DSN1567 -- 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.

Semester Start

As we start classes, it's important to get set up for the semester. Follow the instructions below.
Mac OS Creative Cloud

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

Graph 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

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

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

Build a Magazine

As a follow up to our first document construction, you will build these magazine pages with the provided content, based on the provided model.
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

Blend Modes

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

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

Tabs & Indents

The all-mighty tab character can do wonders in InDesign. We'll explore setting indented text and building grids with tabs and indents, too.
InDesign

Bullet & Number Lists

Whether they are bulleted or numbered, InDesign is very adept at creating lists. There are very granular, flexible controls to create the lists that fit your design.
InDesign