Graphic Designing Course Outline

Duration: Two Months

Course Description:

This course introduces Students to discover the cultural dimensions of visual and verbal elements andpurpose of graphic design and the applied arts in general. Students carry out hands-on projects to explore aesthetic and communicational aspects of design. The course familiarizes students with visual principles, essential software, and techniques that serve the designer needs.

Adobe Photoshop

Course Outlines :Lesson Plan

Total Days: 19

Day: 1 PREPARING TO USE PHOTOSHOP

  • Interface Overview
  • Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Customizing Menus
  • Customizing Your Workspace
  • Creating a New Document
  • Document Properties
  • Examining the Document Window
  • Navigating Documents
  • Using Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Differences between Mac & PC Functionality

Day: 2 SELECTION BASICS

  • Introducing Selecting
  • Using the Marquee Tools
  • Using the Lasso Tools
  • Adding and Subtracting from selection
  • Using Selection Menu: Inverse selection, Feathering Selection
  • Transforming Selection, Saving and Loading Selection
  • Modify, Extract
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool, Crop, Slice and Slice Select Tool
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Refining Selection Edges
  • Assignment (Removing Background from object & Change)

Day: 3 PAINTING

  • Discovering the Power of Brushes
  • Creating a Soft-Edged Brush
  • Changing the Brush Tip
  • Using Brushes with Other Tools
  • Previewing Advanced Brushes
  • Creating Brushes from Scratch
  • Using the Eyedropper Tool, Color Replacement, Pencil and Mixer Brush Tool
  • Eraser, Background Eraser and Magic eraser Tool
  • Assignment (Changing Background & Painting Objects)

Day: 4   DOCTORING IMAGES

  • Transforming Objects
  • Rasterizing & Warping Text
  • Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush Tools
  • Patch, Red eye Tool
  • Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp Too
  • Using the Perspective Crop Tool
  • Assignment (Applying Pattern on Objects)

Day: 5   UNDO OPTIONS & THE HISTORY PALETTE

  • History Brush Tool, Art History
  • Undoing Mistakes
  • Changing History State Preferences
  • Using the History Palette
  • Allowing Non-Linear History
  • Using Scratch Disks

Day: 6   COLOR THEORY & COLOR CORRECTION

  • Understanding Color Theory
  • Viewing RGB Color Channels
  • Working in Lab Color Mode
  • Viewing CMYK Color Channels
  • Using the Adobe Color Picker
  • Creating & Using Swatches
  • Gradient , Paint bucket Tool
  • Using Image Command from Menu: Adjustment
  • Making Black & White Adjustments
  • Using Tools for Correcting Luminance
  • Using Commands for Correcting Luminance
  • Using Tools for Correcting Color
  • Using Commands for Correcting Color

Day: 7   THE PHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Using Blur, Sharpen, Smudge Tool
  • Dodge, Burn, Sponge Tool
  • Editing Non-Destructively
  • Painting with Digital Paint
  • Doctoring Images
  • Using Special Effects
  • Color Correction
  • Automating Your Workflow
  • Sorting & Organizing Photos in Adobe Bridge
  • Understanding Industry-Specific Work
  • Integration with Other Programs
  • Assignment (Finishing Photographs)

Day: 8   LAYER BASICS

  • Utilizing Layers
  • Stacking Order
  • Renaming & Duplicating Layers
  • Applying Layer Locks
  • Understanding Opacity
  • Selecting & Linking Multiple Layers
  • Creating a Layer Group
  • Working with text layers

Day: 9   MODIFICATIONS OF COMPLEX OBJECTS

  • Using Pen Tool, Adding Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point
  • Making Curves in Photoshop
  • Difference Between Path Layer and shape layer
  • Path Selection, Direct Selection Tool
  • Shapes in Photoshop

Day: 10  GUIDES, RULERS & THE HELP VIEWER

  • Referencing the Adobe Help Viewer
  • Using Rulers
  • Working with Guides
  • Choosing Color Samples
  • Using the Count Tool
  • Using the Ruler Tool
  • Using the Annotation Tools
  • Assignment (Designing Flyer)

Day: 11  RASTER VS. VECTOR-BASED IMAGES

  • Contrasting Raster & Vector Images
  • Making Shapes
  • Creating Text
  • Learning Typography Basics
  • Warping Type
  • Final Comments & Credits

Day: 12  SMART OBJECTS

  • Placing External Files
  • Editing Smart Objects
  • Saving Smart Objects
  • Making Custom Smart Objects
  • Converting Smart Objects to Regular Objects

Day: 13  FILTERS & SPECIAL EFFECTS

  • Introducing Smart Filters
  • Using Blur Effects
  • Using Sharpening Effects
  • Using the Liquify Effect
  • Using Distortion Effects
  • Using Render Effects
  • Using Multiple Effects

Day: 14  QUICK MASK MODE & MORE

  • Painting with Quick Mask
  • Modifying a Quick Mask
  • Adjusting Levels in Quick Mask Mode
  • Beginning a Channel Mask
  • Basic Blending
  • Creating Adjustment Layer Masks
  • Creating Smart Filter Masks

Day: 15  THE POWER OF AUTOMATION

  • Saving & Loading Dialog Presets
  • Applying Actions
  • Cropping & Straightening Photos
  • Introducing Photomerge®
  • Using the Web Photo Gallery
  • Automating from Bridge

Day: 16  INTERMEDIATE LAYER CONCEPTS

  • Introducing Layer Styles
  • Adding a Drop Shadow
  • Creating a Simulated 3D Effect
  • Touring the Other Effects
  • Painting with 3D Paint
  • Using Adjustment Layers

Creating Layer Comps

Day: 17  OUTPUT OPTIONS

  • Saving for Print & Web Overview
  • Introducing Zoomify(TM)
  • Saving for Video & Devices Overview
  • Discussing Print File Formats
  • Discussing Web & Video File Formats
  • Saving Images for the Web
  • Understanding Image Size & Resolution
  • Trimming & Cropping
  • Using the New Print Dialog Box

Day: 17  OUTPUT OPTIONS

  • Saving for Print & Web Overview
  • Introducing Zoomify(TM)
  • Saving for Video & Devices Overview
  • Discussing Print File Formats
  • Discussing Web & Video File Formats
  • Saving Images for the Web
  • Understanding Image Size & Resolution
  • Trimming & Cropping
  • Using the New Print Dialog Box

Day: 18  ADOBE BRIDGE, CAMERA RAW & DEVICE CENTRAL

  • Organizing Images in Bridge
  • Creating Metadata in Bridge
  • Importing Photos from Your Camera
  • Working with Camera Raw
  • Using Adobe Device Central

Day: 19  PHOTOSHOP OVERVIEW

  • Using Commands from Menu: File, Edit, Image
  • Using Commands from Menu: 3D, View, Window
  • End

Adobe Illustrator

Course Outlines & Lesson Plan

Total Days: 9

Day: 1 INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

  • Setting Up a New Document
  • The Toolbox & Menus
  • The Application Bar & Panels
  • Customizing Workspaces & Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Setting Preferences
  • Navigating a Document
  • Using Rulers, Guides & Grids
  • Document Color Modes, Setup & the New Artboard Tool

Day: 2    DRAWING & TRANSFORMING OBJECTS

  • Drawing Rectangles & Squares
  • Drawing Ovals & Circles
  • Drawing Polygons & Stars
  • Drawing Lines, Arcs & Grids
  • Tracing a Placed Image

Day: 3    MAKING & SAVING SELECTIONS

  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • Using the Lasso Tool
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Using Advanced Selection Techniques
  • Saving & Reloading Selections

Day: 4    MANAGING SHAPES

  • Moving & Copying Shapes
  • Aligning & Distributing
  • Grouping
  • Locking & Hiding
  • Transforming Shapes

Day: 5    WORKING WITH COLOR

  • Applying Fill & Stroke
  • Loading Swatch Libraries
  • Copying Fill & Stroke Attributes with the Eyedropper
  • Mixing & Saving Custom Colors
  • Working with Pantone(R) & Web-Safe Swatches
  • Using Gradients
  • Working with Symbols

Day: 6    CREATING & MANIPULATING PATHS

  • Using the Pencil, Eraser & Smooth Tools
  • Creating Straight Paths with the Pen Tool
  • Creating Curved Paths with the Pen Tool
  • Creating Combo Paths
  • Inking a Pencil Drawing
  • Manipulating Paths & Anchor Points
  • Creating Artistic Brush Effects

Day: 7    ORGANIZING YOUR ARTWORK WITH LAYERS

  • Setting Up a Layer
  • Understanding Layers, Sublayers & Isolation Mode
  • Creating Multiple Versions of a Layout
  • Moving Content between Layers
  • Duplicating Layers
  • Applying Transparency & Blending Modes

Day: 8    WORKING WITH TYPE

  • Creating Artistic & Paragraph Type
  • Importing Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Creating & Editing Paragraph Styles
  • Creating a Bulleted List & Inserting Special Characters
  • Wrapping Text around Objects
  • Creating Type on a Path
  • Type Effects

Day: 9    OUTPUTTING YOUR WORK

  • Saving Your Work
  • Exporting Your Work
  • Save for Web & Devices
  • Printing & Saving to Adobe PDF
  • End

 Corel Draw

Course Outlines & Lesson Plan

Total Days: 14

Day: 1    Introduction

  • Introduction to Graphics
  • CorelDraw overview
  • Page Properties
  • Navigating within a document
  • Basic Keyboard shortcuts
  • Show/hide palettes
  • Drawing rectangles, circles,
    polygons &  lines
  • Using Zoom & Viewing modes

Day: 2    Creating basic objects

  • Dimension, Crop Tools (Shape Assignment)
  • Smudge, Knife, Eraser, Roughen, Free Transform
  • Making Different shapes, Shape,
  • Using the drawing tools
  • Smear & Swirl Tool
  • Delete Object, Virtual Segment Delete
  • Setting object fills & outlines
  • Copying object attributes

Day: 3    Manipulating objects

  • Select/Move/Resize objects
  • Zoom, Hand Tool
  • Rotate & skew objects
  • Altering the pivot point
  • Copying objects
  • Duplicating Object
  • Group and lock
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Creating new objects with Group

Day: 4    Creating complex objects

  • Creating bézier curves
  • Using Tools: – shape, freehand, knife, eraser, pen, Polyline, 3 Point curve
  • Creating and Applying Artistic Media
  • Reshaping paths
  • Converting text to paths
  • Combining objects
  • Assignment (Shapes, Vector drawing)

Day: 5    Creating Quick objects

  • Smart Drawing, Smart Fill
  • 3 Point Rectangular, 3 Point Curve
  • Polygon, Star, Complex Star, Graph, Spiral
  • Shapes (Basic, Arrow, Star, Callout, Flowchart)
  • Assignment (Artistic Background, Wallpaper)

Day: 6    Working with text

  • Artistic vs. paragraph text
  • Adding & Formatting artistic text
  • Adding paragraph text
  • Setting paragraph options
  • Using Spell check
  • Using Find and Replace
  • Text along with Path
  • Fit Text to Frame, Alignment
  • Importing text
  • Assignment (Visiting Card)

Day: 7    Aids to accuracy

  • Customizing the ruler & grid
  • Using Guides
  • Using snap-to
  • Moving the zero point
  • Moving the ruler
  • Specifying precise object parameters
  • Assignment (Brochure, Flyer)

Day: 8    Images and clipart

  • Importing bitmaps & clipart
  • Inserting symbols
  • Creating symbols
  • Crop/Edit/Export Bitmaps

Day: 9    Effects

  • Interactive blend, Contour, Distortion
  • Extrude, Transparency
  • Fit Text To Path
  • Transforming objects with envelopes
  • Creating blends
  • Drop shadows
  • The artistic media tool
  • Adding perspective

Day: 10   Fill Color Dialogue (Outline, Fill)

  • Eye Dropper, Paint bucket
  • Outline Color Dialogue
  • Color Dockers Tool
  • Fountain Fill, Pattern, Textures
  • Mesh & Interactive Fill Tool

Day: 11   Menu Commands

  • File, Edit and View Commands

Day: 12  Menu Commands

  • Layout, Arrange, Effects and Bitmap Menu Commands

Day: 13  Printing

  • Choosing the right file format
  • Printing documents
  • Setting print options
  • Creating print styles
  • Using the Print Merge Wizard
  • Exporting

Day: 14   Ends

  • Corel Draw Overview
  • Project