DSN1535 -- Automating processes in the design studio teaches students how they can save time and avoid costly errors. Adobe Photoshop is used to create artistic paintings. Adobe Illustrator is our go-to application for drawing photo-realistic and perspective illustrations. Students build a multi-part document destined for book design and production.

Die Lines

A die is used to cut paper stock for kit folders, packaging and more. To create a physical die, you need to design its outline first.
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Consistent Blacks

The black you get by default in Photoshop is different than the one in Illustrator and in InDesign. We'll take control of this unruly colour for once and for all.
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A duotone Photoshop image is a greyscale image printed with a coloured ink rather than with black ink. You can obtain striking results with a well thought-out production strategy.
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Spot Colour Channels

At times, four colour process printing can be quite bland. There are times when you want a more crafted printed piece with more accurate colours and more punch. This is where spot colour printing can come to the rescue.
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Beautiful Line Art

Line art is artwork which only contains black and white pixels. Line art images always contain sharp edges with no greys or colours. You would think that it would be the easiest to scan. The problem is that bitmap images often end up either lacking detail or clogged in darker areas. The Bitmap or Black & White settings in your scanning software will rarely yield favourable results. I'll show you how to create beautiful line art.
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Prepress Skillz

Designers need to get a solid handle on file prep for the press. The skillz below are some essential skillz you need to master.
InDesign Illustrator Photoshop


You don't need to be a fine artist to create beautiful artwork with brushes in Photoshop. As a matter of fact, Photoshop brushes can help the novice painter create stunning artwork. It also opens new possibilities for the more experienced.

Pastel Drawing

In this unit, we'll set up Photoshop for Pastel drawing, including installing a workspace file, swatches and more. By the end of this module, you'll be able to produce artwork that looks like it was made with real pastels.