Graphics Design

Lesson 1. Orientation
  • 1.1 Syllabus Review – course content, resources and procedures
  • 1.2 Subscribe to course calendar
Lesson 2. Intro to vector graphics and the design principles
  • 2.1 Introduction to the four design principles
  • 2.2 Recognizing the use of the design principles
  • 2.3 Differences between vector-based graphics and pixel-based graphics
  • 2.4 Dot-to-dot approach
  • 2.5 Intro to the Illustrator interface
  • 2.6 Panels, tools and menus
  • 2.7 Basic selections
Lesson 3. Design principles in depth; editing shapes
  • 3.1 Using Contrast
  • 3.2 Using Repetition
  • 3.3 Using Alignment
  • 3.4 Using Proximity
  • 3.5 Learning the tools, panels and menus
Lesson 4. Typography and Illustrator text tools
  • 4.1 Intro to typographic terms
  • 4.2 Text tools in Illustrator
  • 4.3 Stroking text
  • 4.4 Outlining text
Lesson 5. Type categories, layers & artboards, brushes & patterns, converting bitmaps
  • 5.1 Learning type categories
  • 5.2 Using layers
  • 5.3 Using artboards
  • 5.4 Using 3rd party brushes and patterns
Lesson 6. Branding and corporate identity
  • 6.1 Branding a concept or company
  • 6.2 Why you should create your logos in Illustrator
  • 6.3 Importing 3rd party brushes for use in Illustrator
  • 6.4 Importing 3rd party patterns for use in Illustrator
Lesson 7. Intro to bitmap graphics
  • 7.1 Introduction to creating bitmap-based graphics in Photoshop
  • 7.2 Seeing the similarities and differences between the user interfaces in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • 7.3 Learn the various color modes of bitmap files and their uses
  • 7.4 Understanding bitmap file resolution and how it is important
  • 7.5 Learn the differences in bitmap file formats and which one would be appropriate for your use
  • 7.6 How the various selection tools work in Photoshop
Lesson 8. Cropping and resizing images, composing, using channels and layers
  • 8.1 The crop tool and resizing images
  • 8.2 Saving existing selections into channels
  • 8.3 Using selections to create layer masks to edit your images in a non-destructive manner
  • 8.4 Make use of layers in Photoshop to compose multiple images into a collage
Lesson 9. Advanced editing of selections, preparing images for various uses
  • 9.1 Editing selections
  • 9.2 Preparing images resolution and file formats for web delivery
  • 9.3 Preparing images resolution and file formats for print delivery
Lesson 10. Retouching and repairing images
  • 10.1 Learning the retouching tools in Photoshop
Lesson 11. Using blending modes, non-destructive adjustment layers
  • 11.1 Learning the blending modes and categories of effects
  • 11.2 Using adjustment layers in your documents
  • 11.3 Using layer styles and how to copy them between layers
Lesson 12. Combining bitmap and vector elements
  • 12.1 Understanding the differences between vector and bitmap-based images
  • 12.2 Using Illustrator files in your Photoshop projects
  • 12.3 Using smart objects