Basic Digital Design – Intro to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
This course is the little Swiss Army Knife for graphic design programs. The course runs for ten (10) classes (Wednesdays, running September 23 – November 25, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm, NSCC IT Campus, Leeds Street) and covers the basic operations of three industry standard design applications. This is a “just the facts” course; there are no planned lectures in design philosophy or colour theory, just elementary application operation and tool use, although topics related to the applications are certainly encouraged. This a “discussion” class, not a lecture series, so students are encouraged to ask questions and have a plenty of fun with their learning.
The first class begins with a tour of the Adobe application general interface, then moves into basic operations of the “Big Three” (AI, PS, ID). The class also takes a look at some auxiliary programs of like Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge. The following classes then take on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for three nights each, providing a useful, fun introduction into the wonderful world of graphic design. These applications are the backbone of the industry and a little knowledge can often lead to bigger things!
Check the NSCC Official “Basic Digital Design” web page for more details and admission information. The course outline is here: Course Outline – Digital Design Fall 2015 but is subject to adjustment and alteration as the needs of the class dictate. The instructor will be available for discussions before and after classes, and will provide an email contact should further assistance be required.
What are all these programs about? When and where should I use them?
Adobe Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. InDesign
When to Use Adobe Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. InDesign
Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign?
PHOTOSHOP VS INDESIGN VS ILLUSTRATOR
Which is better – Photoshop or Illustrator?
Adobe: Photoshop vs. Illustrator vs. Indesign
Logo File Formats
What Image Type Should I Use and When to Use It?
Understanding File Formats
Image File Types Explained: Which Format should you use?
Bitmap vs Vector Graphics
File Types Explained
Cheat Sheets / Keyboard Shortcuts
Nobel: Links to Shortcut Keys Sheets for Illustrator, Photoshop and more!
Infinite Skills: Links to Shortcut Keys Sheets for Illustrator, Photoshop and more!
Adobe: Shortcut Keys Sheets for Illustrator (PDF)
Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts
Adobe Illustrator CS6 & CC Shortcut Sheet
Various Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheets
And yet more Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts
Cheat sheet: Adobe Illustrator shortcuts
30 Cheatsheets & Infographics For Graphic Designers
Illustrator Beginner Tutorials
Making Shapes Infographic
The Easy Getting Started Guide To Adobe Illustrator
Get Started Using Adobe Illustrator + 48 Other Amazing Beginner Tutorials
40 illustrator tutorials for beginners to initiate first graphic design
Learn Adobe Illustrator: All the Basics for Beginners
How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
Lets Get Started : A Guide to Learning illustrator
How to quickly build shapes in Illustrator
The Basics of Adobe Illustrator