This course will introduce you to the core concepts of vector based drawing programs. Adobe Illustrator is the postscript drawing program that sets the standard for all subsequent applications of the sort. The application is used extensively in graphic design and digital prepress, where the images created are incorporated into page layout applications, digital imaging applications, websites or on their own.
Graphic assignments in this course will include the creation and execution of logos, artwork, brochures, etc. You will also learn to: make use of the drawing tools; gain proficiency with the pen tool and control anchor and direction points; create and manipulate font outlines; convert scanned images into custom artwork; use keyboard shortcuts; create and apply masks; use colour and trap; manipulate viewing commands; apply and use filters; use Paint, Layer and Character palettes; and use the transformation tools. Register Now Contact
InDesign is a critical tool for professional page layout and design. You will learn how to produce highly sophisticated projects and create stunning page layouts with minimum effort. InDesign also allows for vast integration with other existing Adobe software programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. We strongly recommend this course if you are seeking a career in graphic design and/or prepress. Register Now Contact
Adobe Photoshop is the premiere application for photo-realistic desktop image editing and is considered an industry standard in graphic design, multimedia, web development, print production, 3D modelling and animation, architecture, film and video editing. You will learn how to use a wide variety of tools, commands and options tailored specifically for working with high-quality still images. You will learn the structure of a Photoshop document, while becoming skilled on fundamental processes like working with selections, layers, colour correction, digital scanning, painting and retouching, file formats and colourization. Register Now Contact
Better understand and utilize the power of the applications used in desktop publishing. You will concentrate on the integration of Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign with an emphasis on professional standards, results and production quality. You will develop a flexible professional portfolio that can be updated for each new presentation. In addition, you will be coached in making professional portfolio presentations to the client. Register Now Contact
Critical to the success and profitability of the designer's work is the transition from concept to print. This course deals with preparing your files for output to a variety of devices ranging from laser printers to image setters, and computer-to-plate or press (CTP) systems. As the course progresses, students will become aware of the changing roles and needs of clients and designers, the various prepress tools and applications available for the task at hand, their strengths and their weaknesses, the proofing cycle, colour correction, trapping, imposition, bindery, estimation and the evolving role of the service bureau and the printer in the area of digital prepress. Areas of study include: prepress terminology; industry layout standards; appropriate image resolution; scanning; efficient font management; colour trapping and separations; display devices; colour corrections and colour calibration; output considerations including native layout formats; TIFF, PDF and EPS files; prepress workflow; proofing; networking and selection and relationships with service bureaus. Register Now Contact
The art of typography defines the true graphic designer. Success in this competitive field demands mastery of typographical skills. Areas of study will include an overview of type including current directions and history, appropriate typeface selection including font, size and style, adaptations and considerations of type, mastering functions of base line shift, line, letter and word spacing options, horizontal scaling, kerning and tracking, alignment and layout, hyphenation and justification and applications for multilingual presentation and type specifications. Register Now Contact