Introduction to Digital Graphic Design Course Outline

Lesson 1. Orientation

1.1 Syllabus Review – course content, resources and procedures
1.2 Subscribe to course calendar and Google + community

Lesson 2. Intro to vector graphics and the design principles

2.1 Introduction to the four design principles
2.2 Recognizing the use of the design principles
2.3 Differences between vector-based graphics and pixel-based graphics
2.4 Dot-to-dot approach
2.5 Intro to the Illustrator interface
2.6 Panels, tools and menus
2.7 Basic selections

Lesson 3. Design principles in depth; editing shapes

3.1 Using Contrast
3.2 Using Repetition
3.3 Using Alignment
3.4 Using Proximity
3.5 Learning the tools, panels and menus

Lesson 4. Typography and Illustrator text tools

4.1 Intro to typographic terms
4.2 Text tools in Illustrator
4.3 Stroking text
4.4 Outlining text

Lesson 5. Type categories, layers & artboards, brushes & patterns, converting bitmaps

5.1 Learning type categories
5.2 Using layers
5.3 Using artboards
5.4 Using 3rd party brushes and patterns

Lesson 6. Branding and corporate identity

6.1 Branding a concept or company
6.2 Why you should create your logos in Illustrator
6.3 Importing 3rd party brushes for use in Illustrator
6.4 Importing 3rd party patterns for use in Illustrator

Lesson 7. Intro to bitmap graphics

7.1 Introduction to creating bitmap-based graphics in Photoshop
7.2 Seeing the similarities and differences between the user interfaces in Photoshop and Illustrator
7.3 Learn the various color modes of bitmap files and their uses
7.4 Understanding bitmap file resolution and how it is important
7.5 Learn the differences in bitmap file formats and which one would be appropriate for your use
7.6 How the various selection tools work in Photoshop

Lesson 8. Cropping and resizing images, composing, using channels and layers

8.1 The crop tool and resizing images
8.2 Saving existing selections into channels
8.3 Using selections to create layer masks to edit your images in a non-destructive manner
8.4 Make use of layers in Photoshop to compose multiple images into a collage

Lesson 9. Advanced editing of selections, preparing images for various uses

9.1 Editing selections
9.2 Preparing images resolution and file formats for web delivery
9.3 Preparing images resolution and file formats for print delivery

Lesson 10. Retouching and repairing images

10.1 Learning the retouching tools in Photoshop

Lesson 11. Using blending modes, non-destructive adjustment layers

11.1 Learning the blending modes and categories of effects
11.2 Using adjustment layers in your documents
11.3 Using layer styles and how to copy them between layers

Lesson 12. Combining bitmap and vector elements

12.1 Understanding the differences between vector and bitmap-based images
12.2 Using Illustrator files in your Photoshop projects
12.3 Using smart objects