ACA Review #1

This is your first review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 1-10). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Creating a custom workspace Create a new document (with 1/2″ Bleed and two artboards at 5″x7″) Demonstrate using the navigation panel Use the zoom tool Demonstrate use of […]

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Sketching and roughing. All about preparation.

We will be exploring parts of the design process further in the coming projects. We’ve spent a lot of time applying various design principles, color theory, and technical skill to our projects. It’s time to take a step back and focus on the process a designer will go through before we ever turn to our […]

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Beginning Your Portfolio

Part of every designer’s journey is documenting where they’ve been and what they’ve accomplished. A portfolio serves as a visual showcase of what you’re capable of doing, your strengths, and even your weaknesses. The portfolio is the lifeblood of every designer, and is often the deciding factor for jobs and admittance to schools. Many designers […]

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Where are you going next?

Most of you reading this are either Juniors or Seniors, many of whom already know what they want to do after you walk out these doors for the last time. There’s a vast amount of responsibility and self promotion involved in entering into the design and communications field. Most schools require a portfolio of your […]

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Photoshop Brushes Intro Activity

As of now, you’ve been exposed to the basics of brushes in both Adobe Illustrator as well as Photoshop. Both programs offer distinct advantages and disadvantages with regard to the brush applications. One of the greatest advantages of brush creation in Photoshop is the ability to develop brushes from endless imagery. Fire, smoke, dirt, rock, […]

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Minimalism/Flat Design

One of the biggest problems for most students just starting out in design is figuring out how much is “just enough” in terms of elements within a design. Many of you as Digital Design 1 students struggled with this very idea only a year or two ago. It’s not uncommon to be asked the familiar […]

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Vector Portraits…Your First Real Test

You now have a few projects under your belt. It’s time to begin the next phase in this chapter. You’re going to put your newly acquired skills to the test. I hope you’re ready…you are. That wasn’t meant to scare you. Take a look at some of the information and resources below. This post will […]

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