October 11, 2017

What’s due for this class?

  1. Final inked version of your Pattern Mashup on a piece of 9″x12″ bristol board, based on your finalized preparatory compositions. Come prepared to present your work!
  2. Post to the blog, Sound Visualizations: Phase 2
  3. Your Glossument Book with at least (2) glossary words visualized in the graphic style of your choosing.
  4. Materials needed: Flash/jump drive and/or access to Dropbox/Google Drive

Glossument Check-in (15 minutes)

  • Present your Glossument Book with at least (2) glossary words visualized in the graphic style of your choosing.
  • Next Thursday is our mid-semester milestone!

Peer Critique

In groups of 3, present your finished inked mashups.

  • Present and analyze your finished work in terms of concept, craft, what you learned, and the design process.
  • State your name, your understanding of the project goals (ie: what is the point?), which parts are successful and which parts need more work.
  • When critiquing other student’s work, clearly describe what works and what doesn’t work using the project vocabulary: Line, Rhythm, Repetition, Variety, Pattern, Unity, Grid, Rule of Thirds, Economy
  • Write down your feedback in your notebook and then refine it in a comment.
  • Work together to get your Sound Visualizations: Phase 2 work posted and peer critique comments posted

Lab: Scanning and preparing digital files


  1. Create a folder on your drive called FirstInitalLastNameMashup.
  2. Scan your finished inked Pattern Mashup (300dpi, grayscale, jpg).
  3. Save/rename this hi-res file FirstInitalLastNameMashupHIRES.jpg to the folder you just created.
  4. If  you completed and submitted your completed Inked Mashup in class, find your scan HERE.

DEMO PREP in Photoshop:

Your Mashup Prep in Photoshop:

  • Following the method we walked through in class, complete the following….
  • From the folder you created earlier, FirstInitalLastNameMashup, open your scan in Photoshop.
  • Rename it  FirstInitalLastNameMashupPrep.jpg and save it to the same folder.
  • Make the following adjustments:
    • Image > Image Size: 72 dpi, 1280 wide x “XXXX” high (the height will depend the size of your mashup scan)
    • Image > Mode > RGB Color
    • Image > Image Rotation 90deg (horizontal/landscape), if needed.
  • SAVE AGAIN (Make sure you don’t save over your original hi-res file!!!)
  • Create a new file in Photoshop:
    • File > New
    • Image Preset (HDV/HDTV720) / Image size: 72dpi, 1280 wide x 720 high
    • Color Mode: RGB
  • Save the file FirstInitalLastNameMashup.psd to your project folder.
  • Select All > Copy your FirstInitalLastNameMashupPrep.jpg and Paste into your new file, FirstInitalLastNameMashup.psd
  • With the pasted layer selected, press Command+T (Edit > Free Transform).
    • A bounding box will appear around your image.
    • Grab the lower right square and hold down the Shift key (to restrain proportions) while dragging toward the center of the box.
    • Drag until the bottom of the image lines up with the bottom of the Canvas.
  • Save your file.
  • Next complete the same procedure we practiced in class. Divide up your mashup image into individual square layers.
  • Using the rectangle marquee tool “copy” (Command+C) and “paste in place” (Command+Shift+V) each pattern square on a new layer for use in your animation.


  1. Complete Animated Mashup Prep
    • Find your scanned hi-res file for animation in this Dropbox folder.
      If you didn’t turn in your mashup, plan to have it scanned at 300dpi at FedEx/Kinkos, Staples or any copy center with a good scanner. You can also scan at City Tech Computer Labs.
    • Complete PREP in Photoshop following notes from class demo and above.
    • Save to your Dropbox and/or portable drive.
  2. We will animate and add audio to your digital mashup file next class. Come prepared to work!