I am posting this assignment for those that are a little ahead of the game and would like a challenge.

Create a cute and furry monster, with the given tutorial.

DISCLAIMER:  This tutorial can be very troublesome for people if they do not follow instructions very carefully.  Usually, by the time you ask me for help, you have gotten to a stage that takes a lot of back-tracking to solve the problem.

WARNING:  I am not going to help you with the ‘hair portion’ of this task.  I encourage you to try it but if you get stumped you’re on your own.

SUGGESTION:  The problem only occurs when you try to brush hair on the front of your monster.  If you can’t figure it out, try adding other, more simple items to your finished product such as feet or a background.

Good luck.


Panda Face

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Well, I think that we have toiled long enough on the duck, seal and sun.  Please make sure that you have done and posted at least two of these three to your blog.  If you get a third one done and posted, I just may throw a few bonus marks your way.

Here is another cool (some may say adorable) tutorial for Adobe Illustrator.
The second part of this assignment is to design a body using the techniques your have learned.
When done, please post to your blog with the title “Panda Assignment”.

Here are three fun tutorials that you can work on. I would work on the duck first, then the seal, and finally the sun tutorial.
Please post them all when done on your blog using the titles that I have used.

Happy Sun Character

Learn how to create fun sun character tutorial in Illustrator. This intermediate tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!

Cute Baby Seal

Simple tutorial to teach you how to create a super cute baby seal. At the end of tutorial you will get really nice, cute cartoon seal character.

Cartoon Duck

This tutorial will take you through basic shapes, using basic tools ie pathfinder, knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.

Adobe Illustrator

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Well… it looks like our tutorial of the Ninja’s is no longer accessible online.  If you were well into it, you probably get the gist of it and can finish it.  If you were just getting started, and you have finished the tools tutorial (screwdriver and wrench), then I would like you to work on this Creating a Paper Shopping Bag tutorial.  Have fun and good luck!

Adobe Illustrator

Posted: April 17, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Adobe Illustrator is a program used for designing simple shapes and images often used in logos or animation.

Here is a handout that should answer many of your questions about some commonly used tools.
Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator Tutorial

Once you’ve completed that, try this tutorial for making a group of Ninjas.  Post to your blog with the title “Ninjas” when you are finished.

Note: When saving your work in illustrator, you will not be able to save as a JPEG which is crucial for adding your finished work to the blog.  In a similar fashion as you used for InDesign, you will have to export (NOT SAVE) as a JPEG file.  To do this, select ‘File’ -> ‘Export’ -> ‘JPEG’, and then just add it to your blog as you did with Photoshop.

Magazine Cover

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you had your own magazine, what would it be about? What would be on the cover? Using InDesign, design a magazine cover that looks as “real” as possible. You can duplicate an existing magazine or come up with your own original idea. Include the magazine name, a picture or illustration and the usual text describing what’s inside the magazine (as well as a date/volume/issue number etc) What are some things that all magazine covers have in common? Why do certain magazines look the way they do?

This site gives a detailed breakdown of some standard elements of magazine covers.

A google image search for “magazine cover” should provide plenty of inspiration. Make it “Bleed” – the images on most magazine covers will go right over the edge of the page (in the design world this is referred to as a “bleed”). Make sure your images are large enough to roll off the edge of the page so there won’t be a border on your image.

Here is a google results page with a variety of Magazine Cover tutorials – if you’re having a hard time getting started, pick on of those and jump right in!\

If you scroll down you will see the evolution of my magazine cover.  I still need to add a couple of things to make it look more authentic such as a bar code and a date line.

Magazine Cover – my first attempt

This is back when I was still learning the principles of design.  My type-faces do not match and my spacing is bad.

Magazine Cover

Magazine Cover – Second Attempt

In the first one,the font for my title and additional info didn’t match up.  The title was serif (the little tails around the lettering) and the other type did not have that.  Although the new font is still different from the one I used for the title, I think you’ll agree it matches better.  I also learned a helpful little tool to shrink the width of your font.

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This little button will give you  more flexibility with your font selection.  This allowed me to use the font I wanted without having to have ‘Daniel Day-Lewis’ on two lines.

Other things I did was lower the title down and remove the underline.


Magazine Cover

My Finished Product

The only thing I’m not crazy about is the selling line.  Unfortunately, if I wanted the type-faces to match, the lettering all had to be capitalized.

Magazine Cover

InDesign Menu Design

Posted: April 7, 2013 in InDesign, Uncategorized

Today we will start designing our menus.  The goal here is to select an appropriate design for the type of food you are serving, the atmosphere and the clientele.  Aks yourself, “What kind of message am I trying to send with my menu design?”

If you had your own restaurant, what would be on the menu? Would it be a fancy fine dining affair or a fun, kid-friendly burger joint? What would your restaurant be called? You can come up with a completely original idea or modify something that already exists.

Design a menu for a restaurant that includes at least 10 items with descriptions and prices. Include pictures for some but not necessarily all – that’s your choice.

Need some inspiration? Here is a Google search on Menu design Most of these are pretty plain – I’d like you to spice yours up with appropriate images and graphics.

Remember your design principles:
1.Contrast:  How will you make your items stand out? Will the name of the restaurant stand out from the rest of the page?
2. Repetition:  Choose one or two fonts to use throughout the menu. Use bold or italic if you need to make something stand out. Select colours that you can use throughout your design.
3. Alignment: How will you organize your menu items? Will you place them neatly in columns? Where will the images go?
4. Proximity: How will you group similar items (desserts, main dishes, etc)?

Your font selection is key here. This is the easiest way to give your reader an idea of what sort of experience they will have in your restaurant.

Check out the following graphic for an example of how a font change can completely change the feel of text:

The top text (which is Comic Sans, and should never be used, ever!) is very informal and relaxed. The second is a script type font which is much more refined and formal. The last two are along the lines of the first, but are a little more serious. This is something that you will have to experiment with in order to develop your own style. Always make sure that the fonts you are choosing are readable though!

Here is one example:

kind of message am I trying to send with my menu design? Menu CoverMenu page1Menu page2

Principles of Design

Posted: April 3, 2013 in InDesign, Uncategorized

You have started to get used to the technical side of desktop publishing software. I would like you to start thinking of the design side. There are some basic principals of design that I would like you to consider in creating your posters: Contrast – Created when elements are different. If two elements are not exactly the same, make them different. Really different. Repetition – Repeat an aspect of the design throughout the entire piece. Could be a typeface, graphic element or colour. Alignment – Nothing should be placed on the page arbitrarily. Every item should have a visual connection with something else on the page. Proximity – Group related items together. Items that are not related should not be in close proximity to each other.
This is all good info to know, even though the acronym for it spells “C.R.A.P”…. Go figure….

You can read and watch a little bit more about these principles.  Please go through EACH tutorial.
1. YouTube C.R.A.P.
2. This is a file that outlines these principles with visual examples.
3. The Big Four.

1. Create a poster that raises awareness about a social issue that concerns you (e.g. global warming).  The goal here is to use the principles of design to get your message across with as few words as possible. I will be looking for evidence of your understanding of the principles discussed in the tutorials above when I evaluate this project.
When you are finished, please Export a copy as a jpg file and post to your blog with the title Social Issue Poster.
2. Once you have finished your serious poster, you can create a humorous one (e.g. pants for penguins).  When finished, please post to your blog.

Sign Design in InDesign

Posted: April 1, 2013 in InDesign, Uncategorized


We are going to move into our next application –  Adobe InDesign, which is Desktop Publishing Software. It is used to layout images and text together. InDesign and other desktop publishing software is used to create documents such as newspapers, magazines, posters, business cards, and posters… even websites.  Basically anything that combines text and images will use some sort of desktop publishing software.

We will spend the next few weeks producing documents using Adobe InDesign. Start studying how different documents you see are put together – look at newspapers, magazines, and the advertisements within. What sort of font selection is used? How are text and images aligned? By forming an awareness of what professionally designed documents look like, you should be able to produce higher quality documents yourself.

If there is one thing that this classroom needs more of, it’s signs. Create a sign for me that informs the viewer of one of the rules of this classroom. Everybody loves rules, right? What makes a sign effective? It should be readable from a distance, memorable – even funny, so people notice it and take heed of the message. It should get right to the point, and not have tons of unneeded detail. Use pictures or graphics to help with your message. When you are using images, a good rule of thumb is to use a single large image or graphic over many small images. Make it big and bold.

A few rules that you could choose from: Don’t wear hats in class. No food near computers. Be nice. Don’t be late. Be nice to the computers. Recycle. Don’t make a mess. If you think of another one, let me know. You could also choose to do a motivational poster if you’d like. Happy sign making! sharp.jpg

Here is a video of some of the most basic techniques of Indesign


I would like you to take all of the skills and techniques that you have been developing in Photoshop and put together a Photoshop Portfolio.

  • Select ONE theme that interests you (music, pets, cars, a tv show – anything you like) and create TEN photoshopped images that relate to the theme.
  • Incorporate the techniques that we have covered in the previous assignments.
  • When you have all of the images, create a new post on your blog to present your images.
  • With each image, include a description of the techniques that you used. Be as specific as you can – include info about tools and layers that you may have used.
  • Be creative!  Try to use as many of the techniques we learned as you can. Take your time to produce quality images – we will have the full week to work on this project.

Some things to keep in mind when you are creating your images:

  • Use of tools/techniques: Did you use the appropriate tools or techniques to complete the assignment?
  • Craftsmanship: Did you use care in making selections? Are edges smooth and clean or blurry and jagged? Did you select clear and crisp source images? Did you blend colours/brightness effectively?
  • Overall: Does the image show obvious signs of Photoshopping or did you blend/adjust until the image looked natural? Does it appear that effort was made to produce a final product of good quality?


If you really want a challenge, do a Google search for “photoshop tutorial” and try to find something that catches your interest. There are literally thousands of lessons out there that you could follow.