What You'll Learn
The online Graphic Design program is comprised of 13 fascinating lessons. Each lesson is easy to follow and guides you from basic concepts to more challenging, hands-on techniques to help you succeed as a graphic designer. You’ll be studying key topics such as…
- Design as a visual language
- Typographic terms and measurement systems
- Strategies for choosing color schemes
- Using shape, space, line, size, color, texture and typography
- Symbols, logos and representational and informational imagery
Lesson 1: The Language of Design
Lesson 2: Managing Effective Design
Design as a visual language; how unity, variety, hierarchy and proportion affect the design composition as a whole; how scale, balance, rhythm, repetition, economy and proximity affect design relationships; using shape, space, line, size, color, texture and typography.
Lesson 3: Designing with Color
Graphic devices and techniques that support visual organization; key visual relationships; the impact of the human factor on design decisions; the foundations and functions of communications; demystifying the design process.
Lesson 4: Typography in Design
The dimensions of color; color perception; key color systems and terminology used in graphic art; color theories in contemporary design; color psychology, symbolism and cultural influences; strategies for choosing color schemes; the impact of color in composition.
Lesson 5: Imagery in Design
Typographic terms and measurement systems; how to select typefaces appropriate to communication goals; how type can lend expression to a design; harmonious combinations of types with imagery; using type judiciously when legibility is a factor.
Lesson 6: Your Place in the Design Industry
Symbols, logos and representational and informational imagery; enhancing a communication message with photos and illustrations; using iconographic symbols to communicate information at a glance; logo design; identity and wayfinding systems; using charts and graphics.
Lesson 7: Operating Systems; Designing for the Client
Evolution of graphic design; career options in the graphic design industry; how to land a job interview; how to prepare and present a portfolio of your design samples.
Lesson 8: Working with Images and Selection Tools in Photoshop
MAC and Windows XP operating environments; file management; how to copy and transfer files; keystrokes to increase productivity; creating an electronic slide show; how to burn music, photo and data CDs; stages of the design process; installing fonts; creating thumbnail sketches and a final rough for client approval.
Lesson 9: Using Layers; Restoring and Retouching in Photoshop
Image scanning; desktop components; using the Navigator palette, Zoom and Hand tools; using the Image menu to adjust and enhance images; the Auto Color command; Shadow/Highlight command; resolution and image size; the File Browser; the Marquee, Magic Wand, Move and lasso tools; the tool Options bar; the Channels palette; using and combining selection tools; the Select menu.
Lesson 10: Creating Shapes and Images with Illustrator
How to rename, copy and move layers; the Hue/Saturation command; using layer styles to create drop shadows and specialized effects; creating text layers; using Layer Comps; merging layers; preparing for press; the Dust & Scratches filter; the Clone Stamp, Patch, Healing Brush and Spot Healing brush tools; the History palette; painting tools; RGB, CMYK and Grayscale color modes.
Lesson 11: Drawing Tools and Photoshop Integration
Desktop components and how they interact; Preview and Outline views; apply and edit stroke and fill colors; how to create, color, combine and align basic shapes; making artwork scalable and sharp; the Auto Trace tool; how to create and apply brushes, place symbols and format text by applying styles; the Symbols palette.
Lesson 12: Indesign Fundamentals
Using the Pen tool to create straight lines, Bézier curves and complex shapes; the Direct Select Lasso tool; the Average and Join commands; the Pathfinder palette; the Transparency palette; creating and adjusting type on paths; save Illustrator files in native and EPS formats; integrating bitmap and vector-based images; linking and embedding images; gradients; how to place, paste and export graphic images; setting up web-safe colors; optimizing composite images for the web; saving to various graphic file formats.
Lesson 13: Working with Multi-Page Documents
How to set up preferences; layout guidelines for accurate placement of text and graphics; how to place graphics and format types and frames with the Control palette and menus; the Text Frame Options dialog box; applying color; saving as the original document and as a template for future editing.
Setting up multi-page documents to import text and graphics; using a master page as a template; navigating and editing documents using the Pages palette; applying stroke and fill techniques for PANTONE colors; importing text into multiple columns and pages; using tabs; formatting headlines, body text, drop caps, rules and pull quotes.
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What You Get
Our Graphic Design online course content ensures a balance of essential theory and practical application. A major part of the course consists of building your skills using Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator® and InDesign® graphics software. You’ll download these programs to your own PC and learn hands-on. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive textbook and study guides
- Open-book, online exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Career search and time management guides
- Large vinyl portfolio case (Graduation gift)
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
At graduation you’ll receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. It will be easy to use what you’ve learned to achieve your career goals.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your online Graphic Design training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.