The University of the arts

Adobe Creative Fundamentals
The University of the Arts

CE 1403C 01 Adobe Creative Fundamentals

CE 1403C 01

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Christine Bailey



Fall 2018

  • (Sep. 27 to Dec. 6)
  • Thu 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • 3.00 Credits
  • 3.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $875 / Fees: $40
Have little to no experience with Adobe design software? This course outlines the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, photo adjustments and vectors, as well as introductory typography and design. You'll gain a better understanding of how these three software programs work together and independently to create products for print and web. This course offers navigational and introductory essentials, as well as a solid foundation for ongoing design exploration.

Course Overview

Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. Some weeks will require students to complete out of classroom assignments. This course will integrate the theory of typography and design within each project by way of examples and readings. Students will be responsible for getting work printed for assignments. Readings, Quizzes, Design Projects, Design Objectives (Lectures), Presentations and Critiques, will all be part of the curriculum.

What will you learn in this course?
  • Identify the individual differences between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Manage between the three programs in an effective and professional manner
  • Understand the use of basic typography
  • Learn how to properly download, install and use fonts
  • Prepare images with proper resolution for both print and web applications.
  • Learn how to import and/or use existing photos properly with understanding of copyright issues.
  • Create projects that can be used as portfolio builders
  • Modify photos via Photoshop
  • Gain proficiency with Illustrator tools such as the pen tool, vector shapes, pathfinder and gradients
  • Mock up layout designs in InDesign with an understanding of print and/or internet prep by way of packaging files and links palette
  • Create a full pdf of all semester work to present as a final pdf portfolio
What will you do in class?
Design Lectures/Presentations
Design Projects
Software Vocabulary Quizzes
What topics will be covered?
Overview of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign
Suggested Readings or Links to other content
Software: Course will be conducted using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in class. Adobe CC is the version we will be using in the classroom. Adobe Acrobat will also be used to view pdf files. Students will have access to the computer labs during the course of the term.
Literature: Required Readings will be supplied by the instructor
Recommended but not Required: • “How to Design Cool Stuff” Before and After Magazine by John Wade • “Thinking with Type” Ellen Lupton • The “WOW!” series for advanced technique.
For tutorials and additional help it is recommended to visit or for video tutorials. These tutorials are free and/or low cost.
Digital Storage – Either cloud storage (eg Dropbox or Google Drive) or external storage (eg external hard drive or flash drive). Recommended 2 gigs of space at a minimum.
Camera – (optional) For supplying own photos/textures. Most smartphone cameras will work in a pinch
Sketchbook (suggested, for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)