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From postage stamps to giant billboards, graphic design permeates
our environment. Understanding how to apply basic design concepts to the presentation
of informative or persuasive material is crucial to communicating with an
audience. Typography, image, space, color, and form will be integrated as
the term progresses. The main emphasis of the course will be on you and your
work. . By actually working, taking risks, experimenting, making mistakes
and creating with the computer, much is to be learned.
Week 1 Join the class blog, post a brief autobiography and a picture of yourself if possible. Download and install Photoshop. Watch several of the videos:
30 Day Free Trial of Photoshop CC (main program)
Link to download free copy of Photoshop CS2. Free registration to create Adobe ID needed first. New Macs will have trouble with this...
Photoshop CS2 for Macs from .39 cents on Amazon
Free Video Tutorials on using Photoshop from Adobe. 42 short videos in all...
Master List of Graphic Designers to write about each week... (and Typographers) There are 68 and each has an article in Wikipedia to begin your research.
Photoshop is installed on and available on all public computers on the Albertus Campus. This includes the Library, Room 315 Aquinas Hall, Rm 140 in the New Academic Bldg., the common ground coffee room, etc. If you are having any trouble with your computer, and this might include viruses, breakdown, slow or old computers, etc., you should plan on using the available computers on campus.
Tech Help: Please contact Albertus ITS for issues related to installing software on your machine, viruses, etc.
Design 4 variations of 2 letterforms in a square....
Warm up Exercise video:
Important! Resolution should be no less than 2000 x 2000 ppi.
Begin work on the stammp project, decide on your project,gather your images.
Video: How to gather and save your
images for the stamp project
Link to download scallop template for your project Be sure to click on the image to get the full size version. Rt click on it then either "save as" or "copy"
Wrap up the stamp project.... get it into its finished 4 block form.
Begin by taking one of the posters found in the following links and "copy it" as closely as you can. This is to serve as a warm up exercise.
Choose your poster project and begin work on it....
Finish up your poster project and begin the CD project.
In this project you will design all of the elements that go into a CD jewel case. This includes the front cover, inside the front cover, the back cover (tray card) with the two spines and inside the back cover, under the CD.
Front Cover Specifications.. Make the width 2X 4.75 or 9.5 to include the inside of the front cover
Link to rear tray card specifications. Rear cover with spines
Start by finding a CD jewel case to measure. Set up your photoshop document as follows: Front cover and inside front cover is 1 document and will be designed together on one canvas. The inside portion is to the right and the front of the case is on the left.
The cover should include the title of the album and the name of the artist. The coice of artwork is up to you.
Inside the front cover should include a playlist of all of the tracks on the disk
The back cover should have the playlist again as well as a logo of the record label, a bar code, copyright information or legal boilerplate from the record company in small type.
Adobe tutorial for Jewel case project Although the tutorial is for using InDesign, the project is just as easy to complete in Photoshop.
Eisner Museum History of Album Design, Intersting flash presentations
Continue to work on CD
Begin Book cover project.
Finish up Book project, Tie up loose ends
Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. To this end, every student must write and sign the following statement at the end of each examination: "I declare the Honor Pledge." In digital classes, students will represent all work as their own and not copied from the internet.
Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.
Special Needs and Accommodations: Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester or mod. Those students seeking accommodation based on disabilities should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through the Academic Development Center in Aquinas Hall, (203) 773-8590.
Excellent Photoshop Videos: http://lynda.com
Virtual Training Co. Photoshop CS2 Essential Training with Michael Ninness... Free
Any mass market bookstore will have numerous Photoshop titles for sale in the computer section. Although not required you may want to pick up a book that fits your budget and learning style to have as a reference.
The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition - Robin Williams (Author); Paperback
Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising,
Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index - Jim Krause; Paperback
Randy Weston & African Rhythmus Duo
Jazz in Willisau,