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


DSN1677 Computer Graphics Five



Anish Parmar

Course Description

In an effort to further broaden our software tool set, we delve into such advanced features as variable data in Illustrator and Photoshop; drawing isometric vector illustrations and building three dimensional objects in Adobe Photoshop.


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.

Data Merge Liberals

Adobe InDesign
We will produce business cards for a large number of individuals working for the same organization using data merge functionality in Adobe InDesign.

Data Merge Conservatives

Adobe InDesign
The Conservative Party of Canada needs business cards for all of its members. Your job is to design a card, then output one card for each member, using InDesign's Data Merge functionality.

Intro to Isometrics

Adobe Illustrator
We'll learn what isometric illustration is. How does it differ from drawing in a two-point perspective? We'll look at some examples and applications for isometrics.

Isometric Illustration

Adobe Illustrator
Now that you know how to draw in an isometric projection, you'll illustrate a process with characters in it.

Custom Vector Brushes

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop
Illustrator is very adept at painting. As a matter of fact, it's actually quite difficult to discern that the artwork is built with vectors. We're going emulate the real-world process of painting by creating our very own natural-looking brushes.

Paint a Character

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop
Now that you've created your own custom Illustrator brushes, let's use them to create something wonderful. Paint a character in Illustrator using a variety of brushes and techniques.

Smart Objects

Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop mockups are layered files in which you can insert an image of a portfolio piece to show it in its natural environment.


Adobe Photoshop
Create mockups that you can use to promote your work online or in print. It will be easy to swap out portfolio pieces in your files, thanks to smart objects.

Interactive InDesign

Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe InDesign Adobe Acrobat
In this lesson, we'll explore interactivity in InDesign with the eventual goal of an output to PDF, ePub and Adobe's Publish Online service.

Interactive PDF

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Acrobat
It's a good idea to create a PDF version of your portfolio in case you need to present it without an internet connection. This is a local, dependable, self-contained multimedia portfolio that will never fail you.

Variable Data

Adobe Illustrator
Variable Data in Illustrator is a little-know feature that can save you hours of tedious, error-prone work. Using the Variables panel in Illustrator, you can easily create multiple variations of your artwork by merging a data source file (CSV or XML file) with an Illustrator document.

Skateboard Parks Cards

Adobe Illustrator
Use the provided data to design and build a series of post cards for each of Ottawa's skateboard parks.