Students focus on creating documents which comply with industry standards for print production. Emphasis is placed on the importance of file management and job planning. With the support of detailed online lessons and video tutorials, students learn increasingly intricate software techniques for building electronic documents using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. These documents will pass preflight at a commercial printer.

Draw with New Tools

In the past few years, Adobe have created new drawing tools for Illustrator. These enhance basic vector drawing capabilities beyond the tools that have been in Illustrator since its inception in the 1980's.
Illustrator

Appearance & Graphic Styles

The Appearance Panel contains each element of a graphic, including strokes, fills, effects and more. It should be on your screen at all times. Use it for all your stylin'.
Illustrator

Patterns

Patterns, patterns, patterns. They enhance your art by adding interest and texture to otherwise flat and bland graphics. We'll explore the many ways they can be created in Illustrator. We'll make some manually, then we'll let Illustrator do the heavy lifting for us.
Illustrator

Gradients & Blends

Create, edit and apply gradients to strokes and fills in Adobe Illustrator.
Illustrator

Sugar Skull

Use the Illustrator skills you've learned to date to draw a sugar skull.
Illustrator

Graph Design

Boring graphs can really put the kibosh on a great design. As a designer, one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs is to transform boring data into exciting, engaging visuals. The challenge is to present so many numbers in a compelling way.
InDesign Illustrator

Graphs Layout

Boring graphs can really put the kibosh on a great design. As a designer, one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs is to transform boring data into exciting, engaging visuals. The challenge is to present so many numbers in a compelling way.
InDesign Illustrator

Vector Drawing

InDesign is surprisingly adept at illustration. There's often no need to jump into Illustrator to create vector art. It can be done right in your page layout in InDesign.
InDesign

Build a Document

In this assignment, we'll look at the foundations of building an InDesign document from scratch. We'll set up the document to for maximum flexibility when doing revisions. This is really how every InDesign document you make should be built.
InDesign

Selecting

Selecting pixels is central to editing in Photoshop. Leveraging the characteristics of the photo is critical to getting a good selection. From there after, you can target selected pixels for editing. All this is done in a non-destructive workflow.
Photoshop

Clipping Paths

If you need to close-crop object photography, there's no substitute for a clipping path.
InDesign Photoshop

Masking Hair

Before you can correct, you must select. This is a time-tested saying amongst Photoshop pros. Learning to make accurate selections of complex and detailed objects in Photoshop is a life-long learning process. We'll continue that here.
Photoshop

Blend Modes

Blend Modes are used like paints being mixed. You have your base colour which you blend to obtain your blended result.
Photoshop

Compositing

In Photoshop, a composite is a collage of multiple photos and graphics with a theme. The focus of this assignment is to build one of these compositions in the most non-destructive, editable way possible.
Photoshop

Image Trace

Adobe have designed a wonderful workflow for getting a sketch off paper into vectors in Illustrator. You can even create multiple colour versions in a matter of seconds. Let's give it a go.
Mac OS Illustrator

Live Paint & Recolour

Wouldn't it be really cool to have a tool which can produce multiple colour schemes in your work in a flash? Well Illustrator has this built in. It's called Recolour Artwork.
Illustrator

Your Illustration

Your job is to draw your own image, scan it, then use Image Trace to vectorize it. Once it's vectors, use Live Paint and Edit Colours to create a total of three different colour variations.
Illustrator

Automator

Performing repetitive tasks on your computer can cause errors and be really tedious. Automator is an often ignored app which can perform the same work faster and without errors.
Mac OS

Type Document Prep

Before starting to design a publication, you need to set up the content. This is detail-oriented work. Doing this at the outset will eliminate formatting headaches later in the design process.
InDesign