We had an excellent first quarter in web animation/design class. I must say, in all my years of teaching, this is one of the best sections of this class that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. The class is nice because we have a very good mix of students who are interested and engaged in the course material.
During the first quarter we spent a good deal of time working with Paint Shop Pro to create web ready still images. Learning to work with layers is a key component of learning the more sophisticated techniques of Paint Shop Pro. We also spent a good deal of time completing tutorials where the students learned how to drop effects on text and images. Finally, we spent the better part of a class period discussing file types (proprietary file types vs. open file types), files sizes (eg-what is kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, etc), file extensions, folders and file hierarchy/organization when developing materials for the web.
At the start of the second quarter we began working with Macromedia Flash, which is a professional level multimedia authoring tool for the web. Look for some Flash holiday greeting cards in your inboxes in December!