Overview

 



MSD in association with Keyline present the Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing 3 Month Part Time Course.

Do you want to create beautiful, sophisticated layouts? Create professional marketing material like business stationery, posters, leaflets, brochures and magazines. Design engaging elements for print and digital PDF’s. MSD’s 3 Month Graphic Design course will show you the skills to allow your creativity to soar!


Duration

Total course over 3 months (12 weeks)
24 evening sessions (3 hrs per session)
5pm to 8pm (Tuesday & Thursday)


Pricing & Start Date

Cost per delegate is R23 000.00 including VAT
Provisional Start Date: 7th July 2020

Modules

• Apple Macintosh Basics
• Adobe InDesign
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe Acrobat
• Colour & Repro Theory
• Graphic Design Principles
• Portfolio & Self Promotion
• Revision Lesson

Assessments and Accreditation

Students will undergo a final examination for both theory and practical tests at the end of the course. They will also have the opportunity to compile their own personal portfolios. The minimum pass mark is 60% and a Certificate will be awarded to each student on graduation. The required attendance has to be fulfilled upon completion. The certification indicates that they have been trained at an Adobe Authorised training centre, the professional standard of international recognition for Adobe training partners. An extra lesson will be held once a month on a Saturday free of charge for groups of students who feel they might be falling behind and need extra help. Dates will be scheduled at MSD’s discretion based on availability of the training resources.

Outline



Introduction to Photoshop
■ File management using Adobe Bridge ■ Introduction to pixel based editing ■ Properties and behaviours of selections ■ Colour and contrast based selections ■ Photoshop's GPU based features ■ Blending images ■ Correcting perspective ■ Customising the Photoshop workspace ■ Focal and tonal based editing ■ Modes and compositing ■ Introduction to picture modes ■ Layer compositing, stacking and blending ■ Working with the Photoshop canvas setting ■ Using the clone tool to retouch imperfections ■ Creating and sampling colour in Photoshop ■ Working with Brushes ■ Free painting techniques ■ Principles of masking ■ Retouching, repair and restoration ■ Portrait repair techniques ■ Retouching in 3D Perspective ■ Vector based paths ■ Analysing colour in photographs ■ Adjusting colour and tone ■ File formats ■ Understanding resolution and quality ■ Print preparation ■ Saving your document ■ Photoshop links

Indesign CC
■ The InDesign work area ■ Setting up your document ■ Rulers and coordinates ■ The control palette ■ Properties of boxes & frames ■ Basic shape operations ■ Creating custom guides ■ Vector based tools ■ Creative transforming ■ Basic text formatting ■ Using colour, colour flow ■ Orienting objects in space ■ Controlling display quality ■ Outlining text for effects ■ Raster based effects ■ Sequenced copy formatting ■ Stepping objects & Links ■ Managing swatches ■ Clipping paths & wraps ■ Compound pathfinders ■ Automated page management ■ Style sheet applications ■ Library, replace text, spell check ■ Layers, linking, tabs, dropper forms ■ Creating formatted tables ■ Books & selections ■ Controlling output effectively

Illustrator CC
■ Customising Illustrator preferences ■ Workspaces &keyboard shortcuts ■ Working with pages ■ Selection & isolation techniques ■ Object and path behaviour ■ Strokes and fills for shapes ■ Working with gradients in Illustrator ■ Tiling and patterns ■ Using smart guides ■ Controlling dimensions & co-ordinates ■ Painting ■ Applying transparency ■ Raster photo links ■ Combining Illustrator & Photoshop ■ Working with layers ■ Creating clipping masks ■ Transforming objects ■ Power transformations ■ Applying appearance attributes ■ Multiple attributes ■ Graphic styles & effects ■ Working with type & type effects ■ Ascii (pre-typed) text ■ Creating type masks ■ Blending shapes and colours ■ Modifying blends ■ Working with symbols ■ Swatches & Live Colour ■ Creating airbrush effects ■ Preparing artwork for InDesign ■ Tracing & live painting ■ Creating a 3D object ■ Texture mapping a 3D object ■ Prepress preparation & flattening artwork ■ PDF creation

Repo and Print Theory
■ Guidelines for origination ■ Resolution basics ■ Colour models ■ Spot colours ■ Film separations & gradients ■ Managing file formats ■ Ripping raster files ■ Trapping & overprinting ■ Ripping vectors ■ Handling fonts ■ Printer & reader spreads ■ Bleeding ■ Prepress management ■ Compression ■ The HFSs & back-up ■ Job cards & tickets ■ Origination scanning ■ Managing illustrations ■ Electronic document creations ■ Document review cycle ■ Originating for digital presses ■ Managing a colour workflow

Adobe Acrobat DC
■ The Interface ■ Creating PDFs ■ Editing PDF Content ■ Enhancing PDFs ■ Bookmarks ■ Adding Rich Media ■ Links ■ Combining and Rearranging ■ Extracting and Converting ■ Creating and Working with Portfolios ■ Creating and distributing forms ■ Working with Comments ■ Managing PDF Reviews ■ JavaScript and Acrobat ■ Preflighting and Print Production ■ Scanning and Optical Character Recognition ■ Protecting and Securing PDFs ■ Adobe Reader and Acrobat.com ■ Acrobat Forms

Design Principles
■ The 4 basic Design Principles ■ Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, Contrast ■ Basic layout exercise ■ Using Colour ■ Colour relationships ■ Shading and Tinting ■ Tips & Tricks for designing: Business cards, letterhead & envelopes, ■ Type relationships ■ Type categories ■ Type contrasts ■ Using Clipart ■ Working with photographs ■ Design Challenges ■ Creating Visual Impact ■ Logo design ■ Design Processes

*Please note that we offer free electronic support to clients on content covered on our courses.

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