Three point rubric. Really simple. Use one sheet per image. You and your partners grade it, then people from two other groups, then I grade it at your desk. Don't call me over until all three images are done and perfect.
Right click with your middle finger on the picture, not the thumbnail. Click on Save Image As
Save it with to the desktop with a name, and capitalize your words.
In the video below by Adrianne Nix, we learn how to create graphics like these. Here are a few notes on the whys and hows of this assignment, and why they matter.
We’re asked to find a large, royalty free image on the internet. This ensures the picture is big enough that your end graphic won’t be pixellated, and that it’s legal to use.
Set the Google search for Tools Large and Usage Rights for Labeled for reuse with modification. This means you can republish the picture any way you want, and you can change it legally. If you use a copyrighted image, you might get a cease and desist order from the owner – a demand from them to take the image down because you don’t own it. Don’t use any images with watermarks, either. That’s another way for the owner to say “This image is MINE. Don’t use it.”
Click on the image, not the thumbnail and save it to your desktop. Drag and drop in Photoshop doesn’t work for us, so let’s keep it the way we used it for the Head Swap. Click on the image and download the full sized picture.
Find your eyes or mouth or nose or whatever you want online, but search for cartoon eyes transparent or cartoon mouth transparent. This will allow you to drop the face on your fruit without having to mask out or delete anything.
The Magic Wand tool is new for us. It selects the white space and leaves out the eyes. Use it, then click Select Inverse so it selects only the eyes, and deletes the white space. You’ll know the background isn’t selected when there are no ants marching around the border of your image.
Option click will duplicate an image in Photoshop. Try it.
Click on each layer and name it. It will help us know what everything is as we go.
The big thing I’m learning is to use brighter colors so we can see the face on the fruit. Black eyes on a dark purple plum won’t be very visible.
True. There are a million steps. So many steps, we're not quizzing on them. If you go slowly, though, it can be done. Here's one from my Sixth Hour crew.
If you aren't finished with your Head Swaps, don't pick up the handout! Finish them today, grab a grade sheet for each one, and have everyone in your group plus two others grade it, as well. Every person leaves a written comment on the sheet, followed by their initials. Call me to grade it at your desk - don't Email it or share it with me.
If you're done, start today by just taking the notes. SLOWLY. There are a million steps. Once that's done, watch the video twice so you can see what we're doing. Many of us just write the words down, but never ask ourselves what they mean or what we're doing, so watching the tutorial twice helps us understand what we're doing.
Here's the video.
When you're finished with your storyboards, you're looking for the Garbage Storyboard Rubric. It's on the rack next to the studio door.
You and all of your teammates grade your storyboard first. Each of you should leave a comment about something your team did well, or something you need to work on. Don't write "It was good" or "I hated it." Take your time on this step, and yes, the other people have to look at your storyboard instead of just circling 5s for everything. This is your last chance to fix your mistakes, not a time to give yourself an A because you want one.
With Peer Evaluation, many of us speed through this step and give ourselves an A, thinking that we're deciding our own grade.
We're correcting our problems before our grade is assigned.
Make sure you know the difference. Here's the rubric we'll use.
If you're done with all three Photoshop Head Swaps, have everyone in your group grade them, plus one person from a second group, and another from a third group. Each person leaves a comment on your evaluation sheet of something specific you did well, or something specific you need to work on. We only need one sheet per graphic. If you circle different numbers and give it different grades, no biggie.
Grade sheets are hanging on the wall in the back of the room, bottom tray.
Get a low grade on one of your photos? Redo it and have me check it later. Keep in mind that projects are 50% of your grade.
Many of us, when it comes to doing the assignment or grading it, we do sloppy work really quickly, then get mad when we're asked to redo it. I grade each project only once, so make sure it's as close to perfect as you can get when I call you over.
If something obviously doesn't match on your head swap image, do another one. Don't get so stuck on the idea of using one specific picture that it gives you a bad grade. Our final due date will be sometime next week, but until then, let's do our best.
In my example, I put ALL of Baby Yoda's head on Pete Townshend's shoulders. You do the same? Don't use a photo where the top of someone's head is out of the frame.
Click the Photoshop menu, then Quit Photoshop, or Quit Adobe Photoshop, or whatever your menu says at the bottom, like you see below.
Press Command Option Shift at the same time, all right next to the space bar. While you're doing that, click the Photoshop icon to reopen the program.
Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings File? Click YES.
Everything is back where it belongs.
We can do this, though. Here are a few pointers as we go.
Google no longer allows you to look for image size, which is a bummer. Use Bing instead, then click IMAGES.
Look at the right hand side of the Bing website. Click FILTER.
Go back left and select Extra Large Images, and pick one that works. Look for one of the numbers to be 1000 or higher. It may take you just as long to find an image as it takes to edit.
Be sure to download the full size photo to your computer by clicking on it. If you don't, you'll download the thumbnail, which is usually smaller.
FILE, then OPEN each photo once you're in Photoshop. You can toggle back and forth between the images.
Keep in mind that I'm learning this with you. Everything I know about Photoshop, I've taught you. Is there something you need to know for this assignment? YouTube it. Seriously.
As long as it's class related, you can watch it.
We are moving quickly on the Head Swap assignment. Here's what to keep in mind.
Once you've opened them both, toggle back and forth between them by clicking on the tabs. You shouldn't have the head you're stealing and the body it's going on to on the same screen.
In my case, I will click on Baby Face to steal Yoda's head, then click Pete Onstage to paste it onto his head.
Our next unit is going to be FUN. Pick a celebrity, or a historical figure, or someone you know, and create three bogus Instagram photos for their profile. Put their head on the body of someone doing something crazy that doesn't fit them or their personality.
How do we do it? Start here.
We're adding music and headphones to today's menu. This might take a while, so take the notes and double check all of the place where your volume might be muted. Where should you look? Check your paper. The answers should be right in front of you.
If your Garbage Storyboard is finished, please grade it with the rubric on the back wall. Write a comment in any of the four sections in the blank space, and initial it.
Hey, everyone. My daughter is sick today, so we're headed to the doctor. Take the notes for these two handouts. If your script for Shut Up and Eat Your Garbage isn't complete, finish that up as well.
Double check yesterday's video and make sure you have Safari set up properly. I'll be back with you on Monday.
PS - There's a word bank at the bottom of the Storyboard Format sheet. Don't be afraid to use it, along with a little process of elimination.
Sometimes, you'll walk into the Media Lab and your computer will be updating...
or it's not powered up...
or the Apple screen will be there and you won't be able to log in...
and it will give you a message like this.
No need to feel sad!
Take the quiz with another group instead of asking the teacher to fix it. You may even know more than they do.
If there's another computer that's up and running, take the quiz there instead. Yes, you can change seats.
When we're taking the quiz, I'm giving instructions and getting the class started, so if you can't log in at your computer:
1. Make sure it's plugged in and turned on.
2. If not, do that.
3. If you still can't log on, take the quiz with another group.
4. If there's an empty computer, use that one.
5. Yes, you can change seats to do either of these things.
This will help me manage the class, and you can get the grade. Way to be independent, Patriots. I'm proud of you.
Here's how to set up your internet browser. The websites you'll need this semester are:
Drag and drop these bookmarks to the top of your web browser. When I ask you to visit each site, just click on the bookmark so you don't have to type in the name.
UPDATE - Apple has changed their web browser since I made this video. Instead of looking for the green plus, grab the bookmark from our website, then move the arrow of cursor to your bookmarks bar and let go, like this.
Seriously. Here's how.