What is the course about?
This course is about learning the basics of how to use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop – the three main programs used by graphic designers for print. Gain experience with the different software and learn how they can be integrated in your projects while you explore a variety of design techniques and concepts The course is taught on Apple Macs but skills learnt can be applied to Windows PCs.
What previous students liked most about this course: .
“The teaching was clear, thorough and engaging. We were given lots of hand-outs which included additional material not covered in the classes."
“It was very hands-on. The teacher very much listened to what were the needs of the students and adapted the topics individually. Thanks-you for the amazing and very helpful handouts.”
“How the teacher managed to make us enjoy the class and that she makes us feel supported and always able to help you.”
“Excellent course tutor.”
“Extremely detailed handouts; the opportunity to freely explore what has been learnt; friendly and extremely approachable tutor; examples of digital graphics and book suggestions.”
“I really liked the methodology and the materials handed out are very easy to follow.”
What will we cover?
- Fundamentals of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator for print
- Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign integration
- Design and illustration concepts, composition, colour, texture and pattern
- Editing Raster images with Photoshop
- Using Photoshop to repair, enhance and combine images into photomontages
- Vector graphics and illustration with Illustrator
- Using Illustrator to create illustrations, graphics, logos and patterns
- Page layout and design with InDesign
- Using InDesign to layout pages, create multi-page documents and compile projects,
- Typography basics, saving text styles and wrapping text around images
- Saving and exporting work to different file formats.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the main differences between, and the uses for
Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for the following:
- Create designs
- Layout page/s with text and images
- Set up and indicate: bleed, crop and fold marks for folded materials
- Save a body of work for future development.
- Export a pdf for print or online viewing
- Export images for web and print.
What students have achieved on this course: .
“Knowledge, skills and confidence in using all 3 programs. The ability to start a task with some knowledge and understanding of what to do to start.” LO
“I feel I have got a good grip on the essential techniques on all three programs and a lot of thorough hand-outs to carry on with.” JP
“More confidence and comfortable in Photoshop and using Illustrator and InDesign for the first time. Better understanding of the role/ differences between the 3 programs.” HS
“Really good introduction (and more) to all 3 programs. Amazing handouts from the tutor” HT
“I feel if covered much more than I expected from a beginners class.” AZ
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of Adobe software or Apple Mac is necessary. However, students should have good computing skills with some knowledge of Mac or Windows systems and be confident in using the keyboard and mouse in using either the Microsoft Word processing program or with text based creative software. Some awareness of design for print or any other art or design practice is also expected.
If you’re a PC user it might be useful for you to take a Mac for PC users course which City Lit runs each term.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts and will be supported by the tutor and your peers when developing your course-work. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography..
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No books are necessary to take this course, but you should have a notepad for your written notes. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.)
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can further develop your skills and interest in Graphic design through a range of courses at the City Lit in graphics, web design, Photoshop, Illustrator and animation.
You can download a PDF of all the Graphics and Illustration courses on offer at: http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/Art_and_design/890, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details