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Photoshop October 20, 2017

Posted by Samuel Williams in Uncategorized.
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For my very first station I choose Photoshop. I have had some past experience with Photoshop so I didn’t start with absolutely no idea what to do. Although I did learn a lot from doing this station. My biggest problem at this station wasn’t trying to understand the tools, but it was getting inspiration. I had changed my idea for a final project numerous times. But finally I choose to do a form of space scene because I love learning about space.

Like I said starting this final was very difficult but I just choose a blank black picture and imported that. Then I went through some of the filters until I found the Gaussian blur and I messed around with that for a while until I got the right numbers to make the background look like stars. Then I added some nebular clouds in the background by putting a clouds filter under where I colored it. At this part I did have some trouble before I could find the right filer and I just tried to experiment with coloring but I never achieved the right affect. After that i had to add in the planet. I did this by getting a random texture and spherizeing it. I did that by selecting a circle of the texture and using the spherize tool. Then I added in a lens flare to make it look like there was a sun in the distance. One of the final problems I had was to make part of the planet look like it is in shadow because of the suns position. For this i added in a layer mask and filled it in with black. Then I moved the black into the right place with the move tool. Then I lowered the opacity a little bit and there was the shadow.

In one of my previous activities one of the most useful Photoshop tutorial youtube channels is Photoshop Tutorials. It helped me understand a lot more of the tools in Photoshop and also it helped me understand more of the effects with ended up helping me a lot in my final.

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6lrxMZggMaN1u2V9N2-zrQ


Space final


Final Product October 18, 2017

Posted by unlockingtech in Corel Draw.
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Hello reader! Welcome to my post. Here at CorelDraw I created a final product that I am very happy with, The Spires of Eternity. It wasn’t the easiest thing to make, although the activities I had done previously greatly lessened the difficulty.

Holy Snickerdoodles (4)

For those of you who don’t actually know what CorelDRAW is, it is a graphic design program that can be integrated with devices such as the Laser Engraver. It has many tools and libraries for various designs and can be used to make some pretty awe-inspiring things.

Throughout the entire station, I had issues with figuring out how to use the tools. Some were fairly intuitive (like the freehand tool), while others were far more complex (like the interactive blend tool). These complex tools mainly involved color, or shaping objects, which I used to great effect in the final product. A few of my activities were fully dedicated to solving single tools because I could not find resources on the internet to do so. I had to learn it all myself through experience. However, you dear reader, do not. Something I learned after the fact is that there are tutorials located within CorelDRAW itself. If you click on the “Help” tab and select “CorelTUTOR,” you will arrive at a screen that will give you five tutorials on how to use CorelDRAW. This is probably most helpful at the beginning, and several of these tutorials could make very good activities. But besides that, here is some advice on the individual tools I personally had trouble with.

  • Shape Tool
    • This tool can turn a straight line into a curve or a curve into a straight line. Do this by left clicking on the desired line and then right clicking, selecting the option “to line/curve.” This will then allow you to convert the line into your desired choice. This tool can also add points to a line that can change the entire shape. Double left clicking on the place where you want the point on the line will add the “node.” by right clicking on these you can delete them. You can also drag these nodes anywhere.
  • Eraser Tool
    • Sounds dumb I know, but it actually does have a trick. To be able to erase anything you need to have that thing selected, even if it’s a tiny line. Once you having it selected, you can either left click and hold to erase like you would typically, or you left click once and create a sort of line where you click where you want it to end, erasing all of the object selected in its path.
  • Selecting things
    • Ctrl A selects all
    • Holding shift and clicking allows one to select multiple items
  • Fill Tools
    • Absolutely make sure you have what you want selected when you choose the filling for it. If you don’t, it won’t color anything or it will color something else.
    • Experiment with the tools, figure out what you like best
  • Artistic Media Tool
    • This is a rather unique tool that has several different internal options to it. Experiment with all the options, this one’s not too hard to figure out. It’s just one that is worth noting.
  • Interactive Blend Tool
    • This is a weird one. First, you must have one object selected. Then, you must select another object for it to blend to, the more similar the objects the smoother the transition. It doesn’t have a lot of practical uses, but could be used to great effect.
  • Interactive Transparency Tool
    • This is a rather useful tool that can be used to create shading effects on anything you wish. Select the object, apply the tool, choose your transparency and boom. You’ve cast a dark shadow across your landscape.
  • Polygon Tool
    • Just one thing here, up top at the toolbar you can change the polygon to have as many sides and edges you want.

So these were the problems I experienced when working with CorelDRAW, how I solved them or how I figured them out, and how you can now use them without having to go through the same process I did. Best of luck to you with your own CorelDRAW projects!

Ian Anderson, 4th period, 2017

Tinker Cad October 17, 2017

Posted by Tai-Lee Smith in 3d Printing.
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Daring Migelo-Borwo

For my first station, I chose to do Tinkercad. This station was useful because it provided tutorials and was simple to use. From this station I learned several different things. One tip to the next person in the station, is to highlight the components that you want to separate or ungroup. By clicking close to the shapes and then dragging across the shapes. Then a red dotted box will appear which you can wrap around the shapes that are connected and then press the ungroup button on the top right corner. Another thing I learned was when you wanted to make a hole in a shape: make the hole a solid first that is a different color than the shape you are putting it in. Then when you can place the (hole) where you want then bring down the drop down menu and change is to a real hole. Then connect them. This helps because having the (hole) a different color allows you to place it in the right spot, while having it as a real hole is hard to see. This skill helped me solve my problem of getting the hole in the right place. And the last thing I learned from this station was to type in the height or width that you specifically need. By just trying to move an object’s width wider with your mouse it will move back and forth in 1 mm. But if you want it between a one, then when you click on an object, there will be white boxes next to the shape with numbers in them. You can alter these by clicking in the box and then retyping the number that you want. Overall, this was a fun and useful station.

CNC Lab Station June 1, 2017

Posted by urielmendoza6567 in Uncategorized.
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In this station I was creating a Co2 Race car using the CNC router. I had some trouble creating a tool path but I watched a lot of you tube videos. I got familiar with the program and figured out a lot about it. If any one is going to use the CNC router I recommend you learn about it first and then start your station, this will make it a lot more easier.

Review of various IDEs June 1, 2017

Posted by whyyoualwaysryan in Uncategorized.
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  • I very strongly recommend that you have some experience with coding prior to this station. I also recommend that if you have more experience with any specific language, that you use that language in this station. For instance, if you have experience with C++, you should write your hello world program in C++
  • After making a hello world program, don’t make a new one, instead of starting from scratch, play around a little bit with the hello world program. See if you can change the amount of times it displays hello world, see if you can incorporate some level of user input. Play around with a working program before you have to start over again.
  • As with any station even remotely involved with coding: COMMENT YOUR CODE
  • Install IDEs before you plan to start using them, they take a while to install and they can easily take up a full class period, wasting time, and making you very bored. You might consider choosing your IDEs beforehand, and installing the remaining IDEs while you work with the first one
  • Stay focused. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in one single IDE, don’t forget to keep moving (I accidentally wasted all of my time on Game Maker, and then had very little time to work with the other two IDEs)
  • Utilize tutorials, they work much better than forums, and some IDEs might have built in tutorials
  • Although frustrating and intimidating, forums can be rather helpful, even if only to let you figure out what to research. (as in, when you see a forum response which says “the solution to this is just console commands, you now know to research console commands, even if you don’t know what those are and the forum gives a poor explanation of them.
  • Depending on the language, syntax can be vital. Double and triple check not only for typos, but also what the program is supposed to run.
  • If you become really stuck, try “rubber duck” coding. Get a rubber duck (or any item really, a friend could even work if they’re not too busy) and read the code aloud. As you do this, explain what each line of the code does. This can be extremely effective for noticing “idiot mistakes” in logic, or possibly even typos. It sounds silly, but it is surprisingly effective.

Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by sophiemafrank in Digital Video.
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For my second station I teamed up with Clara Copley, and Cece Pennell to learn how to produce videos through filming, and editing applications.  During our time on this station we had to learn how to use a variety of movie editing applications, and software. Overall we used Windows Movie Maker and iMovie the most. We encountered many struggles over the process of producing our first video. After we were able to find an application that we still were able to use we had to first learn how to get the videos from the flip camera, into the application. After we were able to figure it out, by looking through files, we started to put our video together. Through Windows Movie Maker it was quite easy to stitch the videos together in a simple format. After using tutorials and websites to learn to add effects, the hardest part was putting audio to our video. Because the audio was very hard to apply, we eventually were able to download a file for the audio already saved to achieve a background song. After using Windows Movie Maker we wanted to make videos through applications on a Chromebook or Mac Book so we could continue using our video making skills after Tech Lab. By using iMovie we had to completely re learn how to make videos. Through tutorials we found how to add audio through iTunes, apply voice overs to our videos, and precisely trim and stitch videos together. Overall I feel accomplished, because I was able to learn a lot about both editing applications, and now I will be able to utilize these skills for a long time!

Helpful Info/Tutorials:




Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ss4WLsS189VlnWffJkDjA


Digital Drawing station #3 June 1, 2017

Posted by andaugherty20 in Digital Painting, Uncategorized.
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In this station I tried using the touch pad to draw in Photoshop. I first tried different tools to see how I can use these tools to draw different objects. I started my first drawing by following the instructions of the guide in the digital drawing folder. Once I had more trials I found that the blending and smudging tools blends harsh lines to look more smooth. Once I figured out how to use the capacity tool I tried to use color. I made some colorful cartoons using the shapes tool airbrush and multiple color. Then I tried to draw more realistic objects. I tried to draw a persons face. Using shading and a higher capacity for a darker shade. I used the pencil to define the eyes and nose and mouth. This stations helped me find how different tools can change the out come of your drawing. If you try out the different tools before to try to draw an object it will help you succeed in this station. You should use the touch pad for a good outcome because then you have a more steady line for your drawing. Here are a few sources that I used to help me.

Digital drawing folder

Different drawing techniques

elephantface g


Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by cecepennell in Uncategorized.
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For this project I collaborated with two other people, Clara and Sophie. Working in a group was challenging but also very rewarding. It was great to get other people’s perspectives and knowledge. We created many videos, all of which focused on a different skill. Our final video was a music video to the song Side to Side by Ariana Grande. We focused on clipping videos and we learned to overlap music with videos. In order to be successful at this station I would recommend following very specific tutorials, and having each activity teach you a new skill that will help you on your final video. When making the video we filmed different sections and then clipped them all together. Then we overlapped the music with the videos so it lined up evenly. Some challenges we encountered were finding time to film our video due to the fact that our characters were not in the class, being patient when editing videos, and being new to this topic. The following tutorials were very helpful for our final project: 



Here is the link to our final video:

Katerina Station 3 Digital Photo June 1, 2017

Posted by catsrgreat2001 in Uncategorized.
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My station was digital photography. For my final project I took a picture of my violin’s label, “Stradivarius”, because even though the violin is a fake strad from Germany, the violin’s label makes a good photo. The problem I had the most was coming up with ideas of what to take pictures of. I recommend making a list of what you could possibly do before you begin and looking up ideas. Overall, I thought this project was fun and a good use of my last month in Tech. Violin edited

Digital Video June 1, 2017

Posted by cjcopley19 in Uncategorized.
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In this station, I collaborated with Cece Pennell and Sophie Frank to make an assortment of videos. Throughout this process we made several different videos where we developed skills that built on each other. We learned things such as how to add captions to the video, how to use voice over to narrate the video and how to add In our final, we made a music video to the song Side to Side by Ariana Grande.  We did this by filming a series of of videos of different people lip syncing the lyrics. We then combined these videos and put the full song over the videos. While making this music video we looked up several tutorials online that were very helpful. If you are not familiar with the software you are using, I strongly recommend looking up and closely following tutorials specific to what you are trying to accomplish. Also, as you get more familiar with the software, you are able to try new things and the videos you create have more possibilities! We used a few different softwares to make all of our activities, we used iMovie, as well as Windows Movie Maker. Since these two programs are very different it was important for us to be able to watch tutorials so we can understand both of them.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73iKR1dxYcA