Welcome to Central Command
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.
- What is Graphic Design?
- Vector vs. Raster Graphics
- What is Illustrator?
- Elements of Art
How creative can you be using only eight shapes?
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.
- Introduction to Photoshop
- Layers and Layer Styles
- Blending Modes
- Layer Masks
- Smart Objects and Filters
- Photoshop Brushes
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.
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.
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?