How To Set Your Profile Gravatar

Log into gravatar, or sign up if you don’t have one. You can use your gmail account for this. The profile picture that you set for this account will follow you on comments, or what you post on a blog.

On most blogs or wordpress, there will be an edit profile which takes you to settings. On iblog, to change your profile picture, you can go to your profile under users which will allow you that option.

 

Enhance Your Blog

To enhance your blog, you can go to appearance and find many options. What I found on background shows to be the “blueprint” of your blog. You can get access to anything that is on your page, including the tagline, title, colours etc.

For example you can click on site identity, and it will allow you the option to change the tagline of your blog from “just another STJ iblog” to something else.

To regulate who can view your site and posts; go to settings in reading.

You can change the visibility to only certain users. Just like that, you can change the format of your blog.

Activate jQuery Colorbox

Go to plugins on the side of your dashboard.

On the search bar, search up jQuery Colorbox. It should lead you to the page down below.

Basically, there’s an activate button, which if you can see above, that I have already activated. I’m not sure if it’s going to be the same for others, but after activating it, there was a notice that said along the lines that jQuery Colorbox couldn’t access all the images. To which I went to the settings, and pressed the first checkbox.

 

Themes and Widgets

To change the theme of your website, you need to first go on dashboard and click themes.

It will then give you a page of different themes that you can choose from and customize from there.

To create a widget, go to appearance and find widgets. On the left are all the unused widget bars. On the right, are the widgets that  you are already using.

For this example, I am going to be adding a calendar to my iblog. Here, it gives you the option of where you want the widget to be on your blog. Add the widget, and when you go back to your blog, you will be able to see it on the blog.

This is the final product. There’s a play around section for the order that you want your widgets to be in. You can just drag your new created widget around to find where you want it placed on your blog.

Media Gallery

Cereal Box Cover

The project can be found here.

What I did first, was to create a coloured background.

*This was the tool that I used to create the background.

I then placed the images that I wanted for my cereal box on one page. To erase the white background on the images, I took the first tool, with the setting below to “erase” the white. For parts I accidentally over coloured with the purple, I took the eraser to help fix that.

Later, I downloaded a free font called Bebas Neue, and used it to typed the name of the cereal. If you like to do one, I did a slogan for the cereal box. Overall, the project ended up being a fun experience on the Adobe Illustrator.

T-Shirt Project and Stickers

If you saw my second project for media, which was a logo, I am going to use that for my t-shirt project.

I am not entirely sure of what was done, but basically there were pixels within the logo that I had, so Mr. Sader did some complicated things and fixed it.

After all that, he selected pathfinder, and this will allow the printer to know where to cut. At the end of the class, I saved the image of the selected pathfinder onto the desktop.

You can see one of the problems in this photo of my logo. The cutline wasn’t outlined around the entire tree.

During the making of the logo, Mr. Sader found a problem with my logo, since I had those artistic lines on it, there was confusion on where the printer was going to cut line on. The first batch of stickers had a minor problem to it. The original cutline was to have the printer cut all around, but on one side of the sticker, it didn’t happen.

Coming back from winter break, the error was corrected and we printed again.

To make the t-shirt, you need to manually pull the white plastic background off the logo with a little hooking tool. We then used “masking tape” to then pull off one of the design logo (we made six logos in total). The t-shirt making machine had to be turned on to 330, and then the t-shirt itself had to be heated for approximately 8-10 few seconds. Next, we took the masking tape with my logo, and placed it onto the shirt for the machine to heat. After that, we remove it, and placed a square of parchment paper on top to properly seal it. When you’re done, it’s important for that the t-shirt will lay flat so it won’t wrinkle while it’s still warm.

Contradiction Creation

The assignment can be found here.

For this media assignment, the idea is to contradict the image or theme that is portrayed.

Since this is part of media, I wanted there to be an underlying meaning.

After finding an image, you can choose the fonts that are provided by adobe illustrator or do one of the “holy grails” and find one online. The free font I chose is called onomber, and you can basically download any font that you want from google. I then clicked on font book to install the font.

The message behind this picture is that, what may seem to be true in the front, could be totally different from what goes on behind closed doors.

Logo

For this project I am going to create a logo. The idea is to make the world greener by doing our part with keeping up with composting and recycling. What I did to get the logo below will be explained in this post.

I first went on google images to find an outline of a tree that I can easily retrace. This is an image that I used.

Next I went and outline the the tree with the pencil tool.

I then chose the select tool, and used the bucket tool to find a colour that I wanted.

What I got.

Next I used the text box key to type in the name.

After that, I clicked on the paintbrush tool. You can select the kind of stroke you want by clicking on the fourth icon on the right side of the computer. Of what will pop up, theres this “file folder with a triangle” key there called brush libraries menu, and it will take you to find a variety of the different kinds of strokes Adobe has. I used it to outline the tree.

Although it wasn’t at all that complicated, the process was something that was new to me as it was my first time using Adobe Illustrator.