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Desktop Publishing Overview

Skill Level Introductory

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Introductory: Appropriate for students completely new to professional Desktop Publishing and Web Design

This and all of our classes require key computer skills

$149 • one–half day (3 hours)
meets 9:30am–12:30pm

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Class Description

This class opened up a window to a slew of design applications I never knew existed. I am intrigued to want to learn so much more about all the programs.
Desktop Publishing Overview student

This half-day class combines lively discussion, humorous and informative presentation, and even a bit of hands-on time with the software. When done, you'll be prepared for our in-depth and very hands-on Essentials classes where you'll thoroughly learn how to use InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and more.

In this class you'll learn:

• the "What", "Why", and "What's-it-called" that you need to succeed in most of our other classes

• vital terms and key concepts needed for publishing to print, web, and mobile devices

• which software programs you need—and which you don't—to get your job done

In this class, you will learn how the technologies and software applications we use to edit images, create graphics and logos, produce websites, and to lay out documents all work together. Along the way, you'll learn many terms and concepts you need to successfully publish to any medium.

You will leave our class knowing whether the tasks you need to perform require the use of Illustrator or InDesign, how to approach Photoshop to enhance or combine images, why an Acrobat PDF can have so many options, which file formats best suit your needs—and much more. Just as importantly, you'll learn what you don't need to learn.

Enrolling in both this class and the Adobe Pen Tool class in the same registration gets you a $100 discount.

who should take this class?

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students in attendance)

What is resolution and why should I care?
  • pixels, scanning, and other digital capture understood
  • dots and printing
  • how much data is enough/too much?
  • why are JPEGs poor choices for my logos?
Drawing vs Pixel-Pushing
  • Know when and why to use "vector" graphics or pixels
  • Learn the anatomy of shapes and forms for all Adobe applications
  • Learn about Illustrator's core features for creating basic shapes or complex ones like logos
Key concepts used in Photoshop
  • learn what formats to use in your photography and how to manage them
  • Understand the basic approaches to retouching
  • Learn concepts used in color correction
  • See how images are combined
Page Layout: laid out plain and simple
  • fonts and typographic terminology
  • What is page layout?
  • Learn about InDesign's core features...and hurdles
HTML fundamentals
  • The meaning of markup
  • Adding style to your web and mobile output
  • Why code isn't scary
Delivering Your Publication
  • PDFs vs "Native" files
  • Fonts have licensing, too
  • Understand what it means to "link" images and graphics
Color
  • Understand ink and light: CMYK and RGB
  • Process vs Spot colors
  • Can my monitor match my print?
File formats
  • TIFF, JPEG, EPS, and so many more: decoded
Q & A
  • Questions always welcome
  • Other resources recommended

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