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Graphics Technology looks at how to communicate graphically, equipment used from basic to complex [pencil to computers], develops ability to create graphical presentations for varied needs, ensures an understanding of health and safety practices, understands standards and special conventions, develops specific techniques and builds an understanding of the impact of graphical presentation on society. Practical components [obviously not included here] form a major part of this study.
This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes tutorials, sample work units, techniques, data, software programs and more.
‘Portal for graphic communication education and training’. Activities, articles, news, curriculum materials, ways to implement these. US based but eminently usable. Senior secondary and tertiary oriented but material also applies to lower levels.
- Graphic Communication
Overview, history, topics, references. Wikipedia.
Graphics Standards & Conventions
- Formal Drawing
‘Isometric projection, planometric projection, perspective drawing and for working drawings, orthographic projection, section drawings, assembly drawings’.
Specific Areas of Study
- Fundamentals of Design
‘The purpose of this guide is to give you the basics of engineering sketching and drawing’. See “Resources” section of the main menu. From MIT.
- Making Maps Easy to Read
‘This research on cartographic communication is divided into six sections’ including typography, symbols, eye movement, more.
Technical Drawing [“Manual Drawing”]
Pre-CAD methodology, still usable and being used.
- Technical Drawing
Methods, applications for technical drawing, related fields, technical drawing [the document], notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Technical Drawing - Engineering Drawing
About.com. Links for a range of technical drawing topics.
- Learning Technical Illustration
‘There are hundreds of pages of step by step drawing lessons listed below’.
Techniques & Tutorials
- 3D Model Builder
3D e-Learning Program for Individuals and Educators. ‘Dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of 3D Graphics, the core technology that drives all 3D systems including PlayStation, XBox, your home PC. 2 courses on offer. The first, 3D Graphics 101, teaches core concepts and develops core skills. The follow on, 3D Graphics 102, introduces advanced concepts and methods used in 3D graphics. Anyone can take the course and all resources are freely available online. All you need is a Windows PC and the Internet’. Australian.
- All Graphic Design Tutorials
‘Graphic Design Software Directory & Portal for Graphics Tips; Desktop Publishing Resources & Graphic Design Links’.
- AutoCAD Tutorial
Udemy. This opens to a free tutorial on the basics of using Autocad.
Tutorial Home Page
‘Tutorials contain helpful information for getting started with AutoCAD software. They are designed to be part of an introductory course in technical graphics’. 6 Tutorials.
- Design Tutorials
‘Graphic Design and Web Design Tutorials’. Tutorials for several programs and specific techniques.
- Drawing In One-Point Perspective
‘Step-by-step instructions for basic one-point are presented on this site. The first section presents key concepts’.
- Flash Kit
Collection of links to all aspects of Flash design and development. Browse for what you want.
- List of Animation Techniques
The Flying Animator. Each has an example listed which you can use to see what the result is. Use the menu on the left to access animation tutorials and more.
- 2D Drawn Animation Tutorial in Real Time [A M
Video of just over 11 minutes.
- Free Photoshop Video Tutorials
Sections include Using Photoshop, Photo Illustration, Photo Enhancement and Recent uploads. Multiple uploads of various lengths in each.
- Photoshop Tutorials
Listed under several sections.
- Photoshop Tutorials & Adobe Photoshop Plugins
‘Our free Adobe Photoshop Tutorials have been separated into 5 collections’.
- Photoshop Tutorials - Where Anyone Can Learn Photoshop
‘We offer Photoshop tutorials you won’t find anywhere else, with easy to follow, step by step training that’s perfect for all skill levels ! Each tutorial is written with beginners in mind, so even if you’re brand new to Photoshop, you can easily follow along !’ Material is available online while PDFs need to be checked before downloading as they incorporate the use of another program.
- Woodweb Woodworking Software
Freeware, shareware, demo software for all aspects of woodworking. Links to Business & Productivity, CAD software.
- All Graphic Design
‘A Portal of Graphics Software Resources, Desktop Publishing [DTP] Tools, Graphics & Graphic Design Resources, Links to Tutorials for Image Editing,’ just for starters ! The site is huge in its scope.
- Australian Designers at Work
‘Meet designers and learn about how they work. Click an icon to begin ’. Designers from a range of areas.
- Australian Graphic Design Association
Articles, news, educational information, weekly and bulletin.
- Computer Animation Tutorials
‘Find step-by-step guidelines on how to create simple computer animations. Tutorials are broken down into 2D and 3D animation and range in levels from Beginner to Intermediate and Advanced’.
‘The shared resource for creative design’. News, tips, forums [including Graphic Design], blogs, downloads, gallery of samples, resources, newsletters, links. Covers aspects of graphics and graphics programs.
‘The following resources have been developed to support Stage 5 Graphics Technology’. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
- How Web Animation Works
Introductory information, the evolution of web animation, information about animated GIFs, Flash Shockwave, dynamic HTML, examples.
- Links for
Stage 5 Graphics Technology. Architectural Drawing, Computer Animation, Design in Graphics, Multimedia/Photography. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
- Trop Jr.
‘A short film making competition open to kids aged 15 years and younger. If you are a budding young film-maker, or just want to have some fun with your friends, grab a camera and start shooting your masterpiece !’