12-8-17

December 8, 2017 at 9:27 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

today- before you play VR you have to have finished all laser cutting projects below:

  1. finish your keychain and email your file to drakelasercutter@gmail.com as a PDF.  You cannot use your school gmail account to send this email. You must use a different email address.
  2. done with the keychain?  Create a laser cut puzzle.  Follow my Laser Cut Puzzle video tutorial. 
  3. done with the puzzle?  Download this image of a leaf and we will look at techniques for tracing an image and converting it for laser cutting.

Email all of your laser cut designs to drakelasercutter@gmail.com.  You cannot use your school gmail.

-how to make a laser cut puzzle using Inkscape
-set the cutline to one thousandth of inch
-import a file into Inkscape and center it on your shape
-before you print: set the margins of your document AND save as PDF

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12-6-17

December 6, 2017 at 9:22 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

today:

  1. finish your keychain and email your file to drakelasercutter@gmail.com as a PDF.  You cannot use your school gmail account to send this email. You must use a different email address.
  2. done with the keychain?  Create a laser cut puzzle.  Follow my Laser Cut Puzzle video tutorial. 
  3. done with the puzzle?  Download this image of a leaf and we will look at techniques for tracing an image and converting it for laser cutting.

Email all of your laser cut designs to drakelasercutter@gmail.com.  You cannot use your school gmail.

-how to make a laser cut puzzle using Inkscape
-set the cutline to one thousandth of inch
-import a file into Inkscape and center it on your shape
-before you print: set the margins of your document AND save as PDF

11-20-17

November 20, 2017 at 11:04 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

How to make real money with your graphics work.  

  1. Did you do the Inkscape test?– this is software we will use for laser cutting after Thanksgiving. I want to make sure that it works NOW.
    1. Search your computer for Inkscape using the magnifying glass in the top right.  Don’t search the Internet.
    2. Open Inkscape. Let me know if you get errors OR it doesn’t open OR it isn’t installed on your computer.
  2. Ongoing project:
    Making Money
    Magazine Covers
    Movie Poster
  3. Next project: Convert Photo to Sketch

IF you have finished all projects then let’s start laser cutting TODAY.

9-13-2017

September 13, 2017 at 6:06 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

tech news: how do the new iPhones compare?  $1000 for a phone?

today: 

  1. if you have not taken the images for your Cloned Self Portrait then start with that task first.
  2. complete your Cloned Self Portrait today.
  3. next up:  Combining images with Layer Masks

5-11-2017

May 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Creating shadows in After Effects

3-18-16

March 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

today we are in room 127

Arduino introduction

10-23-15

October 23, 2015 at 10:49 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

today – the Arduino adventure begins

WE NEED:
-old RC cars – no remote needed.  Note that the car will NOT work again after we hack them.  They will never work.
-small speakers – like from a radio or one of those audio greeting cards

ingredients:

1 Arduino board
1 breadboard
1 USB cable
1 LED
1 resistor
2 jumper wires

Part 1 BLINK

  1. attach the Arduino to the USB cable
  2. attach the cable to the USB port on the back of the computer
  3. search your computer for Arduino
  4. from the Arduino program click on File, Examples, Basics and choose Blink
  5. click on the ARROW at the top menu bar. Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.55.34 PM
    This compiles your sketch (program) and uploads it to the Arduino.
  6. IF IT WORKS the small orange LED on the board will blink.  Now go back into the sketch and change the delay(1000) value to a smaller or larger number.  Upload again.
  7. IF IT DOESN’T WORK – relax.  Click on Tools, Port and choose the lowest option on the drop down menu.

Part 2 ADD AN LED

  1. unplug your Arduino from the USB cable.
  2. grab an LED
  3. insert the long leg (wire) of the LED into the pin labeled 13.
  4. insert the short leg into the ping labeled GND (ground).
  5. plug the USB cable back in.  What happens?

PART 3 THE LED MEETS THE BREADBOARD

  1. grab your breadboard and duplicate this circuit BELOW.  Click to enlarge the image.  We will do this together on the big screen as well.
  2. once you reconnect your Arduino the red LED should start blinking along with the small orange LED on the Arduino.
  3. add two more LEDs like this.redyellowgreenLED_bb
  4. how can you get the new LEDs to blink like the red LED?  We will explore this together by modifying the Blink sketch.

Part 4: color changing RGB LED

Ok so now try one on your own.  Grab an RGB LED and follow this short tutorial.  You will recycle your wires and resistors for this project.

QR Code to Portfolio

October 20, 2015 at 9:00 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

In this project you will create a QR code and marketing piece that will link to your Computer Graphics Digital Portfolio.   These pieces will be displayed in the Drake hallways.2014sampleqrportfolio

the BIG steps
1. make your Digital Portfolio PUBLIC
2. grab the URL from your portfolio and create the QR code
3. create a page in Photoshop to layout your marketing piece

Make your Digital Portfolio PUBLIC

1. remove your last name
2. make it public – here’s how

Create the QR code
1. use the URL for your Portfolio and go to kaywa.com
2. create the QR code and save it
3. open the QR and customize it in Photoshop.  Consider how you can change the code to make it interesting yet still work.
4. test test test and then save it

The marketing piece
1. create an 11 inch wide, 8.5 inch high image – 180 dpi
2. place your MODIFIED QR code on your image
3. show your viewer that they have to click the code to view your portfolio
4. place at least two images – no more than five – of your graphic works on the image
5. include your FIRST name and “created in Computer Graphics”.
6. save it.
7. print it.

5-13-15

May 13, 2015 at 8:10 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

The waterproof quadcopter that follows and films you.

Next project: the Magazine Cover Project

2-23-15 Milstead’s group

February 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Welcome back

1. Open up Inkscape on your computer.  This will take at least 20 minutes to launch so I want you to start it NOW.  Trust me.

2. Continue work on your dream structure project.  Click here for details.  

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