Desktop Publishing Week by Week

Week 1: Introductions & General Editing Techniques

Mac basics
Intro to Desktop Publishing
  • Essential Concepts
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Shared concepts and shortcuts
  • Create and arrange shapes
  • Working with colour
Intro to Illustrator

 

Exercise: Create vector tile

Type
  • Point type vs area type
  • Type on a path, type in a shape
  • Creating outlines

Exercise: Create type tile

Week 2: The Pen Tool

Intro to the Pen Tool
  • Straight Edge shapes, constrained lines, curves, cornered curves, open shapes
  • Editing paths with direct selection tool
  • Converting Anchor Points
  • Adding Artboards
  • Grouping
  • Isolation Mode

Exercise: Draw your name (first name straight. Surname curved)

Exercise: Pen tracing

Exercise: Pen Patterns

Exercise: Dino City Illustration

Week 3:  Further Drawing Techniques

  • Drawing with Shapes
  • The Pathfinder
  • The Eyedropper
  • Transform Again

 

Exercise: Classic Logos to Trace

 

Introduction to Client Brief

Exercise: Create Quintessential logo

  • Trace Yoga Woman
  • Create pattern repeats

 

 

Week 4: Vector Design

  • Compound Paths
  • Layers
  • Select Spot colours
  • Look at Kuler.Adobe.com
  • Gradients
  • Type on a path
  • Installing Fonts
  • Save for web

 

Exercise: Create a series of quintessential business card design variations

  • Create alternate vector tracing
  • Prepare for presentation to client. Save for Web

 

Week 5: Illustrator Extras

  • Layer Styles
  • Appearance
  • Live Trace
  • Transparency
  • Clipping Masks
  • Setting Bleed
  • Save as PDF
  • Overview of key techniques and concepts

 

Exercise: Colour Wheels

 

Exercise: Quintessential Stationary Package

  • Prepare for client presentation
  • Prepare Business Card for Print
  • Document Setup
  • Master Text Frame
  • Place Text
  • Text Wrap
  • Working with Images
  • Threading Text
  • Hidden Characters
  • Find / Replace
  • Styles (Paragraph, Character, Object)
  • Typographic formatting
  • Indents and Spacing
  • Overrides
  • Bullets

  Week 6:  INTRO to InDesign. Layout

Week 7: Working with Type

 

Week 8: InDesign Page Design

  • Tabs
  • Text Frame Options
  • Columns
  • Object Styles
  • Break out boxes
  • Tables
  • Master Pages
  • Page Numbers
  • Links panel
  • Packaging for sharing
  • Backwards compatibility

Week 9: InDesign  cont

 

Exercise: Quintessential Newsletter

Week 10: InDesign Wrap Up

  • Working to a template
  • Page numbers linked to table contents
  • Load Colour Swatches
  • Imposition
  • Prepare for Print: Package, PDF

 

Exercise: Quintessential Spa Menu

 

Week 11: Intro to Photoshop

  • Non Destructive Editing
  • Understanding Resolution
  • Image Sizing & File Types
  • Cropping
  • Perspective Crop

 

Exercise: Resolution & Image Quality

1      5CM sq

2      5, 10, 20, 50, 72, 100, 150, 200, 300

3      Low, Medium, High, Maximum

4      Upsizing 72 – 300, 5mm – 300mm

5      Resize Web Images for Print

6      Place into workbook and caption

 

Exercise: Pixel Art

10 CM

brushes, selections, gradients

 

Week 12:  Image Adjustment

  • Adjustment Layers
  • Levels
  • Tonal Adjustment
  • Colour Correction
  • Hue Saturation
  • Selection Tools
  • Local Adjustments (masking)
  • Editing Masks

 

Exercise: 3 Colour Tomatoes

Week 13: Photographic Montaging

  • Placing images
  • Smart Objects
  • Making Selections
  • Layer Masks
  • Removing Backgrounds
  • Layer Effects
  • Blending Modes
  • Combining Images
  • Adjusting Canvass Size
  • Clipping Adjustment Layers

 

Exercise: Surprise Party Poster

A4 150 PPI

 

Week 14:  Photographic Retouching

  • Retouching tools (Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush)
  • Liquify
  • Local tonal & Colour Adjustments
  • Quick Selection
  • Replacing Backgrounds
  • Select by Colour Range
  • Simulate Lighting Techniques

Exercise: Retouch Portrait

 

Week 15:  Putting it all together

  • Overview of key techniques and concept
  • Overview of web design in desktop publishing
  • Ben’s top 5’s

 

Exercise: Finish Workbook

 

 

  • Requests
  • Photoshop: Converting a colour photo to black and white. I’ve experimented with a couple of different ways, but it would be great to learn how to do this properly.
  • Cross Program Stuff
  • Table of Contents