ACA Prep Going Forward

We’re entering the home stretch for the ACA preparation. We’re also nearing the home stretch for the end of the year. As such, we’re going to be juggling projects in class with ACA preparation that you must complete during that same time. To assist you with this time management, I’m going to provide you with […]

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Selling “you.”

Many of you are staring down the end of your junior year in high school. With that comes the reality of applying to colleges, job searches, career exploration, etc. Essentially becoming an adult (fun…right)? If you don’t have a resume, or haven’t made one at this point in your life, now is the time to […]

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An Introduction to Desktop Publishing

After completing several projects within Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, it’s important to make use of another power asset within the suite. Adobe InDesign is the premiere publication design software. This program gives designers the ability to produce interactive documents, animated presentations, standard PDFs, forms, books, e-PUBs, and more. It allows you to use assests […]

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Infographics. Making numbers fun again.

Image Courtesy of The World Bank. Obtained from (http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/information-graphics-1232836) Research. The term sends chills down the spine of many students (and adults). Add numbers and statistics to that research requirement and you turn off all but the select few die hard number crunchers. That is, until info graphics came along. Increasing in popularity as the […]

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December Project/Activity Checklist

As our class continues to progress, you will be responsible to organize and work on more than one project during a given time period. This means staggered deadlines, and good time management on your end. To assist you with this, I will be posting periodic updates with checklists to keep you on point with the […]

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ACA Review #3

This is third review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 1-4 under “How to work with swatches). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Define the 8 terms identifying different types of swatches (write this in your blog post) Know the various parts of the swatches panel […]

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Lightroom Tutorials and Preset Development

For this activity, you will need to visit this site, and choose 6 tutorials to complete. Additionally, you will need to provide your own photos for each. As such, you should be looking through the list, picking the effects you want to attempt, and then choosing what type of photo would be best for this type […]

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ACA Review #2

This is second review/practice in preparation for the ACA exam. Please refer to the Study Guide (specifically pages 11-9 (second section on Opacity Masks). Read them, and complete the following checklist items. Turn Rulers on/off Turn on the document Grid Show were guides preferences are located Create ruler guides Demonstrate bleed setting location Identify the parts of […]

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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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