I don’t know how I missed this shortcut for so many years, but it has made my photo editing workflow a little smoother.
I really like the tools in the camera raw editor for photo toning and color work, but I don’t like the way that it handles cloning and the lack of layers. The drawback with the raw editor for me has been that after I click the Open Image button at the bottom of the screen, my raw editing tools are gone.
There is a way to go back and forth between the raw editor and Photoshop seamlessly. With the raw file open in the raw editor, hold down the Shift key, the Open Image button will change to Open Object. The raw image is opened in Photoshop, but it is a Smart Object, you can modify the image in Photoshop and double clicking it will allow changes to made in the raw editor again. You can go back and forth between the Photoshop and the raw editor as often as necessary.
Unfortunately, if you do your raw editing in Lightroom, I don’t believe there is a way to work back and forth.
Second-year students spend their first semester Fridays working on display case design. The project does double duty by working as a teaching tool and making our hallway more attractive.
The students are divided into two groups with each choosing a topic related to graphic design in some way. One group chose to cover the principles of design – the basic foundational rules that design is based on and the other group wanted to explain the screen printing process.
Both cases turned out great and do a wonderful job showcasing the things we teach in the Graphic Design and Communications program.
Second year students in the Graphic Design and Communications Intro to Multimedia course recently completed an assignment where they used After Effects to incorporate movement and sound to introduce themselves. Students worked diligently using what basics they knew to incorporate some advanced techniques inspired by more popular television intros. All in all the results were impressive. Here are just a few.
Each year the freshmen students learn a tiny bit about stop motion animation through a collaborative project that focuses on Halloween. The groups of students have a little more than an hour to come up with an idea, then execute it with white board markers, taking a photo each time the action changes. Check out the videos at the links below.
Group 1 video
Group 2 video
Group 3 video
Group 4 video
One of the best parts of being a teacher in the Graphic Design and Communications Department is watching students grow.
The sophomores are only a couple months from graduation and they have really figured out how to apply all of the pieces of their education. The movie posters they created based on real or fictional films are exceptional. The main photo for each piece was shot by the student and they handled the design as well.
The first year students recently completed one of the most time-consuming and technical assignments of the first semester: the vector product illustration. Success of this particular assignment hinges largely on the reference image as well as the quality of the path construction. Sampling colors and building custom gradients contribute greatly to achieving photorealism.
The second year students had the opportunity today to listen to Matt Cole, an environmental designer with the EMP Museum in Seattle. The Skype presentation was made possible by Jason Lueder, who made initial contact with Matt while visiting the museum this summer. Cole shared four case studies that focused on exhibit designs that he had worked on, outlining the entire process, from the initial concept to finished installation. This insight will prove helpful to the students who will act as, not only designers, but content curators, builders and installers on the program display cases that will be updated in December of this year.
The GDC staff are big fans of the Bismarck State College Mystic Marketplace. If you aren’t on campus frequently or don’t know much about BSC, the Mystic Marketplace is the dining hall. The food is great and the staff are very nice people, plus, they have free ice cream on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Food Services Manager Mike Wavrin pointed out a few weeks ago that the wide open tile walls were begging for art work, so we put the freshmen GDC students to work fixing that problem.
Each student piece is the same size – 7 3/4 inches by 15 1/2 inches, half of the students did a vertical layout and the other half had to use a horizontal design. Students were further constrained with a design style, possibly using other students’ thumbnail sketches or a continuous line drawing. Some students were limited to only working with type, others had to use photos for their piece.
The finished wall looks great and the Mystic Marketplace staff has been very complimentary. The students like it too – most stuck around and shot a photo of the installation.
Type is a powerful design element, one that greatly influences the mood and emotion of any creation. When era-specific typefaces and styles are used in a design the perceived age of that design changes accordingly.
First year students in BSC’s Graphic Design and Communication’s Typography class recently demonstrated how, just by changing a typeface, a modern television program can be transported back to an earlier time.
Click on the image above to load some examples of vernacular TV titles.