Infographic: A day in the life of the Apple user

Infographic: A day in the life of the Apple user

From the millions of iOS apps available on iPad to intuitive Mac notebooks and desktops, the Apple ecosystem is making it easier for business users to stay connected. Find out how with our infographic below (just click on the image to see our faceless hero in more detail)…

b7 infographic: A day in the life of an Apple user

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How to 3D print a Photoshop model in 7 simple steps

How to 3D print a Photoshop model in 7 simple steps

3D printing is an exciting new way to help students understand a topic. While it’s based on design (art and design students will pick it up no problem), creating 3D models can be used to explain everything from biology to engineering, architecture and maths.

The good news is that 3D printing is now far easier to integrateinto lessons. Not only have the government set up a fundthat should help schools buy 3D printers and train teaching staff, Adobe have also added 3D printing capability into the latest version of Photoshop Creative Cloud, and it’s incredibly easy! Here’s how:

Step 1 – Creating the frame

Get your students to create a new document in Photoshop (between 2000 and 3000 pixels square). On a new layer, open the 3D panel and click the 3D extrusion option. Ask students to draw the outline of their shape using the pen tool– we’re going to keep this simple and go for a coffee mug. If they’ve gone for something rounded like we have, they’ll only want to draw half the shape as they’re goingto use the tools in Photoshop to create the full 3D version.

Step 2 – From 2D to 3D

Once your students are relatively happy with the shape (don’t worry, it can be tweaked later!), they’ll need to click Create. It shouldpop backwards with an automatic extrusion. In some cases that might be exactly what they’re going for, but we don’t want a square mug.

Step 3 – Achieving the desired shape

Click on the object and go into the Deform section. Here you have the option to move the model freely to create different shapes, but we’re going to use the settings to give our mug some volume.

To do that, set the Horizontal Angle to 360 degrees and make sure the Vertical Angle is on 0. By default, Photoshop assumes that you want to rotate the shape on the central axis. Use the Deformation Angle to pick which point on your shape you want to rotate around. We’ve gone for what will be thevery centre of our mug. At this point, make sure your Extrusion Depth is set to 0 or your model will have a hole down the middle.

Step 4 – Tweaking the model

If something’s not looking quite right, go back to the Mesh tab and Edit Source to tweak the original drawing you did. Once that’s saved, it will adjust your 3D model.

Step 5 – Adding new elements

Students can add elements to their model by repeating the previous steps as needed. If they need to build additional shapes, make sure a new layer is used for each so that they can be moved around freely. We’ve added a handle to our mug below by drawing a ‘C’ shape and inflating it using the bevel option to achieve a rounded edge.

Step 6 – Preparing the model for print

In 3D Print Settings, your students will need to select the printer that they want to use (this should be pre-configured before the lesson). Once selected, the panel will show an overlay of the printing chamber (the space inside the printer that limits the size of your model). We recommend clicking the Scaleto Print Volume button, which automatically resizes the model to the chamber’s capacity so that you get the best use of space.

Next click the Print button. Photoshop will work out where there are failures in the model and where additional supports (scaffolding) will be needed to help during the printing process. Because 3D printers work from the base upwards, if there are any parts of the design that will be floating during the print, Photoshop creates a frame that stops it from collapsing but can be clipped away once the model is complete.

Step 7 – The preview and print

Once Photoshop is happy that the model will be secure, you’ll be shown a print preview and an estimated print time. Hit the print button and away it goes. You might want to leave it to it though, as it’s not a quick process that will finish in lesson time. In fact, it’s a bit like a futuristic equivalent of watching paint dry, but with far better results.

Want to see 3D printing in action?

Get in touch with us on the details below to register for a free demo of this new technology. We’re holding show and tell sessions in schools around the country to show off the latest technology for the classroom. Alternatively, check out this video overview of 3D printing with Photoshop, where Adobe’s Richard Curtis shows off how these new features work.

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Is this the classroom of the future?

Is this the classroom of the future?

By now, most schools are familiar with Apple technology. Teachers and students have always loved Mac for its creative solutions, while iPad and iPod have changed the way pupils access information and resources.

But the Apple ecosystem is about real learning benefits; it’s about helping schools find new ways to enhance the experience students have on a daily basis, to embed IT into lessons in a way that wasn’t previously possible and to level the playing field when it comes to accessibility.

To find out more about how Apple can help your school, and ways that our team can make the transition to new technology a smooth one, get in touch with us on the details below and ask about our training sessions.

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Anytime, anywhere learning

There have been 8 million iPad devices sold to schools. From the small and mighty iPad mini with Retina display to the full-sized and powerful iPad Air, there are different models to suit different needs. Whichever you use, iPad lets students learn in the classroom, the corridor, at home or even on the way to school.

Notebook and desktop computers

From the lightweight and portable MacBook Air and Mac mini desktop to the powerful MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro, there’s a Mac for every classroom function. As well as supporting creativity, Macs are intuitive and do everything (and much more) that’s possible on a PC.

Support for every type of learner

Whether watching video, listening to audio, reading, writing or using physical movement helps students best, there are solutions available to help.

Accessibility built-in

Mac and iPad include built-in features for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), plus support for up to 21 languages.

iPad as a study aid

90% of students believe that tablets help them study, while 43% of teachers currently allow students to use iPad in lessons.

Parents love iPad too

According to Kid Industries, 77% of parents believe that tablets can help children’s learning and creativity, and Apps In my Pocket reported that 88% of parents who use education apps with kids support the use of iPad in primary schools.

The content your students need

iTunes U includes over 500,000 free lectures, videos, readings and podcasts, and iBooks is an interactive library that has both free and paid-for textbooks from leading publishers, such as Collins, Hodder Education, Pearson and Oxford University Press.

Over 100,000 education apps

There are thousands of education apps aimed at children available in the App Store. Many of them are completely free, and through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme, even more are available with a 50% discount.

Presentation tools

Mac and iPad can both be connected to a classroom display using Apple TV, which lets you wirelessly stream the device screen in HD for presenting to peers. And go for a touch screen display to take interactivity and group work to the next level.

Storage in the Cloud

Photos, videos, documents, music and apps all saved in iCloud against each Apple ID for access on any device.

Safe backup and wireless

Make sure your students always have access to the resources they need and that their work is never lost. Whether backed up through Apple’s Time Capsule, WiFi rolled out across the whole school or dynamic web filters to keep students safe.

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