Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum

Course

DSN1535 Computer Graphics Three

Prerequisites

Instructor

Greg Treadwell

Course Description

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.

Logistics

This course consists of in-class lessons. At each class, we will practice software skills once together, then you will perform them on your own. These classes are meant to be formative in nature. Every few weeks, you will independently complete all the skills practiced to date during one class.

Attending each class is imperative. See the attendance policy.

Next & Nested Styles

Adobe InDesign
Next and Nested styles are two different things in InDesign. When thy are combined, they really offer powerful tools to style text with only a few clicks.

Text Variables

Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
Automatic page numbering, automatic story jumps, text variables; these are only some of the tools we'll use to create a publication in InDesign. They all allow us to have content that updates dynamically, which makes editing a breeze.

Tables

Adobe InDesign
The potential usefulness of Tables in InDesign is virtually limitless. We'll start with the basics, then progress to blow-your-mind tables that you can't even tell are tables. You'll see. It'll blow your mind.

Structured Text

Adobe InDesign
In this summative assignment, you'll use the provided files to build the layouts as directed.

Get Some Perspective

Adobe Illustrator
Drawing in perspective is really rewarding. In this unit, we'll explore the different types of perspective available to us.

Use Some Perspective

Adobe Illustrator
Drawing in perspective is really rewarding. In this unit, we'll explore the different types of perspective available to us.

Die Lines

Sketch by hand Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign
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. The commercial printer will use your outline to create your piece. This is why all of your measurements needs to be very precise.

Duotones

Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
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.

Beautiful Line Art

Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
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.

Prepress Skillz

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
Designers need to get a solid handle on file building and preparation for commercial printing. These are only some of the skills you'll need to become a well-rounded designer for print.

Brushes

Adobe 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

Adobe Photoshop
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.