For this leg of my project I am putting together an online webpage. This embodies the theme of technology pretty well, and I’ll be working with a lot of graphics and writing some html/css. I’m attempting to make the page appear really engaging and eye catching, which can be difficult to design from a 2-D piece of paper in class haha. It was hard to successfully visualize what would be on screen if I kept erasing my pencil sketch every two seconds.
What I needed was a real-time mock up of my envisioned design, where I can have an immediate example of my ideas. So I took to tumblr and started playing around with some old themes I had already written, trying to reimagine them in the context of my project. This actually worked out perfectly.
(very rough draft!!)
So the html/css aspect of my design looked to be pretty solid. But how about those graphics?
The last time I created my own graphic, an animated gif, was several years ago using photoshop CS5. Unfortunately, as time goes on, technology tends to change. After doing some digging I found that its apparently all the rage now to make gifs using photoshop CS6, and that CS5 is a crusty old relic nobody uses anymore. Uh oh…. I don’t know the first thing about photoshop CS6….
So looks like I’ll be learning something new for this project, similarly to how I had to learn to use Final Cut Pro for my repurposing project video. I downloaded CS6 and am (slowly) familiarizing myself with its new features before I create any of my animated graphics. Lucky for me many of its tools stayed the same, so maybe my job won’t be so difficult.