DTP / Graphic Designing Course


                               Contents                      

·    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

·    COREL DRAW

·    ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

·    ADOBE INDESIGN

 ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

  MODULE 1

  • Basics
  • General preferences
  • Bitmap vs vector, common file formats
  • Interpolation, resolution and quality issues
  • Import percentages (maximum)
  • Viewing/opening documents, browsing
  • Title bar info, new document specifications
  • Colour models

 

  MODULE 2

  • Tools and Palettes
  • Tool bar, variations
  • Options bar (introduction)
  • Most commonly used palettes
  • Palette options
  • Editing tools vs vector tools
  • Rulers, guides and grids
  • Using control

 

  MODULE 3

  • Image
  • Image sizes (handout)
  • Image size vs canvas size
  • Cropping (and resizing), plus manual
  • Image modes
  • Basic retouching with clone, heal, patch tool

 

  MODULE 4

  • Colour adjustment
  • Basic tonal adjustment/enhancement
  • Brightness/contrast: when to use levels (+ auto), shadow/highlight

 

 MODULE 5

  • 'Quality' adjustment
  • Dust and scratches, reduce noise
  • Blur, gaussian blur
  • Sharpen/unsharpen, and size issues

 

  MODULE 6

  • Transaction Control
  • Transactions
  • Command Classification
  • Savepoints
  • The SET TRANSACTION Command

  MODULE 7

  • Transformation
  • Flipping, scaling, rotating, distorting, perspective
  • Control options
  • Free transform, straighten or tilt

 

  MODULE 8

  • Brushes
  • Brush options and parameters
  • Brush size and hardness

 

  MODULE 9

  • Selections
  • Various tools, tool options
  • Adding/subtracting
  • Inversing, feathering, grow, smooth, expand, similar
  • Moving, transforming
  • Show/hide
  • Pen tool specifics
  • Shape tools, options
  • Selecting a path, show/hide, active/inactive
  • Saving, clipping
  • Paths to selections

 

  MODULE 10

  • Layers
  • Background v layer, creating layers
  • Preserving data
  • Re-arranging
  • Hiding, locking/unlocking
  • Naming, deleting
  • Layer opacity

 

  MODULE 11

  • Type
  • Rasterised vs character, selecting and editing
  • Formatting palettes
  • Fill and stroke
  • Type on a path

 

  MODULE 12

  • Workflow
  • Automating contact sheets
  • Automating batches
  • Saving the workspace
  • Navigation, using guides and info

 

  MODULE 13

  • Saving
  • Save options, file formats for inDesign, web etc
  • Paths to Illustrator
  • Keyboard shortcut

 

  MODULE 14

  • Project achievements:
  • House ad/poster
  • Web gallery
  • Duotone photograph
  • Repaired photograph

 

COREL DRAW

  MODULE 1

  • Getting started with Corel Draw
  • Introduction to Corel Draw
  • Features of Corel Draw
  • Corel Draw Interface
  • Tool Box
  • Moving from Adobe Illustrator to Corel Draw
  • Common Tasks

  

  MODULE 2

  • Drawing and Coloring
  • Introduction
  • Selecting Objects
  • Creating Basic Shapes
  • Reshaping Objects
  • Organising objects
  • Applying color fills and Outlines

 

  MODULE 3

  • Mastering with Text
  • Introduction
  • Text Tool
  • Artistic and paragraph text
  • Formatting Text
  • Embedding Objects into text
  • Wrapping Text around Object
  • Linking Text to Objects

 

  MODULE 4

  • Applying Effects
  • Introduction
  • Power of Blends
  • Distortion
  • Contour Effects
  • Envelopes
  • Lens effects
  • Transparency
  • Creating Depth Effects
  • Power Clips

 

  MODULE 5

  • Working with Bitmap Commands
  • Introduction
  • Working with Bitmaps
  • Editing Bitmaps
  • Applying effects on Bitmaps
  • Printing


  MODULE 6

  • Corel Draw- Web resources
  • Introduction
  • Internet Tool bar
  • Setting your webpage
  • Exporting files
  • Creating buttons with rollover effects.3

 

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

  MODULE- 1

  •        INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
  •          Setting Up a New Document
  •          The Toolbox & Menus
  •          The Application Bar & Panels
  •          Customizing Workspaces & Keyboard Shortcuts
  •          Setting Preferences
  •          Navigating a Document
  •          Using Rulers, Guides & Grids
  •          Document Color Modes, Setup & the New Artboard Tool 

  MODULE 2

  • DRAWING & TRANSFORMING OBJECTS
  • Drawing Rectangles & Squares
  • Drawing Ovals & Circles
  • Drawing Polygons & Stars
  • Drawing Lines, Arcs & Grids
  • Tracing a Placed Image

  MODULE 3

  •      MAKING & SAVING SELECTIONS
  •      Using the Selection Tool
  •      Using the Direct Selection Tool
  •      Using the Lasso Tool
  •      Using the Magic Wand Tool
  •      Using Advanced Selection Techniques
  •      Saving & Reloading Selections

 

  MODULE 4

  •      MANAGING SHAPES
  •      Moving & Copying Shapes
  •      Aligning & Distributing
  •      Grouping
  •      Locking & Hiding
  •      Transforming Shapes

 

  MODULE 5

  • WORKING WITH COLOR
  • Applying Fill & Stroke
  • Loading Swatch Libraries
  • Copying Fill & Stroke Attributes with the Eyedropper
  • Mixing & Saving Custom Colors
  • Working with Pantone(R) & Web-Safe Swatches
  • Using Gradients
  • Working with Symbols 

  MODULE 6

  •      CREATING & MANIPULATING PATHS
  •      Using the Pencil, Eraser & Smooth Tools
  •      Creating Straight Paths with the Pen Tool
  •     Creating Curved Paths with the Pen Tool
  •      Creating Combo Paths
  •      Inking a Pencil Drawing
  •     Manipulating Paths & Anchor Points
  •     Creating Artistic Brush Effects

 

  MODULE 7

  •      ORGANIZING YOUR ARTWORK WITH LAYERS
  •     Setting Up a Layer
  •     Understanding Layers, Sublayers & Isolation Mode
  •     Creating Multiple Versions of a Layout
  •     Moving Content between Layers
  •     Duplicating Layers
  •     Applying Transparency & Blending Modes

     

  MODULE 8

  •      WORKING WITH TYPE
  •      Creating Artistic & Paragraph Type
  •       Importing Text
  •      Formatting Text
  •      Creating & Editing Paragraph Styles
  •     Creating a Bulleted List & Inserting Special Characters
  •     Wrapping Text around Objects
  •     Creating Type on a Path
  •     Type Effects

 

  MODULE 9

  •      OUTPUTTING YOUR WORK
  •       Saving Your Work
  •      Exporting Your Work
  •     Save for Web & Devices
  •      Printing & Saving to Adobe PDF
  •     Credits
 

  MODULE 1

  • EXPLORING THE INTERFACE
  • Start Screen, Application Bar & Workspace Menu
  • Panels, Application Frame & Tab View
  • Using the Control Panel
  • Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus
  • Exploring Workspaces

 

  MODULE 2

  • CUSTOMIZING APPLICATION PREFERENCES
  • Setting General & Interface Preferences
  • Setting Type & Composition Preferences
  • Customizing Units, Grids & Guides
  • Dictionary, Spelling, Autocorrect & Story Editor Display Preferences
  • Display Performance & Appearance of Black Preferences
  • File & Clipboard Handling

  MODULE 3

  • WORKING WITH DOCUMENTS
  • Setting Up a New Document & Saving a Preset
  • Working with Templates
  • Replacing Missing Fonts & Updating Links
  • Converting Documents for Backwards Compatibility

  MODULE 4

  • NAVIGATING & VIEWING DOCUMENTS
  • Navigating Pages & Layers
  • Links, Edit Original & Rotate Spread View
  • Zooming, Display Performance & Panning
  • Changing View Modes & Customizing a Proof

  MODULE 5

  • MARGINS, COLUMNS, RULERS & GUIDES
  • Setting Up Units, Margins & Columns
  • Using Rulers
  • Working with Guides
  • Using Smart Guides to Align & Place Objects

  MODULE 6

  • ADDING TEXT TO YOUR LAYOUT
  • Adding & Formatting Text in a Frame
  • Exploring Frame Types
  • Placing Text from a File
  • Threading Text Frames
  • Creating Text on a Path
  • Auto-Flowing Text
  • Using Smart Text Reflow

  MODULE 7

  • TEXT FORMATTING OPTIONS
  • Choosing Fonts
  • Controlling Font Size & Leading
  • Changing Text Color in the Swatches & Color Panels
  • Adjusting Alignment, Tracking & Kerning
  • Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Text Attributes
  • Finding & Replacing Fonts
  • Adding Indents & Spacing
  • Controlling Hyphenation & Justification
  • Creating Drop Caps
  • Using Optical Margin Alignment

 

  MODULE 8

  • FORMATTING TEXT USING STYLES
  • Creating Paragraph Styles
  • Applying Styles
  • Understanding Next Styles
  • Clearing Style Options
  • Redefining Styles
  • Importing & Managing Styles

  MODULE 9

  • TABS, TABLES & LISTS
  • Formatting Text with Tabs
  • Creating, Selecting & Navigating Tables
  • Formatting Tables & Cells
  • Saving Time with Table & Cell Styles
  • Working with Bulleted & Numbered Lists

 

  MODULE 10

  • WORKING WITH PLACED GRAPHICS
  • Exploring Bridge & Assigning Keywords
  • Placing & Scaling Images
  • Using the Free Transform, Position & Scale Tools
  • Frame & Content Fitting Options
  • Placing Multiple Files
  • Using the Links Panel
  • Building a Library

 

  MODULE 11

  • CREATING SHAPES & USING TEXT WRAP
  • Creating Shapes & Frames
  • Customizing & Transforming Shapes
  • Aligning & Distributing Shapes
  • Applying Text Wrap

 

  MODULE 12

  • WORKING WITH COLOR & SWATCHES
  • Introduction to Swatches
  • Choosing Colors & Creating New Swatches
  • Working with Gradients
  • Using the Kuler Panel
  • Using Transparency
  • Transparency Effects
  • MODULE 13
  • USING LAYERS
  • Creating Layers
  • Placing Content on Layers
  • Moving Content between Layers
  • Managing Layers

 

  MODULE 14

  • INTRODUCING OBJECT STYLES
  • Creating New Object Styles
  • Applying Object Styles
  • Updating Object Styles
  • Defining Default Object Styles

  MODULE 15

  • ADDING INTERACTIVITY
  • Making a Table of Contents Interactive
  • Creating Hyperlinks
  • Adding Buttons for Navigation
  • Adding Page Transitions
  • Exporting for the Web Using SWF & PDF
  • MODULE 16
  • PREFLIGHT, PRINT & PDF
  • Introducing New Live Preflighting
  • Packaging for Output
  • Understanding Printing Options
  • Printing Booklets
  • Exporting to Adobe PDF
  • Credits

 


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