Turn off your iPad. It is not to be used (in any way) in this classroom, either for academic or recreational use (unless approved by the instructor). Ignoring this will result in detention and further disciplinary action (Gross Misconduct/Refusal to comply). Not gonna lie - I absolutely hate them. Did you remember to put your assignments in a folder? Did you label the folder after the assignment title? Did you save your file in the appropriate manner? If not: NO GRADE! Check your PowerSchool frequently. It's your RESPONSIBILITY!

Save Your Work (Where/What/How)


For this class, you will create a folder to store all of your work and keep that folder on your student drive.

For instance, if you are in a Communications class, you will have a folder called "Communications." The same applies if you are enrolled in Multimedia, Graphic Design, Production Printing, etc., If you are enrolled in more than one of my classes, you will need a folder for each class. This folder will be referred to as the "Class Folder."

For each assignment, you will have a folder that is kept inside of your class folder, appropriately labeled for that particular in-class project. Thus, if the class is engaged in an assignment where we make ice cream, you will make an "Ice Cream" project folder and keep it (and all materials associated with the Ice Cream project) inside of of that folder. 

An appropriate example is this - "T:\Student91\Garnche\Communications\Ice Cream\"

If assignments and projects are not saved in the appropriate manner, where, what, and how they are supposed to be saved, a grade will not be issued for a project - regardless of whether that project is completed or not. ORGANIZATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS CLASS.


Projects need to be saved as the appropriate file type. 

There are two types of files that typically are saved. One is the project file and one is what we call the "render" file.

When working with Microsoft word, the project file is typically a .doc file (.doc is short for "document")

When rendered, you can do a "save as" and then choose what type of file it can be saved as. So, if we save the document as a .pdf document, it is "rendered" as a .PDF (Portable Document Format) file. Read the project directions carefully and take special note of how the projects are to be saved. 

When files are saved as the computer application defaults to, we call this a "native" file format. For instance, if MS Paint saves your image file as a .bmp (Bit Map) file, that is the native file that MS Paint uses. 

When files are rendered, these files are saved as a general file formats that other programs and devices can use. 

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator can "Save As" (or, render) files as 

  • .JPG (Joint Photographer's Group)
  • .EPS (Electronic Post Script)
  • .GIF (Graphic Interchange Format)
  • .PICT (Apple Picture File)
  • and many others.

FL Studio can render it's audio files as:

  • WAV (Microsoft Wave format)
  • MP3/MPEG (Moving Pictures Expert Group)


Importing and Exporting

Certain programs will allow different files to be moved between each other. Most (if not all) of Microsoft's Office Suite applications will allow documents to move back and forth, between Word to PowerPoint, from Excel to Access, and so on. Adobe works in much the same way, allowing Photoshop documents to be opened in Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, and so forth. However, it is not simply a matter of opening up a file and doing some work. Sometimes, the files created in one program must be prepared to be opened in another program. This is where the function of "Export" comes into play. The Export command takes all of the files information and formats it so that another program can use it properly. The reverse is true for the "Import" and "Place" commands. These commands allow a program to open a file that was saved in another program. Sometimes the export is such as successful task that a simple "Open" command works. So, you will need to experiment with different file types to see which works with what.