here to download:   similars.ai
As I will show you in class, use this 5 LAYER FILE to explore how similar colors appear different or not in different contexts.
I will demonstrate a calibration device and talk more about why it is necessary.
The class will continue working on the Color Poster Semester Project.

for April 6, 2012

Assigned: March 30, 2012; Due: April 6, 2012
This week’s exercise is the POEMS in COLOR project. Download the file below and follow the direction on the top LAYER
poems-in-color.ai.zip

The Color Abstracts Assignment  DUE today  (lastname_prjt4-clrimg-a through d)

Assigned October 4, 2011; Due October 18, 2011
Check this out
: How well do you see color? Take this online test: | http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77&Lang=en

Tonight I will introduce  STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY SITES so that students can start researching possible imagery for the Color Poster Project.

IMPORTANT: If you did not do this last week, view and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:
http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

for October 4, 2011

The Color Abstracts Assignment  CONTINUED  (lastname_prjt4-clrimg-a through d) is due tonight:
Assigned October 4, 2011; Due October 11, 2011

The SEASONS PROJECT 2: 4 COLOR GRIDS (lastname_prjct6-seasons)
Assigned September 27, 2011; Due October 11, 2011

Check this out: How well do you see color? Take this online test: | http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77&Lang=en

IMPORTANT: If you did not do this last week, view and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:  http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 1 |   Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 2 |    Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 3

Tonight I will introduce the 4 Seasons Grid project. Download the Illustrator template here: Season-grid-tmplte.ai I this project, we will go back, initially, to the LIVE PAINT TOOL to color in four 11 X 11 grids (121 rectangles), each with a word superimposed upon it (autumn, winter, spring, summer). Start with the palettes you developed for your color abstracts, then amplify them. This will be a one and a half to two week project if necessary. How rich, unique, and evocative can you make your seasons? Only your creative shadow knows. Use these videos for help: vcom51-4-seasongrid-1vcom51-4-seasongrid-2 .

Check out these web articles on copyrighting and trademarking color: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/color-the-next-limited-resource/ |    http://www.colourlovers.com/ |   http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

 for September 27, 2011

The Color Abstracts Assignment will be CONTINUED if necessary (lastname_prjt4-clrimg-a through d):
Assigned September 27, 2011; Due September 27 or October 4, 2011

The SEASONS PROJECT 2: 4 COLOR GRIDS (lastname_prjct6-seasons)
Assigned September 27, 2011; Due October 11, 2011

Check this out: How well do you see color? Take this online test: | http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77&Lang=en

IMPORTANT: If you did not do this last week, view and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:  http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 1 |   Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 2 |    Assignment 4-Color Abstracts 3

Depending on how well the class is doing on the Color Abstracts (4 Seasons) Project, we will either: continue it until next week, or have an introduction to a new color project this week.
If you all making progress on the seasonal abstracts, I will introduce the 4 Seasons Grid project. Download the Illustrator template here: Season-grid-tmplte.ai I this project, we will go back, initially, to the LIVE PAINT TOOL to color in four 11 X 11 grids (121 rectangles), each with a word superimposed upon it (autumn, winter, spring, summer). Start with the palettes you developed for your color abstracts, then amplify them. This will be a one and a half to two week project if necessary. How rich, unique, and evocative can you make your seasons? Only your creative shadow knows. Use these videos for help: (videos to come)

Check out these web articles on copyrighting and trademarking color: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/color-the-next-limited-resource/ |    http://www.colourlovers.com/ |   http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

for September 20, 2011

The Color Abstracts Assignment (lastname_prjt4-clrimg-a through d):
Assigned September 20, 2011; Due September 27, 2011

Check this out: How a design firm uses 2 color printing to create award winning marketing | http://www.paperspecs.com/mainblog/tell-tale-society/

IMPORTANT: View and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:  http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Download  the “Exercise 4 landscapes” from the Media Files Page. Double click the archive (.zip) file to decompress it. Use the ADOBE BRIDGE to view the images in the decompressed folder. (We will go over the Bridge in class tonight). Choose 4 photos, one for each season of the year. As shown in class and on the videos, open each photograph in Adobe Illustrator. Use the eyedropper to create a Master Palette from the image. Refine this Palette to no more than 12 colors. Double click the LAYER that the image resides on and change it to a template layer. Create a new layer above the template layer. Using only the SELECTION TOOL, the DIRECT SELECTION TOOL, the RECTANGLE TOOL, the ELLIPSE TOOL, and the PATHFINDER TOOL, create an abstract design that expresses the image, coloring the shapes you have made with the palette you derived from the image.

Check out these web articles on copyrighting and trademarking color: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/color-the-next-limited-resource/ |    http://www.colourlovers.com/ |   http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

Today

The Color Bars Assignment (lastname_prjt4-colorbars):
Assigned March 2, 2012
due March 9, 2012

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Click here to view the two COLOR BARS videos or go to the videos page: Assignment 4-Color Bars Compositions 1Assignment 4-Color Bars Compositions 2 |

Click Here to down load the COLOR BARS file: Color Bars 1

Download the ColorBars 1 from the link above or from the Media Files Page and double click it to decompress it. Select one of the 2 AI files to open. Select a color trio from the Color Index Books without spending a great deal of thought on it. Build those three colors with the Color Panel in Illustrator as we have done in last week’s assignment. Save the three colors as a color group. Click on the EYEBALL ICONS of all the master layers except the 3 Color Compositions and the Outline layers to make them invisible. Click on the EYEBALL ICONS of the 3 Color Compositions 2, 3, and 4 sub layers to make them invisible. Now, click on one of the three rectangles, then click on one of your three colors. Click the second rectangle and fill it with a second of your three colors. Click the remaining rectangle and fill it with the unused color. Study the three colors by enlarging the image so that it fills our screen. Make slight adjustments to them to intensify any “feelings” they may be suggesting to you. Spend somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes, no more, on this then make this sub layer invisible and make the sub layer above it visible. Go back to your Color Index Book and find another color trio, or, if you are feeling adventurous, a 4 or 5 color set. Fill in the the three rectangles on the second sub layer. Repeat the process for all the remaining sub layers on this Master Layer and the remaining Master Layers. You can also open the color groups on the the swatches from last week’s assignment as shown in class and on this week’s videos.

This is an exercise in contemplation and deep assessment as well as just filling in rectangles. Some of these color combo compositions will talk to you if you give them a chance.If you are in the groove, maybe all of them will. Trust yourself as you mix and adjust these colors. I almost said trust in the force, but that’s a bit too squirrelly. Live long and prosper!

The Third Color Project:

COLOR GROUP Palette Development

assigned September 6, 2011; due SOC September 13, 2011

Click on the MEDIA FILES page on the right sidebar and DOWNLOAD the file “Project 3 Background Files.” When the FIle has downloaded, you will have a ZIP ARCHIVE named “week3_files.zip”) on your desktop. DOUBLE CLICK this file’s icon. It will decompress and put a folder on your desktop called “Week3_files”. DOUBLE CLICKthe folder to open it. There are two Illustrator files in this folder: “9color-pallet-tmpt.ai”, and “9color-pallet-example.ai”. Drag both onto the Illustrator Icon on the DOCK at the bottom of your screen. Illustrator will open the files on two TABS at the top of the document window, one for each of the files. Drag the LAYER Panel and the SWATCHES Panel off the ICON DOCK and onto the art board. View the tab containing the file “9color-pallet-example.ai” to see some examples of the various “systematized pallets” that are used in this weeks video(s). When you CLICK on the “9color-pallet-tmpt.ai” you will see many seemingly blank LAYERS. Each of these LAYERS contains a nine square grid that is ready for you to add color, once you have selected it and converted it into a LIVE PAINT OBJECT. Follow the process explained during the lecture and, if you need more help, watch the videos from the VIDEO PAGE. When you have finished, you will have a CMYK file, each consisting of 6 MASTER LAYERS (the TRIADS, COMPLEMENTS, SPLIT COMPLEMENTS, ANALOGOUS, and MONCHROMATIC color sets plus an OUTLINE LAYER.  Each MASTER LAYER has 3 SUB-LAYERS for you to create 9 color grid variations of  the COLOR SYSTEM GROUPINGS.

More advanced Illustrator users should download the “week3_advanced” file: The same Master Layers, but only two variations under each – 36 squares per grid.

**NOTE: Study the examples, use the Illustrator EYEDROPPER TOOL and the CMYK COLOR PANEL to see how these colors are created. The closer together the sliders are horizontally, the “grayer” or less “saturated” the color becomes. Use the methods shown during class and on the videos to come up with the subtlest, most evanescent palettes with the most intense visual interplay that you can.

For next TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011: Bring in a printed (commercially printed on a press) example of a design – brochure, mailer, poster, magazine article or ad, etc. that uses a very subtle version of a pallet based on one of the five color groupings (TRIAD, COMPLEMENT, SPLIT COMPLEMENT, ANALOGOUS, MONCHROMATIC) as its focal color scheme. Be prepared to discuss this item.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Second Color Project:

(a)  Color Wheels, Primaries, Secondaries, Tertiaries

(b)  RGB CMYK

assigned August 30; due SOC September 6, 2011

Click on the MEDIA FILES page on the right sidebar and DOWNLOAD the file “Project 2 Background Files.” When the FIle has downloaded, you will have a ZIP ARCHIVE named ColorWheely.zip) on your desktop. DOUBLE CLICK this file’s icon. It will decompress and put a folder on your desktop called “ColorWheely”. DOUBLE CLICKthe folder to open it. There are five Illustrator files in this folder. Drag all but the file “LivePainter_workingFile.ai” onto the Illustrator Icon on the DOCK at the bottom of your screen. Illustrator will open and the screen will show the pale gray “art board” and the white with very thin black outline document “page”, and there will be 4 TABS at the top of the document window, one for each of the four files. Drag the LAYER Panel and the SWATCHES Panel off the ICON DOCK and onto the art board. View the tabs containing the files “cmyk_color_wheels.ai” and “cmyk_color_wheels.ai” to see completed examples of this color wheel project. You can either leave these two tabs open while you work to compare the examples with your work, or close them, leaving only the “LivePainter_CMYK_working.ai” and “LivePainter_RGB_working.ai” files open. Follow the process explained during the lecture and, if you need more help, watch the videos from the VIDEO PAGE. When you have finished, you will have a CMYK file and an RGB file, each consisting of 13 LAYERS: a MASTER LAYER with a COLOR WHEEL of the 3 PRIMARIES, 3 SECONDARIES, and 6 TERTIARY COLORS.Then there will 3 LAYERS each for three variations on TRIADS, COMPLEMENTS, SPLIT COMPLEMENTS, and ANALOGOUS color sets.
Each file has a pre-made set of swatches, although there may be extra or unnecessary SWATCHES.

More advanced Illustrator users should ask to be shown how to make a 24 segment radial grid to add the 12 TERTIARY COLORS to a COLOR WHEEL.

For next TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011: Bring in a printed (commercially printed on a press) example of a design – brochure, mailer, poster, magazine article or ad, etc. that uses one of the four color groupings (TRIAD, COMPLEMENT, SPLIT COMPLEMENT, and ANALOGOUS) as its focal color scheme. Be prepared to discuss this item.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The First Color Project: Primaries, Secondaries, Tertiaries, and a full Spectrum

assigned August 23; due SOC August 30, 2011

Click on the MEDIA FILES page on the right sidebar and DOWNLOAD the file “Project 1 Background Files.” When the FIle has downloaded, you will have a ZIP ARCHIVE (filename.zip) on your desktop. DOUBLE CLICK this file’s icon. It will decompress and put a folder on your desktop called “**background files”. DOUBLE CLICKthe folder to open it. Drag the: “vcom51-prjct1-start.ai” file onto the Illustrator Icon on the DOCK at the bottom of your screen. Illustrator will open and the screen will show the pale gray “art board” and the white with very thin black outline document “page”. Click on the top two eyeballs in the Layers Panel so that only the bottom Layer in visible. Now, continue working as described in today’s class lecture and on the PROJECT 1 VIDEOS on the VIDEOS PAGE on available on the right sidebar.

 OLD FILES

for May 12, 2011

Our Penultimate class

You should have your poster ready for final thoughts and revisions.

Will will talk about printing today. Lecture will focus on your requests.

for May 12, 2010

I have left the previous post re: the Poster Project on this page below the current date’s post.

Semester Project: a Color and Word or Phrase Themed Poster

Continue work on the Poster. Also, check out (in particular) the second posting on this blog: http://colourmehappyblog.blogspot.com.

Interior Design students, see me concerning your projects

Continue work on the Poster

1.  We will begin with the first of the student team presentations. Presentation team members, be prepared to answer questions from the class. Class members, be prepared to listen attentively and critically so that you can pose meaningful questions.

2.  I will induct you into the mysteries of the VCOM print card and its uses, including the dreaded VCOM Print Form and that portion of the VCOM server reserved fro setting up printing projects.

3. We will go over the landscape assignments. If there are enough that are complete, we will do a walk around.

for May 19, 2011

Semester Project: a Color and Word or Phrase Themed Poster

For Thursday, May 12: develop you color/word-phrase theme so that you are imagining pictures that go with it. We will discuss these themes as a class.
The goal: create an aesthetically pleasing and intellectually satisfying (we ain’t necessarily talking profundity, here) poster that uses a color or limited set of colors as its main theme, amplified, or amplifying, a word or phrase. As an example, take a bright red as the color. A student chose, among all the associations one could find with bright red, the bright red skirt of a Flamenco Dancer to illustrate her chosen word: vivacious. First she had the word, then found a picture of the dancer. We cropped the image to show just the dancer’s skirt and shoes and put them on another picture of the Madrid skyline. Then we massaged some type to amplify the meaning of the word.

Do not let your technical limitations deter you. Part of my job is to help you realized the ideas you are not ready to produce yourself. I want you to imagine the idea and develop it in your mind. Then you and I can plot a strategy to make it, or a more limited version of it, a reality. I will show you the necessary techniques for creating your poster.
At this point, we are still looking at a 16″ by 20″ (or 20″ X 16″ – width X height) product. I will know more by Monday, 11/22. We will be using Photoshop and Illustrator. On Monday, 11/22 I will show you how to find and download quality photography for this.

for April 14, 2011

Check this out: How a design firm uses 2 color printing to create award winning marketing | http://www.paperspecs.com/mainblog/tell-tale-society/

IMPORTANT: View and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:  http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

Assigned April 14, 2011; Due April 28, 2011

The Color Abstracts Assignment (lastname_prjt4-clrimg-a through d):

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Graphic Design students and Interior Design students are free to choose either of the options that follow. The stated division is only a recommendation.
Graphic Design and Photo students download  the “Exercise 4 landscapes” from the Media Files Page. Interior Design students download  the “Exercise 4 commercial interiors” archive from the Media Files Page. Double click the archive (.zip) file to decompress it. Use the ADOBE BRIDGE to view the images in either decompressed folder. (We will go over the Bridge in class tonight). Design students choose 4 photos, one for each season of the year. Interior Design students choose two images. (You aren’t getting off easy, you will need to create two versions of each image.) As shown in class and on the videos, open each photograph in Adobe Illustrator. Use the eyedropper to create a Master Palette from the image. Refine this Palette to no more than 10 colors. Double click the LAYER that the image resides on to change it to a template layer. Create a new layer above the template layer. Using only the SELECTION TOOL, the DIRECT SELECTION TOOL, the RECTANGLE TOOL, and the ELLIPSE TOOL, create an abstract design that expresses the image, coloring the shapes you have made with the palette you derived from the image.
For those who chose the interior design option. Deliberately choose an unusual color as the starting point and then carefully rethink your palette. Re-color a new version of your abstract design using this new palette. Submit this project as four individual files in your VCOM 51 Server folder

Check out these web articles on copyrighting and trademarking color: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/color-the-next-limited-resource/ |    http://www.colourlovers.com/ |   http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

for April 7, 2011

Check out these web articles on copyrighting and trademarking color: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/color-the-next-limited-resource/ |    http://www.colourlovers.com/ |   http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

ALSO: View and read this article on creating sophisticated palettes from fine photographs:  http://landor.com/index.cfm?do=thinking.blog&post_id=24024&bhcp=1&bhhash=1&bhhash=1#top

Assigned APRIL 7, 2011 due APRIL 14, 2011

The Color Bars Assignment (lastname_prjt3-colorbars):

WATCH THE VIDEOS if you are unsure on this project!

Download the ColorBars 1 archive from the Media Files Page and double click it to decompress it. Select one of the 2 AI files to open. Select a color trio from the Color Index Books without spending a great deal of thought on it. Build those three colors with the Color Panel in Illustrator as we have done in last week’s assignment. Save the three colors as a color group. Click on the EYEBALL ICONS of all the master layers except the 3 Color Compositions and the Outline layers to make them invisible. Click on the EYEBALL ICONS of the 3 Color Compositions 2, 3, and 4 sub layers to make them invisible. Now, click on one of the three rectangles, then click on one of your three colors. Click the second rectangle and fill it with a second of your three colors. Click the remaining rectangle and fill it with the unused color. Study the three colors by enlarging the image so that it fills our screen. Make slight adjustments to them to intensify any “feelings” they may be suggesting to you. Spend somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes, no more, on this then make this sub layer invisible and make the sub layer above it visible. Go back to your Color Index Book and find another color trio, or, if you are feeling adventurous, a 4 or 5 color set. Fill in the the three rectangles on the second sub layer. Repeat the process for all the remaining sub layers on this Master Layer and the remaining Master Layers. You can also open the color groups on the the swatches from last week’s assignment as shown in class and on this week’s videos.

This is an exercise in contemplation and deep assessment as well as just filling in rectangles. Some of these color combo compositions will talk to you if you give them a chance.If you are in the groove, maybe all of them will. Trust yourself as you mix and adjust these colors. I almost said trust in the force, but that’s a bit too squirrelly.

April 7, 2011

Today in class we will:

(1) Introduce the first step in the semester project—Assigned November 1, 2010 due November 8, 2010;

a. The idea of working in a group at the same time as working as a individual.

b. The necessity of “inspiration” and “meditation” in terms of Color Palette development;

c. Selecting a “working” subject.
(2) Organize and break into the “Design Journal” groups for first consultations.

First presentations on November 15.
(3) Go over color wheels project, discuss the importance of understanding the color creation tools.
(4) Introduce and demonstrate the “Color Bars Grid” assignment:

Assigned MARCH 31, 2011 due APRIL 7, 2010

Create a CMYK page, 11″ X 8.5″ (letter landscape).  Use the RECTANGULAR GRID TOOL…..


…. to create a Rectangular grid 4″ X 3″ with 6 Vertical dividers and 5 horizontal dividers. Using the Color Index book of your choice, select 16 to 21 CMYK colors and  create a palette of them in your illustrator document. Refer to the “Assignment 2-ColorBarsGrid-video(s)” o continue the assignment as demonstrated in class.

The First Color Project: Primaries, Secondaries, Tertiaries, and a full Spectrum

assigned August 23; due SOC August 30, 2011

Click on the MEDIA FILES page on the right sidebar and DOWNLOAD the file “Project 1 Background Files.” When the FIle has downloaded, you will have a ZIP ARCHIVE (filename.zip) on your desktop. DOUBLE CLICK this file’s icon. It will decompress and put a folder on your desktop called “**background files”. DOUBLE CLICKthe folder to open it. Drag the: “vcom51-prjct1-start.ai” file onto the Illustrator Icon on the DOCK at the bottom of your screen. Illustrator will open and the screen will show the pale gray “art board” and the white with very thin black outline document “page”. Click on the top two eyeballs in the Layers Panel so that only the bottom Layer in visible. Now, continue working as described in today’s class lecture and on the PROJECT 1 VIDEOS on the VIDEOS PAGE on available on the right sidebar.

March 24, 2011

Today in class I will introduce you to our subject matter and the procedures that will be used during our half semester together. As usual, the first day of class includes a unique blend of expectation, excitement, and chaos. I will try to minimize the latter and maximize the two former qualities. Students who could not preregister will need to be added, the whole weekly “journal” presentation will need to be explained, and any number of other questions will be addressed.
Because this is a “Fast Track” class, a class that compresses 16 weeks of work into an 8 week session, I will go into depth as to the work load which, while not excessive, can seem so given the usual expectations in a two unit class. I will also spend a fair amount of time on our expected student learning outcomes (SLO’s). I will give the first introductio to tesemester project. Finally, I will give a lecture/demo on using the the class computers, web, and Illustrator to work on and complete our first weekly assignment, the Color Wheels.

VCOM 51- Assignment 1: The Color Wheels
assigned: 03/24/2011 / due: 03/31/2011

In this assignment you will be introduced to the Class Web Site, “classes.lpcdesignshop.com/vcom51/about/,” downloading files from the MEDIA FILES Page, watching instructional videos based on the assignments on the VIDEOS page, opening files in the Adobe Illustrator CS5 program, working with Illustrator’s Live Paint tool, LAYERS PANEL, COLOR PANEL, and SWATCHES PANEL. Using the provided Illustrator Template file, you will create two color wheel sets, one in the CMYK color space and one in the RGB color space.
1. If you are unfamiliar with the vcom naming convention, the room 300 server, or starting the Adobe Illustrator program, watch the relevant video(s) from the VCOM 51 VIDEOS page on the web site.
2. Download the “COLOR WHEELS 1” files from the VCOM 51 MEDIA FILES page on the web site or the link below
3. Use what you learned from the lecture to begin creating your color wheels, and/or
4. Watch the series of 6 videos on the VCOM 5 VIDEOS page, to begin or continue the assignment.

color wheels link