Category Archives: Digital Media

COM 210 Reflection

A vector drawing done in Assembly for iPhone showing a natural scene with a tent at the end of a dirt trail, near some trees with a sunny day in view of a mountain
Done in Assembly for iPhone. Click to open the full-screen image in a new tab.

Question & Answer

Which project was your favorite?
The final draft of my logo design for this website, consisting of a blue shield, a simplified shirt pocket, a pocket protector, with a piece of bacon, mini ruler, fountain pen, and paint brush inside. The p for prodigimedia is on the front flap
From a previous project. Click to open the image in a new tab.

My favorite project for COM 210 was definitely the logo project (Graphic Design Project), in which we had to learn from some blog posts (vectors, gestahlt, and logos) and videos (logos, contest), come up with an idea, do some research, sketch our ideas, then start to work in Adobe Illustrator. Continue reading COM 210 Reflection

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Video Project: Final Draft

Contents

 

Idea and Inspiration

DECLARATIVE NARRATIVE

For this project, I felt it would be helpful to produce a video case study of one of my past projects that could show how all the elements of a website design fell into place because I was focused on properly balancing my interests with those of my client. It was about the narrative website I designed in DTC 355 (multimedia authoring) in the CMDC program here at WSUV for my most recent employer, A to Z Blinds, where I worked for about three years prior to returning to school to try and finish my degree. Continue reading Video Project: Final Draft

Video Project: Rough Draft

Idea and Inspiration

For this project, I felt it would be helpful to produce a video case study of one of my past projects that could show how all the elements of a website design fell into place because I was focused on properly balancing my interests with those of my client. It was about the narrative website I designed in DTC 355 (multimedia authoring) in the CMDC program here at WSUV for my most recent employer, A to Z Blinds, where I worked for about three years prior to returning to school to try and finish my degree. Continue reading Video Project: Rough Draft

Premiere Pro Tutorials

Adobe Premiere Pro CC logo
Found on Wikimedia.

Tutorial Results

This week’s tutorials were for the Adobe program Priemere Pro CC, which is one of the more popular video editing applications. In the first of the two tutorials, I had to take footage of two subjects (I chose my raspberry plants and a cherry tree in my backyard) and add audio, transitions, and text effects. In the second tutorial, I had to use some pre-supplied video clips, some historical images of Murrow Hall at WSU Pullman, and my own voice-over audio, then add transitions, color effects, and credits. The videos are below 🙂 Continue reading Premiere Pro Tutorials

Illustrator Tutorials

adobe illustrator icon
Adobe Illustrator Icon by GXXF under CC BY-SA 4.0 license; no changes.

Why Use Vector Based Graphics?

Many new designers might wonder why they would ever want to spend the extensive amount of time and energy required to learn another image manipulation program on top of Photoshop or GIMP, such as Illustrator or Inkscape. As it turns out, applications such as Illustrator are able to create vector graphics rather than raster graphics, which are pixel-based images like digital photos that become pixelated when scaled up. Vector graphics are based on lines, curves, and other mathematically calculated shapes, so they are infinitely scalable, whether you are trying to make a billboard or a phone icon.

In this set of tutorials, I was initially going to use Inkscape, an open source alternative to Illustrator, but I decided not to since it isn’t as fully functional and would be a bigger risk of wasting a lot of time to get very little done. After finishing these tutorials, I’m glad I made that choice, as they went much quicker than my previous Photoshop tutorials did while using GIMP. In case you would like to look at the tutorials themselves, there are linked here for you: one, two, three, four, and five. Continue reading Illustrator Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

the photoshop logothe gimp logo

To Photoshop or GIMP? That is the Question. . .

I recently completed these five tutorials as part of a class project for COM 210 at WSU Vancouver. I am posting these here as evidence of completing the projects (mostly for the instructor), but also to share some of the lessons I learned in the process, especially concerning GIMP and how I used it to complete the tasks involved. Click to check out the Photoshop tutorials for yourself: One, two, three, four, and five.

Note: these were originally tutorials meant to be completed on Photoshop, in which I used GIMP. It was a good learning experience for me to see how to do some basic stuff in GIMP that is normally done in Photoshop. Through this tutorial, I had to do some research to find out how to install plug-ins for GIMP, which is fairly easy. Click the link for a GIMP plug-ins installation tutorial.

I also found a neat page that tells you how to make GIMP work a lot more like Photoshop. Continue reading Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation

 

a collage of screenshots of three free content creation tools

Free Tools that Help You Create More Quickly and Easily

If you really want to get the most out of each project you do, it would behoove you to have an idea of some of the best, free tools that designers and content creators can use to get the best work done in no time. Continue reading Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation

Welcome to My New Blog!

color reversed map of the united states

Why in the World. . . ?

Because when I was battling through my junior year at WSU Vancouver in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, I would’ve loved a little heads up about what would help make the experience an excellent one. Because so many students I’ve met here seem to go through this program without a really solid plan about what they want to do or how to go about acquiring excellent project experience from every assignment. If you want to maximize the value you and your instructors, bosses, or clients get out of every project you do, you are in the right place!  Continue reading Welcome to My New Blog!