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Welcome to Central Command

Central Command is the main hub for finding new missions in the CIA.

BOOT

BOOT is designed to get you up and running in the CIA. We will cover grades, expectations, etc. and setup several on-line resources that will be used throughout the course. Think of it as your new employee orientation.


  1. Orientation
  2. CIA Profile
  3. Game On
  4. The Crazy Ones
  5. Assessments
  6. Time and Damage
  7. Digital Hall Pass
  8. Words of Wisdom
  9. Adobe ID
  10. Behance
  11. Pinterest
  12. Gravatar
  13. Google Drive
  14. Wrapping Up BOOT
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.

ILLUSTRATION

  1. What are Vector Graphics?
  2. What is Illustrator?
  3. Illustrator: Line Tools
  4. Illustrator: Shape Tools
  5. Illustrator: Shape Builder
  6. Epic Mission: Vector Monster
  7. Epic Mission: Vormator Challenge
  8. Illustrator: Pen Tool
  9. Illustrator: Patterns

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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

RESOURCES

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

 

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.

Photoshop User Guide

PHOTOSHOP BASICS

  1. What is Photoshop?
  2. Layer Basics
  3. Blending Modes
  4. Layer Effects
  5. Selections
  6. Layer Masks
  7. Smart Objects and Filters
  8. Photoshop Brushes
InDesign
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. Résumé
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. Pixabay
  2. Pexels
  3. Unsplash
  4. Morguefile
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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