Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 120 Graphic Design I
Lynda Tutorials

Instructor: Liza Wynette

Objective

To learn advanced technical skills through self-guided video tutorials on Lynda.com. To become independent lifelong learners.

Description

Every week, you will be assigned video tutorial(s) on Lynda.com (see playlist). Completed Lynda tutorials will be graded pass/fail (based on the quality of your submission).

Note: Credit will be given each week only if your assignment is uploaded to Cobra's dropboxes on time.

Procedure
  1. Login to your Lynda.com account every week from my.parkland.edu or Lynda.com
  2. View the playlist for this class, download the exercise file(s) and do the tutorial(s) for the week (see schedule below)
  3. Save the finished tutorial file(s) in PDF format (smallest file size)
  4. Using Cobra's Dropbox, submit your completed assignment every Monday or Tuesday by 11:30pm
  5. Optional: For extra credit, choose a video to watch from "Creative Quick Tips" on Lynda.com. Summarize what you learned in the tutorial and comment on how you might make use of this "trick" in the future. Post the summary as part of your next homework post in Cobra.
Schedule
  Tutorials (see calendar for exact dates) Files to upload
L 1

Watch the video "Photoshop CC 2013 One-on-One: Intermediate 22: Saving for the Web " Making Internet Imagery (1m)

  • Chapt 22 Introducing Save for the Web (5m)
  • Chapt 22 Creating the perfect JPEG Image (5m)
  • Dekes-Techniques-021.jpg
    (jpg instead of PDF this week only)
L 2

Watch the video "The Value of Professional Graphic Design: Welcome & 3:For Designers: Why"

  • Welcome?
  • What is professional graphic designer?
  • Why is it important to have a design education?
  • Articulating the value of professional graphic design?
  • How do I justify how much I charge?

In a couple paragraphs, summarize what you learned in the video. Save and upload as a PDF

Note: grammar, spelling, and content will be considered when grading

L 3

Watch the video "Design the Web: Introduction"

Do the tutorial “Design the Web: Smart Objects: Chapt 1-2” (25m)

Chapter 1

  • Creating and Manipulating Smart Objects
  • Creating Smart Objects from JPEG files
  • Creating Smart Objects from Photoshop files
  • Creating Smart Objects from Illustrator files

Chapter 2

  • Duplicating Smart Objects
  • Editing the contents of a Smart Object
  • Creating a call out from a duplicated Smart Object
  • Creating a second call out
  • Adding vector dotted rules
  • Creating a Smart Object from existing layers
  • Replacing artwork in a Smart Object
  • composition_woman.jpg
  • composition_man.jpg

 

Note: for this week only, save file as a JPEG: file > export > save for web: preset-JPEG high

L 4

Do the tutorial “Photoshop CC Essential Training: Chapt 19 Type Essentials” (31m)

  • Exploring headline type
  • Using leading, kerning, and tracking
  • Glyphs panel
  • Working with paragraph (area) type
  • Adding type along a path
  • Clipping an image inside type
  • sea.pdf
  • sea01.pdf
  • mountain.pdf
  • snow.pdf
  • alaska.pdf
L 5

Do the tutorial "Illustrator CC Essential Training Chapter 11 Working with the pen tool" (13m)

  • Pen tool basics
  • Drawing curves with the pen tool
  • Drawing complete shapes with the pen tool

Watch the tutorial (6m)

  • Enabling and disabling the rubber band preview
  • Avoiding the whips
  • pen_tool_basics.pdf
    pen_tool_curves.pdf
  • shapes_pen_tool.pdf

 

Note: the above PDF's are your pen tool "doodles."

L 6

Do the tutorial "Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapter 11 Working with the pen tool" (9m)

  • Tracing exercise

Extra Credit: Colorize the flower

  • flower_trace.pdf
  • Extra credit:
    flower_trace_color.pdf
L 7

Do the tutorial “Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapter 6 Transforming Objects" (37m)

  • direct_select.pdf
  • duplicate.pdf
  • duplicate_scale.pdf
  • clock.pdf
  • distort.pdf (no starter files)
  • transform.pdf
  • half_man.pdf

 

Note: there are no files to upload for "grouping" tutorials

L 8 Do the tutorial "Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapter 12 Working with Type" (27m)
  • magician.pdf

 

Note: Use "magician.ai" as the starting point. Continue to use the same document as you progress through the tutorials. Upload your completed design.

L 9

Do the tutorial “Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapter 7 Working with Fills and Strokes" (19m) 

  • Adding color fills to your objects
  • Creating and using gradient fills
  • Adding strokes to your objects
  • color_fills.pdf
  • gradients.pdf
  • strokes.pdf
L 10

Do the tutorial “Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapt 7 Working with Fills and Strokes" (18m) 

  • Adding endpoints and dashed lines to your strokes
  • Adding gradient strokes to your objects
  • Creating variable-width strokes
  • arrow_dots.pdf
  • gradient_strokes.pdf
  • variable_width.pdf
L 11 Do the tutorial “Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapt 13 Using Raster Graphics in Illustrator" (21m)
  • profile.pdf

 

Note: Use "profile.ai" as the starting point. Continue to use the same document as you progress through the tutorials. Upload your completed design.

L 12 Do the tutorial “Illustrator CC Essential Training: Chapt 14 Printing and Exporting Artwork" (19m)

In a couple paragraphs, summarize what you learned in the video. Use specific examples from each chapter. Save and upload as a PDF

Note: grammar, spelling, and content will be considered when grading

L 13

Do the tutorial “InDesign CC Essential Training: Chapt 5 Text” (30m)

  • Inserting special characters
  • Importing text
  • Threading text frames
  • Setting text frame columns
  • Setting text inset and vertical justification
  • Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
  • 05_MagazineArticle.pdf
  • 05_LongDoc.pdf
  • 05_GlobeBank_
    Brochure.pdf

 

Note: Several tutorial use "05_MagazineArticle.ai," but not sequentially. Upload only the completed filed at the end of the chapter.

Save your files, you will use them next week.

L 14

Do the tutorial “InDesign CC Essential Training: Chapt 5 Text” (28m)

  • Putting text on a path
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Checking spelling
  • Using Find/Change
  • 05_MagazineArticle.pdf
  • 05_GlobeBank_
    Brochure.pdf
  • 05_LongDoc.pdf

 

Note: You will be continuing the exercises from Ch 5. Use files saved from last week.

L 15

Do the tutorial “InDesign CC Essential Training: Chapt 14 Styles” (23m)

  • 14_MagazineArticle.pdf
  •  

    Note: Use "14_MagazineArticle.ai" as the starting point. Continue to use the same document as you progress through the tutorials. Upload your completed design.

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