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Design Theory

DESIGN THEORY

  1. What is Graphic Design?
  2. Vector vs. Raster Graphics
  3. What is Illustrator?
  4. Elements of Art
  5. Line
  6. Shape
  7. Texture
  8. Color

EPIC MISSIONS

VORMATOR CHALLENGE

How creative can you be using only eight shapes?

MISSION DETAILS

SUGAR SKULL

VECTOR PORTRAIT

GRAFFITI ART

Typography

“Don’t mistake legibility for communication.” ~David Carson

Typography is perhaps the most essential component of Graphic Design.

TYPOGRAPHY RESOURCES

  1. The Basics of Typography
  2. Basic Rules of Typography
  3. Font Pairing: Just My Type |
  4. Free Fonts: AWWWARDS | DA FONT

TYPOGRAPHY MISSIONS

  1. Typography Introduction
  2. Installing Fonts
  3. Client Logo
  4. Personal Logo
  5. Type Specimen Poster
  6. Swiss Style Music Poster
  7. Minimalist Movie Poster
  8. Grunge Typography

 

Art Movements
Illustrator

Illustrator is the industry standard for creating vector graphics. It is often used to create illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, charts and logos. Unlike raster images (photos) that store information in a grid of dots (pixels), vector images are created by a mathematical formula. Thus, vector graphics never get “pixelated” when enlarged.


DESIGN THEORY

  1. What is Graphic Design?
  2. Vector vs. Raster Graphics
  3. What is Illustrator?
  4. Elements of Art
  5. Line
  6. Shape
  7. Texture
  8. Color

EPIC MISSIONS

VORMATOR CHALLENGE

How creative can you be using only eight shapes?

MISSION DETAILS

SUGAR SKULL

VECTOR PORTRAIT

TYPOGRAPHY

  1. Typography Basics
  2. Custom Fonts
  3. Design Company Logo
  4. Targeted Logo Design

GRAFFITI ART

Photoshop

Photoshop is the industry standard for editing raster graphics. It is the most used design software in the world. It is used by photographers, graphic designers, video editors, game designers, etc. If you had to learn only own design software, this would be it. We are going to focus primarily on Photoshop more as a design tool rather than a photo editing tool.

Before you get started Download the Project Files that we will use throughout this module.


PHOTOSHOP BASICS

  1. Introduction to Photoshop
  2. Layers and Layer Styles
  3. Blending Modes
  4. Selections
  5. Layer Masks
  6. Smart Objects and Filters
  7. Photoshop Brushes

PHOTOSHOP MISSIONS

  1. Creative Commons
  2. Self Portrait Collage
  3. Grunge Book Cover
InDesign
Premiere
Digital Painting
Career Readiness

While going through school you have taken a variety of classes in various departments (English, Science, Math, etc.). The CIA is in the CTE department. CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. The idea is that “academic” classes don’t necessarily teach the type of skills necessary for you to succeed in the real world once you finish school. Whether that is high school, community college, or university. Hopefully throughout this course you have learned some new skills, and even more importantly, some new skills that have value.


  1. Arts, Media & Entertainment Careers
  2. Resumé
Stock Photos

Do you need images for your projects? Do you think you can simply go to Google Images and use any image you want? Wrong! Most images found on Google Images are copyrighted. Below is a list of sources to Royalty Free Stock Images.


  1. Pexels
  2. Unsplash
  3. Morguefile
Resources

We cover a lot of topics in the Mac Lab and it can be a challenge to keep track of all the resources mentioned in tutorials. Here you’ll find links to important resources or concepts covered in the mission for follow up and review.


  1. Color Theory Basics
Client Projects

The primary goal of the CIA is to get new recruits up and running as Graphic Artists. Cap wants you to be able to apply your skills to real projects. So much of school is about learning something that you can apply at some point in the distant future. Isn’t cooler to learn something and apply it … Now?

Poster: CTE Learner Outcomes

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