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Due Date: March 15 - End of class

All post cards must be 4 inches x 6 inches in size, whether vertical or horizontal. Set the resolution at 150

Watch this video on Layers in Photoshop

Watch this video on "Extrapolation" for Photoshop, using the Pen Tool

  • The design must be sketched first (2 points) on white paper. Please ask if you need any. 
  • The design must use an image of you that is extrapolated from the background by using the pen tool. You cannot use the same photo for both postcards (2 points) *Use your iPad to take your photo.
  • The design must use at least four Photoshop filters on each postcard (2 points)
  • The design must use a combination of shapes and photo-realistic images (2 points)
  • The design must use some form of "Type on Path" element, for both postcards (2 points)
  • The design must appear dimensional (foreground, middle ground, and background) (2 points)
  • The design must (for both postcards) use the Illustrator "Image Trace" function (2 points)
  • The design must (for both postcards) use the "Paste Into" function of Photoshop (2 points)
  • The design must include the backside text and elements that a real postcard uses (Address lines, Return address line, Center divider line, Stamp locator) (2 points)
  • Two different Post Cards must be designed and saved as PSD files in your Postcard folder.
  • Create a new Illustrator document, using five ArtBoards all set at 4 inches (H)  by 6 inches (W). Place your two sketches, your two postcard PSD files, and your post card back into each of the Art Boards. Save this document as "Post Cards Finished.PDF"(2 points)

    Finish this assignment by writing a one-paragraph essay (in Microsoft Word) describing what steps you took to create the end-product, and how you feel it might benefit you in the future. Save this Word .doc file with your completed assignment. *A nice trick to help you keep track of things, like the filters that you used on each postcard, is to use the "Notes" function inside of Photoshop. It's located on the toolbar, inside the group of tools that includes the eyedropper. 
  • What to include in your essay:
    • List the filters used in your postcards
    • Describe how you implemented "Paste Into"
    • Describe how you implemented "Type on Path"
    • Describe how you implemented "Image Trace"
    • Describe the process of "Extrapolation"

(20 points each)


Extrapolation using the refine edge tool

Video tutorial: The beginning part of this video shows how to use the refine edge tool. (At 2:35 the video moves on to showing how to use some other tools.)

Refine edge options explained:




Watch this video tutorial on Pen Tool Extrapolation

Watch this video tutorial on Photoshop Layers


Standards of Technological Literacy

STL 2 - The Core Concepts of Technology

    • Systems
    • Resources
    • Requirements
    • Optimization and Trade-offs
    • Processes
    • Controls

STL 3 - The Relationships Among Technologies and Connections Between Technology and Other fields

STL 8 - The Attributes of Design

    • The design process
    • Design problems are usually not clear
    • Designs need to be refined

STL 9 - Engineering Design

  • Design principles
  • Influence of personal characteristics

STL 10 - The Role of Troubleshooting, Research and Development, Invention and Innovation, and Experimentation in Problem Solving

    • Multidisciplinary Approach

STL 11 - Apply the Design Process

    • Identify a design problem
    • Refine the design
    • Evaluate the design

STL 12 - Use and Maintain Technological Products and Systems

  • Use computers to communicate
  • Operate and maintain systems

STL 17 - Information and Communication Technologies

    • The purpose of information and communication technology
    • Many ways of communicating
    • Communicating through symbols