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Lesson Plans


RE: advice on paint programs

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Rich Stephen J Contr ACC/CEVP (stephen.rich)
Tue, 18 May 1999 15:33:35 -0400


One thing your kids might get interested in is RayTracing.
Raytracing is used to create photorealistic scenes that
incorporate the bouncing of light beams at/through reflective,
translucent, and transparent objects (See: car commercials).
You could conceivably even use this technology to do the fancy
modeling animations like Toy Story, except that our machines
would turn to dust long before they finished rendering. A
minute long movie is within the realm of possibility however.
There is a freeware RayTracer the 3D modeling and
animation community uses to accomplish this task called POVRay.
You will need one more thing before you can really get started,
and that is a 3rd party graphical interface to POVRay.
Otherwise, until you render your final image (which will take
a long time) you're stuck planning out your objects through
textual descriptions (blech!).
While POVRay is the standard for raytracing engines, there are
many interfaces to chose from. I use MORAY.

Another thing kids like to play around with is morphing
programs. I don't know of any freeware programs that do this,
but you can probably find a $25 shareware version you like.

I wouldn't pay anything for a web design program. There
are many freeware ones out there.

Steve

PS. What version of Adobe photoshop do you have? I've rarely
needed more for digital editing flat pictures. I agree the tools
are not intuitive; I think it's easy to not realize all that
Photoshop can do. When I first started using it I didn't think
it had much either, but over time I've found the lastest version's
offerings are extensive. For someone buying their first program,
I'd pick something more intuitive/easy to learn. As long as you
have it though, I'm surprised that you need more. If you're sure
about needing something more advanced, I would love to hear more
about the projects your kids are doing/wanting to do.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Carolan [acarolan.us]
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 1:51 PM
To: artsednet.edu
Subject: Re: advice on paint programs

Does anyone have a good idea for software that would enhance our Middle
School
art program. Our lab director wants something with multi licenses. He
thought
Adobe Illustrator was too expensive and "professional". We have Adobe
photoshop
and Claris Paint programs but I feel we need something more advanced. Like a
Web design or inexpensive paint program.

ann carolan

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