Monday, November 29, 2010

Pixel vs. Vector

Last week I wasn't at school so there were no posts - and then there was Thanksgiving break. I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving like I did! I was sad when the break was over, but...Christmas break is in 15 days! WOO-HOO! 

Anyway, today I will be talking about pixel vs. vector, and about Adobe Illustrator. 
Photoshop (which I hate, by the way) uses pixels - Illustrator, however, uses vectors.
The difference? Well, today I found out.

Vector images can be enlarged from a very small size to as large as a billboard without loss of quality. On the other hand, pixels are the small dots that make up a photo or a picture in a image format. When you try to enlarge the photo, the quality decreases because the space between each pixel needs to be interploted and it gets very pixelized.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

China's Blog Wars

This are my thoughts about the article "Inside the War Against China's Blogs"

China's Blog Wars

I also gave up on the typography Photoshop work. There's not much I can do with Photoshop - I'd kind of like to know if we will be working with Photoshop into the 2nd semester - because if so, I might take a different class. Photoshop - most of it is art - is something I can't do. 
I want to KILL Photoshop. If I could, I would. However, some of my technology classmates did really good Photoshop typography work. 
2 of my classmates had pictures of Emma Watson to do typography work on - yes, she is really pretty, but obsessive much???
I have a friend in Commercial Photography and she said that they don't do a lot with Photoshop because their teacher wants them to make good pictures by themselves without editing.


Apparently, we will need to write down a list of what we eat for a week. We could look at the Food Pyramid for "help". 

I don't understand - what does this have anything to do with technology? More importantly, what if we don't want to? 
I don't....I just find it a little nosy wanting to know what I eat. I mean, the school already dominates my life.   
The school faculty doesn't need to know what I eat, too. That's my business, not theirs.

Also, in my next post I will be discussing an article about China's vindictive blogs.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I found the image I'm going to work with - I'm not going to lie - I didn't want to do the typography work today because I know it's going to take me forever to do it and I only have 20 minutes left. I know I'm not going to accomplish much with it. 
Like I said, I don't want to bother with Photoshop.

Anatomy of a Character

1. Tail
2. Spine
3. Apex
4. Spur
5. Bowl
6. Terminal (or finnial?) I don't know if they're the same thing. 
7. Counter
8.  Descender
9. Stem
11. Link
12. Loop
13. Ear
14. Ascender
16. Crossbar

Typography :)

Typography is what language looks like. It is the art and technique of type design. The arrangement of type is the selection of typefaces, point size, leading, kerning, and line length. 
The anatomy of a letterform consists of:
- Stem
- Descender
- Counter
- Serif
- X-height
- Baseline 
- And many more! 

Typography is most commonly used by graphic artists, typographers, and art directors.
A good typographer is someone who communicates a point of view with skill and imagination.

I think typography can affect me and other consumers when we're going to buy something. Say there's two comic books. One has amazing typography on the front while the other has boring regular type. Which would you buy? That's right - the one with amazing typography. It makes the book seem more interesting while the other one is like, whatever. The one with amazing typography MAKES you want to buy it. 
Big companies pay artists for typographic work because they know consumers would want to buy their product if it looks "cool." - this also goes for the comic book example. 
Yes, graffiti is typography, even if it is illegal. Graffiti oftentimes communicates a point of view with skill and imagination. 
I think typography is super cool. I also fell in love with typography, and the way words are designed. I love words in general, whereas pictures...I do not. I mean, I love looking at them, but not drawing them. I want to ask my World Geography teacher if I could stop drawing the images for specific terms because I'd go back and I wouldn't even recognize what I drew.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My altered mountain. I still do not like Photoshop, and I probably never will.
I wanted to take Commercial Photography next year, but forget it. I'm going to fail that class because of Photoshop.
I know that all I do is complain, but it's true! Photoshop will be the end of me this 6 weeks.

Monday, November 8, 2010

photoshop 2

 I had to change this again, but I don't think anybody I know besides the people in my Multimedia class will recognize me. I tried to change it more, but it wouldn't let me upload the new one. I don't know why. I'm just so tired and I have one Photoshop picture to do so I really don't want to have to change this one more. But see, I deleted it entirely after my "friend" told me it looked like me. I don't stalk your blog, I ask that you don't stalk mine. You know who you are.

 It doesn't matter - give me a bad grade, Multimedia teacher.


Second Six Weeks Reflection

In the last six weeks, generally in all classes I have been mostly productive, but I have to confess, I've gotten a little lazy concerning homework and projects. I don't know why, but I've just been tired of working so hard.
My work habits are good & bad - good because whenever I work, I work hard, but I tend to procrastinate. 
I do fear for my grade in multimedia because of Photoshop. I hope I can get the hang of Photoshop soon. 
The Photoshop tutorials help, it's just the drawing I can't do. I don't think I'll have a photo uploaded for last time's photo. I'll try, but I don't think I can do it. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Three words - I hate Photoshop.
After about an hour of trying to work with Photoshop, I gave up. I seriously, seriously hope we do not have a project using Photoshop because I will fail for sure. :( 

My Multimedia teacher's picture he edited on Photoshop was fabulous, but I could NEVER, ever do the same.
I'm the worst drawer ever. I couldn't draw anything, even on a computer, if it would save my life. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ink Cartridge Questions

Today I had to answer some questions about what happens when ink cartridges run low. 
In the link are the questions and my answers

Now, time to play with Photoshop! I've never used it before, so I have no idea how to use it, but all my friends love Photoshop, so I'm sort of excited to learn how to use it! 

Spectrometry Questions

Last period I had to play with a spectrometer, and answer questions about what I did. 
Here are the questions in the link. 

Spectrometry Questions

Hex Code Update

Hex Code Chart PDF

The link above will take you to my Hex Code Chart!