Certificate in Adobe Graphic Design

This course consists of 2 modules: Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator are the industry standard and professional softwares which are commonly used in managing photo/image and creating graphic design.

Adobe Photoshop can let designers easily and freely revamp their productions by using the functions including color correction & adjustment, retouching & repairing images, layer effect & styles, and using masks etc. It eliminates the effort and cost on editing photos by using traditional film processing work. The powerful editing functions can produce many special image effects which are hardly replaced or substituted by other softwares.

The diversified features of Illustrator can help designers create their design works with many special graphic effects. Designers can make use of the toolbars to draw lines & shapes, and to select the font style & size and colours to create graphic illustrations. Further, it is compatible with word processing, layers and other special features to enrich your productions. Hence, Illustrator is the pioneer software tool to produce poster, company logo, leaflet and all printing designs, product design, and the graphic illustration of advertising and multimedia web. Apart from the design functions, Adobe Illustrator is also compatible of various file formats and output of different softwares.

What you’ll learn

Photoshop Module

Using the drawing aids

  • About rulers, grids and guides
  • Position with the ruler tool
  • Position with guides and the grid
  • Use snapping
  • Show or hide Extras

File formats discussion  

  • DNG, RAW, TIFF, JPEG,PDF and EPS

Working with selections

  • Understanding image pixels
  • Selecting images using the marquee, lasso, polygonal lasso tools
  • Selecting images with the quick selection tool
  • Moving, hiding, or inverting selections
  • Adding, subtraction and intersection
  • Softening image edges

Working with Colours

  • Understanding the CMYK and RGB models
  • Setting foreground and background colours
  • Choosing colours using colour box, eyedropper.
  • Working with the Adobe Colour Picker
  • Swatches palette overview
  • Select a colour in the Swatches palette
  • Add, replace, and delete colour swatches

Transforming images

  • Cropping images
  • Distorting, skewing, scaling images
  • Rotating or flipping images
  • Changing the canvas and image size

SCHEDULES
 
CAG8011 - 廣東話 09 Jan enrol
 
CAG8021 - 廣東話 12 Feb enrol
 
CAG8031 - 廣東話 15 Mar enrol
RELATING COURSES
  Diploma Course in Computer Graphic Design
  Graphic Design using Photoshop and Illustrator
  Illustrator-Advanced
  Indesign
  Photoshop-Advanced

Retouching and repairing images

  • Removing unwanted objects with the healing brush tool
  • Removing blemishes or spots using spot healing brush tool
  • Heal and patch an area

Colourizing images with Fill command

  • Choosing various fill contents – using foreground and background
  • Filling with black, white and gray colours
  • Using blending effect - hue
  • Setting opacity

Adding text and text effects

  • How to change the fonts, size and other type attributes
  • Type effects

Layer Basics

  • About layers
  • Layers palette overview
  • Convert background and layers
  • Create layers, group and duplicate layers
  • Show or hide a layer, group, or style
  • View layers and groups within a group

Working with layers

  • Add layers to a group
  • Change the stack order of layers and groups
  • Move the content of layers
  • Rotate a layer
  • Lock layers

Setting opacity

  • Specify opacity for a layer or group
  • Specify fill opacity for a layer
  • Specify a blending mode for a layer or group
  • Filling new layers with a neutral color

Managing layers

  • Rename a layer or group
  • Delete a layer or group
  • Export and merge layers

Layer effects and styles

  • About layer effects and styles
  • Layer styles dialog box overview
  • Apply or edit a custom layer style
  • Layer style options
  • Display or hide layer styles
  • Remove layer effects

Correcting mistakes

  • Using the Undo and Redo commands
  • Restoring part of an image to its previously saved version
  • Working with the history palette

Illustrator Module

Work area basics

  • Workspace overview
  • About screen modes
  • Using the status bar
  • Enter values in panels and dialog boxes
  • Control panel overview

Viewing and managing artwork

  • Change the size of the artboard
  • About page tiling
  • Zoom in or out
  • Navigator panel overview
  • View artwork as outlines
  • Use multiple windows and views

Rulers, grids, and guides

  • Use rulers
  • Change the unit of measurement
  • Use the grid
  • Use guides
  • About Smart Guides
  • Measure the distance between objects
  • Info panel overview

Drawing basics

  • About vector graphics
  • About paths
  • About direction lines and direction points
  • Specify direction line and direction point appearance

Drawing lines and shapes

  • Draw straight lines with the Line Segment tool
  • Draw rectangles and squares
  • Change the corner radius of a rounded rectangle
  • Draw ellipses , polygons, stars, arcs

Drawing with the Pen tool

  • Draw straight line segments with the Pen tool
  • Draw curves with the Pen tool
  • Draw straight lines followed by curves
  • Draw curves followed by straight lines
  • Draw two curved segments connected by a corner
  • Reposition anchor points as you draw
  • Finish drawing a path

Editing paths

  • Select paths, segments, and anchor points
  • Adjust path segments
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • Convert between smooth points and corner points
  • Erase artwork
  • Split a path

Logo Drawing / Tracing

  • Trace artwork
  • Change the display of a tracing object
  • Adjust the results of a tracing
  • Specify the colours used for tracing

About colour

  • Understanding differernt colour models
  • Change the colour mode of a document
  • Colour spaces and gamuts
  • About spot and process colours
  • Select colours using the Colour Picker or Colour Panel
  • Colour panel overview

Creating and using swatches

  • About swatches and swatch libraries
  • Swatches panel overview
  • Add colours from artwork to Swatches panel
  • Share swatches between applications
  • Create a process-colour swatch
  • Change the tint of a colour
  • Create gradient swatches
  • Duplicate swatches
  • Import swatches from another document
  • Create swatch libraries

Fills and strokes

  • Painting methods
  • About fills and strokes
  • Fill and Stroke controls
  • Apply a fill colour to an object
  • Stroke an object
  • Convert strokes to compound paths
  • Add arrowheads to lines
  • Remove the fill or stroke from an object
  • Select objects with the same fill and stroke
  • Create multiple fills and strokes

Transparency effect

  • About transparency
  • Transparency panel overview
  • View transparency in artwork

Gradients and colour blends

  • About gradients
  • Gradient panel overview
  • Create or modify gradients
  • Apply an existing gradient to an object
  • Change gradient direction or apply across multiple objects

Selecting objects

  • Options for selecting objects
  • Isolate groups and sublayers
  • Select objects using the Layers panel
  • Select objects with the Selection tool
  • Select objects with the Lasso tool
  • Select filled objects
  • Select groups and objects in a group
  • Select the next object in the stacking order

Grouping and expanding objects

  • Group or ungroup objects
  • Expand objects

Moving, aligning, and distributing objects

  • Move objects
  • Paste an object relative to other objects
  • Pasting objects between layers
  • Align and distribute objects

Rotating and reflecting objects

  • Rotate objects
  • Rotate the x and y axes of a document
  • Reflect objects

Using layers

  • About layers
  • Layers panel overview
  • Create a new layer
  • Move an object to a different layer
  • Release items to separate layers
  • Consolidate layers and groups
  • Locate an item in the Layers panel

Managing Objects

  • Locking, hiding, and deleting objects
  • Change the stacking order using the Layers panel
  • Change the stacking order using commands
  • Duplicate objects by dragging
  • Duplicate objects by using the Layers panel
  • Duplicate selections using drag and drop
  • Offset duplicate objects

Transforming objects

  • Transform panel overview
  • Transform using the bounding box
  • Scaling, shearing, and distorting objects

Combining, cutting and dividing objects

  • Work with compound shapes
  • Cut a hole in an object using a compound path
  • Apply fill rules to compound paths
  • Return a compound path to its original components
  • Cut objects with the Knife tool
  • Divide an object into a grid

Clipping masks and Compound Path

  • About clipping masks
  • Hide parts of objects with a clipping mask
  • Create a clipping mask for a group or layer
  • Edit a clipping mask
  • Add or remove an object from masked artwork
  • Release objects from a clipping mask

Blending objects

  • About blended objects
  • Create blends
  • Blend options
  • Change the spine of a blended object
  • Reverse the stacking order in a blended object
  • Release or expand a blended object

Importing files

  • About linked and embedded artwork
  • Place (import) files
  • Update modified links
  • Set placement options for linked artwork
  • Embed and unembed a linked file
  • Relink an embedded file
  • Importing artwork from Photoshop

Saving and exporting artwork

  • Save in AI, EPS format
  • JPEG export options

Working with area type

  • Resize a text area
  • Change the margin around a text area
  • Raise or lower the first baseline in a text area
  • Wrap text around an object

Working with type on a path

  • Move or flip text along a path
  • Apply path type effects
  • Adjust the vertical alignment of type on a path