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Graphics Technology

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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.

Graphics Technology

Graphical Communication

  • New ! BBC Bitesize - Graphic Communication
    Part of a larger site covering technological studies.
  • New ! Graphical Communication
    ‘This website is meant to keep Graphical Communication teachers and students up to date with changes in syllabus, innovative learning activities, drawing standards and construction methods. The site is also intended to give an introduction to prospective students who are considering taking the subject as an option’.
  • Graphic Communication
    Overview, history, topics, references. Wikipedia.

Graphics Standards & Conventions

  • Formal Drawing Techniques
    ‘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.

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Techniques & Tutorials

Techniques

  • 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’.
  • Updated ! AutoCAD Tutorial
    Udemy. This opens to a free tutorial on the basics of using Autocad. Fee-based
  • 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.
  • New ! Free AutoCAD Video Tutorial Series
    ‘A completely free AutoCAD tutorial series containing approximately 70 video lessons covering AutoCAD 2D as well as 3D topics taught with 2016 version. Includes 2D and 3D practice drawings and AutoCAD quizzes at the end of each section’.
  • Updated ! 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.

Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

  • Free Photoshop Video Tutorials
    Sections include Using Photoshop, Photo Illustration, Photo Enhancement and Recent uploads. Multiple uploads of various lengths in each.
  • Updated ! Photoshop Tutorials
    Listed under several sections.
  • Photoshop Tutorials & Adobe Photoshop Plugins
    ‘Our free Adobe Photoshop Tutorials have been separated into 5 collections’.
  • Updated ! 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.

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Other Information

Other Sites

  • 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.
  • New ! Animation
    ‘From flipbooks to Frozen, learn how animation can bring images to life. Keep up with the animation industry, learn new techniques, and find the right software for your project with this comprehensive guide’.
  • Updated ! Australian Designers at Work
    ‘Meet designers and learn about how they work. Click an icon to begin ’. Designers from a range of areas. This website has been archived and is no longer updated.
  • Updated ! Australian Graphic Design Association
    Articles, news, educational information, weekly and bulletin.
  • New ! Graphic Design
    ‘Covering everything from kerning to colour theory, these resources on design fundamentals will help you become a better graphic designer. Discover tips and resources on design techniques, software, and history’.
  • Graphics.com
    ‘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.
  • Updated ! How Web Animation Works
    Introductory information, the evolution of web animation, information about animated GIFs, Flash Shockwave, dynamic HTML, examples.
  • Updated ! 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 !’

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