Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Final course summary

What I learned in this course:
I learned that a clients needs and my own abilities are the difference between a marketable product and a hobby piece.
I also learned that some projects need to be designed with the intent that the end user may not know all of the ins and outs of the software, even if their name tag says they are a "team member".
In the end, I feel that this course taught me more than I thought that it would.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adobe Tutorial #5

Magic lighting affect:

Step 1: create a radial gradient layer.
Select an area with the selection tool.
Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient...
Make sure to select the "Radial" gradient from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Add an icon. (an "emitter")
I created mine by using concentric circles and separate layers.
Step 3: Add some text. Apply the Distort >Wave filter.
My text is lines from a video game. 

"This was a triumph! I'm making a note here: Huge Success. It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. Aperture Science - we do what we must because we can. For the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead. But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake. And the science gets done. And you make a neat gun. For the people who are still alive. I'm not even angry. I'm being most sincere right now. Even though you broke my heart and killed me. And tore me to pieces. And threw every piece into a fire. As they burned, it hurt because I was so happy for you. Now these points of data make a beautiful line. And we're out of beta; we're releasing on time. So I'm GLaD I got burned. Think of all the things we learned. For the people who are still alive. Go ahead and leave me. I think I prefer to stay inside. Maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa. That was a joke - Ha Ha! Fat Chance! Anyway, this cake is great. It's so delicious and moist. Look at me still talking when there's science to do. When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I'm not you. I've experiments to run. There is research to be done. On the people who are still alive. And, believe me, I'm still alive! I'm doing science and I'm still alive! I feel FANTASTIC and I'm still alive! While you're dying, I'll be still alive! And when you're dead, I will be still alive! Still Alive! Still Alive..."

I didn't use all of it, just some of it.

Step 4: Rotate the text into place
Step 5: Add some light using glow. Be sure to create different values.

Step 6: Group the lines of text together, and mask the ends to make them disappear at both ends.

Step 7: Create a "spot light" effect by adding a circle of white at the bottom.
Step 8: Add a gaussian blur to a filled shape, and a few extra flourishes

This didn't turn out as I intended, but I still think that it came out beautiful.

Job Search Analysis III

Advertising Designer

Job Description:
Advertising Designers take a clients ideas and make them into reality via audiovisual presentations, these can be commercials, pitches, and websites. The Advertising Designer uses a variety of media to this, including audio, video, text, graphic arts, and animations.
Education Requirements:
No education required, but most professionals have at least an associates degree in marketing or business.
Preferred skills & Software:
Most of the adobe suite, video editing software, word processors. Really anything art related. People skills are also important as well as an understanding of the need for marketing and advertising in the business setting.
Salary range:
Years of Experience:

Lawsuit Summary

This blog post will summarize a lawsuit pertaining to copyright infringement, intellectual property, font dispute, brand, logo or image issues. 

NBC Universal Vs. P22
In 2011, NBC Universal was sued over the use of the Cezanne Regular type face font. This font was used in relation to the Harry Potter franchise, specifically to create a, "Hedwig Pillow," a "Dementor Cap," and a "Hogwarts Stationery Set."

As stated in the source article, according to Code of Federal Regulations (Chapter 37), fonts can't be copyrighted, but the software that uses them can be. Most font software has a clause that says it can't be used to make commercial works without express permission from the font creators.

In the end, this case depends upon proof that the software was used to create the commercial work.

This case was dismissed in January, 2012. The plaintiffs and the defendants found that the real issue was whether an end-user licensing agreement for the font software was breached.