Pace University
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Certificate in Digital Graphic Design

Course Format

 
The Certificate in Digital Graphic Design class meets twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Pace Midtown Center (New York, NY ) AND / OR Monday and Wednesday evenings at the White Plains (Westchester Campus). This instructor-led course is taught by an Adobe Certified Design Master Instructor and Design Specialist / and / or Adobe Certified Instructors.
 
Evening classes: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (2.5 hours)   Five hours per week for 17 weeks.  Total Digital Graphic Design classroom hours - 85 hours.
COST:  $2950
 
We have a Saturday - White Plains - class available for fall 2013 / winter 2014 - Saturday Classes:  9:00 am to 3:00pm (5 hours)    Five hours per week for 17 weeks.  Total Adobe Web Design classroom hours - 85 hours.

 

You Will Learn To

This is a comprehensive class that will teach students the entire end to end process in Digital Graphic Design.
The core of this program will cover Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat PDF.  Students will learn proper Adobe workflow processes and best design practices to design, create, build and export content for print and digital outputs for the iPad, iPhone, tablets, Kindle, Nook and other smart devices and e-readers.

Who Should Enroll

Graphic designers, publishers, artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, illustrators and anyone with basic or intermediate knowledge of Photoshop, graphics software such as InDesign, and/or Illustrator or other similar software tools (e.g. Quark Express).

Course Description

Software tools
Bridge Creative Cloud - for digital asset management
Acrobat PDF - export to print and create interactive PDFs
Photoshop Creative Cloud for retouching, color corrections, creating photocomposites and special effects
Illustrator Creative Cloud for creating vector based graphics and infographics
InDesign Creative Cloud for creating multi page documents to print and/or push to digital devices or platforms
Muse software enables designers to create websites without writing code
Edge Animate creates interactive animations / motion content for the web using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
 
Technologies and Formats
XMP, Camera RAW, PSD, AI, IND, PDF/X, Color ICC, SWF, OTF
 
Soft Skills and Hands-On Skills
Technology: understand the latest in graphic technologies; utilizing best practices 
Asset management: Learn how to effectively use digital assets in workflow processes
Color management: Learn how to install and properly use a color management system
Creation: Create and modify creative and conceptual pieces of graphics in Illustrator and Photoshop
Build: Design and build multi page products / content for a variety of different platforms
Exporting: PDF print, PDF web, SWF, iPad, Android and other digital devices

Detailed Course Outline

 

 
 
Class 1
Digital Asset Management
Workflow for Digital Desktop Publishing
Bridge and metadata
Output 
Color management
Fonts management
Class 14
InDesign
Creating text styles
Text frame options
Creating objects styles
Class 26
Dreamweaver
 
Class2
Photoshop 
Camera raw
Adjustments in Camera Raw plugin
Retouching with Camera Raw plugin tools
Develop Techniques in Camera Raw for different looks
Class 15
InDesign
Templates and Snippet for newspapers and magazines
Photoshop and Illustrator integration
Fitting options
Class 27
Dreamweaver
Class 3
Photoshop 
Color correction
The correct way to use the Histogram
The correct way to use Photoshop Adjustments
Levels v/s Curves
Vibrance v/s Saturation
Color Balance for color cast
Color Correction with Selective color
Class 16
InDesign
Importing Microsoft Excel tables and word documents
Advanced Paragraph styles and Character Styles
Numbering & Sections options
 
Class 28
Project Phase begins:  
PROJECT 1
Postcard with Photoshop -
Create a postcard, design and apply special effects, export for web and the correct way to create a PDF to print
 
 
Class 4
Photoshop 
Retouching objects, hair, skin, clothes
Matching skin color, Makeup
Removing Moire
Retouching tools
Retouching using layers and mask
Tips & Tricks
Retouching photos with different looks
Sharpen images
Retouching perspectives 
Class 17
InDesign
InDesign Interactive
Buttons
Hyperlinks
Table of Contents
Bookmarks
Animations
Media and Timing
Object States
Preview
PDF interactive publications
Class 29
PROJECT 2 
Website with MUSE:
Muse is the new software from Adobe (part of the Creative Cloud) to create websites without writing code
We will create a entire website in one class!!
 
Class 5
Photoshop 
Extract object from the background
Extract hair from the background
Creating hair
Class 18
InDesign
Table of contents
Data merge, Data variables
Class 30
PROJECT 3 
Creating an animated banner with EDGE  - Edge is a powerful and new software tool from Adobe (part of the Creative Cloud). EDGE is an intuitive tool for creating interactive motion content for the web like flash but using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. 
Class 6
Photoshop 
Vanishing point & 3D
Creating textures and Lights
Creating Reflection and Shadows
Photomontage Coherence and techniques
 

Class 19
InDesign
Acrobat PDF and Preflight
Preflight  in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Edit Colors and Fonts
Flattener Preview
Separations Preview
Printing

Class 31
PROJECT 4(a)
Digital magazine for iPad, Kindle or any digital device:
From InDesign we will create magazines for devices with videos, animation, 3D, interactivity and much more.
Class 7
Photoshop 
Special effects
Video editing in Photoshop 
Class 20
Dreamweaver
 
Class 32
PROJECT 4(b)
Digital magazine for iPad, Kindle or any digital device:
From InDesign we will create magazines for devices with videos, animation, 3D, interactivity and much more.
 
Class 8
Illustrator
Working with Illustrator
Creating graphics styles
Text Styles, text effects and Open type techniques 
Creating Libraries for infographics

Class 21
Dreamweaver

Class 33
PROJECT 5 
Personal project: Students will plan, design and create a digital project to be viewed via digital media device (iPad, smart phone, tablet, Kindle or the web - PC/Mac)
 
 
Class 9
Illustrator
Bristle Brushes
Brushes effects
Creative brushes
Class 22
Dreamweaver

Class 34
Final Project(s) Due
Project Presentations -
Wrap up & Project review

Class 10
Illustrator
Perspective drawing
Creating custom caricatures
Class 23
Dreamweaver
 
Class 11
Illustrator
     3D effects
     Gradient mesh
    
Class 24
Dreamweaver
 
Class 12
Illustrator
    Designing Web pages
    with Illustrator
Class 24
Dreamweaver
 
Class 13
InDesign
Working with InDesign
Setting Preferences for projects
Creating Layouts

Class 25
Dreamweaver

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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