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GRD 459 - Illustrator

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Explore Adobe Illustrator’s extensive toolbox and menu commands in a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab. Experiment with explosive color while discovering a variety of techniques using Illustrator’s powerful drawing tools.
Competencies
  1. Appraise software interface
    1. Examine software menu commands and panels.
    2. Distinguish between template, new and open file commands.
    3. Identify by name and function tools contained in the toolbox
    4. Interpret information displayed in software dialog boxes.
    5. Toggle between preview and outline view modes
    6. Determine software preferences to control work environment
    7. Enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box.
  2. Create vector shapes and paths
    1. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox.
    2. Create and modify masks
    3. Create and apply brushes
    4. Modify overlapping objects by using the Transparency panel.
    5. Change the appearance of objects by using the Styles and Effects.
    6. Create, use, and edit symbols by using the Symbols palette and Symbols tool.
    7. Create and modify compound shapes by using Pathfinder panel.
    8. Render 3 dimensional shapes by using the #D Effects
  3. Work with Type.
    1. Add type to a document
    2. Format type using the Character, Paragraph and Glyphs panels.
    3. Transform type by setting options for scale, rotate, reflect and shear.
    4. Manipulate type using the Envelope command
    5. Apply graphic effects to type
  4. Manage layers
    1. Create new layers using the Layers panel
    2. Organize layers using the Layers panel.
    3. Change attributes of objects in a layer using the Layers panel
  5. Mange color.
    1. Discuss the color management workflow process.
    2. Determine correct color management profiles.
    3. Define spot colors to add to Swatches panel.
    4. Define CMYK color to add to Swatches panel
    5. Define gradient fill to add to Swatches panel.
    6. Apply color to stroke and fill of objects 
  6. Save and export files
    1. Explore available options for saving and exporting files.
    2. Differentiate between file formats
    3. Determine correct save or export file format.
  7. Output files to print
    1. Analyze appropriate printing method for file output.
    2. Select printer via desktop printer menu
    3. Evaluate page set-up dialog box before printing
    4. Enter correct information in Print dialog box to insure proper output
    5. Analyze and correct print error messages.



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