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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.
Gareth David, of TastyTuts (bad name, great tutorials), has created an mazing set of FREE design tutorials. In this Unit you are going to explore how to use the tools in Illustrator to create vector artwork.
- The Interface
- Panels & Workspaces
- Selection Tools
- Fill & Stroke Effects
- Color, Swatches & More
- Shape Builder
- The Blob Brush
- Type Tool
- The Pen Tool
- The Gradient Mesh
Gareth David, of TastyTuts (bad name, great tutorials), has created an mazing set of FREE design tutorials. In this Unit on Design Theory you are going to discover “What is Graphic Design?” and the elements and principles that go into making a good design.
There is a A LOT of information that is covered in the Design Theory unit. Cap understands that. You can mix it up. Do FOUR Design Theory missions and then mix in some Illustrator missions. OR you could power through them all at once. Your choice.
Elements of Art
The elements of design are fundamental building blocks that can be used to objectively identify and define formal aspects of the design process.
Principles of Design
The “principles of design” are mechanisms of arrangement and organization for the various elements of design in artwork
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?