Illustrator Basics

Course Info:

Course Introduction

Adobe Photoshop is the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. In this course, students learn the basics of the Photoshop interface and get experience with hands-on projects based on real-world design scenarios. Students learn to choose and use the best tools for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects.

Course Prerequisites

None.

Course Notes

A Student Guide is provided for this course. Evaluation is based solely on an Academy of Learning final exam. Prior to taking the final exam, students must successfully complete all the components of the online course material. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

  • Lesson 1:

Photoshop is a Verb; The Workspace; Isolating Elements; Managing Layers and Multiple Documents; Summary: Details are Clues

  • Lesson 2:

Layers, Cloning, and Other Ways to Rule the World; The Basics of Layers; Paths at a Glance; Creating a Composite Image; Summary: Versatility of Layers and Paths

  • Lesson 3:

Layer Magic with Masks and Blending; Making Masks; Blending and Blend Modes; Summary: Imaging with Purpose

  • Lesson 4:

Typography in Photoshop; Tools of Type; Type Basics; Type in Action; Type on a Path: Using Type as a Mask; Summary: Typography with Taste

  • Lesson 5:

A Brush with Brushes; Colorizing Black and White Images; Painting with Preset Brushes; Creating Custom Brushes; Summary: The Power of Brushes

  • Lesson 6:

Filters and Retouching; Understanding Filters; Retouching Colors with Adjustment Layers; Repairing Images with Healing Tools; Summary: Photoshop is not an Island

Course Aim:

To provide the student with a thorough understanding of fundamental Photoshop techniques.

Of interest to:

Those interested in pursuing a career in Web or graphic design.

Method of Delivery:

Online Learning supported by qualified College Facilitators or Online Instructors.

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