Category Archives: Digital Graphic Design

Lesson 4B: Jump

In this project, we’re going to use a motion blur effect to make it seem like the subject in the image is moving.

Jump Project

This project comes from Chapter 8 of our other textbook (textbook page 235/pdf page 257). Download the project files below to a new folder in his path: H:Drive > Graphics 161 > layers > jump. Refer to the video for extra support.

Finished Project 2

Take a look at the image below to see what our finished project will look like.


Now Your Turn

Use the effect we just learned to create your own “motion image” as in the example below:

Lesson 8B: Doodle Logo

In this project, you’re going to create a doodle/sketch logo or several doodle/sketch logos around a specific theme.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.

  1. Select a theme like: sports, space, seasons, holidays, etc.
  2. Doodle a handful of pictures related to your theme
  3. Trace your sketches with black marker
  4. Take a photo of your doodle
  5. Image Trace your photo in Illustrator
  6. Clean up your Image Trace
  7. Bring your vectorized doodles into Photoshop
  8. Practice brushwork techniques “behind” your vector doodles.

Demo Files

The files below are sample project files. You will create your own version of each of these.

Lesson 8: Instagram Post

In this project, you’re going to create “stylized” instagram posts using Photoshop AND


Click the link below to obtain source images for this project.

Check out the @TitanStartup instagram feed to see similar projects.


Pixlr is a web-based digital graphics software. Consider it “Photoshop Light.” While it isn’t as feature rich as Photoshop, it is free, and highly capable.
If Chrome won’t load Pixlr because of Flash, copy the link below into the omnibar and add pixlr as an approved flash app:

  • chrome://settings/content/flash

Follow the tutorial below to create monochromatic gradient overly instagram post:


Choose from the following lines to include in your post (you may deviate from these so long as the message is still on point)

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Bonus Project

Use photoshop to replicate the “Stroke” effect below from a different image in the assets folder.
Hint: duplicate the layer, grayscale the bottom layer, mask out the individual, add a stroke “FX”

Lesson 3B: Team Chemisty

In this lesson, we’ll use typography, alignment, sizing, positioning, and image tracing skills to revitalize a heavily degraded document for a varsity basketball coach.

Project Files

View the PDF linked below. If you’d like to print a copy of the document as working file, please print to printer 141_1 or 141_2.

Design Prompt

The paragraph below is from the basketball coach (your client). Your job is to interpret his request and provide the best design you can come up with based on what he is looking for.

“I’d say color would be nice – realistic looking basketballs would be pretty cool… I’d use this both digitally and in print. I give each of our athletes and their families a handout about what our program stands for. This would be a cornerstone for that booklet. So 8.5×11 is needed and would be in print. But, I’d like to be able to put this out on Twitter [too].”


The text in the middle of the document reads:



Lesson 9: Double Circle Logo

In this lesson, you’ll use Adobe Illustrator AND Photoshop to create a weathered, double circle logo similar to the one above.


Watch the video below to create a double circle logo. Afterward, image trace a simple icon (like a lightning bolt), and place it in the center of the circles.


Copy the image you made above in Illustrator into Photoshop. Paste it as a Smart Object on top of a textured background image that you find on Pexels (like the one below).

Lesson 10: Low Poly Portrait

In this lesson, we’re going to create a portrait using nothing but triangles.

Getting Started

Download the file below, and then check that your “Guides and Grid” settings match the image below. Go to: Edit > Preferences > Guides and Grid. Then select View > Snap to Grid. Finally, press Ctrl + ‘ to turn your grid on.



Search for an image that you would like to create a Low Poly portrait of. I HIGHLY suggest choosing an image in which the subject is wearing sunglasses as eyes tend to be too detailed for this project. Crop that image to 3:4 (width:height) in photoshop, and then place it on your Illustrator artboard (Scale to fit).
Under the Layers panel, lock the photo so as not to inadvertently move it.

Transform Setting

Make sure that Align New Objects to Pixel Grid is unchecked in the fly down of the “Transform” panel as in the image to the right.pixelgrid


Watch the tutorial video below to create a Low Poly portrait.


Take a look below to see a finished example.

Lesson 8: Logo Parody

This lesson is inspired by the short-lived sketch comedy show “Kroll Show.”

Parody Logos

The introduction to comedy central’s Kroll Show featured  numerous parody logos that replaced the actual text with “Kroll Show.” Take a look at the following link to see what I mean:

Titan Parody

You will do the same. Your project is intended for the web, so there’s no need for super high resolution, but make sure it looks “Good Enough.” The dimensions of your project should be 1024 x 576 at 72 DPI.

  • Choose a logo to parody
  • Use Photoshop and Illustrator to all of the elements
  • Substitute the text with “Titans”


Hour of Code

On Tuesday we’ll be leading a session during the Hour of Code, but first we’re going to build the project in its entirety.

What Most Schools Don’t Teach

code_anywhereHTML and CSS

HTML and CSS are the backbone of the internet – you know that thing we use every day? Today, we’re going to learn how to code in those languages to build a responsive splash page which is sort of like what would happen if a business card and a webpage had a baby.

Finished Project


On Tuesday, we’ll use a slightly different tool that is easier to work with for first time coders. Check it out below.

Your classmates will write the HTML in the file below.

Lesson 5: Sketch

In this lesson, you’ll create a vectorized hand sketch of your favorite doodle.


On a blank sheet of paper, create a hand sketch of your favorite doodle. If you don’t have a favorite doodle, search a clipart animal on Google Images like the turkey below and then follow the directions in the bulleted list.

  • Draw your doodle with clear and concise lines (shading won’t work for this project)
  • Trace your sketch with black ink
  • Scan the image or take a photo of it with you mobile device
  • Open the file in Photoshop and clean it up with the eraser tool and Filter > Camera Raw
  • Copy it into Adobe Illustrator (web profile)
  • Image Trace (ignore white and Expand)
  • Move the image back into Photoshop to colorize it (you will have to rasterize the sketch)


Save as a PNG and upload to Google Classroom.

turkeyIn Progress Sample

See an example of a project that is in progress below: